OZTAG SEASON SO FAR
OZTAG: With only two rounds left until the finals weekend, Oztag players have enjoyed what’s so far been a successful season.
The game has lost some rounds due to wet weather however president Peter Burnell was still satisfied with the amount of game time. “We might only have nine rounds then we go into finals which we have on a Sunday,” he said.
“There’s effectively two days in the one.”
Besides watching the teams bond together and the kids having fun, he said it’s the older kids helping out who have stood out this season. “We’ve got Spencer Jensen and Jake Burnell as our development officers this year so they help set up the fields,” he said.
“But what they’ve done this year is actually bring a whole new crew on who will take over next year.”
He hoped next year to see more girls put their hands up and believed there were plenty of players up for the challenge. “We’d like to get a 50/50 split of both boys and girls refereeing and then we’ll use our more senior referees to help them.”
Giving the girls two points per try has also helped them become more involved.
“They become a valuable asset on the team, the boys all of a sudden use the girls a lot more in the game.
“You notice the boys are looking for the girls to pass the ball to them to get them to get the try.”
Under-12s player, 10-year-old Azaliah-Storm Fonoti-Filipo (pictured), said she’s enjoyed learning a new sport and making more friends this season.
“Oztag is my favourite sport and it’s pretty easy to learn how to play,” she said.
“I like scoring tries and passing.”
U12s player, 11-year-old Trent Daveson, has enjoyed his second season playing the sport.
“It’s good to bond with other people, have a little competition and make new friends in the sport,” he said.
Both kids said they hoped their parents will let them play again next year.
ALL PALS HERE: Some youngsters up at Oztag. INSET: Oz tag player Azaliah-Storm Fonoti-Filipo tries to escape her tag being taken.