WITH national titles and spots in the Australian team up for grabs, the opening day's Oztag action in the Australian Championships at C.ex Coffs International Stadium was fast and furious.
And it's sure to continue all weekend with tomorrow's finals set to be a highlight.
Yesterday had 3000 players representing 150 teams across 15 divisions catering for both men and women aged from 15 to more than 50 turn the stadium and neighbouring Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park into a hive of activity.
The Australian Championships are no stranger to Coffs Harbour with this weekend marking the ninth successive year Australian Oztag have made our region the home of the national titles.
The relationship is set to continue into the future as well with an announcement made in February that the senior national titles will be held in Coffs Harbour until 2017.
Tournament director Bill Harrigan said there's plenty of reasons why Oztag and Coffs Harbour have made great partners.
"It's no secret that we love the venue and it just makes sense to keep the championships in Coffs, which is about half way for both Sydney and Brisbane players," Harrigan said.
Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight said next year we will once again play host to the National Junior Championships as well as the senior titles.
She said this weekend has proved a major boost to the city in the past and will continue to do so.
"It equates to about 4,000 people coming into the city for the three-day event," Cr Knight said.