31 May 2016 Oztag Returns to Coffs Harbour with New Event

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Coffs Harbour has won yet another major Oztag event - this time it's the 2017 NSW Senior State Cup.

 The city currently hosts three major Oztag events each year -the Junior Australian Championships, the Senior Australian Championships and the Junior State titles. Collectively these events bring around 25,000 players and spectators to the area every year.

 The 2017 Senior State Cup, which will be held at C.ex Coffs International Stadium and the surrounding sports fields in April 2017, is expected to bring more than 3,000 players and officials to the city.

 Making the announcement, newly-appointed NSW Oztag Executive committee John Howard said he was excited to see this event heading to the C.ex Coffs International Stadium.

 “It’s the premier venue in Australia to host a tournament and event of this size,” he said. “Most players are familiar with the town. It has plenty of accommodation. There’s also plenty to do in your downtime. It’s just a wonderful part of the world.”

 Oztag Tournament Director Bill Harrigan was equally delighted by the news.

 “I have looked throughout NSW and QLD and I have not found a better regional venue. The fields are always in immaculate condition. The grass surface is like running on carpet in the Stadium and on the outside fields.

 “A major factor in our decision to go to Coffs is that you always play. We have been here in severe downpours and constant rain, yet play goes on. The fields have terrific drainage and don’t turn into mud baths. The other important factors are plenty of accommodation and the council (staff) are terrific to work with.” he said.

 Daniel Heather, Council’s Stadium and Major Events Section Leader, said it was exciting to welcome a brand new Oztag event to Coffs Harbour.

 “April is traditionally a quieter month for tourism and events in the region, so it’s a fantastic time to attract such a large-scale event. The resulting economic benefit for the city is a great way to repay the local business community for the significant support they’ve provided to secure this event,” he said. “Oztag has the highest participation rate of any sporting event to be held on the Coffs Coast and this announcement cements Coffs Harbour’s status as the Oztag Capital of Australia.”