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Players line up for the snap during a Newfoundland Flag Football League at the Techniplex indoor facility in Pleasantville. The league, now in its second year, is hoping to expand from four teams to six for next season. The circuit’s 16-game season finishes up Thursday with the final at 10 p.m. featuring The Thieves and Flying Pigs.
As the Newfoundland Flag Football League clews up its second season of operation Thursday night with its championship game at the Techniplex indoor facility in Pleasantville, organizers are hopeful of growing the league from four teams to six next winter.
The league, which started in January, 2012, involves 64 players and unlike the popular Coors Light St. John’s Touch Football League which operates at Bro. Eagan field through the summer, the flag football league features eight-on-eight play with a three-man offensive line and a defensive line consisting of two to three players.
“We’ve had a couple of touch football players come over and play flag football,” said Harry Clarke, one of the Newfoundland Flag Football League’s organizers, “but only a small percentage.
“We’d like to see more guys come over and play. The few who have really enjoy it and with the touch football league running through the summer, and our league in the winter, it allows guys to play for a few months in the winter.
“What I would like to do,” said Clarke, “is take the two teams in our league final and play the touch football guys when they get started, using the flag rules in a little series showdown. Maybe it would generate some interest in our league.”
In the Newfoundland Flag Football League, the offence consists of a quarterback, four eligible receivers and three offensive linemen. The defence is allowed to rush up to three pass rushers each play, making for full contact at the line of scrimmage.
No contact, however, is permitted on their receivers or quarterbacks.
“If the referee see players are getting too aggressive, they will call penalties,” Clarke said, one of those being ejection from the game.
The 16-game Newfoundland Flag Football League season finishes up Thursday with the final at 10 p.m. featuring The Thieves and Flying Pigs.
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