THE Darren Rowsell-coached open mixed team will be Taree’s best chance of success in the State Cup touch football tournament to be played at Port Macquarie starting today.
Taree Touch will send four teams to Port – mixed, men’s and two women’s along with five referees, Graham Goodwin, Phil Rainger, Warren Steedman, Brody Howard and Jason Allan.
Sam Rowsell will led the mixed team’s charge. They’ll play in the top division in tier two and Taree Touch president Graham Goodwin believes they have the talent to bring home the winner’s trophy.
Mick Henry will return to the open men’s side after missing 2016 while he recovered from a knee reconstruction. The men and women will play grading games today. They’ll then play in tier two divisions tomorrow.
“The men should be in division two of three,’’ Goodwin said.
“Mick’s return will make a big difference and they’ll go alright.’’
Scott Jacklin will be the coach.
The women’s No 1 side will be minus some mainstays including Kylie Hilder. Taryn Jacklin is the captain-coach.
“The majority of the side’s been playing State Cup for a few years now and they’ll be looking at a semi-final berth or better,’’ Goodwin said.
Ash Green has charge of the No 2 team and they are also expected to be competitive.