by Jack Lawrie
TOUCH: It's been a rocky road to get there, but Monto touch footy will finally begin its competition next Tuesday night.
Formed after the Monto Roos were unable to field a team for league season, interest has grown steadily with five teams on board for the last muck-around game, with hopes of a sixth.
Unfortunately the game came to an abrupt end when a player took a fall and broke his collarbone.
The young man was awake and alert when the ambulance arrived to take him off the field, joking around with the other players, but it's likely the injury will see him off for six weeks.
Organiser Brieanna Curtis said it wouldn't affect the draw, but was a reminder to be aware of safety while playing.
"It happens all the time, you can't really do much about it, but he's tough, he might even be back by three weeks,” Curtis said.
Though the touch footy was intended to be run by the Monto Roos, in practice it's become a fairly casual competition, with Curtis doing most of the organising.
The downside to that is that every player is in charge of their own safety; the only contract for joining is a $2 entry fee.
Shane Curtis helped out by mowing out the lines and refereeing the games along with his daughter, but really wants to just have a game himself.
"We need the footballers to put a team in, since they were the ones who could've been getting money out of this,” he said.
"We always thought we'd get four teams, but it's just a matter of trying to get out through the rain.”
The injury did not dampen spirits however, and players are keen to get out.
The draw will be on Friday, with arrivals at 6pm on Tuesday for a 6.15pm start.