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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - June 6, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE D11 where life meets culture D11 inter section SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 2015 GET YOUR BOUNCE ON Across North America, ZORB FOOTBALL, or bubble soccer, is really blowing up N EXT week, Brian Biebrich’s teenage granddaughter will be a flag bearer at a 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup match at Investors Group Field. Biebrich plans to attend the Group D clash, but first, the chiseled 56- year- old had a “ beautiful game” of his own to get through. Oh, did we mention? Biebrich’s contest involved racing willy- nilly around a pitch with a 12- kilogram plastic orb strapped around his body. Two Saturdays ago, a new company called River City Bubble Ball staged an event to promote the fast- growing game of bubble soccer. The object of bubble soccer is twofold: 1) to pot as many goals as possible while 2) hurtling yourself into opponents like a human wrecking ball, using your fully- inflated body- suit as a battering ram. Anybody interested in giving the, er, sport a shot was welcome to suit up. The moment Biebrich read about the event on Facebook he figured, “ Hey, why the heck not?” A few minutes after the opening kickoff, Biebrich was back on the sidelines, huffing, puffing and grinning from ear to ear. BY DAVID SANDERSON PHOTOS BY TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Above, players collide while battling for the ball. Top, Neil Trudeau runs River City Bubble B CONTINUED PAGE D12 all, a company that organizes bubble soccer. D_ 11_ Jun- 06- 15_ FF_ 01. indd D11 6/ 4/ 15 5: 39: 22 PM

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