The NSW Touch Association is pleased and excited to announce today that the 2017 NSW Junior Regionals will be hosted by the Ballina Touch Association on April 22nd-23rd.
It will be only the third time that a northern NSW affiliate has been awarded the prestigious junior event in its 16 year history.
NSWTA General Manager, Dean Russell was extremely pleased that Ballina had won the tender for the event. “Ballina Touch Assocation has proven to be a progressive association that has grown their junior team numbers by 40 teams over the last 3 years to be our largest junior affiliate outside the metropolitan area. It is really exciting that we are able to recognise the tireless work of the volunteers who have made this happen with the awarding of the Junior Regionals to them” he stated.
He further added “The Northern Rivers touch football community have always been strong supporters of the NSWTA and it has been a while since we have been able to bring one of our premier events to the area. That’s why todays announcement is so pleasing to us as an organisation – to show that we appreciate the work being done across the whole region”.
Ballina TA President Allan Kirchen was overjoyed at the decision. “We are very exited to have this level of elite touch being played in the Northern Rivers. It will be great to be able to showcase the sport to our local touch community but also to the wider community, it will be fantastic for the area” Kirchen said.
The Junior Regionals brings together all the very best elite juniors from across the state’s six regions to compete in both boys and girls divisions from 14’s to 18’s and is an important pathway for junior player representation into both state and national teams. Some 300 of the states best junior players, coaches and referees along with their throng of supporters will migrate to the area for the two day carnival. The Junior Regionals will be played at Saunders Oval on April 22nd & 23rd 2017.