The 19th annual Brass Monkey ultimate frisbee tournament will be held in Rotorua this weekend, bringing together more than 140 players from around the country.

Spectators are invited to check out this fast-growing sport which is taking off both in New Zealand and around the world.

Tomorrow, tournament competitors play in an indoor championship at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre. Sixteen teams will compete for the title of Brass Monkey indoor champions, with a local team taking on challengers from Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Christchurch and Mt Maunganui.

The action will be fierce and fast as the indoor version of the game is carried out on a small field and at an often frantic pace. Spectators are invited to catch the action between 9am and 6.30pm. Finals are scheduled to begin from 5.30pm.


On Sunday the action will head outdoors to the social tournament - all players' names are put into a hat and teams are drawn out randomly.

Ultimate is a mixed-gender non-contact team sport played between teams of seven players on a similar-sized field to a rugby field.

Indoor ultimate is played in Rotorua every Thursday night over winter, at the Rotorua Girls' High School Arena, between 6.30pm and 8pm. New players are always welcome, and play their first game for free (thereafter $5 per night).

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* What: Brass Monkey ultimate frisbee tournament

* When & where: Tomorrow at Energy Events Centre, 9am to 6.30pm. Sunday at Medical Officer's Reserve (opposite Rotorua Boys' High School on Pukuatua St), 10am to 3pm.