IN just their second ever state event, the Nowra Shoalhaven Touch Association Bushchooks turned plenty of heads at the recent NSW country championships at the Central Coast.
At their maiden country championships appearance, the open men's team, managed by Belinda Holt, opened the tournament with a tight 6-3 loss to Newcastle.
This was followed by defeats to Wallsend (7-4), Wollongong two (3-2), Wollongong one (5-1), Doyalson (9-1) and Beresfield (10-1).
Despite not registering a win, Holt has taken a lot of positives from the competition, considering how far they've come since their debut tournament at December's State Cup.
"The team performed really well up against tough competition," Holt said.
"I believe if they had played the second day on the first, some of the results may have been a lot closer.
"There are plenty of positives the whole group has taken from the trip to the Central Coast.
"The team that played are really keen and are eager to get better results.
"If they train hard and stay committed to the process and each other, then I have no doubts the results will come."
During the two-day tournament, Holt's side was captained by Matthew Spresser and featured Todd McPherson, Jayde Tooth, Tom Horton, Damien Levis, Billie Fletcher, Damien Spresser, Jared Sturgon, Jed Ricketts, Jesse Bryant, Tom Power, Zachary Scott, Harri Hibbs and Conor Trudgen.
The squad will now turn their attentions to Port Macquarie's State Cup from December 4-6.
"We have so much talent in the area and it needs to be showcased," Holt said.
"This time we only sent a men's team but hopefully in the near future, a women's and mixed teams of all ages can take part - touch football is an amazing sport.
"If any players, coaches or sponsors want to get involved in future tournaments, please contact the Nowra Shoalhaven Touch Association, as we are always looking to grow our footy family."
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