Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

The Only Way Is Up; Touch Football Grows on and off the Sports Field

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

The Only Way Is Up; Touch Football Grows on and off the Sports Field

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Matthew McInerney

THE Junior State Cup could be bigger and better if Jamie O'Connor gets his way.

The Queensland Touch CEO spent yesterday looking over the organisation's "biggest participation event" for the first time.

O'Connor was previously the Intrust Super Cup general manager, and oversaw the competition's expansion into Townsville and Papua New Guinea.

When O'Connor took up the job in April, it was so he could tackle - or touch - a new challenge, and the Junior State Cup's future is high on his list of priorities.

"We haven't set any goals yet, but we've got an opportunity to grow and we have to figure out what that will actually look like," he said.

"For the Junior State Cup, there's no reason why we can't build on the 200 teams we have here. I think we need to create a marquee event that is not just big for us, but big for the community."

More than 7000 people filed into the Tavistock St fields for the first day of the competition yesterday, and all will return to the precinct for the second day today.

"This is easily our biggest participation event of the year," he said. "I think there are two main aspects.

"There's the participation side of it. …

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