Sport has signs of growth

Touch sides bat­tle cold con­di­tions

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

TOUCH: With the Monto touch footy com­pe­ti­tion in its third week, the plan to give younger play­ers a chance to learn against the older play­ers is com­ing to fruition.

In the first match of the com­pe­ti­tion, the Grom Groms, com­prised mainly of Monto State High stu­dents and other teenagers, faced off against the Ouss Ouss, made up of mostly young adults (with the odd vet­eran like Shane Curtis thrown in).

They played in cold con­di­tions that pushed both sides to the edge, but in the end the older play­ers pre­vailed with a fi­nal score of 9-5 to the Ouss Ouss.

Though they won, Ouss Ouss cap­tain Tom Mor­gan said they learned quickly not to un­der­es­ti­mate the younger play­ers.

“We un­der­es­ti­mate them a lit­tle bit, but they’re play­ing pretty well,” Mor­gan said.

Monto State High PE teacher An­thony Gronert, who coached and played with the Grom Groms in ad­di­tion to ref­er­ee­ing, said they were im­prov­ing ev­ery week.

“They’ve all got an in­ter­est in footy so it’s great to see them come out,” Gronert said.

“At the mo­ment they’ve got a lit­tle bit of work to do to im­prove pace. We’re a lit­tle sloppy in a cou­ple of fun­da­men­tals, like quick plays to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Though the cold might have been a factor, Gronert said his team needed to move quick when at­tack­ing to give the other team less time to get back and de­fend.

The fol­low­ing game was more one-sided, the Has­beens de­feat­ing Left­overs 9-1.

Both teams were com­prised of over play­ers, with Left­overs con­tain­ing a lot of the farm­ers from 70km out of town, as well as oth­ers not in a team. Has­beens was com­prised mainly of farm­ers and teach­ers.

An­thony Gronert ref­er­eed and coached the high school Grom Groms.

Kurt Evans prac­tis­ing be­fore kick-off.

Andy Rayn gets some catch prac­tice in.

Play­ers and friends get in some fun play while wait­ing for the next game.

Shane Curtis read­ies the field.

Ouss Ouss were in good form through­out the first game.

ABOVE: New player Clay­ton Edgar was put to the test with some long half-field sprints.

LEFT: Grom Groms talk tac­tics at half-time.

PHOTOS: JACK LAWRIE

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