Henry Landers - 8 October 2015
The hard work seems to be paying off for Adelaide’s Skillmatics Touch Football team at the 15th Australian Masters Games.
“We train a lot,” said Rebecca Harper, who sustained a bloody nose during the opening game.
“Most of us are actually in state teams and we compete at National Opens level. We generally train five, six times a week and we play probably three or four times a week, particularly now, coming into summer, is when we actually have all of our competitions and training”.
The team is competing at the Australian Masters in the Mixed 30s division.
“We’ve just played one game so far and we won 8-3, so that’s extremely enjoyable, but a really exciting thing is actually to come out to these touch fields, which are actually our local touch fields, and see the setup and see lots of people from interstate and overseas out here,” said Harper.
“It’s actually exciting to showcase touch football in South Australia”.
The Skillmatics first experienced the Australian Masters in 2013. “We actually went over to Geelong a couple of years ago and just absolutely loved it,” said Harper.
“It’s really nice, usually we’re playing in open divisions and it’s incredibly intense and Masters Games is just a time where we can probably play with people more in our age group and have a little bit more of a relaxed outlook to the way we’re playing and kind of enjoy tournament touch without the serious intensity.”
Harper believes it’s the Skillmatics closeness as a team, and their familiarity with the sport and each other, that gives them an advantage over their competition.
“I think most of us have been playing since we were probably at university, I myself have come from New South Wales so we play touch football from when we can walk, it’s just what we do.”
The 15th Australian Masters Games are being held in Adelaide, October 3-10, featuring more than 10,000 participants from across Australia and around the world.
The Australian Masters Games is proudly sponsored by the South Australian Tourism Commission through Events South Australia.
We're heading west! The next Australian Masters Games will take place in Perth in 2021.
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