Junior State Cup changes made but Port Macquarie will still host

Junior touch: A Port Makos player at the Junior State Cup this year.
Junior touch: A Port Makos player at the Junior State Cup this year.

New South Wales Touch Association’s Junior State Cup will changed in 2019, although the venue will remain the same with Port Macquarie confirmed as hosts from 2019 onward.

The event will be split into a northern and southern conference with a State Final. Full logistical details of this new format are to be finalised.

Port Macquarie still has one year on the current Junior State Cup tender and will now see the revised version in its current location until 2021. Approximately 220-240 teams will participate in the first year of the new structure in the Northern Conference, with a view to grow that number significantly in the following years.

While still a considerable number of teams and more in line with entries of a senior State Cup, the new format will release some pressures on current infrastructure for the event such as accommodation and traffic management.

No decision has been reached on the venue for the southern conference.