Six sides and eight referees to tag on the best at Nationals

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On the ball: O27s Womens playmaker Ash Allen looks to fire a pass out wide against the U20s at training on Sunday as six Tamworth teams head to Coffs Harbour. Photo: Peter Hardin 301016PHA163
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Six Tamworth Oztag sides were getting in one last full training session together on Sunday before they ship off to Coffs Harbour for the Australian National Championships nextweekend.

This year Tamworth won’t be sending any mixed sides, although does have a good mix of three male and three female sides who should all be competitive according to Tamworth president Pam Potts.

The U20 boys and girls sides had plenty of interest with booming local competitions and after the girls made the semifinals of the state cup are a good chance of going deep into the National tournament as well, while the Mens O50s side is looking for a hat-trick of wins after taking out the Tamworth hosted State Cup earlier in the year before whitewashing QLD in the State of Origin 3-nil.

Good tag: Dee Fulwood is one of five Gunnedah girls who have joined with Tamworth for a run at the Oztag National Championships. Photo: Peter Hardin 301016PHA150

“It is the next step up for these teams,” Potts said.’

Catch me if you can: Tamworth U20 flyer Zoe Green steps past a defender as Tamworth prepare for the Nationals in Coffs Harbour. Photo: Peter Hardin 301016PHA50

“But they are coming out of very solid divisions –we even had to cut some sqauds back after getting a ot of interest.”

Tamworth will also field Mens O45s, Womens Masters (O35s) and a Women’s O27 side, as well as eight referees to the tournament.

Too quick: Paris Knox tags this U20 attacker as the six Tamworth squads got some last minute training in on Sunday. Photo: Peter Hardin 301016PHA70

In and away: U20 try scoring machine Abby Schmiedel looks for support at training for next weekend’s National Championships. Photo: Peter Hardin 301016PHA30

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