Soc­cer team is still on top

Monto’s un­der 13s and 16s have good home game af­ter re­turn from school holidays

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Jack Lawrie

SOC­CER: Monto’s ju­nior soc­cer play­ers have ex­pe­ri­enced a whirlwind of suc­cess in the Biloela and Dis­trict com­pe­ti­tion, with the un­der 13 Strik­ers re­tain­ing top spot on the leader­board.

At the Com­bined Sports Field, in the sec­ond game held at home on Satur­day, the Strik­ers beat the Cal­lide Pan­thers 3–0

Strik­ers coach Greg Bar­nett said the team was do­ing great af­ter the ini­tial re-ad­just­ment com­ing back from school holidays.

“They were play­ing a bit rusty af­ter the holidays,” Bar­nett said.

“Play­ing at home helps – it means par­ents can come out and show sup­port.”

The un­der 16 team (just dubbed ‘Monto’) also won, beat­ing the Cal­lide Pu­mas 3–1.

At the be­gin­ning of the day, the Com­bined Sports Field was cov­ered in a small layer of frost.

The sun grad­u­ally found its way out though.

Soc­cer club man­ager Belinda Bar­nett said the cold tem­per­a­tures didn’t slow the

❝ They’ve been go­ing pretty well, hav­ing fun, which is what mat­ters. — James Gal­loway

kids down.

“It’s ideal con­di­tions for the kids be­cause they don’t get hot,” Belinda said.

“They get hot and sweaty later when the sun comes out.”

With Monto host­ing the game, the soc­cer club ini­tially scram­bled for vol­un­teers to help out in the can­teen.

Belinda said the com­mu­nity came through in the end.

“We got heaps of vol­un­teers in the can­teen. They brought in food to sell, lots of helpers,” she said.

Monto Thun­der coach James Gal­loway said the un­der 9 teams had a good time out on the field.

“They’ve been go­ing pretty well, hav­ing fun, which is what mat­ters,” Gal­loway said.

The soc­cer club has an­nounced money from Satur­day’s game will go to­wards pur­chas­ing new soc­cer equip­ment for the play­ers. All game fees from the next fix­ture day at the Cal­lide grounds will be do­nated to the Child­hood Can­cer Sup­port Group in Bris­bane.

The Lions and Cougars go head to head in the first game.

Cal­lide had good pos­ses­sion for a lot of the un­der-16 game against Monto.

Cal­lum Web­ster (Monto M&Ms) be­set by the Cal­lide Snap­pers in the un­der-7 game.

The un­der 9 Monto Thun­der and Cal­lide Mag­pies.

ABOVE: The first goal of the fi­nal un­der-13 game, won 3–0 by Monto.

RIGHT: Un­der 16 Monto ver­sus Cal­lide Pu­mas.

ON A ROLL: The Monto Strik­ers re­main on top of the leader­board af­ter their home game. PHO­TOS: JACK LAWRIE

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