Combine our two favourite sports

Port Douglas Eclipse Festival FOOKET game

On November 10, the Port Douglas Eclipse Festival will host the world's first ever game of Fooket – a unique combination of two of Australia's favourite sports.

The Port Douglas All-Stars will field an AFL team and a cricket team to take on the Rest of the World in both codes in a simultaneous sporting demonstration never before encountered. Spectators and players will not know where to look as a game of cricket is contested at the same time as a game of AFL football on the same field.

The event will take place on Saturday, November 10. Gates open at 2pm with the game starting at 4pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and kids 16 and under are free. There will be full bar facilities and 15 per cent of proceeds will be donated to KIND. Download and read the rules.



PDM Gazette story 01.11.12

THE countdown is on to what could be the greatest sporting spectacle the world has ever seen or complete carnage.

Port Douglas will stage the world's first game of Fooket on November 10 - a game of cricket and a game of AFL being played on the same field at the same time.

Organiser Greg McLean said there is still places for players in both sports to put their hand up to be a part of history. "It's going to be plenty of fun and a great spectacle and we're keen to attract a few more players who want to put on a show and have a great time in front of an enthusiastic crowd," he said

"It doesn't matter if you're only a cricket legend in your own backyard or you play rugby union and reckon you can show the AFL boys a thing or two, it's just going to be a bit of fun played in a very friendly atmosphere."

Fooket was in danger of not making the field before the Port Douglas Chamber of Commerce secured an insurer last week. "Now it's all systems go for whoever wants to get on board," McLean said.

To add to the novelty, a US travel show will film a training run on Sunday including a couple of surprised American tourists. "If anyone is a bit unsure about having a go, they can come down on Sunday for the training run and see if they like it," McLean said. "I can guarantee they'll never play another game like it."

Anyone interested in playing either sport can call Greg for more information on 0458 705 438 before Sunday.