Some of the Coffs Harbour representatives who will turn out for NSW teams in the NTRA State of origin series.
Some of the Coffs Harbour representatives who will turn out for NSW teams in the NTRA State of origin series.

Blues can bounce back ? Coffs Harbour to host State of Origin touch



IT has been a long wait between drinks for NSW in the annual National Touch Rugby Association State of Origin series.

In fact, the Blues are still waiting at the bar for their first schooner.

Since the inception of the NTRA State of Origin series in 1998, the northerners have dominated, winning every series.

But hopes are high in the Blues camp, which has been bolstered by an influx of Coffs Harbour players, that things will change today at Advocate Park.

NTRA National secretary and Coffs Harbour Association life member Donna Reeves said the gap between the Maroons and Blues is narrowing.

"They won the first couple of series pretty convincingly, but NSW has steadily closed the gap," Reeves said.

"Last year we only lost by one grade.

"We are relying heavily on Coffs Harbour players this year, but I think we have got the right people there and hopefully we can win it.

"It is not an unrealistic goal, I spoke to the National administrator, Trish Hansen, and she thinks we have a good chance."

The two States will do battle in 11 grades ranging from Under-16s to Over-50s.

Each division will play three matches throughout the day, with the State who wins the most grades announced the winner.

NSW are expected to fare well in the over-age grades, while Queensland have traditionally held the advantage in the younger divisions.

The series are also trials for Australian sides, who will travel to New Zealand in March next year.

Games start at 8.50am, with the final game at 4.10pm.



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