Sea­son not the strong­est for play­ers

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Philippe Coquerand

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.

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