A SET OF SIX – VOLUME TWENTY-EIGHT

first_imgTouch Football Australia brings you the latest edition of “A Set of Six” with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings 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 Twenty Eight.TASMANIA (TAS)Play # 1Junior State Cup a huge successTouch Football Tasmania held their Junior State Cup at Wentworth Park in Hobart over the weekend.The Hobart club “Condors” asserted their dominance on the competition taking out 5 of the 6 divisions on offer.The clean sweep was spoiled by the Grasscutters team from Launceston who convincingly took out the Girls 12 Years division.One of the highlights of the weekend was the performance of the Condors Girls 14 Years team, who made their way through to play in the Girls 16 Years Grand Final.It was a fantastic day of Touch Football, showcasing the best young players from the Apple Isle, and the future of the game looks to be in great hands if the enthusiasm, talent, and passion displayed on the weekend are anything to go by.Results:Girl’s 12’s Grasscutters d Condors 3-0 (best of 3 competition)Best & Fairest – Holly Savill (Grasscutters)Boy’s 12’sCondors d Devonport Touch 7-5Player of the Final – Harry Bailey (Condors)Best & Fairest – Jordan Smith (DTA)Girl’s 14’sCondorsBest & Fairest – Maddison Smith (Condors)Boy’s 14’sCondors d CBA Scooters 12-5Player of the Final – Sam Williams (Condors)Best & Fairest – Jayke Murray (Condors)Girl’s 16’sHaines Train d Condors 14’s 6-2Player of the Final – Katelyn Barry (Haines Train)Best & Fairest – Nat Curtis (Haines Train)Boy’s 16’sAustralia d Devonport Touch 17-3Player of the Final – Jeremy Edwards (Australia)Best & Fairest – Jason Haines (Australia)Other Events: Aaron Jones (Southern Touch) was named Referee of the Tournament after a string of consistently good performances.SOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play: # 2South Australia commences its Junior Touch leagueTouch Football South Australia will commence its Junior Touch League – “The Beginners Step to Fun” on Sunday 18 November 2007 at their City Touch Venue at Eastwood.The 6 week Junior Program, an extension of the successful AusTouch format, will run weekly up until 16 December 2007.The sessions will consist of a 90 minute block featuring 45 minutes of skills and 45 minutes of game play to help the budding touch players utilize the skills being accented each week.Each participant receives a hat, water bottle and a certificate and the program is viewed ad the perfect way to introduce the game to beginners and Junior playersFurther information can be obtained by contacting the Touch South Australia Office on 08 8306 7503 or via email acrawford@touchsa.com.auOther events:  It’s on again… The Annual Portavin Wine ’07 Fundraiser for the Hutt Street Centre is scheduled for 25 November 2007.The Annual charity fundraiser is designed to raise money to assist Adelaide’s homeless and marginalized citizens, and is a highlight of the South Australian Sporting and social calendar.The day includes city wine and food, a 48-team touch tournament, and a celebrity challenge match with Event Ambassador Former World Cup winning Wallaby skipper Nick Farr-Jones headlining a who’s who of local South Australian sporting personalities for the contest.Captains for the event are Australian Opals legend Rachael Sporn and former Adelaide Crows dual premiership winning skipper Mark Bickley.Other guest players include SAFM’s Rabbitt and Louie, Adelaide living legend Johnny Haysman, AFL heroes Matthew Primus and Graham Cornes, as well as a plethora of talent from the Wallabies, the SA Redbacks, netball and the local media.Touch SA is seeking volunteers/referees to assist on the day. To registerPlease call TFSA on 8306 7500 or email pmariu@touchsa.com.auThe Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)Play: # 3ACT Junior representative teams to attend Suns Junior ChampionshipsContinuing on in what has been a massive year for junior development in ACT, the ACTTA will send four teams to Wagga to contest the Suns Junior Regional Championships.The touring party will be comprised of Under 14 Boys and Girls teams, and Under 16 Boys and Girls Team respectively.This tour comes after both the ACT Boys and Girls 12 Years team finished third at the School Sport Nationals in Melbourne last month, and both the ACT Boys and Girls U15s teams finished fourth.Other Events: ACT Touch will be holding Level 1 Referees Courses on both 4 and 5 December 2007 at the ACTTA Offices, Deakin ACT. Enquiries to ACT Touch Association on (02) 6212 2880 or info@acttouch.com.auThe Australian Capital Territory website: www.acttouch.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play # 4 Young Divas finishing the season with a wet sailDivas, who had been winless up until round 10, have put together back-to-back wins in the Darwin Women’s competition. The young guns come up against second placed Scorpions who will want a strong performance heading into the 2007 finals campaign.In other games Palmerston Bulls should account for All About Us, and Crocs have the bye.In the Men’s Open division, Bundy Bears are looking for an upset win over Palmerston Bulls this week. Bundy sit just one point behind last year’s Premiers on the competition ladder. Bundy Bears will welcome back some key players to their line-up and the punters are getting in early to back the Bears in the keynote clash.In other games, the Undefeated Dream Team should prevail against Honkers, whilst Crocs should overcome the ever-improving Incredibles. Other Events: Northern Territory Touch would like to advise all their members of the Annual General Meeting to be conducted in Darwin on Saturday 1 December 2007.In conjunction with the Annual General Meeting the Annual State Council meeting will also be held on the Saturday 1 December 2007.The Northern Territory website: www.touchnt.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play # 5WA Super League Round Three Action Round 3 of the WA Super League Series was played at Rosher Park on Sunday 11 November 2007. It was a typical hot and humid day at Brothers, and the hosts took on the other early season flyers Southern Stars in both Men’s and Women’s Premier Divisions.Before the commencement of the game, a moments’ silence was held for two of the Perth Brothers community who tragically died during the week. Touch West and Touch Football Australia offer their deepest condolences to Brothers Women’s Open Captain / Coach Taima Komene whose husband Daren passed away. In the Men’s, Perth Brothers made their intentions clear from the tap off with Richie Anderson scoring one of his three touchdowns for the match off the opening set of six. Southern replied almost immediately with Simon Gregg going over in the corner after a well-executed sweep. The match went from end to end for the remainder of the half with quality driving and defence by both teams. Southern managed to bridge their 3-2 halftime deficit and record a deserving 6 all draw. The match was of the highest quality and all look forward to the repeat clash in Round 8. In the Women’s competition, Perth Brothers got off to an outstanding start, going to the break with a 5-3 lead over Southern. Brothers could not continue their form in the second half with Southern dominating proceedings, scoring 5 unanswered touchdowns. 2007 Australian Women’s Open World Cup winner Shelley Matcham and National 20 Years Mixed Squad member Sharon Wong were the standout players for Southern.Brother’s brave effort in taking the field under such difficult circumstances after the tragic loss of their club members was a credit to the players and the spirit that underpins the close knit Brothers community.Other results:Women’sNorthern 10 defeated Rosalie 0Fremantle 4 defeated Tompkins Park 2Men’sNorthern 9 defeated Rosalie 4Other Events: WA Referees have been extremely active in recruiting and recognizing referees during the week. A Level 3 Course was held on the weekend of the 10-11 November 2007, with attendants from all across the state including Kalgoorlie and Port Hedland.WA Referees were represented at the recent Department of Sport and Recreation 2007 Sports Official Awards with John Moore, Matt Magnussen, Ben Grainger, Annabelle Connolly and John Bedford being recognized for their outstanding service to the sport.The Western Australian Touch Association website: www.touchwest.comVICTORIA (VIC)Play # 6 Gala Days a huge success for Touch Victoria10 schools participated in the Grade 5 and 6 Gala days on Friday 2nd and 9th of November at Fawkner Park, South Yarra. The 74 teams played fifteen-minute games throughout the day in Mixed, Girls and Boys divisions, with parents and teachers giving great support by refereeing and coaching. Michael Godfrey from South Yarra Primary School coordinated the event and worked with the Victorian Game Development Officers, ensuring the day was a complete success. They now hope to run an AusTouch program every Wednesday until Christmas, and into the New Year – registrations are on Wednesday 14th of November at Fawkner Park. Other Events: Hamilton Registration night will be held on Wednesday 14th of November, with local Go For Your Life project officer Fran Patterson and young resident Clancy Jordan to help kick start the competition.Warrnambool have a Schools Touch Football Gala Day on Friday 23rd of November 2007.The Victorian office has moved across the floor of Sports House into the permanent residency. The VT league heads to Frog Hollows reserve this week, the home of the Casey Cougars and Endeavour Hills Rugby Club. If Casey Cougars Men’s and Bayside Vipers Women win one game this weekend with a bonus point then they will be guaranteed top spot for the inaugural season. A schools and local AusTouch gala day has been planned at the VT Round seven venue starting at 9am featuring the product of extensive development work that has been happening in the Outer Melbourne Eastern suburbs.Results Round Six VTA League at Glenferrie Road:Men Casey 7 d University 4; Melbourne City 9 d Bayside 8 Women Bayside 4 d Melbourne City 3; University 3 d Casey 2The Victorian Touch website: www.victouch.com.auThat’s it for this week’s edition of “a Set of Six”.Please be sure to check out each State’s website for all the latest information, news, and views in Touch Football from around the nation.last_img

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