NTL is back with national titles up for grabs
THE best touch footballers in the country are about to fire up for so many reasons as the National Touch League returns to Coffs Harbour today.
The moment you put a national title on the line the intensity always goes up a notch. But with selection places up for grabs for next month's Trans Tasman Series in New Zealand, the best players will be going all out to put on a show that catches the eyes of the selection panel.
Touch Football Australia chief executive Colm Maguire said he expects this year's National Touch League action to be the best yet.
"The players will be out here giving it their all to play in Trans Tasman in April," Maguire said.
C.ex Coffs International Stadium and the surrounding Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Parks will play host to 118 teams spanning the breadth of the country across 15 divisions, all striving for a coveted national championship.
With players, referees, coaches and team managers, the NTL will bring more than 2000 participants to Coffs Harbour for the next four days.
The Elite Eight Series, which was first played in 2011 and which is now in its fifth instalment, will feature the cream of the Australian men's and women's crop.
All the great highlights won't be just confined to the Elite Eights though.
The older age groups will show there's plenty of life left in the aging legs with former NRL stars like Scott Prince, Adrian Lam and Cliff Lyons all taking part.
The first matches start this morning while Saturday will see the all important semi finals and finals played.