Apologies if you heard the same announcement last week but we missed many teams last week. Today we are discussing the the parts of PPT
Something that many players do not know is that PPT is far more than its weeknight social competitions.
We have representative, women’s, preseason, juniors, and referee programs
Of particular interest is the rep side, which is open to all players. On the 13th of February we will be going to State Cup and sending multiple team. It is a great day and we’d encourage all players to consider it (details on the website)
We will not be running a competition round on Australia day, Wednesday the 26th of January. This season on Wednesday the plan is to give every team 14 games (a hatful of team will get 13), barring unforeseen interruptions we will achieve that. This is already the longest season in Melbourne.
However there is likely to be many teams that wish to play next week. Therefore our plan is to run a short format tournament round (2 short games) for those teams that want to play. Those gamed will be refereed but they will not be for competition points. In order to prepare a fixture teams should let us know before Sunday night.
Teams that may have a large number of individuals keen (but not a full team) should also let us know. As we may be able to merge teams for the evening
Given we are all about social touch we will likely be concentrating on the social divisions. PPT will provide free drinks (water and powerade), marque, shirts and BBQ lunch. Cost for individuals playing with us is $20 (this is heavily sponsored)
Teams can also enter directly but please contact us first as we will sponsor the entry cost of your team.
In addition to a typical Christmas message this does also contain some useful info around what we have been up to and our plans for 2022. 😉
But first I’d like to reflect on 2021. Its been a tough year but I think PPT has navigated it well. During these times with the disruption and working from home I know playing touch with and socialising with friends in an amazing park environment was something many (including myself) looked forward too.
I was especially proud of the fact that not only did we finish the 2021 Winter season (in November) but also grew participation this year to record levels. Across our various arms we were already the largest touch organisation in the state but thrillingly for the first time our mid week social competitions are now the biggest in Victoria (11 years ago we were 4th).
Especially pleasing is the history we now have in our park competition. One team now in its 20th year playing at PPT and many with 15 years or more of history still running around. This season we also started our Juniors program and will be running a second module in 2022 so we can now look at getting multiple generations involved.