CUP FEVER: Lloyd Jones, Lawrie Simmonds, Frances Housego, Dylan Jones, Tahlia Stebbens, Brendan Gillham and Andrew Jones suit up for the 2016 Casuarina Cup. April 1, 2016.
CUP FEVER: Lloyd Jones, Lawrie Simmonds, Frances Housego, Dylan Jones, Tahlia Stebbens, Brendan Gillham and Andrew Jones suit up for the 2016 Casuarina Cup. April 1, 2016. Daniel McKenzie

Touch of footy fever hits the Tweed

ONE of Australia’s biggest touch football tournaments tapped off today, with over 1000 players across 70 sides converging for the 11th annual Casuarina Cup.

The tournament, played at Casuarina Rugby Club, features over 100 games of touch, with local, national and international teams across men’s, mixed and women’s competitive and social divisions competing.

Event manager Jo Blyth said competition would be fierce, while capturing the spirit of teamwork and social interaction.

“There’ll be a wide range of players – including some from the National Touch League – and we usually get some Australian representative players who come along,” Blythe said.

“The competitive divisions are very serious – it’s fast and ferocious and they’ll definitely be going for it. But we also have the social divisions and the Masters for people who just want to come for a good time.”

Blythe nominated Brisbane’s Too Fresh as the team to beat in the premier men’s division, after they won the last four titles in a row.

They’ve brought multiple teams of men’s and mixed teams and are the favourites across the multiple divisions.

Lloyd Jones, Lawrie Simmonds, Frances Housego, Dylan Jones, Tahlia Stebbens, Brendan Gillham and Andrew Jones prepare for some cup action.
Lloyd Jones, Lawrie Simmonds, Frances Housego, Dylan Jones, Tahlia Stebbens, Brendan Gillham and Andrew Jones prepare for some cup action. Daniel McKenzie

The competition has a reputation for its social aspect, with plenty happening off-field across the weekend, including a presentation dinner at Cudgen Surf Club on Saturday night.

Blythe said the Tweed Coast location was a catalyst in attracting high numbers to the tournament across the past 11 years.

“The Casuarina Rugby Club has good fields, it’s is in a great location and the Tweed is such a nice place for a break away,” she said.

“It’s a chance to get away with family and friends for a great couple of days.

“They (players) have a full day to enjoy the area around Tweed and a lot stay on for additional days to enjoy the beaches and surrounds.”

The action will run throughout today and tomorrow, with finals set for Saturday afternoon.



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