Murgon Mustangs under12s pump themselves up before their trial game.
Murgon Mustangs under12s pump themselves up before their trial game. Callum Dick

Sun shines on junior trials

RUGBY LEAGUE: With the effects of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie causing sport cancellations across the South Burnett at the weekend, all eyes were on our junior rugby league stars.

A later-than-usual start to the season has left our rugby league youngsters itching to get on the field, and thus the decision was made to host trial matches so the kids could whet their appetites before round one after Easter.

Murgon under-10s coach Jason Webber said the eagerness of the kids to hit the field was apparent - a sentiment echoed by his fellow coaches.

"It gave the kids a chance to have a run around and be involved in a proper game,” Webber said.

"It was a really good day for all involved and the field was sensational - one of the best in the South Burnett, that's for sure.

"The kids loved it. Hopefully we can get the Murgon field up to that sort of standard.

"After the Murgon show we had some damage to it, but the rain will definitely help.”

Under-8s, 10s and 12s sides from Nanango to Murgon competed in round robin-type fixtures, giving coaches a chance to have a first look at how their new players were progressing.

"We had a couple of new faces in the under-10s, including two girls that have never played before,” Webber said.

"They were a little standoff-ish at the start, but they'll get better as the year goes on and be tackling the boys no worries.

"Some of the kids looked a little lost , they like to bunch up in the middle a lot, but in time we'll get them spreading out once the kids start grasping the idea of it all.”

Webber stressed the U10 competition was all about player development, rather than playing to win.

"The 10s don't play for points,” Webber said.

"We try to get them as close as we can to holding down a position and understanding how to play the full width of the field (before they move up to) under-12s.

"The goal is to teach them awareness of the field and to pass the ball around a bit rather than just trying to run around (the other team).”

Webber also cast his eye over the younger brigade of players, with an under-35kg representative side to be selected in the coming weeks.

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