Grace Sleba, from the Murwillumbah Mavericks, looks to offload while teammates Tarryn Aiken and Olivia Attenborough-Doyle look on.
Grace Sleba, from the Murwillumbah Mavericks, looks to offload while teammates Tarryn Aiken and Olivia Attenborough-Doyle look on. Mike Donnelly

Game of touch with Scott Prince on Northern Rivers agenda

TOUCH football players and those looking to get involved can take the field against Scott Prince and a host of touch footy champions when Tweed puts the sport on the national map in June.

Prince will be joined by current and former Australian touch captains Liz Campbell and Tweed’s Nathan Jones, current Australian player Marikki Watego, from Kingscliff, and a host of other champions of the game, for the fourth annual Northern Rivers Touch League to be held in Murwillumbah.

Running over two days, the competition is hosted by the Murwillumbah Mavericks and is an official NRL Touch event, with more than 50 teams split into men’s, women’s, mixed and social divisions set to collide for $10,000 in cash and prizes.

Mavericks player and organiser Mitch Alexander said this year should be the biggest yet, with champions and teams from Victoria, South Australia and Queensland to help shine the spotlight on the Northern Rivers.

“We’ve got a lot of feature players and we do it to raise the profile on the sport and to put Murwillumbah on the map,” Alexander said.

“We are under the NRL touch football banner, so it’s a high-profile competition for the town and it’s a good natured, fun event.”

Alexander said the competition was inclusive and with a variety of divisions, anyone regardless of skill or experience, could get involved.

“It’s open for all ages and skill-levels and you don’t have to be part of an affiliate club,” he said. “It will be a great competition and everyone is welcome.”

The competition will be held at Murwillumbah Leagues Club from June 11 with team nominations closing tomorrow.

Visit the Northern Rivers Touch League on Facebook for further details.



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