Full speed ahead for comp’s start

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

TOUCH: It’s been a rocky road to get there, but Monto touch footy will fi­nally be­gin its com­pe­ti­tion next Tues­day night.

Formed af­ter the Monto Roos were un­able to field a team for league sea­son, in­ter­est has grown steadily with five teams on board for the last muck-around game, with hopes of a sixth.

Un­for­tu­nately the game came to an abrupt end when a player took a fall and broke his col­lar­bone.

The young man was awake and alert when the am­bu­lance ar­rived to take him off the field, jok­ing around with the other play­ers, but it’s likely the in­jury will see him off for six weeks.

Or­gan­iser Brieanna Curtis said it wouldn’t af­fect the draw, but was a re­minder to be aware of safety while play­ing.

“It hap­pens all the time, you can’t re­ally do much about it, but he’s tough, he might even be back by three weeks,” Curtis said.

Though the touch footy was in­tended to be run by the Monto Roos, in prac­tice it’s be­come a fairly casual com­pe­ti­tion, with Curtis do­ing most of the or­gan­is­ing.

The down­side to that is that ev­ery player is in charge of their own safety; the only con­tract for join­ing is a $2 en­try fee.

Shane Curtis helped out by mow­ing out the lines and ref­er­ee­ing the games along with his daugh­ter, but re­ally wants to just have a game him­self.

“We need the foot­ballers to put a team in, since they were the ones who could’ve been get­ting money out of this,” he said.

“We al­ways thought we’d get four teams, but it’s just a mat­ter of try­ing to get out through the rain.”

The in­jury did not dampen spir­its how­ever, and play­ers are keen to get out.

The draw will be on Fri­day, with ar­rivals at 6pm on Tues­day for a 6.15pm start.

❝ We need the foot­ballers to put a team in... — Shane Curtis

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

READY TO GO: Monto Touch has five teams for the start of com­pe­ti­tion next week.

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