STRIKING SUCCESS: The Under-13 Strikers were the stars of the Monto Junior Soccer league.
STRIKING SUCCESS: The Under-13 Strikers were the stars of the Monto Junior Soccer league. Contributed

Great year for junior soccer

SOCCER: The end of the Biloela and District Soccer competition marked the end of a sterling year for Monto's junior soccer players.

The under-13 Monto Strikers were the stars of the season, winning the grand final in Biloela 1-0 against Valleys.

With the team break-up coming soon after the end of the school holidays, junior soccer committee president Belinda Barnett reflected on the Monto team's successes this year.

The Strikers were on top of the board the whole season and finished up with a win for the U13s.

Barnett, whose husband Greg coached the Strikers and son Luke played in the team, said the final was a tough game with no points scored in the first half.

"They just wanted to win,” she said.

"They've won so many games all season, they didn't want to get to the last game and lose it, they really wanted to win the whole season.”

Emillee Myles won the player of the game award for the U13 grand final.

Meanwhile, the U16 Montos had a good track record, but occasionally struggled with availability.

When the whole team was together, such as in the final home game the week before the final, they performed exceptionally.

While there were no points for the younger teams, every team played well with a mixture of wins and losses.

"They all had a good season, everyone played and improved throughout the year,” Barnett said.

The main takeaway for the U12s and below was personal development and preparing for their time to play competitively in future competitions.

Monto's soccer break-ups will be taking place the second week after holidays.


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