BY KATE RAWLINS
Cadbury AFL 9s have recently been announced as the official AFL format for the 2013 Northern University Games.
Students now have the opportunity to play AFL at the event for the first time.
AFL 9s is a fast, free-flowing game that is a perfect fit for carnival style events.
The modified field and shorter games allows players to compete in multiple matches in a short period of time.
Like touch football, AFL 9s has no tackling or bumping, making it suitable for people of all ages to play.
A mixed division is planned to be introduced in future Northern University Games.
AFL Queensland Participation Programs Coordinator Marc Seen was pleased for the introduction of AFL 9s into new social markets.
“Given the time constraints placed on students, and the wider community these days, a number of people struggle to commit to a full season of sport” Seen said.
“AFL 9s is able to offer everyone a fun, social opportunity to run around with their friends which is brilliant.”
The Northern University Games are for uni and TAFE students from Queensland, Northern Territory and northern New South Wales.
The Northern University Games will take place in Brisbane between July 7 and 11, anyone interested in competing are advised to contact your university’s sports coordinator.