Nanaimo hosting men’s flag football provincial championships this weekend (Sept. 16-17) at the Gyro Youth Sports Fields. (Stock photo)

Flag football players will gather on the gridiron

Nanaimo hosting men’s provincial championships this weekend (Sept. 16-17)

Flag football has some physicality and intensity to it, as fans in Nanaimo can find out this weekend.

The B.C. flag football championships will be held Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 16-17) at Beban Park’s Gyro Youth Sports Fields.

Seven men’s teams are entered, including local squads the Packers, Warriors and Horn Toads. Two teams from Vancouver, the Crimson Tide and the Villains, are expected to be top contenders.

“The competition’s definitely going to be very strong coming from Vancouver,” said Conrad Nickel, tournament organizer.

Flag football is played eight-versus-eight with three down linemen, so the quarterback doesn’t get any steamboats to work with.

“It’s flag, but there’s contact,” Nickel said.

He said anyone who comes out will see some good playmaking ability out on the field. There will be various prize draws.

Action goes from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and the playoff round is Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.