Mick Brookes and Harry Rosnell of Yamba Breakers Football Club have organised a beach football tournament.
Mick Brookes and Harry Rosnell of Yamba Breakers Football Club have organised a beach football tournament.

Kicking sand

THE inaugural Sultans of Sand beach football competition will be held at Yamba's Turners Beach on October 15-16.

The competition, which coincides with the Surfing the Coldstream music festival, is the brainchild of the local Yamba Breakers club.

"We wanted to create an event that would act as a good end-of-season trip for players to experience all that Yamba has to offer," organiser Harry Rosnell said.

"The participants can play a few rounds of beach football through the day and then enjoy some world-class entertainment at the Surfing the Coldstream festival at night."

The competition has already attracted a good number of local teams from the Clarence Valley area and will be played under slightly varied rules to league football.

"It is six a side and the field is much smaller and squarer, only about 25 metres by 35 metres," Rosnell said.

"The games are 20 minutes long and the tournament will run as a round robin.

"The winning side will receive a trophy, as well as the privilege of being the first to be engraved on our perpetual Sultans of Sand shield."

Rosnell is hoping the competition will grow in stature and become an annual feature of the Northern New South Wales football calendar.

Any registered football player over the age of 15 is invited to have a shot at the title. Cost is $20 per person.

To register as a team or individual, reply to sultansofsand@hotmail.com to reserve your spot.

The competition will run alongside Yamba's well known Surfing the Coldstream arts festival.

The headline act this year is reggae group Kingtide, with support acts Kaha and Mouldy Lovers completing a solid line-up.



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