Time to train up young guns

Central and North Burnett Times - - JUNIOR SPORT - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

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