It’s one of the biggest sporting events on the Port Macquarie Hastings sporting calendar and this year sees a record number of teams compete in the 2016 NSW State Cup which taps off tomorrow morning.
Dean Russell, General Manager said that with around 7000 participants and spectators to make their way into town and 240 teams participating it will be the biggest and best by far.
Port Macquarie will be well-represented at the State Cup this weekend, with the locals confident they’ve got what it takes to claim some silverware this year. President Wayne Prince is confident the local sides will find their form this weekend with most sides training twice a week but knows getting past their Sydney rivals will be tough.
With Sydney sides again expected to bring their A-game, this years event marks the 40th State Cup with the past 28 years being held in Port Macquarie .
With the event being the highlight on the Touch Football calendar it not only attracts teams from all around the state but the world. This years event welcomes three (3) international touring teams being a Men’s Open side from Ireland and a Men’s and Women’s Open team from Japan. Japan have been regular visitors to Port Macquarie with their Men’s side participating last year.
A few familiar faces will be seen playing as well. Cliff Lyons takes the field for Manly Warringah, Scott Prince with the Murwillumbah Mavericks and Jamie Soward back playing for his home club Wagga. Soward who played State Cup back in 2002 in the Winning Mens Under 20’s side for Yass is looking forward to reclaiming another State Cup Title with Wagga Mixed “Im looking forward to not being stepped by everyone that is fitter than me” Soward jokingly said “having the chance to still be competitive without having the stress placed on my body is the perfect fit for me right now and touch footy is where it all started for me. My best mate Andrew Baggio (Wagga Touch) has been asking me for the past 10 years to come back and play, but due to my NRL commitments I haven’t had the opportunity to do so, so I’m really looking forward to getting up there and playing some competitive touch with my mates”
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