YOUNG FAN: Jackson Wilson and his dad Damien, who plays for Monto Roos, at last month's Come and Try day at the Sportsgrounds.
YOUNG FAN: Jackson Wilson and his dad Damien, who plays for Monto Roos, at last month's Come and Try day at the Sportsgrounds. Alex Treacy

'It's crunch-time': League club champions junior competition

MONTO'S rugby league club has their roos in a row for a prospective junior competition.

More than 20 eager players turned up to a successful Come and Try day earlier this month before parents showed their support for the plan at a meeting on Monday.

Monto Roos president Damien Zieth said they have enough interest to be able to compete in proposed Central Burnett gala days.

"Juniors are vital to the survival of the game. We need young people coming up through the grades," he said

"Also, there is plenty of interest so it would be great to get something happening for the kids and parents in our area."

Training starts next Tuesday at 4pm and James Galloway and Ryan Seeds have volunteered as coaches.

Central Burnett Rugby League secretary Melinda Thorburn said gala days will work by having each club's junior team play whenever its senior team does.

"The junior gala days will be great for the kids who are unable to travel to compete with the Central Burnett Brumbies, and it will also act as an introduction to the game," she said.

"While Brumbies are welcome to come and have a run once they've fulfilled their obligation to their competition, there is a focus not to impact the Brumbies' involvement in the South Burnett competition.

"Hopefully the gala days can instil a love of the game."

The gala days would involve games for U6, U8 and U10 players.

NRL game development officer Blake Mara said Monto's recent Come and Try day saw a great outcome for the club.

He encouraged other clubs to reach out to him if they want to foster junior numbers, which will be integral in the gala days getting the go-ahead.

"It's getting to crunch-time," he said.

Blake Mara can be reached at 0402892835.

Monto Roos are still welcoming new juniors, who can join in on the Tuesday training session.


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