BY the time the under-18 boys and girls finals roll around on Sunday afternoon, the 2019 NSW Junior State Cup will have seen more than 850 matches.
Throw in 237 teams along with parents, grandparents, siblings, aunties and uncles and NSW Touch Football general manager Dean Russell believes the decision to split the state in two was a good one.
"It's going to be really interesting this weekend to see from a playing perspective how the northern conference splits out," he said.
"There is plenty for the teams to play for, because whoever wins will be the first conference champions, but the teams who make the quarter finals will be invited to the state finals.
"There's an opportunity for each team to put their best foot forward and make the finals and then try and win the whole thing."
Russell said it equated to more than 12,000 people who would visit Port Macquarie for the weekend.
"We didn't want to go to a fourth day, but that was a real possibility if we had have stayed in the one location," he said.
"That would have put extra pressure on families, but the decision has been proven right."
Adding to the weekend, NSW State of Origin coach Brad Fittler along with Danny Buderus will play a social game of touch football on Regional Stadium at 5.30pm on Friday.
The NSW Touch Football general manager said every affiliate from the weekend had been invited to select a player to play in the match.
"This northern conference will get a greater bonus on Friday afternoon when all the Hogs roll in - because the township will hear them," he said.
"We'll have a game out here on the stadium between the Hogs and a group of the kids who are participating in the event.
"It's a really good initiative and part of the partnership between Touch Football and the NRL.
"Brad Fittler and Danny Buderus and their crew with Hogs For The Homeless are raising funds and awareness for the Father Chris Riley Foundation for Youth off the Streets.
"We've invited a player from every affiliate to participate in the game and we're looking forward to it."
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