South Burnett's junior football stars score in Nanango
EARLIER this year the future of the Nanango Panthers was in doubt with the club desperate for volunteers to step up.
When junior players from across the South Burnett took the field in Nanango for the first time on Saturday it was clear the call for help had been answered with gusto.
Vice-president of the Panthers and coaching co-ordinator, Jacqui Downie, said the morning of football was a credit to all the people who had put work in behind the scenes to ensure football stayed in Nanango.
"Volunteers and committee members who have stepped up massively this year and brought the club together again to get the kids out there playing games," she said.
The club has more player registered across junior and senior teams this season than last year, at 120 members.
"This year we have made it noticed that soccer is still about and we are doing everything for the kids so that has helped a lot," Downie said.
South Burnett Football junior fixtures will be played in Nanango until August 3 before moving to Kingaroy for the final six rounds of the season.
"I am looking forward to watching the kids have fun when they play each other. We love having games down here, it is a bit dry, but the venue is holding up well," Downie said.
In the senior ranks the Nanango women's team are down on numbers due to injury and facing tough competition according to Downie, who is also the manager of the women's side.
"It is much closer competition which we like the other teams are definitely stepping up to the mark," she said.
Downie said in the men's competition absence of a South Burnett team in the Toowoomba Football League had lifted the standard of the local competition.
"There are a lot of young men in our team and they are getting a lot of good experience out there with the older players," she said.