Gaelic football to blitz the field

GAELIC football is blitzing its way onto the Eastern Shore this October with exhibition matches and a come-and-try day.

Those interested in watching or learning to play this traditional Irish game are welcome to come along to Warrior Park on Saturday 15 October from 2pm. Admission to the event is free and refreshments will be available.

The day will kick off with a skills and information session for the first hour, followed by an exhibition of the new social mixed football format by the Hobart Shamrocks.

The afternoon concludes with the men’s 7s match between the Tigers and the Celts.

“A fast-moving, low-injury sport played outdoors, Gaelic football is something like a cross between soccer and AFL although it actually pre-dates both,” said Alan Whykes, president of the Tasmanian Gaelic Football and Hurling Association (TGFHA).

“The game developed from traditional Irish ball sports known as ‘caid’ that date back at least 700-years.”

Mr Whykes said the sport was set to be rejuvenated this year with the new social mixed competition for ages 15 and up.

“The format features modified rules to encourage participation from women and juniors; games of two halves of 20-minutes will be played on Saturday afternoons,” he said.

“The regular league season with separate men’s and women’s divisions will still be played in early 2017, albeit with a shortened format.”

The TGFHA will also be staging its popular interstate 7s tournament, the Tassie Blitz, in November.

Full details of all competitions and information about the sport are available on the TGFHA website www.tasgaelicgames.com and Facebook www.facebook.com/tgfha.

Specific queries can be directed to info@tasgaelicgames.com or by phone to Alan on 0400588796.

Caption: Hobart Shamrocks (green) facing off against interstate competition in last year’s Tassie 7s.

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