Coomera Comets Grand Opening
Coomera Comets Touch Association will unveil their brand new $1.02 million Touch Football complex at the Grand opening of the fields at Coomera Sports Park, Beattie Road on Saturday 24 February 2007.
Coomera Comets have been involved in a joint venture with Coomera Rugby Union to develop the location funded by the Queensland State Government and the Gold Coast City Council.
The Association now has access to 10 fully lit fields and an additional 12 fields not under lights.
There are 6 touch specific fields and the Association now boasts its own licensed clubhouse, toilets, and change rooms.
The complex is located right behind "Dreamworld" at Coomera and services the Northern and Central Gold Coast area as well as Southern Brisbane.
The Opening is the culmination of 6 years of blood, sweat, and tears for Coomera Comets President Carol Baumber and her dedicated committee and affiliate members.
Ms. Baumber, a long term participant in the sport, reasoned that the social and grass root level player had not been catered for enough in the local market and wanted to create an association that encouraged participation and enjoyment, and that had a strong community focus.
She began her quest by founding the Monterey Keys affiliate four years ago with a modest four-team roster on two fields at the Robert Daley Park, Helensvale.
The Monterey Keys crew made good on their promise to align closely with the local community by establishing the "Touched by Cancer" tournament which is now in its fifth year in existence and has become an annual event to raise money for Prostate Cancer awareness and local schools in the area.
Monterey Keys built up a steady and popular 20-team competition, but still only had access to limited fields and facilities, and very little room for expansion.
The Gold Coast City Council saw the opportunity to develop a new sporting venue and worked the merger between Monterey Keys Touch Association and Coomera Rugby Union at nearby Coomera Sports Fields.
After years of lobbying, several funding submissions, a lot of negotiation, and the combined efforts of all, the dream has finally become a reality for the close knit Monterey Keys clan who have developed Coomera Touch into a thriving entity that is expanding at an amazing rate and currently at capacity levels in only its first twelve months of operation in the area.
Coomera President Carol Baumber is thrilled to see so much hard work come to fruition.
"It's been 6 years of hard work from everyone associated with this project. It's wonderful for the local community, great for the growth and development of the sport of touch football, and a great opportunity to engage a whole new audience. The best part of this is that we have remained true to our original charter of providing a social competition that welcomes all. Our youngest player is 6, our oldest is 56, and we really want to encourage the participation of all people in our sport in our community. When we moved the competition our teams came with us so we owe them a lot for their faith and loyalty. The facility is great and justifies their faith in our direction" Ms. Baumber said.
An exciting program has been organized to celebrate the opening of the new venue with non-stop action and entertainment being offered for participants and spectators alike.
Dignitaries scheduled to attend include the Queensland Minister for Sport and Recreation Andrew Fraser, Gold Coast Deputy Lord Mayor David Power, Queensland Touch Branch Manager Jeremy Sorrensen, National Game Development Manager Colm Maguire, South Queensland Sharks President Bernie Lowther, and South Queensland Sharks General Manager Gary Shepherd.
Coomera Touch Summer season Grand Finals are being played in Mixed, Men's, and Women's across three divisions from 3.00pm onwards, and there will be a free sausage sizzle, exhibition junior and open games, presentations, live entertainment, and of course the Official Opening of the Fields at 4.30pm.
A showpiece clash featuring traditional Queensland touch football rivals South Queensland Sharks and the Brisbane City Cobras who will square off in the Men's Open division for the 2007 Challenge Cup at 4.45pm.
The history and rivalry between the two South East corner combatants is a rich and passionate one and touch aficionados can expect another vintage battle on Saturday night.
Several members of Australia's 2007 victorious World Cup squad and numerous 2006 Queensland State of Origin stars will take the field for their respective home region.
The Sharks outfit will include 2007 Men's Open World Cup Player of the Series Drummayne Dayberg Muir, and Australian Men's Open speedster Benny "show and go" Robinson.
Australian Open Mixed star Jarrod Tump and Lebanon's World Cup mainstay Sebe Rey will lead the way for a strong Cobras side in what promises to be an absorbing battle of bodies and minds.
The FIT World Cup retained by Australia in January at the sixth World Cup in Stellenbosch South Africa will be proudly on display during the afternoon and evening, and budding touch stars of tomorrow can participate in a "shoot-out" competition featuring some of the best Touch football players in the game today.
Festivities for the day get under way at 3.00 pm with the first round of finals, and the action and entertainment continues through until 7.00pm.
For further information visit the Coomera Comets web-site at http://www.coomeracometstouch.com/