Summer 6s competition kicks goals for club sides
THE Summer 6s football competition has two goals in the bag as it prepares to kickoff its second season next month.
South Services Gunners Soccer Club started the competition last year to give football players a more intense, competitive form of the game to play during the off-season and attract players back to the code.
Gunners player and competition organiser Shanon Tough said the club noticed it had no players aged around 20 and wondered what it could do to attract them to the game.
"We also wanted to give younger, fitter players from 16 up a competitive form of the game to play for trophies and experience."
Tough said Supa Oldies, played on Thursday nights, was a great social form of the game. "I play Supa Oldies with my wife and we have a great time but they don't even keep count of goals scored," he said.
The Gunners club noticed an immediate boost to its player ranks after the first season last year.
"We had seven new players sign on to play in the winter competition from the Summer 6s," he said.
After attracting more than 300 players in age groups ranging from under-6s to U30s last year, Tough said the competition is looking to expand in 2013.
"There's plenty of room at Rushforth Park and we play on reduced size fields, so we're not setting a limit on the numbers who can play," he said.
SUMMER 6S DETAILS
Sixes to nines: play the small-sized football games played on Saturdays.
10s and 11s play on quarter fields.
12s and above play on traditional six-a-side half field.
WHAT IS IT?
Summer 6s is six-a-side football played on reduced sized fields.
Games are played in two 20-minute halves.
Competition goes from October 15 until December 17.
Played on Tuesday afternoons between 4pm and 7pm
Open to all age groups.
HOW TO JOIN UP
Open days every Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm until October 8.
Fees range from $40 to $85 for the season. Registered players from the winter competition receive a discount.