No tries this time but at least we’re try­ing, right? Each team has six touches be­fore they need to han­dover the ball to their op­po­nents. That seems like enough to cover 35m right? Wrong

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Be­cause it doesn’t take long to fall be­hind again.

I had a few days rest af­ter the 5km race the other week­end and when I at­tempted to run just half that dis­tance, my body de­clared ‘Yeah, nah...’

It’s all about con­sis­tency, so hope­fully touch footy will help with that while help­ing me achieve that bang­ing bikini body in time for Christ­mas.

In our first game, we scored two tries.

Thank­fully they were scored by a woman and a 10-year-old, mean­ing dou­ble points!! So the fi­nal score didn’t look too bad.

De­spite look­ing slightly less ‘we have no clue what we’re do­ing’ in our sec­ond clash, we never even reached that elu­sive try line.

But it’s chal­leng­ing when half your team is learn­ing the rules as they go along.

Ba­si­cally, touch foot­ball is like rugby league, ex­cept tack­les are re­placed with touches. Creepy I know.

Teams must move the ball down the field to­ward their ‘try zone’, without pass­ing the ball for­ward, drop­ping the ball or kick­ing it. Es­pe­cially hard for AFL fans to com­pre­hend.

Each team has six touches be­fore they need to han­dover the ball to their op­po­nents. That seems like enough to cover 35m right? Wrong.

When touched, an at­tacker must stop and roll the ball, as­sum­ing the dummy half will be be­hind them to col­lect it and pass it on. I was al­ways taught to ‘never as­sume’. This cer­tainly rings true for new play­ers, as they in­cred­u­lously won­der ‘what the hell just hap­pened?’ when the ball gets snatched up by an op­pos­ing player who goes on to score a try.

De­fend­ers are also re­quired to be back a min­i­mum of 5m when an at­tacker rolls the ball or risk be­ing called ‘off­side’ by the ref­eree. A word that rings through my ears at least 10 times every game.

For­tu­nately, we have an ex­pe­ri­enced, knowl­edge­able and very pa­tient team cap­tain.

So if we con­tinue to lis­ten to her and do what she tells us, we should be able to have a win in per­haps week 18.

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