Mod­i­fied AFL comp done up to nines

Shepparton News - - SPORT - By Lau­ren Bordin

Shep­par­ton’s AFL 9s com­pe­ti­tion is wrap­ping up its sixth sea­son with the fi­nal match of the sea­son on De­cem­ber 19.

AFL 9s is a ca­sual, more in­clu­sive off-sea­son game that focues on hav­ing fun and a laugh with team mates.

It is a mixed gen­der game with no age re­quire­ments and gets the whole fam­ily in­volved.

AFL Goul­burn Mur­ray foot­ball de­vel­op­ment man­ager Mark Lam­bourn said the fact his son, 11, could play along­side men and women in their 50s was a draw­card of the game.

Lam­bourn said there was even a fam­ily and three chil­dren all play­ing along­side each other.

‘‘There are prob­a­bly not too many sports where you can all play to­gether fam­ily-wise,’’ he said.

Shep­par­ton’s AFL 9s has four main teams in­volved.

Lam­bourn said while one team — Launch It — was the favourite to win, given it al­ready had four pre­mier­ships, the other three teams were evenly matched.

The AFL 9s also fea­tures some im­pres­sive GV ta­lent, in­clud­ing VFLW play­ers So­phie Da­mon and Grace Egan.

‘‘It re­ally comes down to the girls on the team and how well they play,’’ Lam­bourn said.

He hoped to get busi­nesses in­volved as he looked to build up the AFL 9s com­mu­nity. ‘‘We’re plan­ning on ex­pand­ing in the fu­ture even more,’’ Lam­bourn said.

The 40-minute games are played Wed­nes­days from Oc­to­ber to De­cem­ber.

‘‘They (the play­ers) play the game in the spirit it should be played in,’’ Lam­bourn said. ● James Dowl­ing is a Year 11 stu­dent on work ex­pe­ri­ence at the News.

Pic­tures: Rod­ney Braith­waite

For young and old: Zac Lane, 14, marks ahead of Duane Far­rant in Shep­par­ton AFL 9s ac­tion.

Fire away: Mim Cuth­bert hand passes to a team­mate.

On the run: Josh Lane passes in front of his team mate.

Dart­ing: Matt Walsh makes a quick change in di­rec­tion.

Tech­nique: Duane Far­rant ex­e­cutes the per­fect ball drop.

After­burn­ers: Luke Burns looks up the field.

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