Monto hosts school sports try outs

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

MONTO held the North Bur­nett sum­mer tri­als on Thurs­day, with stu­dents from across the re­gion com­pet­ing for a place on the North Bur­nett teams.

Stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in touch foot­ball, vol­ley­ball and ten­nis.

Touch foot­ball had the big­gest turnout, with un­der-15 boys, open boys and a com­bined group of un­der-15 and open girls com­pet­ing.

Monto State High PE teacher An­thony Gronert ran drills for the un­der-15 boys be­fore fin­ish­ing off with a round of games.

“We’ve got the tough job of cut­ting 30 down to 12 for our un­der-15 boys team,” Mr Gronert said.

“We’ve got Gayn­dah, Isis, Biggen­den and Mun­dub­bera but the ma­jor­ity Monto, prob­a­bly be­cause we didn’t have to travel.”

Some had it tougher than oth­ers; with 15 open boys com­pet­ing for a team of 12, Bur­nett Bay Col­lege teacher Le­sia Dar­ling said it would be a sin­gling out three to cut.

“Ev­ery­one here has good ball skills so it’s go­ing to be a mat­ter of find­ing the three who don’t quite know the game,” Ms Dar­ling said.

With the girls, there were 17 in to­tal; enough for an un­der-15 team, but the three open girls would have to join other teams in or­der to com­pete.

At vol­ley­ball try­outs, there were 25 par­tic­i­pants from var­i­ous schools vy­ing to be on a team of eight.

Monto teacher Danielle Sin­clair said de­cid­ing this would come down to skill.

“The kids we put for­ward here will hope­fully go on to con­test at regionals,” Mrs Sin­clair said.

The ten­nis tri­als were su­per­vised by Monto District Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Rob By­grave, who ran matches to nar­row down four boys and four girls.

“We’ve been play­ing round robins to see if the cream will rise to the top,” Mr By­grave said.

The next 13-19 clus­ter tri­als will be held for Wide Bay Teams on Fe­bru­ary 16.

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TRY­OUTS: Stu­dents from across the re­gion gath­ered at Monto for the North Bur­nett team try­outs.

There were 17 un­der 15 girls at league.

Pass­ing ex­er­cises for the un­der 15 boys.

There were 15 open boys vy­ing for the team of 12.

The big­gest turnout was among the un­der-15 boys.

Open boys play­ing a prac­tise game.

Monto rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the vol­ley­ball try­outs.

Cross­road pass­ing ex­er­cises for un­der-15 and open girls.

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