THE Monaro Panthers’ annual Festival ofFootball appears to be taking off with the two-day tournament set to double insize from last year’s inaugural effort.
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This year’s festival, which will be held fromOctober 13-14 at Queanbeyan’s Taylor Park Sporting Precinct, has alreadyattracted about 30 team nominations – twice as many as in 2011.

Monaro committee member and junior coachRichard Palic said at least 200 juniors representing clubs from Queanbeyan,Canberra and country NSW are expected to take part.

“Last year it was an experimental type ofthing and this year we’ve doubled in [team] numbers so we’re really happy withhow things are looking so far,” he said.

“All the teams we had last year enjoyed itand are coming back and they’ve obviously put the word out to a fair few otherteams.”

The Panthers will field 12 sides in everyage group from under-6s to under-14s. After holding the festival in Novemberlast year, Palic said the club had moved it forward in order to avoid clashingwith players’ summer sports commitments.

Matches will be held at Seiffert Oval,Campese Field and High Street.

Plans to expand the festival through to theunder-16s and under-18s age group proved unsuccessful due to a lack of interesthowever, under-14s will make their tournament debut.

The format of the competition will varyfrom five-a-side games in the under-6s and under-7s, through to full fieldmatches for under-12s and under-14s.

While the date for registering teams forthe festival has passed, Palic said there was still plenty of time for playersto sign up for the tournament.

“We’re still open to anyone who wants tojoin in, even up until the day before,” he said. “If you’re an individualplayer we’ll be able to slot you into a team.”

Individual players still interested inregistering to take part in the Festival of Football should contact RichardPalic at [email protected]南京夜网.au

Ramsey Needham in action for the Panthers during last year’s Festival of Football. Photo: Andrew Johnston

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