Beanies for Brain Cancer at the NSW Junior State Championships

Beanies for Brain Cancer at the NSW Junior State Championships

Keep warm for a good cause at the 2022 Junior State Championships in June, by purchasing a Beanie for Brain Cancer.

The Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) will be attending the NSW Junior State Championships in Coffs Harbour from June 1-5, 2022 for their annual Beanie for Brain Cancer fundraiser.

The 2022 MHF beanies will be on sale for $25 at C.ex Stadium from Wednesday June 1, which is not only the first day of competition in Coffs, but the first day of winter.

NSW Oztag encourage players, coaches, spectators and staff to purchase a beanie to help raise funds for greater research into brain cancer.

“Oztag welcomes Mark, Kirralee and their Beanies campaign, to the NSW Junior State Championships in Coffs,” Tournament Director, Bill Harrigan said.

“I urge all players and parents to buy a beanie, or just say hello and make a donation – it feels good to make a difference,” Harrigan said.

After Mark Hughes was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013, he and his wife began the non-profit, Health Promotion Charity, The Mark Hughes Foundation.

The Beanies for Brain Cancer campaign came about as many brain cancer patients wear beanies to cover scars, bandages, loss of hair and just to keep warm.

Eight years on, the MHF has now sold over 900,000 beanies, raised over $24 million and invested millions into research programs.

The Beanies for Brain Cancer campaign continues to grow every year, making a positive impact on the lives of many people affected by brain cancer.

By having the Beanies for Brain Cancer on sale at the Junior State Championships, NSW Oztag hope to raise awareness and funds that provide hope for current brain cancer patients, and those in the future.

Don’t brave the cold weather at this year’s Junior State Championships, buy a Beanie for Brain Cancer.  

2023 NSW Junior State Championships Announcement

2023 NSW Junior State Championships Announcement

NSW Oztag have released the dates for the 2023 Junior State Championships, as well as the amended tournament outline which separates the 9-10s from the 11-17s.

Following substantial revision of the Junior State Championships and its progressive increase in size, NSW Oztag have made the decision to split the tournament across two weekends and venues.

2023 NSW Junior State Championships Outline

Under 9-10s

Date: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February, 2023

Venue: The Kingsway Playing Fields, St Marys

Under 11s-17s

Date: Friday 24th – Sunday 26th February, 2023

Venue: C.ex Stadium, Coffs Harbour

Such changes will prove to resolve accommodation difficulties in Coffs Harbour, while also catering to the expansive nature of the Under 9s and 10s divisions.

Tournament Director, Bill Harrigan OAM also addressed the decision to flip the Junior State Cup schedule.

“We have listened to feedback with the scheduling of the Junior State Championships and the impact on kids just returning to the new school year,” Harrigan said.  

“Therefore, we have flipped the usual schedule, meaning the 9-10s will now play earlier in February on Saturday & Sunday only, followed by the 11-17s later in the month,”

“This ensures the older age groups have a whole month back at school before taking time off to come to Coffs,” Harrigan said.

NSW Oztag wish to thank Coffs Harbour Council for their ongoing support and look forward to the upcoming 2022 Junior State Championships, set to be held from June 1-5 on Coffs Coast.

City Crowned 2021 NSW Senior City v Country Champions

City Crowned 2021 NSW Senior City v Country Champions

The NSW Senior City v Country showcased some exceptional Oztag on Saturday 29 January, with City crowned 2021 Champions.

After being postponed twice, the NSW Senior City v Country was given the green light to go ahead at Croome Sporting Complex, in Shellharbour on the NSW South Coast.  

The much-anticipated tournament was the first NSW Oztag event since the state’s Covid lockdown in June last year.

The new tournament format saw a City and Country team in each division play off in a high-quality, three-game series.

Nominated from the Senior State Cup tournament in May 2021, City Country selection is an opportunity for players to merge with their region’s best and compete for the prestigious championship title.

City teams were represented by associations in the Sydney basin from Hornsby in the North, to Penrith in the West, Campbelltown in the South and over to the East Coastline. Any teams outside this border were Country.

Despite the Covid and weather-inflicted setbacks, teams took to the field with determination and camaraderie.

The standard of talent saw the tournament come down to the wire, with City claiming eight of the 14 titles, while Country claimed six.

The Men’s 30s could have gone either way with the first two games ending in a draw; however, a thrilling decider saw Country defeat City 3-2.

The Men’s 40s and Women’s Opens divisions also came down to a decider. In the Men’s 40s, City defeated Country 5-4, while in the Women’s Opens a similar outcome prevailed, with City only just defeating Country, 3-2.

City’s Men’s 20s, Women’s 20s, Mixed 20s, and Senior Mixed ended the day with a clean sweep, as did Country’s Women’s 40s and Men’s 45s.

2021 NSW Senior City v Country Series Champions:

Women’s 20s: City

Mixed 20s: City

Men’s 20s: City

Women’s Opens: City

Mixed Opens: City

Men’s Opens: Country

Mixed Seniors: City

Men’s 30s: Country

Women’s 40s: Country

Men’s 40s: City

Men’s 45s: Country

Men’s 50s: Country

Men’s 55s: Country

Men’s 60s: City

For all tournament fixtures and results, visit the Sportfix app or click here.

Congratulations to all teams on an outstanding tournament.

See Champions below.

NSW Senior City v Country POSTPONED

NSW Senior City v Country POSTPONED

Tournament Director, Luke Manahan has announced that the NSW Senior City v Country has been postponed to January, 2022 due to heavy rainfall.

The South Coast has experienced heavy rainfall over the last couple of days with more rainfall forecast today (9/12) and tomorrow (10/12). 

The groundsman completed an inspection this morning & he indicated the fields were unplayable and would remain unplayable on Saturday.

Regardless, Wollongong Council have since closed ALL fields.

Therefore, Australian Oztag (AO) will postpone the tournament to Saturday 29 January, 2022 at Sid Parrish Park, Figtree NSW (same venue).

Contingency plans to move the venue were considered, however fields in those councils have also been closed & other options have been negated by cricket.

We also had to consider travel arrangements by players coming from regional areas – it’s important to give these players as much notice as possible.

AO’s goal is to play this tournament to give the selected players the opportunity to represent their region; hence the postponement to a new date.

However, if the tournament cannot be completed on the 29th January it will be cancelled & the rego portion of the player fee refunded.

Thank you.

Luke Manahan

Tournament Director

NSW Oztag Return to Community Sport UPDATE

NSW Oztag Return to Community Sport UPDATE

AO General Manager, Bill Harrigan has released a statement following the NSW Government’s recent announcement on the return to community sport at 80% double vaccinations.

Hi Everyone,

Great news is Oztag will be back in 2021.

After the NSW Government announcement on Monday, what we do know is this:

Community sport will return after we hit 80% double vaccinations in the community of 16 years of age and above (mid to late October).

We know it is only for double vaxxed people until the 1st of December. This will include parents and spectators only attending if double dosed. From the 1st, all can participate & attend.

We must abide by the one person per 2 square metres or capped at 5000 people if the venue is big enough.

There has been no mention of the ages allowed to return, only that we can return when double vaxed hits 80% of the people 16 and above.

So the questioned is asked, can under 16’s play without being double vaxed? We have asked the question and waiting on confirmation.

I read it as over 16 must be double vaxed and under 16 don’t but can return. TBC

Therefore Oztag associations are gearing up to return to play for Summer 21/22.

You will need to search your local associations social media or website for details on when they will start and their registration protocols.

You can find websites via & search locations.

We will continue to update detail as we are informed.


Bill Harrigan
AO General Manager

NSW Oztag Return to Community Sport UPDATE

Statement: NSW Oztag Potential Return to Sport

AO General Manager, Bill Harrigan has released a statement in response to the NSW Government’s recent announcement regarding the ease of restrictions, subject to vaccination rates.

“Today, the NSW Government hinted there will be a further ease of restrictions when NSW hits 70% vaccinations in mid-October.  They also said they expect to open up international travel in mid-November if we hit 80% vaccinations.

Therefore, there can be an expectation that community sport may be allowed to resume.  It will probably come with restrictions like we saw last year when we returned to sport after the first lockdown. E.g. limited numbers within areas, no spectators etc. We should also consider that the Government may restrict sport to only fully vaccinated people.

So, Australian Oztag encourages its players to get vaccinated in readiness for a potential return to sport this year.  We also acknowledge people have a choice but if the Government restrict participation to only fully vaccinated, we must comply.”

Bill Harrigan
AO General Manager