Train hard, play harder

Monto soc­cer play­ers start com­pe­ti­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

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.

PHOTO: AN­NIE PERETS

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.

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