Talking Touch – June

first_imgThere was plenty of media coverage on Touch Football in the month of June, with several features about up-and-coming junior talent and local competitions taking place across the country.To view the stories, please click on the links belowVandals damage Maitland Sports FieldsTyre tracks gouged in the surface of the Maitland Park sporting fields have sidelined more than 1000 participants across various sporting codes. Schoolers touch football team claims back to back finalsAll Schoolers claimed back to back premierships in a narrow victory over Wolf Pack 4-3 during the Touch Grand Final in Charleville on Tuesday night. Teen In National SquadBribie Island teenager Kimberley Sue See has been named by Touch Football Australia (TFA) in the Australian women’s open training squad ahead of the 2014 Trans-Tasman Series. Rocky’s Neaton a player to watch at state titlesAll eyes will be on Rockhampton’s Riley Neaton next month, when the talented touch player joins players from 14 other Rockhampton teams at the 2013 Queensland Touch Junior State Cup in Hervey Bay. In good touch at carnivalSouth Burnett Times, 4 June 2013As part of the interschool winter sports carnival, 100 children from across the region played touch football at St John’s Lutheran School.Georgie Hall, from Kumbia State School, organised the touch football component of the winter sports carnival. “We had 11 teams from five schools,” Miss Hall said. “It was a fantastic turn out with Kingaroy State School, small schools cluster, St Mary’s, St John’s and Taabinga taking part in the touch football.”The touch football was refereed by student volunteers on the day.“We had students from Kingaroy State High School volunteer for the day to be referees,” Miss Hall said. “They really must be commended on the fantastic effort they put in as well as guidance they provided the younger students.”Students from Years 4 to 7 participated in a number of sportsmanship-based games throughout the day. “Students were encouraged to try their best, but it was really focused on the love of the game and getting out there and exercising,” Miss Hall said. Despite this, Miss Hall said there were overall winners awarded for the day. “Taabinga A were the overall winners of the A grade competition,” Miss Hall said.“However Kingaroy State School and St Mary’s also contested the finals.”Top stars touch down in RomaWestern Star, 4 June 2013Touch football took over Roma at the weekend with a three day carnival featuring teams from across the state The under-15s competition saw girls from across the region hit the fields in hopes of taking home the title.Girls from Roma, Chinchilla, Miles, St George and Charleville made up the South West team, taking on players from as far as the Sunshine Coast. The competition also included teams from the Darling Downs, South Coast, Wide Bay, Met East, Peninsula, North West, Met North, Met West and Capricornia.Across the event, the girls competed in five rounds each, from which the three top teams were selected into the trophy series while the bottom three teams played in the plate series.The South West girls were unfortunately knocked out in the Plate Series by Met North going down 4-2 in the match.With good performances across the three days from all participating teams, the competition remained tight, coming to an end on the Sunday with Sunshine Coast facing off against Met East.Sunny Coast dominated Met East, taking home the trophy with a 9-1 win.Taree Flames young guns finish runner upManning River Times, 5 June 2013Taree Flames young guns finished runners up in the mixed opens NSW Touch Football Country Championships held in Dubbo.The tournament boasted some of the best players in Australia and competition in the mixed was fierce.This did not deter this group of talented individuals. The youngest player in the team was only 15.Coached by Darren Rowsell, with each game they grew more and more confident, defeating last year’s champions in the semi final.Unfortunately they went down to Port Macquarie, who contained both current and past Australian players, in the grand final.The captain of Port Macquarie noted how impressed he was with the young Taree side’s performance, stating that the Northern Eagles were in an outstanding future position, given the amount of talent within the Taree side.The more senior Flames side made it to the quarter finals where they were eventually defeated by Orange.Both teams thanked Warren and Tom Steedman and Charlie Andrews for accompanying the teams as referees.Bay girls show a touch of class to take bronze at school titlesFraser Coast Chronicle, 6 June 2013A massive road-trip and tough opposition were not enough to slow down the Wide Bay 15 year girls’ touch team from claiming third place at the Queensland schools championships in Roma at the weekend.With three Hervey Bay girls, Wide Bay swept aside the competition in the preliminary rounds only to meet a skilful Sunshine Coast in the semi-final, earning a place in the play-off for third and fourth.The team’s last game was entertaining against South Coast with attack and defence meeting head on, the game went down to the wire and Wide Bay won 2-1.Wide Bay coach Peter Robinson was proud of his team and said praise could not go to the players only for the result.“I was extremely happy with all the girls in the team,” Robinson said.“The parents were outstanding – they helped out in the preparation.“The people in Roma were great country people and it was a well run championship.”The members of the team from Hervey Bay were Xavier Catholic College students Georgia Moore, Bree Fraser and Cree Forster.Sunshine Coast defeated Met East 9-1 in the finalCaitlin stars in state touch football eventSunshine Coast Daily, 6 June 2013Noosa District SHS Year 10 student Caitlin Wark has just returned from the Queensland 15 Years Girls Touch Football Carnival in Roma as a member of the winning Sunshine Coast Regional team. The Coast girls convincingly won the state final 9-1 against a more-fancied Brisbane Metropolitan East team. This was Caitlin’s first state carnival and she certainly rose to the challenge by scoring six tries over the three-day, eight-game carnival, with two of these coming in the grand final. NDSHS Touch co-ordinator Murray Gordon said that during her time with the Sunshine Coast girls’ team, Caitlin was lucky to be guided by Queensland coach Paul Cobham. Caitlin said that she had learnt a lot about the game during their 45 hours of training in the three-month lead-up to the carnival. She is a valued member of the Noosa District SHS girls’ team and regularly plays in the Noosa Touch Association A-grade competition.Roosters claim titleSouth Burnett Times, 7 June 2013Kingaroy’s touch football champions were decided on a big Monday night of grand final action at Lyle Vidler Oval, Kingaroy.The Roosters won the open grand final 5-3 against the defending champion Gumps.Roosters player Mitch Cush said his side was able to claim the touch title due to an outstanding defensive effort against the talented young side.“We defended really well and to hold them to only three points was a great effort,” he said.“I think we nullified their strike players in Sam Johnston, Peter Hourn, Belinda Johnston and Lane Ferling, and defence definitely won it for us.”Cush said the pace of Monday night’s decider was a big factor in the Roosters victory.“I think the game suited us to a point when the refs slowed it down and it didn’t suit them because they needed a more high tempo game,“We didn’t play spectacular touch football, but we played a good solid game.”Cush said his Roosters side had to play well to defeat a Gumps side which had beaten them 7-1 in their last meeting.“We had good rolling rucks and we dragged their defence in and then threw it on the outside,” he said.“Anthony Eden controlled the game from dummy half and Steve Moore scored a couple of tries, and to hold the line like we did and not let them score many was a great effort.”Cush said the Roosters side was formed to give the Gumps a run for their money.“It was to give them some competition and we ended up victorious,” he said. Touch football is a key participation sportBayside Bulletin, 11 June 2013Touch football is a key participation sport in the Redlands and in July many local players past and present will be part of the celebration to mark the sport’s 40th anniversary as an organised sport in South East Queensland.Touch football, which now caters for participants of both sexes and all ages, began as an organised sport in Brisbane with an initial fixture list of just eight teams. Several players in that initial competition were from the Redlands.While the sport has now grown to the stage where the Redlands has its own association, which organises hundreds of games each week, many Redlands players still compete in Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association competitions at White Hill Reserve.To mark the 40th anniversary of the organisation of touch football the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association has organised a commemorative dinner on Saturday, July 20, at the Eastern Suburbs Rugby League Club in Stones Corner.Tickets are limited and are $85 each, which includes a three-course dinner and three hours of free soft drinks, beer and wine.Tickets are available from the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association office at Whites Hill Reserve, Boundary Road, Camp Hill; phone 3397 5133 or email to compete at NationalsNorthern Daily Leader, 12 June 2013Calrossy student Jasmine Mihell is going from strength to strength with her touch football performances. Jassmine has just been selected in the CIS Opens team to contest the National Titles in September this year at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast. She was also part of the Tamworth touch team that won the recent Country Championships and is a member of the Under 18 National Squad. Top Touch players descend on BayThe Newcastle Herald, 18 June 2013The state’s leading schoolboy touch football players have descended on Nelson Bay this week for the NSW Combined High Schools championships.Tomaree Sporting Complex is the venue for the three-day round robin tournament with 10 teams taking part.Hunter have four matches today, coming up against Riverina, Sydney South West, Western and North Coast.PCYC sporting hall of fame for EmileeWestern Star, 18 June 2013Emilee Cherry has achieved more in 21 years than many people will in a lifetime having represented Australia in both rugby and touch football. Although she now lives in Brisbane, she’s a Roma born and bred girl through and through and she has now been chosen to be one of the three new faces on the PCYC sporting wall of fame.But she might not get to see her photo up there for a while, as next week she is off to Russia to represent Australia in the Rugby 7s world cup.“Rugby 7s has definitely taken my priority, the IRB (Sevens) World Series has five different stops around the world which keeps us very busy and I’m travelling a lot,” Cherry said.As well as representing the country in rugby, Ms Cherry also plays in the Australian Women’s touch football team and will be competing in the Trans-Tasman touch football series in Mudgee early next year. “I played touch all my life all throughout school at a rep level and then through playing they scouted me and said they said would you like to have a try at Rugby 7s,” Cherry said. She played her first international game in Dubai at the end of 2011.Cherry is studying PE teaching at the University of Queensland. If you see a story from your local area that you’d like to see on the Touch Football Australia website, please email LinksTalking Touch – Junelast_img

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