Singleton prepares for another successful season of touch footy

A TOUCH OF PARADISE: The sunny skies have greeted the region's touch football governing officials pictured with junior players.

A TOUCH OF PARADISE: The sunny skies have greeted the region's touch football governing officials pictured with junior players.

Singleton's junior touch football team registrations are now open for the upcoming summer season with the registration night being held at Club Singleton tonight (Wednesday, September 11) from 4-7pm.

The local competition kicks off on Wednesday, October 16 with three committees (junior touch, junior representative and senior touch) hoping to work towards being a more united team this year.

"We intend on fielding 12 teams (under 8s, under 10s, under 12, under 14s and under 16s boys and girls) to attend various carnivals over the season," official Amanda Chesworth explained.

"The highlight being the Peter Wilson Memorial Championships in Nelson Bay, Junior State Cup in Port Macquarie and, hopefully, we will see a few teams qualify for the State Final in April.

"Those kids who maybe new to the sport and don't have a team are encouraged to message us and we will try our best to find a team.

"We also have a new program being held this year for those kids that are not quite old enough to play in a team but still want to learn the basic skills and rules of touch."

INSPECTION: Touch football leaders Cooper Harris (senior club president), Paul McKenzie (junior club president), Craig Gradwell (junior representative vice president) and Mick Kirkpatrick (junior representative president).

INSPECTION: Touch football leaders Cooper Harris (senior club president), Paul McKenzie (junior club president), Craig Gradwell (junior representative vice president) and Mick Kirkpatrick (junior representative president).

Representative trials will be held on Sunday, September 22 and Wednesday, September 25 with times to be confirmed.

"For us you'll engage more kids if there is a senior representative level or pathway so we'll have players staying in the Singleton franchise if we can get this senior competition up and running," representative spokesman Michael Kirkpatrick added.

"It allows the junior kids to play with the older kids in the senior competition so this is a great chance to get ready to test yourself for state club level."

MEANWHILE the Senior Touch Competition has also been revived with players from 14 years of age able to participate.

Team registrations are now open ahead of the competition's first round on Monday, October 14.

For further enquiries contact singletonjuniortouch@hotmail.com or call 0428 768 378.