Junior footballers taking next step
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.