Messer’s clinic a hit with ju­niors

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Adam McCleery

TOUCH FOOT­BALL: Rohan Messer from the Sun­shine Coast Touch Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion vis­ited Gayn­dah to pro­vide a coach­ing clinic for ju­niors at the week­end.

The hol­i­day coach­ing ses­sions were for play­ers aged seven to 17 and con­sisted of skills and drills train­ing de­signed to help ju­niors bet­ter un­der­stand and play the game, in­clud­ing play­ing around the ruck, pass­ing, div­ing, scor­ing and de­fend­ing.

Gayn­dah Touch As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Stacey Dun­can was thrilled to see touch as­so­ci­a­tions from different re­gions work­ing to­gether.

“Play­ers were shown the cor­rect way to de­velop their skills,” Dun­can said.

“It was a fun and pos­i­tive ap­proach to touch whilst learn­ing at the same time,” she said.

Af­ter a ro­ta­tion of drills play­ers were bro­ken into teams to end the day with some game play.

Gray­den Smith re­ceived a wa­ter bot­tle as the coach’s award for the day.

Six­teen play­ers at­tended the coach­ing clinic.

“It was good for the kids to get that sort of coach­ing,” Dun­can said.

“The Sun­shine Coast Touch As­so­ci­a­tion co-or­di­nated the whole thing all I had to do was open up the club house for them and close it when it was over,” she said.

“The par­ents were able to come down and watch too.

“One of our coaches said it was good to see them come out here be­cause it makes that af­fil­i­a­tion between PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED touch as­so­ci­a­tions worth­while.

“We did ask them if they could come out ear­lier last year but they were too busy but we all hope now to keep do­ing this which again will be great for the kids.”

The kids who at­tended the clinic got a lot out of it, Dun­can said.

“They got to have a bit more one-on-one time with the num­bers as they were,” she said.

“I think it was a good­sized group for the coach to han­dle; any­thing more he’d have needed an ex­tra coach.

“The kids came up at the end of the ses­sion and thanked him which you don’t of­ten see kids do.”

One of our coaches said it was good to see them come out here be­cause it makes that af­fil­i­a­tion between touch as­so­ci­a­tions worth­while — Stacey Dun­can

SKILLS TRAIN­ING: Rohan Messer coach­ing the North Bur­nett ju­niors.

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