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Ginever Launches McDonald’s AFL 9s Spring Season

By ZAC MILBANK | Twitter @zacmilbank

Port Adelaide great Tim Ginever is pulling on the boots again, lining up for his second season of McDonald’s AFL9s in the South Parklands.

Launching the 2015/16 McDonald’s AFL9s Spring Season, Ginever said he was itching to have fun with his mates while playing the popular non-contact version of Australian Football.

Speaking on SANFL Radio, the recently inducted SA Football Hall of Famer declared McDonald’s AFL9s was ideal for people of all walks of life, regardless of their age or gender.

The 49-year-old’s greatest highlight was to line-up with teenage son Darcy last season, an opportunity which otherwise wouldn’t have presented itself if not for McDonald’s AFL9s.

McDonald’s AFL9s is played between two teams of nine with interchange players. The field has a recommended length of 100 metres (which can be modified depending on the age and ability level of participants) and is divided into three zones: a mid-zone and two scoring zones.

Teams score by kicking the football into their attacking scoring zone to designated forwards who are the only players permitted to score. A mark is awarded irrespective of the distance the ball has travelled and if the ball hits the ground it is an automatic turnover.

McDonald’s AFL 9s is a non-contact version of the game which requires players to implement a touch in place of a tackle.

All this, minus the bruises of traditional footy!

The South Australian Spring Season kicked off on Wednesday night, with different competitions catering for families, mixed gender, women, men and men aged over 35.

Matches are played at 14 venues across South Australia including the City, Unley, Gepps Cross, Morphett Vale and the Adelaide Hills.

To date, more than 90 teams have registered for the Spring Season across the state, with more than 1000 players taking part.

Listen to Tim Ginever speaking with SANFL radio