Griffith Going the Distance
With close to 300 teams participating and between 20-30 teams in every division, the New South Wales Junior State Cup is not only the largest event on the New South Wales Touch Association calendar, but also one of the most coveted.
The tournament attracts teams from every corner of the state, all with the goal of taking out the top prize in their division.
So great is the allure of the event, that some teams have travelled hundreds of kilometres and endless hours, just to make it to Port Macquarie for the weekend.
Of particular note is the Griffith Touch Association affiliate who has made the 950 kilometre trek.We caught up with Leslie, Gianna and Henni, three of the mothers of boys from the Under 16 team and had a brief chat about the journey they have made to be here this weekend.
Do you travel as teams or as individual families?
“We have to car pool to get everybody here, so it is a bit of a trip. It took some of them about 12 hours; it took us eight hours to get to Raymond Terrace, we didn’t really stop until then, and then another two and a half to here, so about ten and a half all up.”
How do the boys think they will go this weekend?
“They will give it a good go, but they will enjoy it as well. The distance does make it difficult to compete sometimes.”
Despite the distance, the camaraderie and the competition keeps the team coming back every year.
“This is their fourth year now; they have been playing since the Under 12’s.”
There are plenty of ways that you can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the 2013 New South Wales Junior State Cup in Port Macquarie.
The NSWTA events website – www.nswtaevents.sportingpulse.net will have all of the results from the weekend as well as stories and links to highlights, while the NSWTA website – www.nswtouch.com.au will also be updated regularly during the event.
The NSWTA social media pages will also be updated frequently throughout the weekend and can be found by clicking on the links below:
Facebook – www.facebook.com/nswtouch
Twitter – www.twitter.com/nsw_touch
TFA Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’