GO FOR IT: There was a great turnout for the NRL
GO FOR IT: There was a great turnout for the NRL "Come and Try" day on Tuesday, February 12, raising hopes of a junior team returning. Alex Treacy

Finding their future Roos

MONTO Roos hope to have inspired a new generation of future players for the club as National Rugby League hosted a "Come and Try” day last week at the Sportsgrounds.

"We were extremely happy with the turnout, we think we can build on it,” club president Damien Zieth said of the 21 eager young players who turned out.

"Our ultimate goal is to bring juniors back (to Monto).”

Monto Roos' seniors are back this year after a hiatus of two years and Mr Zieth said he hoped their return could provide the structure for an organised junior program to develop.

This would involve having juniors train alongside the seniors and having gala days for under-6s, 8s and 10s which could be held when the seniors host double-headers within the Central Burnett competition involving Eidsvold, Mundubbera and Gayndah.

The Roos are having a meeting on Monday night at the Sportsgrounds hall at 6pm and Mr Zieth said he would like to see parents come along and express their thoughts on the club's ideas.

NRL game development officer Blake Mara, who ran the session, said there have been times in the past where junior Roos have gotten back up off the ground, but the stumbling block has been finding enough parents to take on positions of responsibility to assist in the competition.

"There's a lot of interest from the kids but they just don't have the platform,” Mr Mara said.

He said the purpose of "Come and Try” days was to try and harness public interest such that a team could get off the ground.

Mr Mara said the turnout on the day was a "fantastic outcome” for Monto.

"It's a sign for us that there is more work to be done,” he said.


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