Nine Yamba players picked up as Northern Eagles eye success
YAMBA Touch Association is soaring to new heights with nine players selected to play in the 2014 National Touch League.
Jenna Kelly, Angela Eke and Brooke McDonald are the latest call ups to the Open Women's T-League side to represent Northern Eagles at the tournament in Coffs Harbour on March 12-15.
They join Samantha Kerr, while Brittany Kerr is a shadow reserve, while Kris Thomsen, Mitchell Gorman and Callum Hogue have been named in the Open Men's side and Bryce Fincke and Troy Urquhart in the Open Mixed.
It will be the first time any of the Yamba contingent have played in the National Touch League.
"It's a big deal for Yamba Touch and it's going to be a huge experience for all selected," Thomsen said.
"Hopefully we can bring back valuable knowledge to the club and pass it on to the players.
Thomsen captain-coached Yamba's Open Mixed team, which was one of three Yamba teams that competed at State Cup in Port Macquarie at the weekend.
At 33, he is one of two players aged over 30, as part of the stipulations of the T League component at Nationals.
The personal trainer admitted he is something of a late bloomer for the Northern Eagles.
"It's kind of tough keeping up with some of these younger blokes," he said.
"But I take pride in my fitness so hopefully I will hold my own."
The Northern Eagles draw from associations in Taree to the south, Tamworth to the west and Tweed Heads to the north.
Teams from throughout Australia as well as international sides including Japan, Papua New Guinea and Scotland will compete in the National Touch League.
Defending champions Central Queensland Bulls will start among the favourites in the open men's event.
Hunter-Western Hornets will be back for more after winning the open women's title earlier this year while South Australia Heat took out the mixed open crown.