Time to train up young guns
TOUCH: Mundubbera Touch Association president Neil Reinke is preparing for junior training sessions for players aged between six and 12 next month.
The touch association has had a successful season, with six teams in the competition and Reinke said the future of touch was thriving in the Burnett.
“It’s good to see we’ve got a young side playing touch,” he said.
“We ran the juniors last year around the same time and it takes place every Monday afternoon from 5pm, it’s a great way for the kids to get out and about and play some touch.”
Thrifty Links defeated the Mundubbera State School on Monday from 6-4pm, but Reinke said all players were constantly improving.
“The kids get to learn basic ball control skills, we do a lot of skill development and of course the kids just love to play the game,” he said.
“It’s all about the fun of playing the game and getting to play with your mates.”
Reinke said the competition often split into two age groups – six to nine-year-olds and 10 to 12-year-olds.
“The kids learn how to ruck, certain plays within the game and the basic rules,” he said.
“Every week we try and focus on the rules like offside, how to tackle, what the dummy half does but we try not to overload them.”
Reinke said touch was a great way of keeping in shape and having a great time in a social environment.
“It’s a team sport, it helps you keep fit and it’s a quick and fast game,” he said.
“I enjoy the fitness aspect of touch, I started the sport when I was in school and played in many competitions.”
Reinke has been the president of the club for the past seven years and has enjoyed every minute of it.
“I think it’s a great sport, we do fluctuate a bit with members as we had eight teams at one stage, but people do get busy and it’s not always easy attending the games but it’s good to see we’re back at six teams,” he said.
“It makes the games more competitive and more exciting to play with different teams.”
Junior training sessions will start on October 2 from 5pm at the Archer Park fields and it’s free for the first few sessions.
If you’re interested in playing, you can phone Melinda Thorburn on 0427 951 795.
SKILLS: Hayley Kardash running with the ball during the game on Monday night. PHOTOS: PHILIPPE COQUERAND
Kobi Schoolie goes in for a try.
Adrian Brady about to run through the defence.
The touch players in action during the week.
Touch players about to complete the first half.
A player tries to get through the defence.
The teams had a good defensive line on Monday night.
The players are retreating during the match on Monday night.