TRL catches on with kids
WALSON Carlos has been blown away by the response to touch rugby league (TRL) in Rockhampton.
Two weeks into the first junior season and more than 165 kids are registered for the eight-week season.
Carlos, the TRL juniors co-ordinator, said the high level of initial interest had been a welcome surprise.
"We initially were aiming for 80 kids, but that's been blown right out of the water, which is great." Carlos said.
Eighteen junior TRL teams over four age groups got their first taste of competition on Wednesday.
Carlos said the main differences between TRL and touch football were the players' ability to run from dummy-half and kick in general play.
He said those two rules were proving popular among the kids.
"Particularly the opportunity the kids have to kick has been popular and it is really good for their development because it opens up a whole new method of attack that players can exploit and hone their skills at," he said.
"Not only that, but when you're defending with the kicking rule, players need to be aware and work on ways to defend against kicks.
"It's been really great to see the kids thinking their way through this part of the game."
Organisers are already planning for a season in Term 1 of school in 2016.
Parents or coaches interested in registering a team for 2016 are encouraged to contact organisers through the TRL Rockhampton Facebook page or visit www.trl rockhampton.com.au.
TRL Round 1 results
U/8s: Raging Bulls 6 defeated All Stars 2, Footyroos 4 defeated TRL Joeys 3
U/10s: Young Stars defeated TRL Tigers, TRL Cowboys 5 defeated Terrifying Ruthless Leaguers 2
U/12s: Fast and Furious defeated Norths Knights All Stars, Bala Rangers defeated TRL Roosters
U/14s: North Rocky High Two defeated Lads and Lasses, TRL Eagles 3 defeated North Rocky High One 1, Kiss My Pass defeated RGS Bush Kids