Season not the strongest for players
TOUCH: It’s been a difficult season for Mundubbera touch as the playing group continues to face a shortage, with a decline from seven teams down to four teams.
Although it’s been a constant fight for more players, there have been some strong contenders who have fought hard this season.
Mundubbera touch secretary Melinda Thorburn is optimistic next season will be better.
“We’re hoping to get more young players interested in the game as they are the future of touch,” Thorburn said.
“We lost two teams in Eidsvold so our playing numbers have been down but we’ll continue to get the message out there that touch is on Monday nights and that anyone is welcome to play.”
The teams this year were Derra Devils, Fifty Shades, Hammertime and Thrifty Link.
This season has been good for game development.
“We’ve had some really good players this season like Brittany Cross, Raymond Loakes and Cawson Cross,” Thorburn said.
“It’s really a game that anyone can play. We’ve got parents playing alongside their children and vice versa so it’s just a good social game.”
Players learn several skills in touch that are vital in any sport.
“They learn basic co-ordination, catching and passing, how to work as a team, how to step and dive, and hand-eye co-ordination,” Thorburn said.
Mundubbera touch president Neil Reinke said it had been an even competition.
“There haven’t been many points between the four teams which means it’s a pretty close contest,” Reinke said.
“We had a late start this season and I think that played a role in us not having many teams.”
The end of the season is next week with players regrouping for the second season to commence in July.
❝ We’re hoping to get more young players interested in the game. — Melinda Thorburn
PLAY ON: Bailey Kimber in action during the touch game. PHOTOS: PHILIPPE COQUERAND
Touch players eager to have a quick play the ball.
Blake Jackson tries to avoid contact during the touch game.
Players gather in defence as a try is beckoning.
The touch teams were put to the test.
Players regrouping during the touch game.
Western Wendt, Ben Jacobi and Kobi Schoolie at the touch.
Touch kick-off begins with the players in action.