Ballina tourney lands top touch footy reps
AUSTRALIAN touch football representatives Sam Brisby, Jackson Mills, Samantha Rogers and Sarah Peattie will be part of the NSW Junior Regional tournament in Ballina this weekend.
Ballina Touch Association is hosting the two-day carnival for the first time with the competition featuring some of the best young players in the state.
The Australian players will host a coaching clinic Saturday morning before games start at 10am.
It is only the third time in the tournament's 16-year history that the New South Wales Touch Football Association has chosen a northern NSW town to host the event.
The premier tournament will bring 600 of the state's best junior players, coaches and referees to the region.
Hundreds more family members from all over the state are expected to converge on Saunders Oval.
Club president Allan Kirchen said the Ballina Touch Club will extend a warm welcome to all visitors.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many of our junior representative players and aspiring players to experience this level of elite touch on their home turf,” Kirchen said. "We are proud to announce that our club has a number of players representing the region in Northern Eagles teams and we wish them every success this weekend.”
Large crowds are expected to watch junior players in under-14 to under-18 age groups from the state's six regions compete in boys and girls divisions.
The regional titles are an important pathway for those who have their sights set on both state and national touch teams.
Games start earlier at 8am on Sunday, with finals expected to start at 11am.