In touch with good health

Central and North Burnett Times - - WEEKEND -

TOUCH: The Mundubbera Touch sea­son has just started and the cold couldn’t keep ea­ger play­ers off the field on Mon­day night.

For Mundubbera Touch sec­re­tary Melinda Thor­burn, get­ting back into touch after three weeks was a chal­lenge.

“You lose that rhythm and it’s nor­mal to find it dif­fi­cult after sev­eral weeks of not ex­er­cis­ing,” Thor­burn said.

“We’re def­i­nitely look­ing for more play­ers as every sea­son we be­gin to lose play­ers re­sult­ing in less teams.”

Thor­burn said touch was not only fun, but good for health. She has di­a­betes and touch plays an im­por­tant role in mon­i­tor­ing it.

“I have di­a­betes and it helps keep it well con­trolled, ex­er­cis­ing is huge and I un­der­stand peo­ple de­cide to do it on their own, but in this en­vi­ron­ment you get to do it with other peo­ple and you reap the ben­e­fits of fit­ness and health whilst spend­ing time with others,” she said.

“It’s ba­si­cally a great way for play­ers to get fit and it’s good for your mind.”

Thor­burn is op­ti­mistic this

sea­son will be bet­ter than the last sea­son.

“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 sea­son are Derra Devils, Fifty Shades, Ham­mer­time and Thristy Link.

Play­ers learn sev­eral skills in touch that are vi­tal to ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties.

“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.

BACK IN TOUCH: The Mundubbera Touch sea­son has started,with games every Mon­day night. PHO­TOS: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

A try is al­most scored on Mon­day night.

Play­ers re­group­ing after a try is scored on Mon­day night.

A player about to score.

Play­ers con­test­ing the ball quickly.

Good skills on dis­play.

The play­ers ready to get started.

Play­ers in full ac­tion at the Archer Park fields.

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