Tournament director Bill Harrigan is preparing for the National Oztag Titles in Coffs Harbour.
Tournament director Bill Harrigan is preparing for the National Oztag Titles in Coffs Harbour. Bruce Thomas

Oztag ready to go

"THESE are the best grounds you can find."

Those were the words of former topline NRL referee and Oztag tournament director Bill Harrigan as he inspected BCU International Stadium.

This weekend's Australian Oztag National Championships will be held at the stadium.

"I have looked at other regional centres but you cannot beat Coffs Harbour for the facilities," the rugby league icon said.

"We have been here since 2005 and it gets better every year we come back."

Hosting more than 91 different teams and over 1450 players over the three-day tournament, Harrigan believes this year's competition will be the most fiercely contested yet.

"This year we will have a few wild card entries from New Zealand and they are very confident of taking home the trophy."

"I had a phone call from the manager of one of the New Zealand sides asking me if there is going to be prizemoney.

That's how confident they are.

"The Senior Mixed Open Division is always tightly contested and there are three or four sides that will push each other right to the edge."

Harrigan added that he is also looking forward to watching the under-20s compete this weekend.

"It is unbelievable what some of those players can do," he said

"The players are just so athletic and really take the game to the next level. They are quite spectacular."

The competition kicks off tomorrow with the opening pool matches.

The finals for all divisions set to be played on Sunday.

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