Touch stars put to the test

Balonne Beacon - - LIFE - Laura Telford laura.telford@balon­nebea­con.com.au

BOL­LON was the place to be on Satur­day, with the po­lice putting on a fab­u­lous Blue Light touch foot­ball car­ni­val day at the town’s school oval.

Over 50 play­ers made up four teams who over the course of the day played six games, with men, women and chil­dren all tak­ing part in the day’s fes­tiv­i­ties.

Of­fi­cer in Charge at Bol­lon Po­lice, Steven Love said the day was a suc­cess.

TOUCH FOOTY: The small town of Bol­lon was buzzing on Satur­day as more than 50 play­ers par­tic­i­pated in a Blue Light touch footy car­ni­val run by Bol­lon Po­lice at the lo­cal school oval.

Of­fi­cer in charge Steven Love said the event was a great suc­cess and stemmed from outreach work by lo­cal po­lice in the com­mu­nity over the years.

“In Bol­lon, for the past three years, the po­lice have run touch footy coach­ing for the kids on a Mon­day af­ter­noon at the school and, be­cause of this, the kids kept ask­ing for matches against the par­ents,” Love said.

“After a while we de­cided to run a car­ni­val for ev­ery­one to take part in, which has now mor­phed into some­thing we do twice a year.”

The event is a chance for peo­ple to come to­gether, to re­lax and so­cialise.

“It al­lows the town to come to­gether, so it doesn’t mat­ter where peo­ple live, whether on prop­er­ties or in town itself, it is just a great day,” Love said.

On Satur­day, four teams made up of men, women and chil­dren, played a six-game round-robin com­pe­ti­tion.

On the field at any one time teams had to have three men, three chil­dren and at least one adult fe­male.

“It is a great so­cial day,” Love said.

“It’s not about win­ning prizes at the end of the day, but about ev­ery­one tak­ing part and hav­ing fun.

“The day ended with the best of the adults tak­ing on the best team of kids in the Adult All Stars and Kids Dream Team and, although the kids may have won the smack talk­ing, the score­board saw the adults dom­i­nate the play,” Love laughed.

❝ It is a great so­cial day. It’s not about win­ning prizes at the end of the day, but about hav­ing fun.

— Steven Love

PHO­TOS: LAURA TELFORD

TOUCH: Bol­lon Po­lice hosted a blue light touch car­ni­val on Satur­day.

Kids were amongst the ac­tion all day.

All the play­ers gave it their best shot.

When all was said and done ev­ery­one had a great time.

Ladies were a sta­ple part of each team.

Kids of all ages were out on the field.

PHOTO: LAURA TELFORD

TOUCH: Bol­lon Po­lice hosted a blue light touch car­ni­val on Satur­day, with men, women and chil­dren tak­ing part in the fun times.

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