Touch footy gets started in Monto

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

TOUCH FOOT­BALL: Ef­forts to es­tab­lish a touch foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion to reignite in­ter­est af­ter the Roos were un­able to field a team this year have fi­nally got­ten off the ground.

For the past three weeks, wet weather has post­poned the planned muck-around game at the Monto Com­bined Sports Field to es­tab­lish in­ter­est.

Things are set to go ahead af­ter the play­ers were fi­nally able to make it out last Tues­day night.

Or­gan­iser Brieanna Cur­tis said it was a good turnout to start with.

“It’s good to see th­ese fel­las turned up and hope­fully they’ll talk to their friends and get the word around,” she said.

There was a mix of dif­fer­ent play­ers; some were in it for fit­ness, oth­ers had wanted to get in­volved with the Roos this year but couldn’t.

Lawrence Lee, who played pre­vi­ously for the Roos said he’d like to get in­volved but the travel might be in­con­ve­nient.

“It’s a three-hour drive from where I live and I’m usu­ally away for the week,” he said.

Lee was dis­ap­pointed when he found out the Roos wouldn’t be play­ing this year.

“If you can’t get the play­ers, you can’t get the play­ers,” he said.

“Hop­ing this’ll get a bit of in­ter­est back, de­pend­ing on if the young fel­las are will­ing to have a go.”

Steve Schimke was an­other player who turned up that wanted to play for the Roos this year but missed his chance.

“I was gonna play for foot­ball for the Roos this year,” he said.

“I’m mainly here for the fit­ness.”

The de­lays caused their fair share of is­sues: the plan was to get kids from the schools in­volved, but the games had been pushed back to school hol­i­days.

Also, the grass hadn’t been mowed when the play­ers came out, turn­ing the first game into what some play­ers jok­ingly called “re­sis­tance train­ing”.

Cur­tis said she ex­pected things to pick up once school started again.

“Once school gets back, we’ll get a few more kids out, and some of the teach­ers have said they’ll get in­volved as well,” she said.

When they have a clearer idea of at­ten­dance, the group is look­ing to hold com­pe­ti­tions at the sport ground ev­ery Tues­day at 6.30pm.

Fol­low Monto Roos on Face­book for more in­for­ma­tion and up­dates.

❝ It’s good to see th­ese fel­las turned up and hope­fully they’ll talk to their friends and get the word around — Brieanna Cur­tis

RAR­ING TO GO: Th­ese play­ers came out for the first Monto touch footy muck-around game. PHO­TOS: JACK LAWRIE

The main game went through un­til about 7pm.

Pass­ing prac­tice con­tin­ues as the sun gets lower.

The youngest player in the group, Brodie Pur­cell, man­ages to hold his own.

The early ar­rivals start off with some pass­ing.

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