Young Brumbies on track for finals
Helping young players transition from junior ranks into the older age groups is a fulfilling endeavour for Under-10s coach Mitch Hawkins
Mitch Hawkins: Our Brumbies are going really well this year and that (finals) will benefit them more.
THE Central Burnett Brumbies have enjoyed a good season so far and Under 10s coach Mitch Hawkins says he has been inspired by the progress of his players.
“They are doing really well,” he said. “They’re coming up from the under-8s and the under-10s from last year.
“The most difficult thing is transitioning to a full field and learning how to get into that takes a bit of time.”
Hawkins said while the adjustment did take time, the players would be prepared for the step up to the U12s team.
“The under-10s is more of a transitional age group and gets the players ready for full-field football and so on,” Hawkins said.
“There are no ways around it, going from half to full-length fields is a tricky thing and is usually make or break for footballers.”
Hawkins said a number of players had already demonstrated that they were ready to make the jump to the next age group.
“The under-10s have got a good little group of players who are transitioning very well at this time,” he said.
With only a few weeks of the regular season remaining, Hawkins said the Brumbies were on track to better their efforts from last season.
“We are definitely going to show improvement from last year,” he said.
“The hardest part about country football is getting players from all the towns together to train but we manage.”
Hawkins heaped praise on his players who get up at the crack of dawn some weekends just to be able to play football for the Brumbies.
“Big praise for them getting up at those times, even to play in the rain,” he said.
“I think that is an amazing thing.”
Hawkins said the Brumbies remained a chance to feature in finals football with the playoffs to begin in Nanango in August.
“I really want the team to get some exposure to finals football and to watch others,” he said.
“Our Brumbies are going really well this year and that will benefit them more.”
WOLF ATTACK: Central Burnett Brumbies defenders close in on Wondai Wolves’ Declan Parry as he carts the ball up during their Under-10 match at Wondai.
Brumbies Under-10 players Zack Harris, Treshawn Skinner, Trader Ahern, Tristan Bayton, Travis Larner, Keanan Beezley, Mark McKosher, Suny Sttema, Kaenen Cooper, Riley Davina, Archy Pointon, Kaiden Radcliffe, Devan McDonald, Josh Ung, Joe Loakes and Tyler Cooper.
Central Burnett Brumbies players head for the sheds after downing the Wolves 26-8 win in their Under-10 clash at Wondai.