'Touch' Aussie Rules offers the action without the tackles

KEEN PLAYERS: Looking forward to the forthcoming AFL 9s competition are Aussie Rules lovers (back from left) Curtly Caldwell, James Newberry and Molly Kenwood and (front, from left) Kris Hendy and Trent Ryan.
KEEN PLAYERS: Looking forward to the forthcoming AFL 9s competition are Aussie Rules lovers (back from left) Curtly Caldwell, James Newberry and Molly Kenwood and (front, from left) Kris Hendy and Trent Ryan. Stuart Turner

EVER fancied testing yourself at Aussie rules, but not keen on the tackles?

The perfect solution is here for you - the Cadbury AFL 9s.

Players across the region can register now for the competition, which is a touch football-style variation of the sport.

AFL Northern Rivers Juniors Administrator Molly Kenwood said the competition, which gets under way later this month and is open to players aged 12 and upwards, should be great fun for all.

"It is great to be running around having a kick in a sport I love," Kenwood, who is helping organise the tournament, said.

"It is a good social thing as well.

"We hope this will also help develop more interest in the sport for next year and become an annual competition."

This will the first time the event, which is open to teams of nine players, has taken place in the region.

Squads of up to 12 players can be entered, with each party featuring three female players.

Matches will be played on smaller fields, but other standard rules of the sport apply.

Registrations for the competition close on Friday, October 11. Matches will be held weekly at the Byron Regional Sports and Cultural Complex every Thursday night.


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