Sport

Frisbees to fly in Mooroopna again

By Alex Mitchell

Shepparton’s reputation as the ultimate country sporting town will be further enhanced later this year with the return of the state’s biggest frisbee event.

Last year’s Ultimate Victorian Frisbee Championship was such a hit, it is back at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve on August 25 and 26.

About 500 patrons are expected for the extravaganza and Ultimate Victoria president Ewan Wymer was ecstatic to be returning.

‘‘Our focus will be on trying to develop the sport throughout the state of Victoria and we believe that this event will go a long way towards building the culture and awareness of Ultimate Frisbee within the Greater Shepparton region,’’ he said.

‘‘We would like to thank the Greater Shepparton City Council for their tremendous support with hosting the event at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve and look forward to a fantastic display of ultimate frisbee over the weekend.’’

Last year’s event included 19 Victorian teams and two from South Australia.

A hit with the university crowd, the game has similarities to American football with catching the disk in the end zone the aim of the game.

Again, the growing sport will be on show in a free public forum, the Mooroopna event a crucial part of qualification for the national championships later in the year.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Kim O’Keeffe thanked Ultimate Victoria for bringing the tournament back for another year.

‘‘This is a great opportunity for our region to showcase Greater Shepparton and further enhance our profile as a leading major event destination in regional Australia,’’ she said.

‘‘The weekend will see approximately 500 players, officials and spectators spending time and money in Greater Shepparton, a great boost to our business and visitor economy sectors.

‘‘I encourage residents and families to get down to the Mooroopna Recreation Reserve to support this great free event in Mooroopna while seeing frisbees being thrown all around the oval.’’