EXPERIENCE: Anthony Gronert refereed and coached the high school Grom Groms.
EXPERIENCE: Anthony Gronert refereed and coached the high school Grom Groms. Jack Lawrie

Touch shows signs of growth

Touch: With the Monto touch footy competition in its third week, the plan to give younger players a chance to learn against the older players is coming to fruition.

In the first match of the competition, the Grom Groms, comprised mainly of Monto State High students and other teenagers, faced off against the Ouss Ouss, made up of mostly young adults (with the odd veteran like Shane Curtis thrown in).

They played in cold conditions that pushed both sides to the edge, but in the end the older players prevailed with a final score of 9-5 to the Ouss Ouss.

Though they won, Ouss Ouss captain Tom Morgan said they learned quickly not to underestimate the younger players.

"We underestimate them a little bit, but they're playing pretty well,” Morgan said.

Monto State High PE teacher Anthony Gronert, who coached and played with the Grom Groms in addition to refereeing, said they were improving every week.

"They've all got an interest in footy so it's great to see them come out,” Gronert said.

"At the moment they've got a little bit of work to do to improve pace. We're a little sloppy in a couple of fundamentals, like quick plays to create opportunities.”

Though the cold might have been a factor, Gronert said his team needed to move quick when attacking to give the other team less time to get back and defend.

The following game was more one-sided, the Hasbeens defeating Leftovers 9-1.

Both teams were comprised of over players, with Leftovers containing a lot of the farmers from 70km out of town, as well as others not in a team. Hasbeens was comprised mainly of farmers and teachers.


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