RAIN RAIN GO AWAY!

first_imgNTL Officials are hoping the Coffs Harbour skies clear and sun comes out to play before Saturday’s kick-off of competition, after, well, they told the rain it didn’t have any other option but to stop. “The Coffs Harbour weather seems to do this to us quite often, but we’re expecting the next two days to fine up and the fields should dry out quite well. In the worst case scenario, we do have spare fields that can be used and there won’t be any problems for the tournament,” says tournament director Jon Pratt. Up to 2500 players, officials and referees from around Australia are expected to converge on the Coffs community over the next ten days, with no doubt just as many spectators, if not more, also planning a trip to Australia’s premier touch football event. Australia is the World’s number one touch football nation, having returned from the 2003 World Cup in Japan with all five titles. (Mens, Womens, Mixed Open titles, Mens 30’s and Men’s 35’s titles.) With almost all of these World Champion players representing their permits at this tournament, competition is expected to be closer than ever. Jon Pratt says he is excited about how things are looking for the nine days of competition. “With 118 teams nominated for the competition, (53 in the Open Competition and 65 in the Seniors Competition), we’re certainly in for a busy two weeks. The Coffs Harbour community always give us a lot of support and we’re proud to be showcasing not only the best touch football in Australia but some of the best in the world.” The Open Division and 20 years Division competition begins this Saturday at 9am with finals being played on Tuesday 16th from 9am-5pm. The Open Division includes: * Mens, Womens and Mixed Open age groups * Mens and Womens 20 years age groups The Seniors Competition will then commence on Thursday 18th with finals being played on Sunday 21st from 8am-5pm. The Seniors Division includes: * Mens 30’s, 35’s, 40’s, 45’s and 50’s age groups * Womens 30’s, 35’s and 40’s groups Competition is expected to be fierce in all Senior divisions with positions on Australia’s Seniors Teams for a tour to South Africa, England and the Jersey, Channel Isles for the 2004 European Championships up for grabs. For the 20 years Divisions competition will also be incredibly fierce as this tournament is the beginning of a tough selection process leading up to the 2005 Youth World Cup to be held on the Gold Coast next January. For the Open Divisions selectors will be kept busy with the Talent Identification Program (TIP) and beginning selection of the National Training Squads (NTS). Chairman of Selectors Cathy Gray is excited about the depth of talent in Australian Touch Football. “This year’s NTL’s are going to be incredibly busy, but also very exciting for touch football in Australia. For every National Squad this tournament is important in selection for upcoming international teams and events.” media contact: Rachel Moyle, 042 223 3165last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *