Green win in damp fi­nals

De­ci­sive tri­umph for young touch play­ers

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

WET con­di­tions did not dampen the team spirit at Gayn­dah’s ju­nior touch fi­nals.

While the rain kept some play­ers away, Green and Yel­low forged ahead on the field, with four play­ers each.

Ju­nior touch co-or­gan­iser Leisa Dar­ling­ton said the contest was one-sided, with Green win­ning 12–0.

“Yel­low had only three play­ers and one un­der-10 player stepped up,” Dar­ling­ton said.

“Yel­low didn’t stop try­ing – they were ba­si­cally beaten by speed. The speed and agility of (Green’s) Dayne Dakin-Mimi is worth 12 of the play­ers.”

Ju­nior touch co-or­gan­iser Maria McCosker said in the fi­nal match the Blue team was more evenly matched with the Red team.

“Blue led the match, and they scored a sec­ond try in the last minute (to win 2–0),” McCosker said.

She said they all did a great job.

“Play­ers have been pick­ing up those ba­sic skills, such as ruck­ing and pass­ing; and the older kids are in­clud­ing the younger kids to give them a go.”

In the four years Dar­ling­ton and McCosker have man­aged Gayn­dah’s ju­nior touch teams, they’ve been thrilled with how the play­ers’ skills have de­vel­oped and con­sider this sea­son “suc­cess­ful”.

“The dif­fer­ence is the lit­tlies have grown,” McCosker said.

“They’re do­ing well as the kids progress from ju­nior to high school, and al­ready two or three have teams to go to.

“We’re see­ing our own kids go­ing through and, as a mum and par­ent, it’s great to see our stu­dents grow and de­velop and mix with the adults.”

McCosker said teams were “step­ping up and mak­ing semi-fi­nals”, such as the Mur­gon Car­ni­val, and were very com­pet­i­tive.

She said next year’s sea­son would be busy, crowned by host­ing the Wide Bay Touch Car­ni­val in Novem­ber.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

GREEN V GOLD: Gayn­dah Ju­nior Touch foot­ballers be­fore the 2014 fi­nals where Green won 12–0.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

GOLDONTHE RUN: Kaleb Shep­herd runs with the ball ahead of team­mate Olivia Evans and op­pos­ing player Miriam Shep­herd.

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