Forty-one teams from across the North Coast will descend on Tuncurry this Sunday for the Northern Eagles Junior Touch Football Tournament.
Held in Taree over the past two years, Tuncurry was chosen as the new venue for the tournament before Christmas after the fields at the Taree Recreation Centre were deemed unsuitable because of the drought.
Games will be played at both the Peter Barclay Sports Fields and Harry Elliott Oval, where recycled water has been used to keep the fields in good condition.
Forster Tuncurry Touch Association president, Lyn Eason, said it was exciting to have the opportunity to host the event.
"It's good for the kids to have something locally," she said.
"It's good for the town as well."
She believed the tournament would bring around 1300 people to Forster Tuncurry, with teams travelling from numerous locations up and down the North Coast to contest the event.
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Girls and boys will play in separate divisions ranging from U10s to U18s, with the tournament being seen as a warm up for the 2020 Junior State Cup in Port Macquarie.
Selection for the Northern Eagles representative squads will also begin at the tournament.
Forster Tuncurry will have teams taking part in every division except the U10 and U18 girls.
Ms Eason believed the local kids would prove competitive.
"There is some good players here," she said.
"We've got a good chance in some of those divisions.
"I think we should get quite a few into the Eagles' squads."
The tournament starts at 8:30am on Sunday, December 19, with the finals due to kick off at 3:30pm.
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