Childers Touch on the look­out for more play­ers

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

CHILDERS will have min­i­mal rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the state touch foot­ball cham­pi­onships later this year if num­bers re­main at cur­rent lev­els.

There are only enough play­ers to fill two teams – Un­der-14 boys and U10 girls – but Childers Touch is call­ing for sup­port so more chil­dren can play at the Her­vey Bay event.

Sec­re­tary San­dra Scot­ney said they were strug­gling to fill teams in other age groups.

“Maybe we haven’t got the mes­sage out far enough, but it’s a great week­end,” Scot­ney said.

“Last year we had seven go down and we’d love to get a lot more.

“It’d be great to send teams in ev­ery age group.”

Scot­ney said Childers Touch would ide­ally run teams in ev­ery age group: U10s to U18s.

Childers Touch runs U8s in ju­niors and there is a pos­si­bil­ity some could play up to U10s if se­lected.

The state cham­pi­onships run from July 10-12, although Scot­ney said the teams would train dur­ing the weeks lead­ing up to the event. “At this stage we train ev­ery Mon­day night at the show­grounds but when we get closer to the com­pe­ti­tion we might come to­gether on Sun­days,” she said.

This year’s com­pe­ti­tion could act as a spring­board to greater suc­cess for Childers Touch, which will host the Wide Bay champs next year. “It is one of our longer-term goals,” Scot­ney said.

“If we get enough kids we can run more lo­cal com­pe­ti­tions, but for now we would love to train them up for next year.”

Mean­while, the lo­cal sea­son is still plug­ging along strongly.

The sea­son runs un­til the June-July school hol­i­days, with the sec­ond half of the year’s touch footy to restart im­me­di­ately af­ter and run un­til De­cem­ber.

There is a pos­si­bil­ity that Childers could join forces with Mary­bor­ough for the cham­pi­onships if both don’t at­tract enough play­ers.

Reg­is­tra­tion is $45 per sea­son, while U8s are $20.

Phone San­dra Scot­ney on 0417 007 280, or like Childers Touch on Face­book for more in­for­ma­tion.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

Childers touch footy player Cal­lum Nu­gent.

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