Under 18 Touch champs set to sizzle the turf
STARTING tomorrow, the turf at BCU International Stadium is set to take a battering for four days as the grass gets burnt by sheer speed during the X-Blades National 18 years and Under Touch Football Championships.
With the last of the 39 teams arriving in Coffs Harbour this afternoon, the town will once again play host to in excess of 1500 players, referees and supporters.
The competition on the paddock is sure to be fierce this week with a number of teams being held in contention for the championship crown in both divisions.
Local hopes the Northern Eagles will be extremely competitive with a team boasting National Youth squad members Albert Kelly, Djjmang Knox, Malcolm Webster Jr, Shaye Moran and Liam Ayoub leading the charge.
Under the coaching of National 18 years Boys assistant coach Rick Leuland,The local boys will be one side to test the mettle of the champion Sydney Mets outfit with their fleet footed expansive style sure to keep the fans entertained and the opposition on their toes.
In the girls division, last year's grand finalists Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) and New South Wales Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) are again favoured to dominate their respective pools and advance through to the semi-final stage of the competition.
With 11 current National Youth squad members in the team and six of those already having played at the National Touch League in the women's open division in march, the Queensland team is shaping up as a crack combination that will be difficult to repel.
While glory for the team is what all the players are searching for, there's the added carrot being dangled for individuals this week as the National Youth squads in the 18 and 20 years boys, girls and mixed divisions will be reviewed at the completion of the tournament.
Action gets underway at the Stadium tomorrow from 10am with the hot action of semi-finals and finals to be played on Saturday.