G’bah touch footy day hits right spot with school kids
ABOUT 300 kids turned out for the annual North Coast Independent Schools touch football gala day at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah.
It is becoming a popular carnival with Blue Hills College Lismore hosting the event for a third straight year yesterday.
Blue Hills sports coordinators Hayden Ward and Tiffany Chilcott have been a driving force behind the competition.
"We have a lot of kids running around here today having plenty of fun," Ward said.
"We've seen plenty of skill and some of them are running really hard out there.
"There are more teams here again this year and we're pretty happy with how it's all going.
"It's a bit of a juggling act with nine fields here but we manage to get through it."
There was primary school teams all the way up to under-18 boys and girls competition.
Ballina, Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Lismore and Tweed Heads were all represented at the carnival.
Players were also competing for further selection to represent Independent Schools in the state competition in Sydney later this year.
"They all train and get selected in teams before they come here," Ward said.
"We're lucky that we can get primary and secondary and have them all playing at the same venue.
"A lot of these guys will go on to play in Sydney so it's worth making the trip here for the carnival.
"We run a soccer carnival as well but this seems to be the more popular one."