Girls take to footy with zest

JUNIOR rugby league development in Gympie has thrown open its doors to girls following a flag footy day at Albert Park last Tuesday.

Gympie Devils A Grade player and South Burnett league development officer Darren Burns was behind the exciting opportunity for girls and was pleased with how it went.

“The response was huge,” he said.

“Originally we were going to have the day at Jack Stokes Oval but we got so many teams from schools wanting to take part we had to move it last minute to Albert Park.”

In total, there were 12 teams from eight Gympie primary schools.

Burns said the level of participation from Jones Hill State Primary School was exceptional.

“Jones Hill had 40 girls take part and was a big participant,” he said.

“It was good to see that kind of involvement from the school.”

The day didn’t involve contact. Instead, the girls had to remove a flag from their opponents to represent a tackle.

Burns said he hoped the message of living healthy and active lives was passed on to the young students.

“Being active and healthy, as well as making good life choices, is a big part of the program,” he said.

The program was also about placing an emphasis on having fun and as such, no scoring was recorded during the five games for each team taking part.

Burns said he was already thinking about next year’s program.

“It’s been so successful and we definitely will be holding one next year,” he said.

“There will be a few little changes we can make to the format but overall it’s been a great way to introduce it to the schools.”

Meanwhile, this Thursday will see the continuation of the Broncos Challenge at Albert Park for primary school boys in Grades 5 and 6.

The second instalment of the popular program will run all day, starting from 10am and fishing at 2pm.

A shield will be presented to the winning school following conclusion of what promises to be a thrilling a final.

“There’s a lot of young talent in the primary schools,” Burns said. 

Gympie Times


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