Five of City of Orange Touch Association’s best will head to Ballina this weekend in a bid to help their Hunter-Western Hornets sides to titles at the 2017 NSW Touch Junior Regional Championships.
An event which showcases the entire state’s best up-and-coming junior touch players, the Junior Regional Championships are played out in girls’ and boys’ under-14, under-16 and under-18 divisions.
Orange’s Lachlan Wilson, Erin Naden, Jack Cole and Connor Davis and Blayney’s Sophie Stammers all earned the right to don Hornets colours.
The quintet was picked from the hundreds in action at a number of junior carnivals across the Hunter and Western regions late last year and early in 2017, they all dominated for COTA and proved impossible to leave out of their respective sides.
The quintet’s selection continues COTA’s long history in junior Hornets sides.
Wilson and Stammers made the cut in under 18s, Naden headlines Hunter-Western’s under-16 side while Cole and Davis will both compete in the under 14s.
All four sides kick off their respective campaigns against the Sydney Mets on Saturday.
The girls’ under 18s and under 16s sides, along with the boys’ under 14s group will take on Sydney Scorpions, Sydney Rebels, Northern Eagles and Southern Suns as well.
The boys’ under 18s side will face all but the Suns, the southern NSW region hasn’t entered a competition in that division.
The first four preliminary rounds in all the different divisions will be played on Saturday before the fifth and final group stage game on Sunday morning.
The finals kick off following that.
The Junior Regional Championships kick off at Ballina’s Saunders Park with an opening ceremony at 9am on Saturday, before the action starts after that. The tournament finishes on Sunday evening.