Childers ju­niors show off a touch of ge­nius

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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.


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