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When in Australia, beaches are a must. Popular outdoor beach games include cricket, volleyball, kite-flying and frisbees. Problem is, it’s often that these said beaches are crowded and Aussies don’t appreciate balls of any kind invading their personal space. So what’s a family to do? We speak to a Brisbane dad from Sandgate who has come up with a new alternative sport called ‘Crossbones’ that puts a spin on “old-school” outdoor games.
Similar to ‘bocce and horseshoes’ Crossbones involves 12 wooden bones, 2 teams and 1 race to Get On Top! To put it simply, you have stick-like crossbones, each made of birch, that you need to skilfully land on top of your opponent’s bones.
The creator of the game, Rob Draycott, said the game was devised during a camping holiday with family and friends at the Sunshine Coast.
“We’ve always loved getting away with the kids and spending time enjoying outdoor beach games,” he said.
“The idea popped in my head while we were playing another game. After a lot of research, several prototypes and hours and hours of testing rules and playability on sand and on grass, Crossbones became a reality.”
What Rob has told us is that he receives lots of positive feedback from families saying that even with the popularity of electronic games, there’s still a place for traditional outdoor beach games .
“It connects people, encourages interaction and provide a great excuse to get out and enjoy our natural surroundings.”
The original Aussie-invented game is being playing by kids in England, New Zealand, The USA, The Netherlands and Canada. Parents and Grandparents get to get in on the fun. What’s best is that it requires no chargers or batteries. You just need 2 – 12 players and outdoor space. outdoor beach game
When looking for a game that doesn’t require a lot of space (or disturbing your neighbouring beach bums) Crossbones make a great alternative outdoor beach game that is easy to carry, light-weight, and up to 12 players could take part. We’re glad to support this truly original concept and glad that Rob is bringing families closer. Just remember to shout ‘Howzat!’ when you do win. outdoor beach game
Visit www.crossbonesgame.com.au or call Rob on 0409 486 500 for more details.
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