Tryouts draw enough players for atom, peewee, bantam teams
Minor football is now under way in Cumberland County, after weekend tryouts saw youngsters come from around the county. (From left) Brad Chambers, Lucas Brown, Brad Barton and Cody Rector are among the young people in the county who enjoy the game. Dave Mathieson - The Citizen
AMHERST - The future of football in Cumberland County looks bright after a new core of 50 kids came out for football practice Saturday and Sunday at Dickey Park in Amherst.
"It went better than expected," Cumberland County Football organizer Travise Dow said. "The kids were great, they picked up the skills really quick and I'm really excited about the future."
Kids came from throughout Cumberland County to learn basic skills such as the football stance, basic footwork, tackling, receiving, running backwards and they also ran a few defencive and offencive drills.
"Some of the kids were hesitant to come out," Dow said. "But once they realized there was a position for everyone on the football field, they were no longer hesitant.
"There are 24 positions on a football team and if there's one position that's not good for you, then there's another that will be great for you."
Springhill's Bryce Melanson is just one example of how football can adapt to a players needs.
"He was in one position and we moved him to guard (offence) and nose-tackle (defence) and it was like he was built for that position," Dow said. "He's a natural football player. Before coming out he'd had natural ability and he's going to be a great little player."
The teams will play in the Moncton Football Association and there are enough kids to form teams in atom, peewee and bantam.
"We have enough for the atom and we have enough on paper for peewee and bantam," Dow said. "We're always accepting new players. There's no limit to the number of players we'll take.
"If you sign up you make the team," Dow added. "What position you play will be dictated by on-field tryouts but, once you sign up, we'll find a position for you."
The Cumberland teams will be called the Wolf Pack and the next meeting for the Cumberland Minor Football League will be Wednesday, May 19, at the Amherst Regional High School cafeteria.
"We'll discuss the future of the teams," Dow said. "We've only had one meeting as a group so far, so there's some things we have to discuss like fundraising and t-shirts for the kids."
During the practice, the kids used equipment lent to them from Sackville and the Moncton Football Association. They had goalposts made by Rick Gould Welding and they had parents help with the coaching and the barbecue.
"Thanks to the kids and all the volunteers, we had a great start," Dow said.
More information can be found at www.monctonfootball.ca