2017 NSW State Cup: NSW Touch Football Association general manager Dean Russell happy with event

Cheering: A near-capacity grandstand saw the culmination of this year's NSW State Cup. Photo: Ivan Sajko
Cheering: A near-capacity grandstand saw the culmination of this year's NSW State Cup. Photo: Ivan Sajko

THERE were a few minor hiccups along the way, but NSW Touch Football Association general manager Dean Russell said the 2017 NSW State Cup ran relatively “smoothly”.

Weather and software issues caused some problems on Saturday night with the server for the mobile phone application going down in Sydney.

Russell admitted it was the best day for it to happen as the schedule for the final day was placed on the NSW Touch website instead.

“Things went relatively smoothly and we only had a few issues with the high winds and a few problems with our online software,” Russell said.

“That was out of our control and happened on the Saturday night so we were a bit lucky that we could put all the information on the home page.

“There weren’t quite as many games.”

The quality of matches – particularly in the men’s open A division – was arguably better than last year.

It was evidenced in a high-quality semi-final match between Doyalson Dragons and Hornsby Lions.

The Lions claimed the win courtesy of a drop-off which ended the Dragons’ hopes of creating a piece of history as the first team to win all three Premier League titles in the one year.

“Doyalson and Hornsby was a really cracking semi-final and if it had have been the grand final no one would have complained,” Russell said.

Hornsby then backed the win up with a 5-4 victory over Western Suburbs in the final.

“For Wests it wasn’t a bad result because they’ve gone through a rebuilding year this year, so for them to make the final was a tremendous result,” Russell said.

The NSWTA general manager was looking forward to securing the future of the senior State Cup in Port Macquarie for another five years.

“We have a really good relationship with the community and the council so it makes things easy for us knowing we’re coming back,” he said.

“We’re really pleased to come back and there might be a few tweaks to the structure again next year.

“We’re always looking at how we can improve the event.”