First for Oztag
By TONY WHITE
IN a first for the area, Grafton will field two teams in the NSW Oztag State Championships at Coffs Harbour from March 24 to 26.
Previously local players had to hope for selection in North Coast representative teams that includes players from Oztag competitions in Ballina, Casino and Lismore.
A Grafton open men's and mixed open team will compete at the State Championship that is expected to draw an increased 120 teams in eight divisions from across NSW.
"This is the first time we've fielded local teams. What we're trying to do is stand alone and we think we're strong enough to do that and compete well," Oztag spokesperson and representative player Erin Gallagher said.
"We're looking for a major sponsor to support us at the State Championships."
Gallagher, who is pregnant, will miss the State Championships as a player but will manage one of the Grafton teams.
The two squads have been selected from players who compete in the 28-team Grafton Oztag competition.
Gallagher said provided the two Grafton teams played up to expectations she was hopeful of local teams also competing in the Australian Oztag National Championships later this year.