TAMWORTH Oz Tag will field nine teams when the GJ Gardner Homes State Cup kicks off in the city tomorrow.
Tamworth Oz Tag teams are ready for a huge State Cup in the city this weekend. Photo: Barry Smith 060316BSB01
About 2500 players and spectators converge on the Oz Tag fields at the end of Riverside in the Country Music Capital for three days of tagging tussles.
The city hosted last year’s State Cup when 120 teams turned out but that has swelled by a whopping 33 per cent with some 160 teams drawn to play in the eight divisions.
Tamworth hosted the 2002 and 2003 State Cup and while it was set to run in 2012, it washed out.
“We were expecting 170 at one stage,” Tamworth Oz Tag’s Pam Potts told The Leader this week.
“But we’ve had a few teams pull out.
“160 is still a huge number though but we will be able to cater for them.”
Not only finding fields but accommodation has been a task for the association.
“They’re staying everywhere; as far out of town as Quirindi,” Potts said.
“We just don’t have the accommodation.”
With teams averaging between 16 and 18 players it’s a huge boost to Tamworth’s economy as well.
“We might have 2500 players plus spectators,” Potts said.
Hopefully it goes well because it looks like we might be able to apply to hold it again next year too.”
The 2016 State Cup starts 1pm Friday and runs through to mid afternoon Sunday.
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