WA STATE CHAMPS SET TO BEGIN
The WA State Championships kick off tonight, Friday March 3rd. Despite a weekend of hot temperatures forecast, it’s failing to deter competitors from making their way to Arena Joondalup in Perth’s far northern suburbs.Some players and officials travel thousands of kilometres every year for the annual tournament and 2006 will be no different. Participants are converging on Perth from towns such as Broome, Tom Price and Karratha.The activities began this morning at the State Tennis Centre, with a Volunteers Breakfast recognizing the valuable contribution made to Touch Football by volunteers at a range of levels. The breakfast also saw Broome’s Julie Bonner named WA Volunteer of the Year.In Joondalup tonight, the Southern Districts Women’s Open team will begin their title defense and are looking to claim their third straight State Championship. Perth Brothers meanwhile will be looking for their second straight Men’s Open Championship and their entire club is shaping as one to beat, after they took out all three Open divisions during the recent WA Super League.Traveling from the State’s north, the North West Eagles Men’s Open team is back in action this year and lead by Tom Price based captain Troy Metcalfe, the young team will be hoping to ruffle a few feathers.The next 10 days are set to be a huge physical and mental challenge for a number of players who will travel to the National Touch League after Sunday night’s Grand Finals. With all the Barbarians players due into Coffs Harbour on Monday to prepare for the event, there is every chance that some players will finish playing close to 8pm on Sunday night, before taking an 11pm flight across the country to begin preparations for the NTL.