Touch footy gets started in Monto
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.
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❝ 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.