Begnell expecting more growth as COTA’s summer registrations pile in

GROWTH: Alex Stinger in action last summer, COTA has already received more nominations for women's teams than last season. Photo: JUDE KEOGH
GROWTH: Alex Stinger in action last summer, COTA has already received more nominations for women's teams than last season. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

The City of Orange Touch Association (COTA) 2017-18 summer season is fast-approaching and there is still plenty of opportunity for any teams and players wishing to register.

There will be open-aged mixed divisions on Tuesday evenings and open-aged men’s and women’s divisions on Thursday evenings.

These competitions will commence on October 3 and 5 respectively, running through until early March next year.

Also there are multiple mini (under 6s to under 9s) and junior (under 10s to under 14s) divisions available for boys and girls, which will be played on Wednesday afternoons.

All mini and junior competitions will commence on October 11, with minis finishing mid-December and juniors finishing in late February next year.

All competition games will be held at Waratahs Sportsground.

The interest of touch football in Orange has continued to grow in recent years, with COTA secretary Joel Begnell expecting that to continue this season.

“The people of Orange have always enjoyed their touch footy in summer and we’ve had plenty of teams and players registered already,” he said.

“There has already been more women’s teams registered compared to last year and as always the number of mixed and mini and junior teams registering are high. But there is still time for any teams who haven’t registered yet to get their team together and be involved in our competition”.

Begnell mentioned how the summer competition is open to players of all experience and playing abilities and has shed light on some improvements that will be implemented this season.

“Our competitions are open and available to any players, male or female, experienced or first time players, competitive or social types of players,” he explained.

By having multiple divisions in our mixed, men’s and women’s competitions, we can place teams into divisions that perfectly suit the reasons why they are coming to play.

“We will be putting a bigger emphasis on the fun and social aspect of our competitions this season. When players and supporters come to Waratahs this season, they’ll hear music playing, we will be having some dress themed rounds as well with prizes for the best dressed teams.

“Waratahs Sports Club will again have canteen and bar facilities in full swing, so the competition is as inviting as ever for players to come and enjoy playing touch football and sticking around afterwards with their teammates and friends”.

Begnell also mentioned that COTA is working on some exciting additions to the grand finals for open-aged and mini and junior competitions, which would be revealed in the coming weeks.

COTA will be holding it’s Annual General Meeting and summer competition meeting this Friday, September 22 at Orange Ex-Services Club, starting at 6.30pm.

Any teams wishing to register for the summer touch football competition can do so by going to www.orangetouch.com.au to register their team and players.

Any individual players without a team, who would like to play, can contact the club to be put into a team by emailing orangeseniortouch@yahoo.com.au (or mixed, men’s or women’s) and orangejuniortouch@yahoo.com.au (for minis and juniors).