Johns Enjoying Junior State Cup

Former NRL premiership winning player, Matthew Johns was one of hundreds of parents to brave the conditions on day one of the 2013 New South Wales Junior State Cup in Port Macquarie to cheer on their children.

Johns’ son, Cooper is playing for the Manly Sea Eagles at the event in the 14’s Boys division and has played in the younger divisions at Junior State Cup in the past.

Cooper’s team had a first-up loss against Parramatta in game one this morning, but Johns was a proud Dad on the sidelines regardless of the result.

“They are going good, they played Parramatta first up, they played very well, they didn’t win but they went very well,” Johns said.

“He played in the under 12’s at Illawarra a couple of years back, so he’s quite fond of it.”

Johns was full of praise for the sport of Touch Football and the skills demonstrated by the players.

“(Cooper) loves it. Touch Football is so good for skill, it’s unbelievable. Days gone by, when I played Rugby League, they looked down on Touch Football but you just can’t beat it for skill.”

Johns is enjoying the opportunity that the weekend provides to be a spectator and cheer on Cooper’s team.

“It’s nice to get away and get up on the coast in Port Macquarie, although the weather, I’ve seen it better!”


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