Touch Rugby League State Championships come to Logan

BOMBS AWAY: Touch Rugby League competitor puts boot to ball during a match.
BOMBS AWAY: Touch Rugby League competitor puts boot to ball during a match.

One thousand amateur footballers from around Queensland will converge on Logan this weekend for the Touch Rugby League State Championships injecting an estimated $1.7 million into the local economy.

A Logan City Council spokesman said Logan was proud to have been chosen to host the championships which will include the defending champion Beenleigh women's side.

He said Logan last hosted the event in 2015 and its welcome return had been brought about by a council strategy to attract major sporting events to the region.

"Late last year, council signed an agreement with Sports Marketing Australia to increase the number of sporting events on the City of Logan's annual calendar," he said.

"This means we are supporting this year's competition under the Events Attraction Program, which has already resulted in a growing number of sports wanting to stage their showcase events in the city.

"Events secured have included November's state qualifier for entry into the Australian Skateboarding League, the Champions League Basketball CLB3x3 National Series until 2020 and Gold Queensland Boys' and Girls' Amateur State Championships."

Getting underway on Friday, some 61 men's, women's, mixed and over-30s teams will strive to beat Queensland's best at the modified form of touch football.

About 220 matches form a packed schedule, with both the Beenleigh Multisports Centre and Logan Lightning Football Club to host matches.

Rugby league legend and TRL ambassador Darren Lockyer will be on hand for the official opening from 5.30pm.

Competition kicks-off at 6pm with two full rounds to be played under lights for the first time in the tournament's history.

Players will then back up bright and early the next day, with games to be held from 8am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Finals are to be contested from 10.45am on the last day, and standout performers have the opportunity to earn selection in the Queensland side that will contest the inaugural TRL State of Origin Series.

TRL representative Mason Part said the standard would be phenomenal, with current women's NRL players, Australian touch representatives and elite athletes crossing over from other sports set to compete.

He said TRL was designed to replicate rugby league without the brutal collisions and it did so better than any other sport available.

"We find it is a lot more inclusive," Part said.

"There is no need to be elite or particularly fit, though you can get extremely fit playing the game."

Basically, touch football rules apply but dummy halves can run with the ball, get tagged and score tries, and players can kick on any tackle but can not score tries from their own kicks.

In mixed matches, female try scorers earn two points and men are awarded one point.

Part said there would be plenty of action to see and he encouraged anyone interested to head along and check it out.

"If they like what they see, TRL is played in Logan on Tuesdays and Wednesdays," he said.

"Sign on at .trl.com.au/beenleigh."