Under 18s boys the best touch hope

THE under 18 boys side is considered Taree's best chance of winning a division at the Junior State Cup touch tournament in Port Macquarie this weekend.

Coached by Darren Rowsell, the side made the final last year and more than half the side is still available for tomorrow.

Taree will field sides in 10 divisions. Teams were selected last October and have been in training since. All played in the successful junior gala day at Taree last month which is used as preparation for the State Cup.

"I think all our teams are a chance of at least making the quarter finals,'' Taree Touch president Graham Goodwin said.

Meanwhile a record 328 teams will contest the cup.

Teams will compete across 12 divisions, ranging from under 10 boys and girls through to under 18 boys and girls.

About 5000 players will be involved as well as more than 350 referees, with a total of 15,000 people expected to travel to Port Macquarie (including spectators) for one of the world's largest touch football events.

Round games will be played on Saturday as well as Sunday morning, with finals taking place on Sunday afternoon.