COFFS Harbour is to continue to play host to the Australian Oztag Championships for the next three years after beating off competition from other regions.
The BCU International Stadium will now play host to the Australian Oztag Championships for 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Each tournament attracts roughly 1700 players from all over Australia as well as fans, officials and supporters.
Oztag Tournament Director and well-known former NRL referee Bill Harrigan said there was competition from other bidders but the runs that Coffs Harbour had already put on the board counted for a lot when the final decision was made.
“Oztag has always had a great reception in Coffs,” said Bill Harrigan.
“The players in particular have always enjoyed going to the city and we have developed a great working relationship with the Council's Sports Unit.
“One of the major attractions is, of course, the outstanding BCU International Stadium. The stadium and outside grounds are in superb condition all year round, they're never affected by rain and they've never let us down.”
Coffs Harbour has been chosen to host a series of Oztag's major tournaments in recent years. From 2006-2008, it has been the venue for the NSW State Titles. It was also the city picked to host the very first Oztag State of Origin Series in 2007 and again in 2008. In addition, the National Championships were held here in 2007.
Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Keith Rhoades believes that this announcement is a real shot in the arm for the Coffs Coast.
“This is excellent news for the city and a testament to the very positive relationships that we have built up with the Australian Oztag Sports Association,” Councillor Rhoades said.
“Each of these major sporting events that we attract has potentially very large economic spin-offs.”