Modified AFL 9s competition wraps up season

By Shepparton News

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 focuses 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.