Inaugural Shirts v Skins Touch Football Comp announced
The annual Christians v Atheists touch football competition has been expanded and now will be held on the first weekend in March at Barlow Park. It includes extra teams, including a Seventh Day Adventist contingent (pictured above).
The event, conducted in a shirts/skins format, was originally scheduled for late June 2018, but had to be delayed due to a shortage of Christian players available. Further delays accrued when influential Hard Solipsist, Vern MacFarlane of Bentley Park, took an extended vacation in Nauru and was unavailable to oversee the match.
The delay to the event has led to some surprisingly positive outcomes, as explained by Michelle Mulgrave of the Cairns Christian Coalition.
"The CCC had a host of de-conversions in the lead-up to the match last year," said Mrs Mulgrave from her offices on Abbot Street. "It seems a lot of our kiddies were going online and streaming anti-apologetics, street-epistemology and that kind of guff. It made Sunday School very combative. With all the departures, it was looking like we might need to get some Cathos in to fill the bench. We've always regarded them as a Mary-cult with an angel fetish who can't manage a simple wrap-around, let alone a scissors move. And they always fall for the dummy. Anyway, thank the Lord, it won't be required because we've stemmed the flow by making YouTube a sin. Deuteronomy is pretty specific on that. And congregations are booming since "God is good for you" came out. It's a cracking read!"
Because of increases in the numbers of their faithful, the CCC realised that it had enough interested players to field two teams. Meanwhile, the Atherton Friendship Church, which has not previously been able to participate in the event due to intense proselytizing activities in the dry season, have also shown interest in competing. Other religious, spiritual and lifestyle-enhancing groups had also nominated teams to be involved. As a result, Vern MacFarlane decreed that the event would be staged as a two day carnival with 16 teams competing for the inaugural Sheridan Cup.
The nominated teams have been divided into four groups, which will play in a round-robin competition on the Friday (see below). The top two teams from each group will compete in a knockout phase on Saturday. Sunday will be a day of rest.
Tickets are available at the gate or at all good religious outlets.
The groups are:
Cairns Christian Coalition New Earth Creationists
Cairns Seventh Day Adventist Gileadians
Muxes of Mareeba
Smithfield Atheists and Skeptics Association
Bentley Park Beards
Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints' Magpies
St Monica's Missionaries
Parents of Children of Mother of Good Counsel
Atherton Friendship Church
Bungalow Islamic Athletic Club and Dawah
Jay Keef Collective Kites
Gordonvale Gurus Kabaddi and Chapati Club
Tequila not Taqiyya Eagles not Falcons
Cairns Christian Coalition Old Earth Creationists
Tournament Referee: Vern MacFarlane
Sponsors: Quetzacoatl Bitter, RamBanana Federation, Boney Corporation, Snippy Wu.
Entertainment: Hillsong Church