Coffs attracts another big Oztag event
ANOTHER year, another new Oztag tournament coming to Coffs Harbour.
C.ex Coffs International Stadium is already home to the junior and senior Australian Oztag Championships as well as the junior State Cup.
Now Oztag players from all around NSW will be converging on Coffs Harbour in March for the Senior State Cup.
For the past two years the event has been held at Tamworth and prior to that at Wollongong but Oztag tournament director Bill Harrigan said Coffs Harbour is a natural choice to host the event for two obvious reasons.
“That all comes down to the venue, it’s the best that I’ve seen regionally anywhere. We’ve got access to 32 fields and at least 14 of those we would play on in any sort of horrendous conditions, we still get to play on them,” Harrigan said.
“So that keeps us coming back and the other one is I just find the working relationship we have with Coffs Harbour City Council is second to none.”
Harrigan was also very excited to announce that Coffs Harbour will be conducting its inaugural junior domestic competition for local kids this summer.
Local adults have enjoyed playing in a local competition for many years but this is the first time an official junior comp is being run.
As a prelude to the new competition starting, a school holiday clinic is being conducted at Geoff King Motors Park on Tuesday, July 12.
Harrigan said it was only natural that Coffs Harbour kids had their own Oztag competition to play in.
“I think when you consider that Coffs Harbour is the Oztag capital now and we run all of our major junior competitions up there, it’s only right that we start a domestic competition there so the juniors can participate in our State Cup and Australian Championships,” he said.
“Then there’s all the benefits of our kids playing in a team sport. Obviously there’s the fitness side of it, getting kids off the lounges and away from the iPads and getting them out playing a sport which kids just love.”