Push to re-establish gridiron teams in North and South

A GROUP of Northern gridiron enthusiasts is keen to get the sport re-established in Launceston and is seeking potential players and sponsors.

Spokesman Trent Barrett said their aim was to get two teams set up in both the North and South of the state with a regular season round-robin roster played between the four teams.

"If we can get the four teams up and running we could then have a Northern representative side play a representative team from Hobart and from that we could pick a Tasmanian rep side to take part in the Gridiron Australia national championships," he said.

"We have about 40 people interested in playing in the North at the moment which would give us a base group of players but we welcome more players and potential sponsors."

Barrett said a Launceston Eagles gridiron team existed during the 1990's, and took part in a statewide competition involving four teams at that time.

"When the Launceston team folded a few of us kept travelling to Hobart to play each weekend for three years but eventually the Hobart team petered out too," he said.

"We would like to get it all up and going again."

The gridiron players currently train at Launceston's Coronation Park in Mulgrave Street, with the next session scheduled for January 25, from 2-4pm.

"Everyone is welcome to come along and have a go as long as they are aged 16 or over," he said.

"We're hoping to raise a bit of sponsorship too because it can be an expensive sport to get involved and we can get the teams kitted out and get cracking."Any gridiron inquiries can be directed to Matt Cameron on 0458728765, or by email to northerntasmaniagridiron@gmail.com

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