League stars hav­ing a go

The come-and-try day has been post­poned un­til Satur­day, April 21

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

LEAGUE TAG: They’re the next gen­er­a­tion of league tag pro­fes­sion­als here in the North Bur­nett.

Train­ing heav­ily two days a week on Tues­day and Thurs­day af­ter­noons at Archer Park, the young up and com­ing stars are ready to give it a go.

Lily Wain and Shanae Does­sel are en­joy­ing the fast paced game and be­lieve it could be the next big thing to en­cour­age the young ones to get out of the house and have a go.

“I love the phys­i­cal­ity of league tag,” Wain said.

“The fact that it doesn’t in­volve tack­ling takes away any fears I had of get­ting hurt.

“My mum comes to train­ing with me and she loves be­ing part of it all. I never thought I would laugh so much. Train­ing is a blast.”

The Cen­tral Bur­nett Rugby League has launched a come and try day next Satur­day, April 21, at 2pm at Archer Park, not April 14 as ad­ver­tised last week due to the school hol­i­days.

Com­mit­tee mem­bers are hop­ing a league tag team will be formed in each of the towns in the North Bur­nett.

The Cen­tral Bur­nett Rugby League is ex­cited at the prospect of es­tab­lish­ing a league tag com­pe­ti­tion for fe­male play­ers aged 12 and over who en­joy a chal­lenge.

Sec­re­tary Melinda Thor­burn said she wanted to help the play­ers de­velop their skills in league tag com­pe­ti­tion.

“I en­joy work­ing with girls who have never tried this sort of thing,” Thor­burn said.

“Watch­ing them evolve and be­ing able to un­der­stand the game gives me so much plea­sure.”

Thor­burn said she would love to see more young girls join in the game as it’s a great way of so­cial­is­ing with one an­other in a very sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment.

“League tag is open for fe­males aged 12 and over,” she said.

“There is no up­per age limit, although play­ers over 40 do re­quire a med­i­cal clear­ance from their gen­eral prac­ti­tioner.

Thor­burn said it was good to see par­ents were en­gag­ing with the sport as shown with Lily Wain and her mother, Michelle.

“Moth­ers play­ing with daugh­ters. It al­lows them to con­nect on a dif­fer­ent level and ap­pre­ci­ate strengths they weren’t nec­es­sar­ily aware of pre­vi­ously,” Thor­burn said.

Young player Shanae Does­sel said she en­joyed the so­cial­is­ing as­pect of the game and said the group she works with ev­ery week are very sup­port­ive to­wards her.

“I en­joy the so­cial as­pect of train­ing and the phys­i­cal chal­lenge that goes with it,” Does­sel said.

“The fit­ness side of train­ing is tough but it’s nec­es­sary to get our bodies ready for a game.”

If you’re in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in the League tag com­pe­ti­tion, please phone Melinda Thor­burn on 0427 951 795.

“We’d love to have as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble take part in the com­pe­ti­tion,” Thor­burn said.

“It’s a great way of keep­ing fit and healthy and also a great way of mak­ing new friends.

“I’d en­cour­age as many fe­males as pos­si­ble to at­tend the come-and-try day next Satur­day.”


READY TO PLAY: Melinda Thor­burn, Lily Wain, Shanae Does­sel and Michelle Wain play­ing league tag at Archer Park.

Michelle Wain run­ning with the ball dur­ing the league tag train­ing on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

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