Junior touch in full flight
ST PATRICKS Primary School students Jack Chambers and Harry McGill couldn’t wait to get stuck into a new season of Gympie Junior Touch, at Albert Park yesterday.
Jack, 9, and Harry, 8, are good mates and were two of many players returning for an action-packed new season of junior touch.
Amid all the chaos of getting a new season off the ground, the players were having a lot of fun after finishing their first match.
Jack is playing his first season of touch while Harry has returned for his second after getting his feet wet last season.
“Harry played last season and wanted some of his mates from school to get involved in his team,” Jack said.
“I thought I would give it a go and so far it’s been a lot of fun.”
Jack said he had a few nerves before running onto the field for his match but his apprehension quickly disappeared.
“We lost our first match against a team that was mostly older than us but I had lots of fun,” he said.
“I was a bit nervous because it was my first time playing but I feel really good about giving it a go.”
Harry was pleased to see his mate taking up the game and said he first decided to get involved following a touch carnival last year.
“Our team won one game and we went pretty well,” he said.
“I enjoyed it and decided I wanted to play more.” Both boys said the game was fast-paced, testing their concentration and skills.
“I like playing the ball, passing and attacking,” Harry said.
“You have to think quickly on your feet.”
While the biggest aim of the season is to have plenty of fun and make some new friends, both budding touch stars said they wanted to finish as better players.
“I definitely want to get better by the end of the season and go better against the older players,” Jack said.
Meanwhile, Gympie Junior Touch organisers hit the ground running themselves yesterday, keeping the many games on schedule and helping those new to the sport get settled.