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Surprisingly, the Sydney Outfielders were started by a group of footballers known as the "Proud Open and Out Footballers Touch Association," or POOFTAs.
In 1998, the Gay Games were held in Europe for the first time. With an estimated quarter of a million people from all over the world in attendance, our footballers didn't want to miss the opportunity to be a part of the celebration and excitement. Touch football was not part of the Amsterdam Gay Games V competition calendar, so the POOFTAs decided to enter as a softball team.
With hardly any experience, the team rallied together with an enthusiastic spirit and carried their wooden bats into the diamond to the momentous roar of the watching crowds. And although they didn't win a medal, they did end up establishing Sydney's first gay and lesbian softball team.
On their return, the now named Sydney Outfielders entered into the Sydney Eastern Suburbs Slow-pitch competition. Again their enthusiasm and competitive nature shone through, and in only two seasons they placed first and third in the competition.