STRONG SHOWING: Riley Dunlop with the ball for Wide Bay.
STRONG SHOWING: Riley Dunlop with the ball for Wide Bay. Claudia Williams

Improving skills in trial game

AUSSIE RULES: The Wide Bay 10-12 years school sport side showed their strength at Lyle Vidler Oval on Sunday with a dominant 108 point win over the Darling Downs Demons.

It was a trial game for the teams ahead of the QSS state championships which will be held in Brisbane in June.

Coach of the Wide Bay side, Ben Lethborg, said he was proud of the fight his team showed.

"It was good to see the way that they worked with one another, their commitment and their application to pressure, it was really good,” he said.

"Their effort and for the size of some of the kids is very impressive.”

Lethborg coached a number of the boys in the team last year and is enjoying seeing them develop as players.

"We struggled a bit last year and we are hoping to improve game by game and see how we go,” Lethborg said.

The team will have another trial game in Hervey Bay ahead of the championships.

AFL Queensland regional manager for the Darling Downs, Jeff Neumann, said it was a great opportunity to prepare ahead of the state championships.

"It can always prove to be difficult to schedule practice games during the season but the DD and Wide Bay school officials have worked together to make sure both teams are well prepared ahead of the state championships early next month,” he said.

"Both sides boast impressive lists and no doubt both coaching groups will be looking to fine tune, with the result only a bonus.”

While there is no junior footy in the South Burnett, four players represented the region in the team.

"It is great to have a competitive junior game of football back in the South Burnett, as junior footy looks to return mid-June on Friday nights,” Neumann said.