Notley’s Queenslander spirit brings him back

first_imgAfter 11 years away from State of Origin (SOO) touch football, Scott Notley is back wearing the colours of his beloved maroons.Notley is the player-coach of Queensland’s men’s 40s team that will play at the SOO series, which will be contested today and tomorrow at the Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium.Notley made his debut for Queensland in 1987 and spent many years playing for the ‘sunshine state’.He last played in the 1998 series and was at the helm of Queensland’s men’s opens team when they were defeated by NSW in their best-of-three-game series, 2-1.He said the competitive nature of SOO brought him back to the field.“I just like the competition I guess. I don’t play much park touch football,” he said.Taking charge of the men’s 40s has been a challenge for the former Australian representative with most of the players coming from all over the state.“It’s been a little bit hard [to get together] because we have players from North Queensland, players from interstate and the south east corner.“It has been a poor build up.”But he said his players have played enough touch football to know what is expected of them.“I think we are in there [with a chance]. We don’t really have too many standouts, we are good across the park.“I don’t know much about NSW because I’ve been away for so long but the names on paper, the look pretty solid.”The first game of the men’s 40s SOO will be played at 5.40pm.Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the State of Origin action: State of Origin – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – Football Australia’s YouTube channel – LinksNotley’s Queenslander spiritlast_img read more