The touch tournament at the Hawke's Bay Masters Games will be played at Tareha Park, Taradale, on the weekend of October 8-9.
Rachel Cooper, of the Taradale Rugby Club, will run the New Zealand Touch Association-sanctioned tournament. The origins of touch football can be traced back to Australia in the 1960s, where it was used as a warm-up game for rugby codes.
Touch is a fast-moving, minimal-contact, evasive game that is played throughout the world by men and women of all ages and skill levels. The game is similar to rugby but without the tackling, scrummaging, rucking, mauling, lineouts and kicks.
The men's tournament is for players over 30 and over 40, while the women have to be 25-plus.
There is also a mixed teams event in which there must be three women on the field at all times.
* For a registration form, download one from HB Masters Games site: www.hbmg.co.nz or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Bruce Macdonald on (06) 8435600 during the day or (021) 243 9010 any time.