Gala day pushes ath­letes

Central and North Burnett Times - - JUNIOR SPORT -

SPORT GALA: It was a full-on day of com­pe­ti­tion for teams from North Bur­nett who trav­elled out to Monto last Thurs­day for the sport gala draw.

Play­ers from Gayndah, Mun­dub­bera, Isis, Monto and Eidsvold were in full force in the un­der 13s, 15s and opens net­ball and rugby league.

Nine teams com­peted in the net­ball, three from each divi­sion.

Monto State High teacher Danielle Sin­clair said the day was more about par­tic­i­pa­tion.

“We’ve got roughly 90 kids in the net­ball, which is great,” Sin­clair said.

“We (Monto) gen­er­ally host the gala day, which is good for us; there’s ex­tra work in or­gan­is­ing but we don’t have to or­gan­ise buses.”

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Queens­land NRL, who fa­cil­i­tated the rugby events down at the Com­bined Sports Field were im­pressed with the North Bur­nett teams’ vigour.

NRL Cen­tral Wide Bay de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Dwayne McKay said he saw good spir­its while ref­er­ee­ing the opens game.

“Yeah, it’s a great day and

they’re in good spir­its, max­i­mum par­tic­i­pa­tion and a heap of fun,” McKay said.

The games were kept short to move through the teams at a quick pace.

“I think you can see their fit­ness, but be­cause it’s nine-a-side on a large field, by the end of the day they’re run­ning out of puff,” McKay said.

League had an es­pe­cially high turnout, with four teams for each of the three di­vi­sions.

Monto St Johns Am­bu­lance was on standby and kept busy through­out the day.

There were three in­juries re­ported from the net­ballers, and one from league.

Most were mi­nor hands-and-fin­gers in­juries, though.

“Ac­ci­dents hap­pen all the time in sport and you just treat it as you would nor­mally,” Sin­clair said.

PHO­TOS: JACK LAWRIE

GOOD FIT­NESS: NRL rep­re­sen­ta­tives were im­pressed with the play­ing show­cased by North Bur­nett teams.

Mun­dub­bera vs Isis un­der-13s.

Gayndah girls showed good sports­man­ship on the court.

Late game yards in the opens got par­tic­u­larly heated.

Some good tack­ling from play­ers.

High in­ten­sity play­ing in the open draw for Isis and Gayndah.

Teams face off on fi­nal court.

Good de­fence from Mun­dub­bera.

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