Monto kids energised by soccer
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.
GAME ON: Ready to go at Wide Bay trials.