first_imgThe second installment of the World Cup Player diaries written by leading Australian Open representative players is attached for your perusal.Step inside the Australian World Cup camp and catch up on all the latest information and inside stories from the 2007 FIT World Cup in Stellenbosch South Africa.The journey of Australia’s World Cup campaign is told through the first hand accounts of long-serving Australian Men’s Open representative Ben Robinson, Australian Women’s Open Vice Captain Melissa Pitfield, and National Mixed Open player Matt Tope. Related Filesa_page_from_the_diary-entry_2-doca_page_from_the_diary-entry_2_01-doclast_img read more

Trad Crosses Codes

first_imgNearly eight months ago, the Australian sporting community was shocked at the announcement former Australian Wallabies coach Eddie Jones, would be assisting the Springboks in their quest for the 2007 Rugby World Cup. This weekend the Australian Men’s Open Coach Tony Trad, will also put his national ties aside, however his loyalty to the sport will remain in tact, as he crosses codes to assist South Africa in the International World Rugby Sevens tournament in Adelaide. Trad was approached by head coach Paul Trew, who recognized the benefits of his knowledge following the 2007 Federation of International Touch World Cup in South Africa. “We met in South Africa, and from there we kept in contact and built up a rapport, as there are so many similarities between the games,” Trad said. “Paul attended one of my training camps last year, then I attended the South African training camp in Sydney in February.“I started with assisting with skills and drills, and now have moved onto creating space and the angle running that we use in Touch.”Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer Colm Maguire is extremely supportive of the move. “I think the recognition of our sport is great, it shows that the knowledge of our sport and is valued by other codes.” Maguire said. “It provides an opportunity for us to gain an insight and learn from the sport of Rugby also.” The South African team has had strong success in the eight tournament competition to-date currently sitting second after five of eight legs of the tournament, well in place to reach their goal of a top-two finish. The 2006/07 victors New Zealand are currently ranked first, and look strong to defend the title.  The eight placed Australian team also has a Touch influence, with NSW Men’s Open player Willie Bishop playing also. “The Australians are also starting to recognize the similarities of the sports, with Willie in the team,” Trad said.  Trad has used the position to also expose other Touch Footballers to the program, with Australian and current number one Men’s Open player Jason Stanton, and victorious Sydney Mets NTL coach Paul Spheres taking part at camps. The Australian leg of the tournament will be held at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, on the 5th and 6th of April.last_img read more

In The Spotlight – Queensland Fire

first_imgIn the first edition of In The Spotlight, the Queensland Fire’s Kelly McGennity speaks about her team’s preparation in the lead up to the Elite Eight. How does it feel to be a part of the 2011 Elite Eight series?I am very honoured and excited to be a part of the 2011 Elite Eight series. As this is the first time a series like this has been conducted, I feel privileged to be a part of it and the new direction Touch Football is taking. How is your team’s preparation going in the lead up to the event?Our preparation leading up to the Elite Eight series is going really well. We have great coaching staff with lots of experience who are extremely organised and professional in what they do. All the girls are very keen and eager to play also which is a great sign.What would you say are the strengths of your team?Without giving too much away, I would say one of our strengths is definitely youth. We have a number of young Australian representatives in our side who are fast, fit and can run all day. Mixed with that is a couple of old experienced heads which gives it a good balance.Who do you expect to be your toughest opponents?Being an elite competition, every team is going to be tough. It would be too hard to choose one team in particular to be our toughest opponent as I’m sure each side will have its own strengths.What would it mean to you to win the Elite Eight series?To win the Elite Eight series would just be amazing. Not only because this is the first year of the competition, but also because you are playing against the best players in Australia. I am expecting every game to be extremely tough and close. It will be a great competition to watch and to play in.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every team in the Elite Eight series. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League, go to www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com and don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook by clicking on the following link:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384last_img read more

New Date in November for National Indigenous Touch Football Knockout

first_imgThe National Indigenous Touch Football Knockout planned for this June long weekend has been postponed to November. Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service’s Quit B Fit – Tackling Indigenous Smoking Program and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in conjunction with NSW Touch Football & Touch Football Australia and Dubbo Regional Council will host the 2017 National Indigenous Touch Carnival Knockout which will be the first of its kind in Australia.”The organising committee agreed to change the date and also review the registration and competitor criteria to encourage more registrations to ensure a highly successful event for Dubbo,” said WACHS CEO Darren Ah See. The Knockout will be open to men, women’s, mixed and junior grades and will feature a prize pool of up to $40,000 for winners and runner’s up.“The revised registration and competitor details will be available on the event’s website and social media on 1 July 2017.Mr Ah See encourages all interested players to get involved. “We have received overwhelming support from the community and we thank the sponsors on board already including the Western NSW Local Health District, Cloudwize, Sydney University, and Western Plains Zoo. “We will be moving forward in November with our plans to host a health hub and kids activity/entertainment area at the Knockout to promote healthy living,” he said.“We’re also planning entertainment and an open mic session for amateur musicians to make the weekend a family fun-filled time,” he said.For more information visit the KO website or follow @quitbfit on Facebook and #quitbfit on Twitter and Instagram.Media Contact: Rebekah Bullock 0407959781Related Files2017-06-02-touch-ko-new-date-1-pdfRelated LinksNew Datelast_img read more