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Knights ready for State Cup

Narrabri to compete in the 2017 NSW Touch Association State Cup

Nathan Dicks, Nick Anderson, Connor Duncan, Ethan Brown, Jydon Hill, Linton Grumley, Hamish Duncan, Shane Rily, front, Emma Marvell, Emma John, Daisy Robinson, Abby McClure, Tori Allison, Lauren Nott and Tianne Parker.

The 2017 NSW Touch Association State Cup will get underway in Port Macquarie tomorrow morning.

And following months of preparation and training, the Narrabri Knights mixed touch footy side is ready to go.

This year’s Cup is the third that Narrabri’s mixed side has competed in, after winning the shield in 2015 with a 6-5 win against the Macksville Falcons in its first Cup.

Knights coach Terrence Duncan said that the side had the right mix of players to be competitive once again.

He said that he expected the team to qualify for a semi-final spot, and that from last year’s state cup the players had improved as a team by about 25 per cent, and that they had gelled together well.

The NSWTA State Cup is an annual event.

It is the premier NSWTA representative event, and is conducted in Port Macquarie each year commencing on the first Friday in December.

Each year it runs from that Friday through to the Sunday.

Games played on the Friday are seeding matches, where teams are placed at random into pools.

Their results in those Friday matches determine what division teams are placed in.

The championship is the top division, followed by the bowl, the plate and then the shield.

Teams then play matches on Saturday, and then move on to finals games on the Sunday.

There are 33 teams competing in the 2017 State Cup in the mixed open competition.

The Knights are ranked 30th.

They were placed into pool J for its matches tomorrow, alongside the Ballina Bullsharks, Hornsby Lions and Melbourne University Blue.