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A touch of fun

Tuesday, 24th April, 2012

KEEN: Matt Kiddle is one of the many locals set to take part in the new Touch Rugby competition. KEEN: Matt Kiddle is one of the many locals set to take part in the new Touch Rugby competition.

By Darrin Manuel

A new avenue for fun and fitness will soon arrive in the city with the YMCA set to run a mixed Touch Rugby competition.

The seven-week competition will cater for eight teams of up to 10 players, with each team required to field a minimum of three ladies.

YMCA Centre Manager, Kerry McDonald, said the sport was open to anyone over 12 years and could provide a great source of fun for families or those simply looking for a good workout.

“We just wanted to try something new. We didn’t want to interfere with the soccer and AFL, but we wanted to give people something new to do,” she said.

“It’s a good way for people to get some extra fitness, even if they are playing football, soccer or league - it’s great for cardio fitness.”

The games will be played at 5.30pm on Mondays at the Memorial Oval, with the first round scheduled for May 28.

Ms McDonald said there was still plenty of scope for players, officials and businesses to get involved.

“We’ve had a lot of people interested but we haven’t worked out a first prize yet so if anyone out there would like to sponsor us they can jump on board,” she said.

“We’re hoping to get teams in from Menindee. This season is just a trial to see how it goes, but hopefully it grows in the future.

“We’d just like to ask people not to wait until the last minute because we’ll only take eight teams in the first competition.

“We’re also still recruiting for referees. We’d like to have a pool of around eight so we can rotate them, and just in case people are away.”

One player eager to see the competition get underway is local Rugby League official Matt Kiddle who predicted that the sport would be a hit.

“It’s an exciting time for Broken Hill to have a touch footy competition,” said Mr Kiddle.

“Over on the central coast the sport is really big so it’s great to see it coming to town.”

Team registrations for the competition will close on May 24, and can be lodged at the YMCA or by phoning 8088 1999.

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