Team Sport Program

Since 2010 Port School has successfully operated a team sport program. It caters for students who excel in sports as well as those who may benefit from engaging in team activities or a more robust physical program. The aim of the program is to incorporate a variety of skilled sports and offer tasters that will develop the skills across a wide range of activities. Over this period students will be engaged in the following:

  • Flag Rugby

  • Cricket

  • Gaelic Football

  • Indoor Climbing Sessions

  • Supa Golf

The main focus of the program is Flag Rugby.  This recreational sports now has competitions running all over Australia and it is a non-tackling game. Normal dimensions of the field are 70 m x 50 m. Two fields will fit on one rugby or soccer field. Eight players in each team are on the field at any one time. Players wear a belt with a Velcro patch on each side. a strip of cloth is attached to the Velcro, known as a tag. The object of the game is to score Tries. Defenders prevent this by tagging the ball carrier, and removing the tag from the belt. In Flag Rugby, the attacking team has six plays or tags to try and score a Try or promote the ball downfield as close to the line as possible. The game is exciting due to the fact of the tagging situation which can be difficult to remove. All skills are utilised, including kicking. Passing becomes an attacking weapon, and if a player is put into a gap, there is a high probability they will make a clean break. When attacking the line, fancy moves such as around the corner passes work well, often making the defender stoop low to remove the tag.

The game is low contact sports and the rules are designed to encourage this – you cannot, as an attacker, run straight at a defender, you must run at the gaps. A defendant cannot impede the progress of an attacker, so if you try to get a tag and bump the attacker you may well be penalized. The rules allow for the ball to go to ground, with the advantage rules applying. This results in a lot of broken field play. Teams kick off to commence play, and restart play after a Try has been scored. Line dropouts are taken from the centre of the Try line. Kicking in general play is only allow after the fifth tag (sixth play), but it must be below shoulder height of the referee. Games are usually played over 40 minutes, and consists of two twenty minute halves. Times may be varied to suit age groups and conditions.