NEW SEASON: AFL Wide Bay is hosting a come and try session to drum up interest in the AFL 9s competition starting on November 4.
NEW SEASON: AFL Wide Bay is hosting a come and try session to drum up interest in the AFL 9s competition starting on November 4.

Let the games begin

AFL Wide Bay wants more than six teams competing in the upcoming AFL 9s competition when the season begins next month at Frank Coulthard Oval.

Tomorrow, at the oval, the organisation is holding a come and try registration session to create and build teams for the new AFL 9s competition starting on Wednesday, November 4.

AFL 9s is a new form of Aussie Rules where nine players are on the ground at any one time.

Similar to netball, three zones are introduced, with defenders, midfielders, and forwards in each of those zones.

Only forwards can score goals and players can make unlimited interchanges at any time they want.

Finally the match itself goes for 40 minutes, with two 20-minute halfs.

Development manager for Wide Bay AFL 9s Shaun Stone said the new game suited all age groups and skill levels.

AFL 9s is more social, and allows everyone to play, unlike a normal AFL game," Stone said.

"There is also no tackling with players tagging each other to turn the ball over."

The game has an emphasis on including both genders with mixed teams recommended by the organisation.

Wide Bay AFL also wants plenty of teams to compete this year.

This will be the third year of the competition with the amount of teams rising from four to six last year in the second season.

Stone wants to build on that again for 2015.

"We know it is hard to crack into an area dominated by league and union," he said.

"What AFL 9s provide is something for players to do when they aren't tied down by other sports in winter. We hope to attrack some of them, and more, through this competition."

Teams already interested are urged to sign up either this Wednesday, or next week, for the competition.

People who are also interested, but not involved in a team, should also come to the event so they can be assigned into a team.

The come and try event starts at 6pm.



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