By TONY WHITE
The annual Daily Examiner Shield schools touch football competition, featuring an array of the Clarence Valley's talented athletes, kicks off at Yamba Sporting complex this afternoon.
Run in conjunction with Yamba Touch Association, the shield competition has drawn together five schools who will battle it out for honours in four divisions ? open boys and girls and junior boys and girls.
Last year Maclean High dominated winning the open boys and girls, the junior girls, who went through undefeated and the junior boys team finished runner-up.
Maclean High are again expected to feature prominently this year.
Two players to watch out for in the girls are Ashlee Hirst and Jenna Kelly, recently selected in the Northern Eagles Under-16 squad.
Maclean boasts a strong touch football competition with many of the school players involved.
Competition begins at 4pm.
The format is round robin, 20 minute turnaround games to decide the finalists.
Presentations are scheduled for approximately 8pm.
Schools taking part are: Maclean High, Grafton High, South Grafton High, McAuley Catholic College and The Cathedral School.
St Andrews have withdrawn from this year's competition.