Ju­nior foot­ballers tak­ing next step

Central and North Burnett Times - - JUNIOR SPORT -

RUGBY LEAGUE: A com­bined North Bur­nett school­boys rugby league team was formed in or­der for some of the younger play­ers in the re­gion to gain some ex­tra play­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on a district level.

Last week, the Bund­aberg district num­ber one school­boys team came to Gayn­dah to com­pete against the North Bur­nett District team with the help of some NRL ju­nior co-or­di­na­tors.

Head coach Cameron Wil­lis said it was a con­certed ef­fort to find a way for the lo­cal ju­nior play­ers to get more play­ing time in a va­ri­ety of com­pe­ti­tions.

“For our district the more foot­ball op­por­tu­ni­ties we can get the bet­ter,” Wil­lis said.

“And the team gets to build on mate­ship, we all sit down and share some food and drink to­gether to help that.”

The game was played as part of the De­vel­op­ment Cup se­ries.

“This is the De­vel­op­ment Cup, so it’s ba­si­cally to pro­mote foot­ball in pri­mary schools so the kids have to be in pri­mary school and un­der the age of 12 to play,” Wil­lis said.

“We put to­gether a Gayn­dah districts comp from the North Bur­nett to play the win­ning team from Bund­aberg, St Pa­trick’s were the win­ner of the Bund­aberg com­pe­ti­tion.”

The North Bur­nett so far is un­able to join in the Bund­aberg com­pe­ti­tion.

“The com­pe­ti­tion they have in Bund­aberg we can’t be a part of be­cause we don’t have enough kids in the school,” Wil­lis said.

“So that’s why we draw our play­ers from a few schools around the district.

“We have kids from Bin­jour, Mundubbera, Gayn­dah, Dal­larnil be­cause oth­er­wise we couldn’t do this.”

This game gives those play­ers a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence more foot­ball from a dif­fer­ent level.

“It’s prob­a­bly the only game of school foot­ball we play that isn’t a trial,” Wil­lis said.

As a first time hit-out against the Bund­aberg teams the North Bur­nett held their own and were only de­feated by two points.

“The team did re­ally well and to only lose by two points to a team that has played to­gether a while is a sign of the tal­ent we have out here,” Wil­lis said.

“St Pa­trick’s won their com­pe­ti­tion so they are the best team in Bund­aberg.”

With the suc­cess of the hit-out eyes now turn to the fu­ture and the pos­si­bil­i­ties.

“We will def­i­nitely be do­ing it again next year,” Wil­lis said.

“We also spoke to the de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Mitch Sar­gent about pos­si­bly hav­ing some sort of gala day hap­pen­ing be­tween our schools in the re­gion.”

GAME ON: The two teams both en­joyed their first hit-out against each other. PHO­TOS: ADAM MCCLEERY

De­spite their age the boys still brought an in­ten­sity to the play.

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