Monto kids en­er­gised by soc­cer

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

SOC­CER: Kids from the Monto Soc­cer Club played tri­als for the Wide Bay team in Her­vey Bay last Thurs­day and Fri­day.

While the games are not scored, per­for­mance does go into de­ter­min­ing spots on the Wide Bay team.

Though none of the Monto play­ers made a spot, there was still some solid play­ing all around, with a few stand­out play­ers to make par­ents proud.

Luke Bar­nett scored a goal in a game against Mary­bor­ough, as did So­phie McLaughlin.

Two girls, Ay­lah Sin­clair and Tara Staines, made the pos­si­ble and prob­a­bles for Wide Bay, even if they ul­ti­mately didn’t get a place.

The Her­vey Bay event was or­gan­ised by the schools for grades four, five and six and were open to any­one in­ter­ested, though ev­ery­one who par­tic­i­pated was a reg­u­lar player in the Soc­cer Club.

Other teams in the run­ning were Her­vey Bay, Bund­aberg, South Bur­nett and Gympie.

Be­fore school hol­i­days, soc­cer tri­als were held in Gayn­dah to de­ter­mine el­i­gi­bil­ity for the Wide Bay tri­als.

Monto Soc­cer Club man­ager Belinda Bar­nett said the kids weren’t dis­cour­aged at all by not get­ting a place in the Wide Bay team.

“They love their soc­cer and I don’t think this will de­ter them be­cause they can try again next year,” Bar­nett said.

“They’ve still got their soc­cer all this sea­son still to go, we’ve only had two or three games so still plenty of time to go.”

Bar­nett was ex­cited to see her boy Luke score in the game against Mary­bor­ough.

“It makes a big dif­fer­ence to them when they score a goal, it spurs them on for the rest of the game and builds a bit of con­fi­dence.”

Monto will host the next game in the on­go­ing Biloela soc­cer com­pe­ti­tion this Satur­day from 8.30am to 12pm at the Com­bined Sports Field.

Biloela play­ers will be at­tend­ing, with the first game set to kick off at 8.30am.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GAME ON: Ready to go at Wide Bay tri­als.

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