Train hard, play harder
Monto soccer players start competition
SOCCER fever has hit Monto, with players now fully in competition mode.
With plenty of carnivals down, the next challenge for the Monto players will be a carnival this weekend in Biloela.
Teams are formed in categories of under-6 to U16 years and one Monto team in particular is having a firing season.
The Monto Cowboys are the town’s U12 competitors, and out of the seven games played so far, they have lost just once.
And that loss came in their very first game.
They played the Biloela team during a carnival in Monto on June 4, winning 5–3.
Benji Felesina and Luke Barnett were the game’s major scorers, kicking two goals each.
“Our team is playing pretty good right now,” Benji said.
“The goal is to have a streak of goals in a game.”
Both boys have been playing soccer for about five years.
Weekly practice sessions are the key to the sequence of success.
“We’re working on goal keeping, passing, shooting and dribbling in practice,” Luke said.
KICKING HARD: The Monto under-12 soccer team at a Wednesday night practice.
Luke Barnett and Benji Felesina surround a Biloela player.
Braith Sinclair in the Monto U9 team.
Luke Barnett sets himself up to take over the ball.
Jackson Goody has trained for this moment.
Monto U9 team regroup themselves in the game.
Benji Felesina of the Monto Cowboys scored two goals in this game.
Soccer is all about teamwork.