The annual pilgrimage of the state’s elite touch footballers will once again descend on Port Macquarie for the playing of the 2019 State Cup from December 6 to 8.
“We’re definitely coming but we would state our concern for all in the area who have faced danger from the recent fires, indeed to all those effected communities across NSW and also say thanks to those volunteer firefighters who have put themselves in harm’s way to protect life and property. We have some of these brave individuals in our own community so please accept our thanks for your service.” State NSWTA General Manager.
“It’s the one year we probably wouldn’t mind if we brought the rain” he added. This year’s State Cup has certainly had to consider elements around the present dangers and air quality that haven’t been a part of the lead up in the past. The NSWTA has worked closely with NSW Health and Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to have procedures in place to both monitor the conditions and have alternative measures in place.
The event itself will bring together the State’s elite touch football players in competition play to find out the who are the State Champions. Some 23 divisions from U/20’s all the way to 0/55s will be played. “I think in the Championship division this year is more open than ever and it really is tough to confidently select a winner.” Russell stated.
The 2019 version of the State Cup will see some 239 teams representing 55 affiliates reaching from right across NSW. It will require over 300 referees to officiate over 750 games over the three (3) days of hard-fought competition. Teams are spread from right across the state. Manly, Western Suburbs and Easts Roosters remain the stong Sydney clubs, but keep an eye out for the likes of Orange, Wollongong, Macksville, Wagga Wagga and of course Port Macquarie all looking to take home titles.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Mayor Peta Pinson said that the local community looks forward to seeing these skilled touch footballers in action each year. “It has been a challenging time for our community and local businesses, and we are all thankful that this year’s State Cup can proceed as planned,” Mayor Pinson said.
“A huge thank-you to NSW Touch Football and to all those who will visit for supporting our local economy, and for giving us the opportunity to witness the State’s best talent in action.” Games commence at 8.00am Friday morning and progress through to the finals on Sunday which will begin from 12.40pm. The prestigious Women’s and Men’s Championships will be played at 3.35 and 4.10pm respectively.