Western Wendt, Ben Jacobi and Kobi Schoolie at the touch.
Western Wendt, Ben Jacobi and Kobi Schoolie at the touch. Philippe Coquerand

Season not the strongest for touch

TOUCH: It's been a difficult season for Mundubbera Touch as the playing group continues to face a shortage; with a decline from seven teams down to four teams.

Although it's been a constant fight for more players, there have been some strong contenders who have fought hard this season.

Mundubbera Touch Secretary Melinda Thorburn is optimistic next season will be better.

"We're hoping to get more young players interested in the game as they are the future of touch,” Thorburn said.

"We lost two teams in Eidsvold so our playing numbers have been down but we'll continue to get the message out there that touch is on Monday nights and that anyone is welcome to play.”

The teams this year were Derra Devils, Fifty Shades, Hammertime and Thristy Link.

This season has been good for game development.

"We've had some really good players this season like Brittany Cross, Raymond Loakes and Cawson Cross,” Thorburn said.

"It's really a game that anyone can play; we've got parents playing alongside their children and vice versa so it's just a good social game.”

Players learn several skills in touch that are vital to everyday activities.

"They learn basic coordination, catching and passing, how to work as a team, how to step and dive, and hand-eye coordination,” Thorburn said.

Mundubbera Touch President Neil Reinke said it's been an even competition.

"There haven't been many points between the four teams which means it's a pretty close contest,” Reinke said.

"We had a late start this season and I think that played a role in us not having many teams.”

The end of the season is next week with players regrouping for the second season to commence in July.


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