Touch titles attract 5000

MORE than 2000 touch football players and officials will descend on Coffs Harbour for the 2005 National Touch League in just under three weeks time.

Coffs Harbour has been given the tournament, which also is expected to drag in 3000 spectators, for at least another three years, after beating applications from Queensland, Tasmania and the ACT.

Tournament Director Jon Pratt is expecting this year's National Championships to be the absolute pinnacle of touch football in Australia and the world.

"With all of last years winning teams returning again this year and an increase in the number of teams in total, the competition should be incredibly tough," he said.

"Once again, the Coffs Harbour International Sports Stadium will no doubt be in excellent condition, especially after recent rains have helped with the quality of the playing surface and renovations are continually improving the stadium itself."

With a 121 teams nominated for the nine days of competition, organisers certainly have their hands full.

Competition in the open and 20 years divisions commences at 9am on Friday, March 11, with semi-finals and finals being played on Monday, March 14, from 9am until 6pm.

The Senior divisions will then commence at 8.30am on Wednesday, March 16, with semi-finals and finals being played on Saturday, March 19, from 8am until 6pm.

The open competition includes: men;s 20 years, women's 20 years, men's open, women's open, mixed open.

The senior competition includes:

Mens 30's, 35's, 40's, 45's and 50's, and womens 30's, 35's and 40's.

The Australian senior sides will be selected at the senior tournament to tour New Zealand in October this year.

For the Australian Open squad members this tournament is their final hit out before the New Zealand tour in October.

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