The marina car park at the Ivory Tavern in Tweed Heads is transformed into a beach touch footy venue for the inaugural tournament last year. More than 200 tonnes of sand will be dumped onto the car park in the space of a day to turn it into a sandy beach.
The marina car park at the Ivory Tavern in Tweed Heads is transformed into a beach touch footy venue for the inaugural tournament last year. More than 200 tonnes of sand will be dumped onto the car park in the space of a day to turn it into a sandy beach.

Sand to provide a soft landing

THEY won’t be “eight-stone weaklings” and the folk doing the kicking won’t be bullies, but there’ll be any number of people getting sand kicked into their faces at the Ivory Tavern at Tweed Heads on June 11-12.

The marina car park at the northern end of the popular watering hole will be transformed from tar and cement into a beach for the annual Ivory Tavern Ultimate Beach Touch Footy Tournament.

Eight huge trucks will deliver 220 tonnes of sand to the 20m x 30m car park on Friday morning and, by the end of the day, manager Greg Peterson and his team (with the aid of a bobcat) will turn the area into a beach.

The sand will be just under a metre deep so there’s no chance of anyone getting grazed knees or elbows.

The inaugural tournament was held last year and nearly 100 players from 25 teams competed for $1000 winner’s prizemoney, as well as numerous other prizes.

“We have already received close to 20 nominations and with the usual surge in late entries I wouldn’t be surprised if we have 30 or so teams this time round,” Mr Peterson said.

Team sizes are unlimited, but only five players can be on the field at the same time – and two of those must be players of the fairer sex.

Depending on entries, teams should get in at least four or five matches.

There’s a $50 team nomination fee and entries can be made by contacting the Ivory, or visit: www.ivorytavern.com.au.



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