Bright fu­ture for ju­niors

Girls and boys mix it up asWondai takes on the Brumbies

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

IN HIS first year of rugby league, Brumbies re­cruit Travis Larner was run­ning hard with the ball and tack­ling ev­ery­thing that moved.

Com­ing in from Bin­jour to Mun­dub­bera for the Brumbies verseWondai clash, Travis said he was keen to play league and his dad was keen to come and watch him play.

“This is my third game this year and I have worked out that it is bet­ter to pass the ball out with quick hands,” he said.

“I have been play­ing soc­cer for the past three years and now it is my time to play some hard foot­ball.”

Com­ing fromWondai, Kianna Wil­liams ran on to mix it up with the Brumbies un­der 10s and showed that she was a pow­er­house rugby league player.

Un­der 10 Kianna said she loved play­ing foot­ball and the fact that she got to beat up on the boys was just a bonus.

“I can’t play ju­nior league af­ter I reach 12 years-of-age so I want to play se­nior tackle as soon as I am able,” Kianna said.

“I have al­ready been play­ing in the un­der 12 team so I know I can han­dle go­ing up in the grades.”

Wondai U10 coach Jamie Og­den de­scribed Kianna as a tack­ling ma­chine.

“She steps up and plays in the un­der 12s and she stands out in that team,” he said.

“There will be a fu­ture in the game for her if she wants it.”

Next week, the Brumbies will face an­other team from the South Bur­nett when Mur­gon comes to chal­lenge the Brumbies at home.

Large crowds are ex­pected to at­tend so get in early for the best spots around the field.

TRY­ING TO PUSH THROUGH: De­clan Roth came up against Kianna Wil­liams ev­ery time.

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