42 teams were brought into action at Cootamundra over the weekend, with many travelling. Teams were from Albury, Canberra, Wagga Wagga, Young and Sydney just to name a few. With over 500 players, both Saturday and Sunday were action packed as three grades of competition swelled the region with positive energy.
The $5 000 prize pool drove performance on the field but off the field the touch football community was strongly united. Tisha McTavish Committee Member of Cootamundra Touch Association thought it presented Cootamundra in a positive way and has been financially beneficial to the town over the years.
Saturday saw 66 games played across 6 fields ensuring all created fun memories.
Games started from 8am Sunday with teams playing knock out across all three grades. 39 games were played, the ‘C’ Grade Grand Final was a nail bitter; Family Hotel Tigers defeating the Flip Floppers 5-2. The ‘B’ Grade Final saw Granite Transformations take out the title 10-3 against the Blue Tongues.
The ‘A’ Grade Final was played between defending 2017 champions Galaxy and the Pepperonis. Pepperonis had previously stunned the highly fancied Boneheads 13-4 in the semi-final, but didn’t quite play with enough spice to get the job done in the final. The final score was Galaxy 11 Vs Pepperonis 5, with Galaxy taking home the prize money.
Tisha McTavish said, “I thought it was really good, everything went off well and everyone seemed to be happy with it all,” she said.
“We will try to keep it growing next year.”
NSW Touch Football member services coordinator Joel Ward, who was in Cootamundra for the carnival, was similarly pleased.
“It was fantastic to see the way the town support it,” he said.
“The weekend was a credit to the community of Cootamundra.”
For more further articles & photos from the weekend, see links below:
Daily Advertiser – Cootamundra Knockout Photos
Daily Advertiser – Cootamundra comes alive with Unisex Touch Carnival
Cootamundra Herald – Ready for Touch Down
Cootamundra Herald – Friendly Atmosphere at Unisex Touch Carnival
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