Footy Fever is on

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Broome Touch Association committee members and players are very excited to return to the field tonight.
Camera IconBroome Touch Association committee members and players are very excited to return to the field tonight. Credit: Broome Advertiser, Carly Laden

Touch football enthusiasts and team sports lovers alike have rejoiced as one of Broome’s most popular sporting competitions returns to competition today.

The Broome Touch Association has become one of the first sporting clubs to resume competition, picking up from where it left off back in March when the season had to be postponed because of COVID-19.

While many players have rejoiced at being able to return to the field, BTA has enforced strict guidelines to ensure the safety of players and officials.

Some of the guidelines include advising unwell players to stay home; for players only to attend Father McMahon Oval for their own match; no handshakes or team huddles; and discouraging spectators from attending.

Teams will square off in rounds seven, eight and nine over the course of three weeks, allowing teams to play each other at least once before finals.

While the idea of a round robin competition for finals was floated at last Tuesday’s captains’ meeting, a concrete plan was yet to be confirmed at the time of print.

Broome Touch Association president Chris Channing said it was great team sports were able to return to Broome to bring back some form of normality after being in isolation.

“Coming back together in a safe way to play any sport has to be a plus, and I’m proud that touch football is one of the first retuning sports in town,” he said.

“It’s credit to our current and former committees that our association has such a solid foundation and we’re in a position to return to our competition as soon as we are.”

Following the conclusion of season one, BTA will have a two-week break until the second season for the year kicks off on July 23, as originally planned.

The second season, which will be played through to November, has already been anticipated as one of BTA’s biggest competitions yet.

“We’re more than happy to accommodate teams and players from other codes that might not be playing their preferred sports, and I’ve spoken to a few players from a couple of WKFL teams that are interested in nominating a team or two,” Mr Channing said.

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