SOME of Yamba's best touch players spent yesterday morning finetuning preparations ahead of this weekend's NSW Touch Association State Cup.

Yamba teams will be among those chasing success when the 37th staging of the event kicks off in Port Macquarie on Friday.

Veteran Kris Thomsen will lead the open mixed side.

The side will be without the dynamic Urquahrt brothers, but is still confident of making the finals.

Yamba is likely to be among the favourites in the ladies over-30s division. Experienced trio Kylie Lowe, Bec Cunningham and Nicky Ryan have been named in the side along with some talented newcomers.

The men's open squad is full of youth, with selectors looking to expand Yamba Touch's future representative base.

Veterans Tony Wiseman and Tim Ryan are combining with Aaron Walker and Nathan Williams to take a mostly under-18s squad to the competition.

"A few of the players have played in the State Cup over the last three years," Ryan said.

"All of them play in our comp on Wednesday nights and we have a few players that step up to the rep level."

The State Cup runs from Friday to Sunday.



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