Rep success within touch, Moller says
Touch Football: Kingaroy Touch Association president Nichole Moller is eyeing improved performances after a difficult representative season for South Burnett players.
The local competition has moved from strength to strength in recent years, and saw more than 20 teams compete across three divisions this season.
But that success did not translate to the representative arena, where teams struggled against the bigger and better-resourced clubs on the Sunshine Coast and surrounds.
Moller believes it is not a question of talent but rather time that has been the underlying issue, with representative opponents playing and training up to five times a week compared to Kingaroy's once-a-week matches.
"It's about more game time, our kids have the skills they just don't implement them enough in high-pressure situations,” Moller said.
"Our opposition play up to five nights a week. The Caboolture club run in to Brisbane to play in that competition, they have a school competition and play twice a week (at home).
"We have nothing in comparison. The kids have one hit at a school comp and play Monday nights.”
The club also struggles with numbers on trips away, and are rarely able to nominate a full team.
"Some of those bigger clubs get 60-80 kids showing up just to make a team, whereas I'm still ringing to get enough numbers,” Moller said.
"None of our teams travelled with a squad of 12 (this season) which would normally be your bare-minimum.”
Moller is in talks with Dalby and Chinchilla touch football clubs to organise a tri-series competition to address the lack of playing time.
"We're trying to broaden our carnival reach against Dalby and Chinchilla, so we'll travel to them and they'll come here,” Moller said.
"The obstacle we face is the (rep players) all play in different teams so they don't play with each other every week.
"Some of our coaches only get a team two weeks before they're leaving for a carnival. Preparation has always lacked, so we need to be more organised and on the same page.”
Another area of concern was the fitness levels of players, after struggling to maintain their intensity toward the end of games.
After soul searching between players and coaches a fitness program was designed to remedy the issue, and Moller said the players had taken to the idea instantly.
"We decided it was something we needed to implement because our fitness was lacking, and the response was really good,” she said.
"We'll start back up at the end of January ready for competition in 2017.”