Australian rules non-contact is coming.
Australian rules non-contact is coming.

Chance to get a kick out of footy

IF you’ve got a touch of Australian rules in you, then the AFL Recreational competition kicking off soon might be the sport for you in the coming months.

The mixed competition has proved popular in Brisbane, which is where Dale Sparkman, who has an association with the Gladstone Mudcrabs, first saw the game.

On his recommendation, AFL Capricornia development officer Stuart Seager thought the game was a fantastic chance for Australian rules players, as well as anyone looking for a way to keep their fitness up.

“It’s a good opportunity to get a new sport up and running in Gladstone, as well as getting female participation,” Seager said.

“And for AFL players who may not play another sport in the off-season, it will be a good way for them to keep their skills up.”

The competition is non-contact and teams field only eight players at a time.

A minimum of three female players must be on the field at all times, and the team is split into zones – backs, midfielders, forwards, with only forwards allowed to kick goals.

There is no defined age limit. However, secondary school students and older will be allowed to play. The competition will run for eight weeks on Tuesday nights, with games being played at 6pm and 7pm.

Next Tuesday will be a come and try night, with round one kicking off the following week, on October 12.

The final round will be played on Tuesday, November 30 and the finals will be held on December 7.

A minimum team fee of $500 is to be paid by all competing teams. Another $50 will be paid per extra player if teams have more than 10 players. For example, if a team has 13 players it would pay another $150, making a total of $650.

This works out to be about $6 each a game, cheap when compared with other team sports.

The three major sponsors are Gladstone Physio and Fitness, Raine and Horne Gladstone, and Sparkman’s Cabinets and Joinery. With their generosity, players will be competing for $1500 in prize money.

The games will be played at the Touch Football Grounds.

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