Developing life skills for players
North Burnett does battle
SEVEN schools from across the North Burnett contributed players to the Burnett State School team, which took East Bundaberg to the limit last Friday.
The North Burnet district team had the opportunity to play the Bundaberg round robin winner, an opportunity Gayndah State School team coach Cameron Willis said was a positive one.
“In remote schools we don’t get as many of those opportunities for the kids to play together and get a full side together,” Willis said.
“For them to get a game and have that experience is a great thing.”
The North Burnett team had a chance to only train once before going up against East Bundaberg who had won their competition out of 15 teams.
Despite their lack of time to prepare the North Burnett team did the district proud.
“We went into half-time with a 6-4 lead and we even had some parents joke that is was more entertaining than the Origin game the night before,” Willis said.
“In the second half they got a bit of extra ball but we only went down by a single try, for us to stick it to them after only one training session was pretty special.”
Willis said having the experience as a teacher and coach was an enjoyable one for him.
“Getting to see the kids excel not only in the class room but in other aspects of schooling and sport is an important part of that,” Willis said.
“Building on social skills, fitness and personal development and I got to see a totally different side to the kids.”
Gayndah were able to draw players from seven schools based upon senior student criteria.
“Gayndah basically puts together a team but we draw from the North Burnett schools,” Willis said.
“You can have a total combined Year 6 class of 90 and we only have 24 here and St Joseph’s has 19.”
St Joseph’s Principal Ben Gray also helped to coach the team with Cameron Willis.
Cameron Willis Getting to see the kids excel not only in the class room but in other aspects of schooling and sport is an important part of that.
STRONG DEFENCE: The North Burnett team (above) played well despite only one training session together.
RIGHT: East Bundaberg kicking off to North Burnett.
The North Burnett team showed heart in a hard-fought game.
CLOSE CONTEST: Only a single converted try separated both teams at full time.