Learn­ing new as­pects of rugby league

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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.

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