CQ Bulls player Tracy Upton is confident the five Central Queensland sides will provide strong competition.
CQ Bulls player Tracy Upton is confident the five Central Queensland sides will provide strong competition. Chris Ison

Teams set for NTL

AUSTRALIA'S best players, coaches and referees will unite at Port Macquarie next week for four days of action-packed touch football.

The National Touch League (NTL) is Australia's premier touch football event featuring affiliated regional and state representative teams from all states and territories throughout Australia.

The Central Queensland Bulls will have five teams competing at the 2012 NTL: Under-20 Men, Open Men, Men 45s, Open Women and Women 35s.

"The Open Women will be led by Greta Doherty," CQ Bulls spokeswoman Tracy Upton said.

"The young side has been training well and are looking forward to further developing their touch skills."

Upton said the CQ sides have plenty of potential with both former and current state and national representatives named in the sides.

"Emerald's Justin Lawrence will lead his 45 Men's side around, having previously played for Queensland," she said.

The CQ Bulls Open Men's team may have been training since December but they are yet to unleash their hidden weapons.

"The side is made up of Under-20 and Open Men Queensland and Australian players," Upton said.

"They should go really well, with strong core players such as Australian representative Dan Withers."

CQ Open Men's player Trevor Moran is looking forward to competing against some of Australia's most highly recognised touch football stars.

"We should be very competitive. I think we have a good team as we try and reach the finals," he said.

"In line attack we have some good up-and-coming players who should do well for us - Lachlan and Cormac Hoch, James and Andrew Baartz."

In great preparation for the NTL, the Open side last weekend travelled to the Gold Coast to compete in a National New Zealand Carnival.

"We ended up going down 25-24 in the quarter-finals, but it ultimately gave us a bit of match fitness heading into the NTL," Moran said.

The National carnival at Port Macquarie begins March 8 and runs to March 11.



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