Sea­son’s fin­ish­ing touch

Club cel­e­brates suc­cess­ful grand fi­nals af­ter record num­ber of ju­niors take to field

South Burnett Times - - SPORT - Matt Collins [email protected]­bur­nett­times.com.au

TRY TIME: Ref­er­ees Dan Wo­j­tasek, Wo­j­tasek Toby Sch­midt and Ja­son Wyeth take charge at the touch foot­ball grand fi­nals on Mon­day night.

A record num­ber of ju­niors took to the field this sea­son, mak­ing touch foot­ball one of the most pop­u­lar sports in the South Bur­nett.

Kin­garoy Touch Foot­ball Club trea­surer Jenny Whyte said they had 120 ju­niors keep­ing fit and hav­ing fun dur­ing this year’s sea­son.

“The kids are en­joy­ing it and telling their friends and then their friends come along,” Whyte said.

The sea­son came to a close on Mon­day night for both ju­niors and se­niors, with teams com­pet­ing for the pres­ti­gious grand fi­nal honours.

Kin­garoy Red Ants fields were filled with fam­ily, friends and sup­port­ers en­joy­ing the high level of touch foot­ball skills.

“We have par­ents and teenagers who are coach­ing our ju­niors,” Whyte said.

Kin­garoy Touch Foot­ball Club will hold its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing next Tues­day, Novem­ber 11, from 7.30pm and Whyte said she was look­ing for­ward to putting her hand up for pres­i­dent.

“I want to see more kids, they’ll get the love for touch and they’re just go­ing to keep go­ing,” she said.

“Even the adults, it doesn’t mat­ter how good you are you will have fun.”

The 2019 Kin­garoy touch foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion kicks off early next year.

“First Mon­day back at school next year is sign-on day,” Mrs Whyte said.

In Mon­day’s grand fi­nals, In­te­gral Mixed won in a close en­counter with IGA Bears 7-6, Gumps de­feated In­te­gral Fit­ness 10-5, Hav­ing a Go were too good for Tarong Touch­downs win­ning 12-7 and Touch N Go had enough in the tank to over­come Wild Hogs 9-4.

PHOTO: MATT COLLINS

PHO­TOS: MATT COLLINS

ON THE BALL: IGA Bears’ Dean Cullen reaches out to touch In­te­gral Mixed player Jess bond dur­ing their grand fi­nal.

Play­ers shake hands af­ter the un­der-10 touch foot­ball grand fi­nal on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

An un­der-10 player steps through the de­fence dur­ing the grand fi­nal.

The un­der-12 mixed touch team, the Hawks, af­ter their grand fi­nal win.

An un­der-10 player looks for a gap.

John Bun­y­oung looks for sup­port in his grand fi­nal game on Mon­day night.

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