ALMOST HERE: Queensland Touch general manager of operations Gary Madders at the Tavistock St fields ahead of the Junior State Cup.
ALMOST HERE: Queensland Touch general manager of operations Gary Madders at the Tavistock St fields ahead of the Junior State Cup. Matthew Mcinerney

Tavistock St fields take shape ahead of Junior State Cup

THE Tavistock St sporting fields have taken on a different look this week.

Usually the home of football, rugby league, and hockey, the complex has steadily transformed into more than 20 touch football fields and a mini "tent city" since Saturday.

It is all for this weekend's Queensland Touch Junior State Cup, which is now less than 24 hours away.

Qld Touch general manager of operations Gary Madders said it was a steady but long process, but the fields were finally taking shape.

When the Fraser Coast Chronicle caught up with Madders at the field, a team of workers was erecting the "big top" next to what is normally the United Warriors clubhouse.

"That will house the Brisbane team, and we've got another one similar in size to go next to it for Rockhampton," he said.

Madders pointed out several marquees that were already up and those to whom they belonged, as well as the soon-to-be-filled spots for other visiting teams.

In all there are 29 marquees of varying shapes and sizes to go up before tomorrow's 8.30am kick-off.

The Cup's 200-plus referees will occupy the top floor of Hervey Bay Seagulls' clubhouse at Stafford Park for the event, with a section of Tavistock St to be closed while games are played.

Hervey Bay Touch Association representatives will spend part of today giving the fields their final touch.

Meanwhile a mini "amusement park", a new addition to the Cup to celebrate its 20th year, will also set up outside McFie Park.



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