Players have hit the field as the Geraldton Touch Association season started on Wednesday night. The opening day had 24 teams playing in grading games, with each team playing two games that lasted 20 minutes each. The mixed competition has six players aside on the field, but each team can have up to 14 players named with unlimited substitutions made throughout a match. Geraldton Touch Association vice-president Debbie Munday said they were happy with the turnout and others could still join before the grading finished. “We’ve got 24 teams and we can still take a few individual players, some teams just need one or two others,” she said. “There’s no experience necessary obviously with touch, it’s very social sport and mixed competition.” The first round of grading took place on October 18 with another round next week before the fixtures are set. “We’re just doing grading for two weeks, to make sure everybody’s in the right division...we compare the scores to make sure that we haven’t got one team smashing the other,” Munday said. The second round of grading will take place at GBSC Oval on Wednesday, October 25, before the regular fixtured season begins.