first_imgThe good news for all is that blue sky is forcing it’s way through yesterday’s rain clouds and things are looking positive for tomorrow’s kick-off of the National Touch League. The Open and 20 years teams have all arrived in Coffs Harbour, or are doing so today, with many venturing down to Coffs Harbour International Sports Stadium for a training session or just to check out the facilities. The 132 referees and National Selectors are also all arriving today and will enjoy an opening function at The Greenhouse Tavern tonight. The Mayor of Coffs Harbour, Jenny Bonfield, will visit Australian Touch Association and Permit Officials at the Stadium tomorrow night, to welcome the competition to Coffs Harbour. With some of the outside fields waterlogged, there has been field re-scheduling with some games moved to the spare fields, which are in a suitable condition for the tournament. The Stadium is looking good, with staff carrying out final preparations such as field markings and finalising draws and arrangements. Tents are also being set up around the main stadium to help cope with the 2500 players and officials attending over the next 10 days, as well as the large number of spectators expected to watch Australia’s, and also the World’s, top touch footballers. The Open and 20 years competition concludes on Tuesday with the Seniors Divisions beginning their competition on Thursday 18th and finishing Sunday 21st. For further information please contact: Australian Touch Association Media Officer, Rachel Moyle on 042 223 3165.last_img