Childers Touch on the lookout for more players
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.
Childers touch footy player Callum Nugent.