Touching the heights 

GOULBURN will make a return to the NSW Touch representative scene this weekend when a team of under 16 girls compete in the Junior State Cup in Port Macquarie.

It’s been seven years since Goulburn has made an appearance in the annual competition for players aged 10 through to 18, which has recently moved from Wollongong to the North Coast to allow for further growth in the already popular tournament.

The Goulburn representative team is made up of a mixture of girls from Goulburn and Mulwaree High schools, and has been in training since early January in preparation for a big weekend of touch.

They’ll compete against some of the biggest clubs in NSW including Penrith, Manly and Berkley Vale. The girls have been put through their paces over a hot summer by coach Kevin Kara and assistant coach Steven Dunn.

“The girls are very excited about playing and have been training well,” Dunn said.

“They have been learning plenty of new skills that will hopefully make them competitive in what will be a very tough competition.”

Players to watch for the Goulburn side include Ellen Cornish and Bronte Willdin from local junior team The Pink Ladies as well as Jamie McLaughin and Kate Reid, who play for GHS 16 Gold in the open women’s division.

“The beauty of this side is that we have a fantastic range of players across all positions on the field,” Dunn said.

“It’s difficult to isolate individuals as everyone plays an important part in the make-up of the team.”

The Goulburn Merinos campaign kicks off at 9.30am tomorrow against Gunnedah.

All results will be uploaded to the Goulburn Touch Facebook page.

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