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14 March, 2022

Gil touch football looking for players

The Gilgandra Touch Football Club is looking for players to kick start their 2022 season.

By Emily Middleton

It’s been a slow start, but Mark Walker and Mick Johnson from the club are keen to get the ball rolling.

“If you’re up to a run, it’s a good chance to get out and have a go,” explained Mr Walker.

The club is based purely in Gilgandra, with games mid-week evenings. Children from year seven and up are allowed to play, with no age limit for adults.

“There’s seven a side at the moment, but we proba- bly want a team of 10 players so there’s a few reserves,” said Mr Johnson.

Mr Walker has played touch football in Gilgandra for around 35 years now and has no plans on stopping any time soon. “We didn’t have it [a touch football com-

petition] for a few years, but we got a new committee and restarted the sport. We began with 10 teams, but over time they’ve just been slowly disappearing.”

The past-two years of COVID restrictions hasn’t helped.

Mr Walker and Mr Johnson have urged anyone look- ing to have a run, even if they haven’t played before and don’t know the rules, to come and give touch a go.

“It’s a good way to get out and meet other people out of your normal circle,” said Mr Walker.

“Everyone’s out there for the same objective, and it’s always just a lot of fun.”

Currently there are about three teams registered interest, so organisers are calling out for more teams and players to create a competition this year. 

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