American alternative

Men big and small, short or tall are invited to try their hands at gridiron football on Saturday.

The come and try event, hosted by Gippsland Gladiators, will be held at Maryvale Reserve and is open to men aged 18 years and above, catering for players of all abilities.

Gippsland Gladiators running back Ben Lindsay said before he started with the Gladiators, his only knowledge of American football stemmed from games on television and films.

“I came from (an Aussie rules) football background but I had a king hit incident and I had to play a sport where you had to wear a mask,” Lindsay said.

“I was talking to a couple of guys who played and they said come down for a run and now I’ve been playing for about two years.

“Being athletic already I thought it helped me but if you were a big fella coming to the sport, you’ve got a role as well to fill, it doesn’t matter where you are, you’re always going to make the team no matter what.”

Lindsay said in addition to inclusion, the sport had a lot to offer those looking for an alternative to Aussie rules football.

“AFL is just run run run, go go go all the time but grid iron is a lot of stop starting, it’s more strategic, there’s a lot more thinking and planning involved,” he said.

“You learn different skills, footwork, and you get to make different mates, it’s Gippsland wide, not just one town.

“It will be great if anyone wants to come along for a good day – come and try it out. We’re going to have a barbecue as well.”

The come and try day will run from 10am to 1pm on Saturday at Maryvale Reserve, Grant Street, Morwell.

For more information phone Leigh Gourley on

0402 295 095.