Wagga Vipers teams seek to leave a lasting impression at touch football's Junior State Cup

VIPERS: (back) Maddie Browning, 14, Asha Murphy, 15, Tyler Jordan, 10, Ella McFarlane, 15, Riley Browning, 15; (front) Diezel Watson, 9, Georgie Hayes, 9, and Jag Ashcroft, 10, are among the Wagga players in action. Picture: Les Smith
VIPERS: (back) Maddie Browning, 14, Asha Murphy, 15, Tyler Jordan, 10, Ella McFarlane, 15, Riley Browning, 15; (front) Diezel Watson, 9, Georgie Hayes, 9, and Jag Ashcroft, 10, are among the Wagga players in action. Picture: Les Smith

The cream of Wagga’s junior touch footballers have headed to Port Macquarie, chasing success in the final edition of the prestigious – and massive – Junior State Cup.

The Vipers outfits are among 358 teams competing in the mammoth carnival, which will see more than 1300 games played in five age groups from Friday through to Sunday.

The Wagga contingent features 136 players out to defend the city’s reputation as heartland territory for touch, and make a mark on the historic edition of the event.

It’s the first time in a number of years that the Vipers have had the under 10s teams making the long trip north.

This is the last year of local teams making the journey, with NSW Touch announcing this week that the carnival will next year be split into northern and southern conferences.

Wagga’s Jubilee Park won the right to host the first three southern carnivals, from 2019 to 2021.

Touch officials hope the change will encourage even more teams and associations from the southern regions to take part in state cup competition in the coming years.

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