Warwick Redbacks plan touch nine-a-side

AFL nine-a-side is to Aussie rules what Twenty20 is to cricket or rugby-sevens is to rugby union - a modified family-friendly version of the game suitable for players with lots of or no experience.

The game is played on a smaller field, with a smaller ball and the tackles have been replaced with touches.

The game's infamous marks are still in the modified game, without the mid-air contests.

It was the fun, social aspect of the modified game that attracted Warwick Redbacks senior coach Jason Wright to the idea of hosting an AFL nine-a-side competition in Warwick.

"It is just about people coming together, having fun, meeting new people and learning a bit about Aussie Rules," Wright said.

To start with, the competition will be a mixed one, meaning each team must have at least three females on it.

Wright said the best thing about the mixed competition was that the rules encouraged the men to share the footy around.

"Females get nine points for scoring a goal, while males only get six," he said.

"What we really want is for families to be able to nominate," Wright said.

Teams can have up to 12 players with substitutes allowed during the game.

The club are hoping to have at least eight teams registered for the eight-week competition.

"This way everyone will play each other once, and then we will have the final rounds," Wright said.

"We are encouraging teams to have team shirts, but they are not compulsory.

"The bar and canteen will be open each week so people can hang around and watch the other games as well."

If the competition is successful, Wright said, he would look at putting together a representative team of some sort to take on a Toowoomba team later in the season.

The first week of the competition will start on November 22, with the first game getting under way at 6.30pm.

It cost $5 a game or $40 a season to play.

Games will be two 20-minute halves.

A "come and try night", with social games and the chance to register your team or put your name down to be assigned to a team, will be held at Roddies Oval from 6-7.30pm on Friday night.

The bar and canteen will both be operating.

For more information phone Jason Wright on 0409 449 352.

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