The Under-15 girls team from Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School at the North Coast Independent Schools touch football gala day.
The Under-15 girls team from Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School at the North Coast Independent Schools touch football gala day. Mitchell Craig

Touch footy day success

A RISE in numbers saw about 560 kids turn out for the annual North Coast Independent Schools touch football gala day at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah.

Blues Hills College hosted the carnival for a fifth straight year with primary school teams all the way up to under-18 boys and girls competition.

"We play a variety of sports throughout the year and touch footy seems to be the most popular,” Blue Hills College primary sports coordinator Tiffany Chilcott said.

"It's a good one to play because of the format of the competition and the time they get to spend on the field.

"We've been lucky enough to host it for a few years now and it's always one we look forward to.”

There was plenty of skill on display across the age divisions with the best players selected in the North Coast Independent Schools representative side that will compete in Sydney.

It covers a large area with some schools making the trip from Armidale and Tweed Heads.

"We've got selectors here and they've got a close eye on all the games,” Chilcott said.

"The players and parents have to make the commitment from here about going to Sydney.

"The difficult thing is getting the kids together beforehand to train together but there are managers who look after that.”



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