Learning new aspects of rugby league
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Central Burnett Brumbies had their first game of the year at the weekend signalling the official kick off to the 2017 season.
The under-14 Brumbies coach Damien George said kids moving into the under-14 age group were in a transition period.
“From 12s and under they don’t kick the ball so from this age group onwards they start to transition into the national rules,” George said.
Brumbies player Dayne Dakin said he was excited to be working on that transition into the more senior rules of rugby league and kicked for the first time at the weekend.
“I enjoy learning those new things and kicking the ball through the goals,” Dayne said.
George’s love of football has had him coaching teams from the under-6s and 8s to his current role with the under-14s.
“I’ve been coaching the 14s for the past couple of years and I take a lot from that role,” George said.
“To watch what the kids are capable of on the field is great, I’m just their coach, it’s them who are out there doing it.”
George tried to instil in his players the notion that it was just a game and everyone was there for a fun time.
“That’s what it comes down to, you don’t want to see them hanging their heads on the field, you want them to be able to pick themselves up,” George said.
“You fix mistakes as a team and you win and lose as a team.
“There’s no winners and losers in junior football really.”
George showed this side when his team was scored on in the early moments of their game, sending his trainer out there to tell the players not to let it get them down and to keep moving forward.
“They are all there to have fun and it’s supposed to be a fun sport,” George said.
“I love watching, coaching and being involved with the sport in any way.”
❝ To watch what the kids are capable of on the field is great. — Damien George
KICKER: Brumbies return the favour with a kicker of their own. PHOTOS: ADAM MCCLEERY
A Brumbies player puts a big hit on a Nanago attacker.
A Nanango player trying to fend of a Brumby.
A Brumbies players forces his way over the line.
Players in Under -4s can now kick for goal.
Teams show sportsmanship prior to kick off.
And the game begins against the Brumbies and Nanango.