Gridiron in touch
LINEBACKER, wide receiver and quarterback, for those not in the loop, these are positions on a football field.
If Scott Seccombe of the Extreme Team Training Centre has his way, those terms will soon be as well known as breakaway, five-eighth, striker or full forward.
Seccombe has pledged his own money to get the new game of Touch Gridiron up and running locally and will host an information day at Advocate Park this Saturday between 2pm and 5pm to preach the gospel.
The sessions will be repeated the following Saturday, October 1.
"The game is a hybrid form of American Football," he says, "with all the customs and most of the rules."
"It's non-contact, but you can block an opponent to stop their advancing."
"Never fear," he promises with a laugh.
"If you come to Advocate Park this Saturday all will be revealed."
Within a few weeks, Seccombe aims to have as many as six teams playing competitive Touch Gridiron over an eight week season concluding before Christ- mas.
"To make sure the idea works, our company has purchased most of the equipment needed including the jumpers each competitor gets to keep at the end of the series.
"All they need to purchase are the shorts they play in plus a mouthguard in the interests of safety."
Seccombe says the concept of the game is simple.
Well, sort of.
"At any one time, there are seven players on the field with two on the bench," he explains.
"The game goes for 40 minutes and will be played on the Comets No.1 field.
"While the full length of the field will be utilised, the width will be 49 metres.
"Give me a call on 0438 586 488 and I'll tell you all about it," he said.
"You'll love it."