OZTAG SEA­SON SO FAR

Stanthorpe Border Post - - FRONT PAGE - Liana Walker [email protected]­der­post.com.au

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.

PHOTO: LIANA WALKER

ALL PALS HERE: Some young­sters up at Oztag. IN­SET: Oz tag player Aza­liah-Storm Fonoti-Filipo tries to es­cape her tag be­ing taken.

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