Monto Roos ready to hop back on field
A RECENT announcement that the Monto Roos will be back in the Central Burnett Rugby League created buzz among the team's supporters, rival teams and the community.
Now the club has revealed how they plan to successfully reunite their team and reintegrate into the competition.
"The first thing we're going to do is try and bring the group of senior players back together because there is a fair bit of disconnect there, some had gone to play for Biloela and others, due to commitments, didn't want to play much longer,” Monto Roos president Damien Zieth said.
"But for everyone we have spoken to, they're really keen to get involved, and having that shorter season has really sparked interest.
"A full season is a big commitment, pretty much nine months of the year, so I think this is going to invigorate players.”
Zieth said the Monto Roos used to be very close as a club, before they stopped playing in the competition a few years ago, and that will be an important asset in moving forward.
"We did a lot together as a club and as friends and everything just seemed to work for us, so it will be good to see next season's players getting to know each other when training starts in January,” he said.
"Town spirit is really important too and we've started to see that support already.
"We did a raffle the other day and someone just walked up and gave a one hundred dollar donation, they just want to see it going.”
Coach Mat Dahtler said the team's strength used to be that many of their players were experienced and skilled.
"We've lost around half a dozen of the experienced players we had when we were playing previously so that will be the biggest challenge,” he said.
"Their commitment used to make a big difference too though, so we want to get those players who are committed.
"What we focus on will depend on what we see from players when we start training together, but we'll focus on improving their weaknesses most.”
At a recent club meeting, Zieth said they seemed to have even more interest from junior players than they did seniors.
"We've had plenty of people, especially with the juniors, put their handing up saying they went to help get the season off the ground,” he said.
"It's an interesting concept because since I was a kid there hasn't been junior footy here.
"We want both the senior and junior clubs to intertwine and really help out one another.”
Zieth hopes the juniors will have the opportunity to play, as part of the Central Burnett's Gala Days, every time the seniors have a game.
"I think if we can get combined teams of sixes, eights and tens playing before we do, I think that's going to be the biggest thing that's happened here for footy in twenty years,” he said.
"We have a rough number of between 15 and 20 Monto juniors keen to play.
"Hopefully we can sustain that and build on that.”
Interested juniors, parents, and senior players are welcome to join the club for a barbecue and a game of touch football on January 15 from 6pm.
Full training will commence the following week for seniors.
Keep an eye out for the club's wheel barrow raffle which will be making its way around Monto in the lead-up to Christmas.