Childers juniors show off a touch of genius
NOT even the heatwave could stop some of Childers’ best young touch footballers from tearing up at Childers Showground on Saturday.
Childers fielded seven teams at the carnival which drew teams from across the Wide Bay, including Hervey Bay, Kingaroy and touch footy powerhouse Gympie.
Childers Touch’s Sandra Scotney wasn’t able to enjoy the on-field performances as she was running around ensuring the day ran smoothly, but said she was proud of the local sides’ performances.
“It was a brilliant day. They really did the town proud,” Scotney said.
“We had 70 kids up there which is huge for us. We don’t usually have that many kids here.”
The under-16 girls’ side carried the flag for local hopes as they reached the grand final in their division.
Scotney said their success, as well as that of other junior teams, could help fuel a surge in participation numbers in the local competition.
“Seniors have dropped off but the juniors have grown,” Scotney said.
“It’s not too bad. The juniors are the future so that’s a good sign for us.
“I hope it drives a boost in numbers. A lot of the kids said they wanted to come back next year so hopefully we’ll get even more juniors.”
Scotney thanked Apple Tree Creek Caltex and Childers Rotary for their major contributions, as both parties donated time and produce to ensure a smooth running.
“We had a lot of help from other businesses and people helping as well,” Scotney said.
MIDAS TOUCH: Childers touch footy player Callum Nugent.