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

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

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.”

PHOTO: KEA­GAN EL­DER

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.

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