AS a typical rugby front-rower, Paul Ringland hasn’t had a lot of opportunities to kick the footy.
Like all forwards, though, he’s wanted one.
Ringland now has that chance.
Super Touch, a touch footy competition that allows all players to kick the ball after the fourth tackle, will be played at Orange’s Endeavour Oval this summer.
The competition’s manager, Ringland said the men’s and mixed competitions, kicking off on Wednesday, September 18, will add a vastly different dimension to Orange’s summer sporting landscape.
And kicking is the big point of difference.
“Grubbers, bombs, cross-field kicks, it’s all on. All those frustrated backs and forwards who haven’t been allowed to kick all year, now’s their chance,” he smiled.
Drops outs are also in play if the defending side is trapped in goal from a kick.
Adding further interest, in mixed Super Touch, women’s tries are worth two points.
“We’re hoping to be a bit more social, but there’ll also be that bit of competitiveness for the guys that are a bit more serious,” he added.
The competition will have a registration night tonight at Endeavour Oval from 6pm.
Set to begin next week, Ringland was hopeful of 15 teams come kick-off next Wednesday night.
“It’s running in Sydney ... they’ve got strong numbers up there,” he said.
“People are finding the kicking enjoyable up there.”
The City of Orange Touch Association is one of the biggest associations in the region.
Ringland said Super Touch wasn’t being run to suck some of the numbers from the COTA.
“We put it on a different night hoping not to clash with them so people can play both ... we don’t really want to run against them,” he said.
“It’s more just to make use of the facilities here.”
Super Touch is looking for referees and players with more information at www.orangesupertouch.com.