De­vel­op­ing life skills for play­ers

North Bur­nett does bat­tle

Central and North Burnett Times - - JUNIOR SPORT - Adam McCleery

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.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

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.

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