Families touch down in Cootamundra for annual touch football carnival

More than 30 teams, including Young are expected to take to Cootamundra's Nicholson Park this weekend in a celebration of touch football.

Event organiser Tisha McTavish said the carnival, which is the longest running event of its kind in the region, has already attracted 34 entries.

The carnival's more than 30 year longevity, Ms McTavish said, has a lot to do with its family friendly nature.

"It's a great social carnival, a great opportunity for parents to play a sport with their children," Ms McTavish said.

"It's well supported by local families and people who have lived in Cootamundra and return home to play and visit family.

"There are people playing who used to be residents of Cootamundra and are returning home with a team."

While support from teams is an essential element in the success of any event Ms McTavish made special mention of the carnival's sponsors.

There support, along with funds from entries, allow the organiser to distribute $5000 in prizemoney split over three divisions, with the possibility of a fourth division, depending on results from the Saturday matches.

"The Cootamundra Ex-Services Club have been our major sponsor since inception and South West Slopes Credit Union are also sponsors," Ms McTavish said.

The actions begins at 9.30am on Saturday with teams each playing three games in a round robin format.

The teams, based on Saturday's results, are then placed into divisions for a knockout stage beginning at 9am on Sunday.

This year's event has attracted teams from as far as Melbourne and Canberra and also Harden, Young, Wagga Wagga, Bathurst and one from Sydney.

While players are travelling from far and wide Ms McTavish said at least 50 per cent of the teams will have a Cootamundra element to them.

With up to 14 players per team, six, three men and three women are allowed on the field at a time, with games played over 28 minutes with a touch down turn.

If the smoke haze and heat returns this weekend Ms McTavish said the game format may be changed for player safety.

Cootamundra will host the annual Unisex Touch Football carnival this Saturday and Sunday.

Cootamundra will host the annual Unisex Touch Football carnival this Saturday and Sunday.

Last year more than 400 players took to the field for the two day competition despite the heat.

Tisha McTavish said she was pleased with how the 35th installment of the knockout event played out.

With in excess of $5,000 in prize money up for grabs at the carnival, it was always going to be a tooth-and-nail affair for supremacy with Galaxy taking out the A grade competition.