In touch with higher honours
By TONY WHITE
THE spectre of NSW and Australian representation culminating in a World Cup berth awaits local touch football players Andrew Taylor and Robbie Godwin.
The talented duo have been selected for the North Coast Northern Eagles team to compete at the National Touch Football Titles at Coffs Harbour from March 14 to 18.
Taylor, 38, previously represented Australia on a tour of South Africa and England in 2004, an experience he described as one of the best in his life.
"It was something I'll never forget," the Aboriginal education assistant said. "I'm looking forward to playing with the Northern Eagles again and hoping for Australian selection.
"My mind is saying 'yes, I can do this,' but my knees are saying 'no.' I've been getting physiotherapy to help the knees and old body."
Taylor, who recently shifted from Clarenza to Lismore, has been playing with Woolgoolga in their local touch competition trying to get back to top fitness in preparation for the tournament.
At previous National Titles Taylor has played for south coast side, Southern Sons and central Queensland side, Country Rustlers.
The Northern Eagles have not fielded a team at the Nationals for the past two years.
Godwin, also 38, represented with the Northern Eagles in 1999, 2001 and 2002 before having taking two years off.
Currently playing with Ray White Real Estate in the Grafton touch football competition, Godwin is a former first grader with the South Grafton Rebels.
"I've got a young family and had two years away from touch with commitments," Godwin said. "I'm back playing and really enjoying it."
Away from the footy fields Godwin works as a fireman, at Grafton Post Office and a lifeguard at Grafton pool.
"I'm kept pretty busy," he said. "I've been working on getting my fitness up to scratch. I'm feeling pretty good.
"I've never represented Australia before, but that would be a great honour if I was selected."
The Northern Eagles will stage two-day training camps at Armidale on February 18 and 19 and on March 4 and 5.
Godwin and Taylor are seeking sponsors to help fund their sporting endeavours.