Green machine on fire

Emerald touch team the Nunchuckers, are looking forward to go one better in the 2011 season.
Emerald touch team the Nunchuckers, are looking forward to go one better in the 2011 season. Sam Woods

THERE is not a ninja in sight and few of these girls would know how to wield a nunchaku. But swap the martial arts weapon for a touch football and it’s a completely different story.

After going down to In2design Cougars in a drop-off for last season’s Emerald A-Grade touch grand final, the Nunchuckers are already firming their position as the new favourites in 2011.

“We’ve got a lot of younger players with plenty of experience in Capricorn and even state sides,” Nunchuckers player and team mentor Janelle Ramsey said.

“Not many teams train but we do – they (the girls) are keen as mustard, they’re really coming along well, staying back doing some fitness and extra stuff.”

Fellow player Cooper Hill who has been with the side since 2009 said it was an impressive commitment by the young players, many of whom were juggling sport and study obligations.

“Most of them play at school, then they come down with us on Tuesdays and Thursdays to train,” Hill said.

“We’ll run them through a few drills and just try to make everyone feel welcome.

“After the game we’ll talk about what went well and what we could have done better at.”

Emerald business owner, John Pusey, is no punter but can recognise a good thing when he sees it and has thrown his sponsorship support behind the stars.

After losing by a whisker last year, he suggested the girls in green were yet to show their best.

“They probably gave a few away just to keep the opposition happy,” he said.

“They’re very good... they show a lot of promise.”

Last Wednesday, the Nunchuckers ran away comfortable winners in the weekly match-up at Emerald Racecourse but they, like many teams in the competition, often played lower grades in an effort to boost skills an ensure every side got a game.

“It helps everyone out and after all, we’re all here just for a bit of fun,” Ramsey said.

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