The Coffs Harbour open mixed Oz Tag team, from left, back, Jason Sills, Helen McRae, Tania Conlan, Steve Place, Michelle Atkins
The Coffs Harbour open mixed Oz Tag team, from left, back, Jason Sills, Helen McRae, Tania Conlan, Steve Place, Michelle Atkins

Oz Tag first for Coffs Harbour



for State Cup THE 2006 OzTag State Cup Tournament moves to Coffs Harbour for the first time with the three-day competition starting today.

Around 1200 competitors representing 78 teams from all over NSW are expected to take part in the games at the International Stadium.

This is also the first time that local teams from Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Port Macquarie have been able to compete in the State Cup.

Oztag CEO and former leading NRL referee Bill Harrigan said a lot of people are excited about having the State Cup in Coffs Harbour as it iss such a beautiful destination.

"A lot of players have planned to come not just for the competition, they've tagged on an extra day or so to make it a bit of a holiday too," Harrigan said.

"Coming to Coffs is also something a bit different as we've held the last two tournaments around Sydney.

"I came up recently to see how the Touch Titles were run and I was very impressed with the operation at the Stadium.

"All in all, it promises to be a sensational weekend of OzTag."

OzTag football was first developed by former first grade Rugby League player Perry Haddock as a training tool for the Under 21s St George team.

OzTag is a non-contact form of rugby league in which a tackle is made when a strip of cloth attached by Velcro, known as a tag, is removed from the side of a player's shorts.

The rules are basically those of rugby league with similar passing and kicking moves, but the aim is for players to use the space on the field to move forward rather than run at defenders or impede attackers.

Since its beginnings in 1993, OzTag has taken off across Australia and now has over 3200 teams participating in both summer and winter competitions throughout most major cities.

There are many teams already in northern NSW with local competitions in Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Tamworth and Maclean.

Councillor Clive Joass, Deputy Chair of Council's City Business Units Committee said OzTag is one of the fastest growing sports in Australia and having the State Cup in Coffs Harbour will further develop the ever-growing reputation we have as a top sports venue for major competitions.

Competition begins today at 4.30pm and will continue throughout Saturday with the majority of finals being played on Sunday finishing at around 4.30pm.



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