Much value put on 10 years? effort

THEY have a player waitinglist and are not big on playing traditional touch, but the JLA Valuers A masters men's touch football team is back for a 10th season next week.

JLA Valuers are just one of 176 teams playing in the Rockhampton Touch Association summer seasons which runs on to the Cyril Connell Park fields on Monday and Wednesday.

Last year the summer competition hosted 149 teams.

Touch football encompasses all elements of the sport ? from the highly competitive to social teams ? sometimes these two factors can cross paths.

JLA Valuers' team members hail from a variety of sporting backgrounds from old rugby league players, to rugby union players and cricketers.

Former Comets players Brad Neven, Andrew Schick play alongside cricketers Scott

Mansfield and Steve McDonald while there is also a rugby union flavour with Adrian Price along with some golf representation, courtesy of Steve Anderson.

Long-time team member Robert Woodward said this team didn't play traditional touch.

"We're more eratic,'' Woodward said.

"Most of us are still competitive, but fitness with age is a telling factor.''

There is both on and off-field pressure in this line-up with about six players on the team's waiting list this season ? including Comets coach Neale Crow.

The waiting list is noted with a fear that if a player misses the end-of-season drinks they might not get a jersey the next season.

Anderson was unable to attend the last post-season drinks and was on the phone halfway through the night to ensure he hadn't been axed for next season.

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