Foot­ball tour­na­ment first for Wanaka

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Wanaka men An­drew Miller and An­dre Klein have or­gan­ised a new seven-a-side soc­cer tour­na­ment tipped to bring more than 200 masters ath­letes to town at Wai­tangi Week­end.

Miller and Klein are both New Zealand Masters Fut­sal (in­door foot­ball) sil­ver medal­ists and play reg­u­larly in var­i­ous lo­cal leagues.

They also run the lo­cal win­ter fut­sal com­pe­ti­tion.

The men say the av­er­age age of the Cen­tral Otago Foot­ball League is ‘‘on the ma­ture side’’ and there is room for more masters (over-35) com­pe­ti­tions.

But apart from a cou­ple of tour­na­ments in Dunedin and Alexan­dra, there are few other chances for older play­ers to turn out.

The men hope the Wanaka tour­na­ment will even­tu­ally com­pli­ment the Alexan­dra Foot­ball Sevens in Oc­to­ber, which brings hun­dreds of young and ‘‘not so young’’ men and women to the dis­trict.

‘‘There can’t be many bet­ter back­drops to a foot­ball pitch than at Pem­broke Park in the heart of Wanaka. We love foot­ball and a few other peo­ple do to. Com­bin­ing the two was a no-brainer. I’m ex­cited to see where this could go,’’ Klein said.

Masters rules will ap­ply and slid­ing tack­les are out­lawed.

Late en­tries are still open and the or­gan­is­ers are happy to put play­ers in touch with teams.

New contest: An­drew Miller and An­dre Klein are plan­ning a soc­cer sevens tour­na­ment for Fe­bru­ary 7-8. Photo: An­drew Miller/Fair­fax NZ

What: Wanaka Soc­cer Sevens

Where: Pem­broke Park

When: Fe­bru­ary 7 and 8 More info: wanakasoc­cer­se­v­; face­­cer­se­v­ens.

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