Touch Football Australia brings you this rapid fire “Set of Six” news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks and TFA’s Media Intern Henry Holland bring you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s a Set of Six – Volume Nineteen.WESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play: # 1Average Joes too good in 5’s competition“Average Joes” were too fast, too furious, taking out the Summer Season Launch 5’s competition at UWA Sports Park on Sunday, 9 September 2007. “Average Joes” triumphed 2-0 over “Brothers” in the decider. Brothers performed strongly in the tournament but simply ran out of legs in the decider. The 11:45am final was their fifth 13-minute game since 9:30am!“Hung Over”, comprised of Fremantle-based played, played brilliantly throughout the tournament. Their 3-3 draw round game against Brothers was a highlight of the day, with only several diving saves on the line from Brothers preventing a Hung Over victory.Brothers then got the better of Hung Over in their semi-final, winning 3-1.Earlier in the day, State Manager Matt Bamford took novice players through an Introduction to Playing Course, going though rules and strategies of the game of Touch. Football. These individuals were then put into the Social Pool for the Fast and Furious 5’s. Quendas (Murdoch Uni Ladies), J.C. United (Tompkins Park Juniors) and Barbarians battled it out in a fun and friendly environment in the social division.A big thanks to the TouchWest staff for their assistance in running the event, and also to referees Amy McQuade, Karen Stone, Ross Mulhern, James Sollis, and Russell Moeahu who officiated the day. Other events:The Summer Season is well on the way with Northern Districts holding its registration day next Monday 17th September 2007. Bunbury is having its first of two registration days next Tuesday 18th September 2007 and Goldfields is commencing its six-week AusTouch program on Sunday 9th September 2007. All three areas have been assisted with radio advertising to encourage and promote individuals to be active and play Touch Football.The TouchWest web-site: www.touchwest.com.auSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play: # 2Touch Football South Australia wins Sport Leadership Grants for Women fundingThe Australian Sports Commission’s Office for Women has awarded funding to Touch Football South Australia to conduct a Level 2 Coaching Course. The Australian Sports Commission received 442 applications for the $770 grant.The Coaching Course will be for men and women and will take place in the coming months. The grant will strengthen Touch Football South Australia’s commitment to getting more women involved in Touch Football. Other events:290 teams from around South Australia are raring to go for the South Australian Catholic Schools Competition. The competition will take place from 11 – 13 September 2007. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting tournament. The Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auVICTORIAPlay: # 3Prospect of new Swan Hill Touch Football affiliateTouch Football Victoria Game Development Officer Carly Goodrich recently held meetings in Swan Hill to raise interest for the establishment of a new affiliate in the region. Touch Football Victoria is hopeful the new competition can be confirmed and initiated soon. Other Events:Touch Football Victoria would like to wish all the best to all those competing in the Victorian Catholic Schools competition on 11 September 2007. There should be some great Touch played and lots of fun had by all students and staff involved. Lots of affiliates are now hard at work organising their upcoming summer seasons, with much planning to be done before their competitions kick off in October and November. The Touch Football Victoria website: www.victouch.com.auQUEENSLAND (QLD)Play: # 4PowerAde Isotonic South East Queensland Touch League finalsThe PowerAde Isotonic South East Queensland Touch League (SEQTL) finals will take place this weekend 14th – 15th September 2007 at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association grounds – White Hill Sports Reserve, Camp Hill.The preliminary finals were scheduled to take place last Friday but were postponed due to inclement weather. Teams will be competing in the Men’s and Women’s Division 1, 2, and 3 A/B in Friday’s Preliminary Finals. The winning teams on Friday night will earn a berth in Saturday’s grand finals, where they will clash with teams that have already qualified for the decider via victory in the Major semi-final.Presentations will take place on Sunday at The Brewhouse Sports Bar and Grill, located at level 1, 142 Albert Street, Brisbane City, commencing at 2pm.Friday – preliminary finals:Men’s division 1Colts v Southern Storm – winner to play CCU in the Grand finalMen’s division 2Southern Storm v CCU – winner to play First Contact Allstars in the Grand finalMen’s division 3AUni Rebels Maroon v Tigers Cobras- winner to play Custard in the Grand finalMen’s division 3BTigers v Southern Storm – winner to play Crushers in the Grand finalWomen’s division 1Dodgers v Colts – winner to play Uni Rebels in the Grand finalWomen’s division 2AColts v Brothers – winner to play Southern Storm in the Grand finalWomen’s division 2BUni Rebels Maroon v Crushers-Hoodz – winner to play Tigers in the Grand finalWomen’s division 3AUni Rebels Gold v Caboolture Colts Blue – winner to play Caboolture Colts Red in the Grand finalWomen’s division 3BRochedale High v RATC winner to play Tigers in the Grand finalGood luck to all teams!Other events:The 2007 Queensland Police Games will be on this weekend at Redlands. The Police Games have been running for nearly 20 years and feature a range of sports. Eight police and emergency services teams will compete in a Men’s Open Touch Football competition, while nine teams will battle it out in the mixed division. FireysCops is the favourite in the men’s division, with a star-studded line-up including current Australian Men’s Open Captain Gavin Shuker, and experienced representative players Justin Mitchell, and Matt and Simon Barclay. Reigning champions Swordfish will not relinquish their title easily and will be looking to retain the gold medal. Players will out impress in order to be selected for the 2008 Australia-New Zealand Police Games in Coffs Harbour.The Queensland Touch website: www.qldtouch.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play: # 5Northern Territory Under-18 teams prepare for 2007 National ChampionshipsThe Northern Territory Under-18 Girls and Boys teams are into their last stages of preparation for the National Under-18 Championships in Coffs Harbour, 17th – 20th September 2007. Northern Territory players will travel to the Gold Coast from Gove, Alice Springs, Melbourne and Darwin for a two-day training camp before travelling to Coffs Harbour on Tuesday.The Boys team this year is very young and is looking forward to the experience. The Girls team has a mixture of youth and experience, with the two youngest players Jordan Ahsam, a National 18 Years squad member, and Jaylene Bonson, leading the charge.Other events:The Darwin Touch Junior Competition commenced last Wednesday 5th September. The Junior Competition in Darwin is growing with six under-13 teams and six under-16 teams. Opening night was attended by a large number of parents and children who thoroughly enjoyed their first foray into competitive Touch Football.Outgoing Game Development Officer Rebecca Houston’s one regret in leaving Darwin will be leaving the Junior Competition behind. Rebecca has thoroughly enjoyed establishing the competition and witnessing the enthusiasm of the children and their parents. Rebecca’s legacy will be the healthy competition, which will be a platform for further growth and professionalism in the future.The Northern Territory website: www.touchnt.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)Play: # 6Another fantastic gala day for ACT TouchIn another clear indication of the growth in junior participation in the ACT, the Yr 3 – 4 gala was held on 5th September 2007 with a whopping 800 kids participating! The 180 games conducted as part of the tournament were completely officiated by junior referees. The focus of the day was participation and fun, with no scoring, ladders, or trophies.The Yr 3 – 4 event was the last of six successful ACT Touch gala days for 2007. Other events:ACT Touch was pleased to have TFA National Coaching Director Dennis Coffey in town last weekend to put six aspiring coaches through the theoretical part of the Level 2 course. ACT Touch thanks Dennis sincerely for his time and all his effort.The ACT Touch summer season commences on Tuesday 2nd October 2007 and runs through until 28th February 2008 with a 3-4 week recess over Christmas. An early bird incentive price of $950/team is available until 12th September 2007.Summer is generally a far bigger competition season than winter and ACT Touch is expecting a rush of teams nominating, so get in fast to secure your position in the competition.For more info phone (02) 6212 2880The Australian Capital Territory Touch Association website www.acttouch.com.auThat’s it for this week’s edition of “A Set of Six”.Be sure to visit each State website for all the latest news and views from around the nation.
Building up to the 2015 NRL Telstra Premiership season, NITV has teamed up with the NRL to bring viewers a special Super Sunday of sport on Sunday, 1 March including a replay of the TFA All Stars versus Indigenous All Stars game. Hosted by Djuro Sen, alongside expert commentators Petero Civoniceva, Bo de la Cruz and Justin Loomans, the coverage features a range of matches from the NRL All Stars tournament, culminating in a full replay of the Harvey Norman All Stars game. Super Sunday begins at 4.30pm and will include the NRL Touch Football game, followed by the Under 16’s New South Wales versus Queensland match and the Women’s All Stars clash. This is the first time these three matches will be broadcast in Australia. NITV Super Sunday4.30pm to 9.30pm, Sunday, 1 MarchMixed Touch Football – Indigenous All Stars v NRL All StarsUnder 16’s – NSW Indigenous v Qld IndigenousWomen’s Indigenous All Stars v Women’s NRL All StarsHarvey Norman Indigenous All Stars v NRL All StarsMore information at nitv.org.auRelated LinksAll Stars on NITV
Thereâ€™s plenty of exciting stories to come out of our Australian team announcement for the 2016 Trans Tasman Series. Join us as we look through the teams, pointing out some honourable mentions for the upcoming series. Menâ€™s Open The Australian Menâ€™s Open team sees 10 players return from the successful 2015 World Cup team, as well as 2015 World Cup Mixed Open champions Scott Bundy and Daniel Barton. Shaun Francis will wear the green and gold for the first time, while Jordan Marshall-King, Jayden Love and Lachlan Pierce have all transitioned through the Youth program into the Menâ€™s Open team, with Marshall-King playing in the 2011 and 2013 Youth Trans Tasman Series events (20â€™s Boys), Love in the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series (20â€™s Boys) and Pierce in the 2013 Youth Trans Tasman Series (18â€™s Boys). Pierce, the 2015 Elite Eight Player of the Final and Player of the Series, follows in his late fatherâ€™s footsteps by being selected in the Australian Menâ€™s Open team. Craig Pierce represented Australia on 37 occasions, including three World Cups, and was inducted into the TFA Hall of Fame in 2003. Lachlan joins Peter Norman and Daniel Barton in the current team as players whose fathers have also represented Australia in the Menâ€™s Open division.Womenâ€™s Open Nine players return to the Australian Womenâ€™s Open team from last yearâ€™s World Cup winning side, as well as Yasmin Meakes, who has moved into the Womenâ€™s team after two years in the Mixed program. The side welcomes Hayley Maddick for the first time in Australian colours in her international debut. Sisters being selected in the Australian Womenâ€™s Open team has been a regular occurrence over the past decade, with the likes of the Juddâ€™s, Winchesterâ€™s, Hopkinâ€™s and now the Davisâ€™ sisters, Danni and Shellie. After captaining the Australian 18â€™s Girls team in 2015, Shellie joins Danni in the Womenâ€™s Open side for the 2016 series, with Danni heading into her third campaign in the Australian Womenâ€™s Open team. Four players from the Australian 18â€™s Girls team have transitioned into the Womenâ€™s Open side for the 2016 Trans Tasman Series â€“ Shellie Davis, Tayla Clifford, Mia Johnstone and Emma Sykes. Thereâ€™s plenty of youth in this Australian team, with three 18-year-olds (Shellie Davis, Tayla Clifford and Hannah Dyball) as well as two 17-year-olds (Mia Johnstone and Emma Sykes). Mixed Open Like the Womenâ€™s Open team, nine players from the 2015 World Cup winning side return to the Mixed Open team for the 2016 Trans Tasman Series. The six debutants in the team have all progressed through to the Openâ€™s divisions from the Youth program in recent years â€“ James Blackwood (2015 Australian 20â€™s Boys), Ciaran Toner (2013 Australian 18â€™s Boys and 2015 Australian 20â€™s Boys), Adam Pryde (2011 Australian 18â€™s Boys and 2013 Australian 20â€™s Boys), Paige Parker and Katherine Stevens (2015 Australian 20â€™s Girls) and Zara Nicholas (2015 Australian 18â€™s Girls). Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to the 2016 Trans Tasman Series:Website â€“ www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook â€“ www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter â€“ www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (Be sure to use the #transtasman2016 hashtag)Instagram â€“ www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube â€“ www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksAussie Team Announcement