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.”