Talking Touch – October

first_imgThere were plenty of stories about Touch Football in the media throughout the month of October, from articles about youth and masters players being selected for Australian teams as well as summer seasons starting across the country. To view some of the stories, please click on the links below. Five picked for Kiwi seriesTOUCH FOOTBALL: A five-strong Rockhampton contingent will represent Australia in the 2013 Super Trans-Tasman Series against New Zealand in Auckland, next year. Seven In National Touch Football Call-UpTownsville Touch player Cohan Guerra expects pulling on the green and gold jersey of Australia to be the highlight of his playing career. Nick will have a cheer squadWhether he’s featuring on the rugby league field or playing in a touch football team, Gympie schoolboy Nick Ellems has talent when it comes to footy. JSS: Greystanes’ Marley Simbolon dedicated to touch football and rugby leagueMarley Simbolon has a life full of football, splitting his time between touch football and rugby league. skills run in the family for Greystanes’ Kai SimbolonFooty skills run in the family for the Simbolons, with Kai the second member of the family to be nominated for a NewsLocal Junior Sports Star award this year.  Debut A Knockout For Wagga Touch THE Wagga Touch Knockout will return bigger and better in 2013 following the inaugural event, says competition convener Darren Reynoldson. Absolum has family touchIt is not unusual to spot the surname Absolum among the list of Australian touch football representatives. Touch Footballers On Way To City For EventMore than 1000 touch football players from across New South Wales will converge on Maitland this weekend for the Hunter Western Hornets regional championships. Fab Four Named As Maitland Touch Hall of Fame’s Inaugural MembersFormer Australian representatives Dean McManus, Gai Taylor, Judith Tynan and Tony Howard have been named the inaugural inductees into the Maitland Touch Association hall of fame. Coolah Touch Carnival To Celebrate 20 YearsCoolah Touch Football will be holding its 20th annual Coolah Veterans Touch Football Carnival at Bowen Oval on the weekend of November 3 and 4. Couple Among 12,000 Masters CompetitorsCarolyn and Rob Brown first got in touch 21 years ago on the football field.Romance soon blossomed between the pair of avid touch footy players and they have been together ever since. Concord Touch Having A Ball For 20 YearsA touch football competition that focuses on the social aspect of sport is celebrating its 20th season. Teams Get Ready for a Touch Up as Spring Comp BeginsIT’S time for touch football players in the Gladstone region to get a spring in their step and nominate a team for an upcoming tournament. Players Sticking With TouchWhen it comes to team sports many kids try, quit and move on to something different all too often.That’s why it is so refreshing for Mackay Junior touch co-ordinator Dean Cheetham to see young athletes sticking it out and showing true dedication to their teams. Twisters In Fine Touch For Brisbane CompToowoomba Twisters capped a successful debut season in the Brisbane division one touch competition with an 11-1 victory over First Contact on Friday. Swans ready for state title challengeSouth West Queensland Swans open women’s captain Lauren Potter believes the team’s youth won’t count against it at the Queensland Touch Championships. U12 makes clean sweep in NQ meet Daily Mercury, 23/10/2012TOUCH FOOTBALL: Mackay’s under-12 touch football representative side is the best in North Queensland across their age group after claiming a tense 3-2 win against Townsville. Mackay’s Aiden Beard gained the player of the carnival award. Caleb Sinn was player of the final.The win completed a perfect carnival for the side, winning nine games from nine. Their opponents during the carnival included sides from Bowen, Cairns and Townsville.Team representative Dean Cheetham said he was “stoked” with how the young side performed.“I couldn’t be happier with the side,” he said.“I’ve had the same side now for three years and they just know each other’s games and have those set combinations.“I’m really proud of them.”Mackay sent nine teams to Townsville for the North Queensland Championships.Nuff Said put on a huge winCentral Western Daily, 22/10/2012The City of Orange Touch Association’s second round of senior matches delivered some huge scores.Four sides were able to put on 10 tries or more in their games which gave each of them wins.In mixed division three, Mixed Minions piled on 12 tries in their 12-2 win over Lachlan Reid.In the same division, Tropic Thunder recorded a 10-3 victory over Rhythm Personal training.Nuff Said were able to put on the most points in the round as they downed The Super Variety Buckets With Pepsi 13-2 in their men’s division four game.Don’t Touch My Pass were outstanding in attack and defence as they downed Untouchables 12-nil in their women’s division three game.Two teams went close to scoring double figures.Mix It Up recorded a 9-6 win over The Gleeson Homies in their mixed division 7 game.In women’s division three, Pocket Rockets downed OCS Crusaders 9-1.Two games in mixed division five were high-scoring and tight.Expendables played out an 8-all draw with That’s My Skillset, while Pretty In Pink and Duntry Verandahs finished their match at 7-all.Butter Fingers bounced back from an opening round loss to down Orange Anglican Grammer 5-nil in their women’s division four clash.The third round of games will be played this week with the mixed competition on Tuesday and the men’s and women’s games on Thursday.Second national call-up for StantonNewcastle Herald, 16/10/2012Macquarie Hills netballer Tanisha Stanton has added a second sport to her national representative resume after she was picked in the Australian under-18 touch football team last Friday.The 16 year old will be joined by her Wallsend Touch clubmates Yasmin Meakes, Caitlin Moran and Brea Singman in the 14-girl Australian squad for the three-game Super Trans Tasman Series against New Zealand in Auckland next February.It will be the first time the foursome has represented Australia in touch.In April Stanton was named in the national under-17 netball squad and has trained at the Australian Institute of Sport.”We were stoked because it’s a heaps big opportunity as we don’t live in Sydney,” Stanton said.”We don’t have the opportunity like all the girls down there to get the top coaching, so it was great to have four people from up here in the team.”Stanton and Moran both play left link, Meakes is a winger and Singman patrols the middle of the field.Stanton, Moran and Singman forced their way into the side through their performances in the NSW Combined High Schools side.Meakes, who has left school, joined the trio at the national training camp through the year at Narrabeen to press for her selection.The City of Orange Touch Association’sCentral Western Daily, 11/10/2012TOUCH FOOTBALL: The City of Orange Touch Association’s men’s and women’s open season begins tonight at Orange Ex-Services Country Club Oval.The action will begin at 5.50pm with bumper numbers predicted to light up the 2012-13 season.The women’s division one competition has jumped from four teams to six, with Royal Highlands, Royalettes, Zoom Zoom, Eat My Dust, Vivid and Nixons in the running this year. There is a total of four divisions in this year’s women’s draw.On the men’s side of the program seven sides will contest the 2012-13 open division one competition. Eight divisions will be contesting the men’s draw.Touch footyCentral Western Daily, 08/10/2012The City of Orange Touch Association senior competitions have reached their capacity.Almost 150 teams will play in the senior competition with the season starting this week.COTA president Kevin French said the committee was ready for a bumper season.”We’ve got a good set up this season. We’re very happy,” French said.”We have more numbers in the mixed comp. I think it’s more families.”In fact, the senior competitions are so popular, they can’t fit any more teams in.”We’re full to the eyeballs,” French said.”We’ve had to turn teams away. We didn’t want to have games starting at 10pm.”There are 64 teams entered in the mixed competition while 52 sides will line up in the eight men’s divisions and a further 29 in the four women’s grades.With so many people wanting to play touch football, the committee must be doing something right, but French said they are always trying to improve things.Right now, they’re working on getting information out sooner.”We’re looking to get the draws out for the first five weeks and then the draw for the rest of the season,” French explained.”We have a lot of information going up on our Facebook page and our website.”We’re trying to get our duty refs organised early so they can have a few weeks’ notice. That will take a lot of work but we’re working on that.”The junior competitions have already started on Wednesday afternoons and will this week play their third round.Plus representative trials are also underway for those looking to add to their commitments.The COTA mixed competitions will start tonight and the men’s and women’s open divisions start on Thursday.Games are played at the Orange Ex-Services’ Country Club from 5.50pm on both days.The family touch Chinchilla News, 04/10/2012Having represented Queensland in her beloved game of touch football a total of seven times, Brenda Rackemann never thought she would do so alongside her own daughter.That’s why the 2012 open women’s State of Origin series, held in conjunction with the National Youth Championships for the first time this year, was a sentimental one. Her daughter, 16-year-old Georgina Rackemann, was part of the school age Queensland girls team, so mother and daughter both donned the maroon uniforms at the recent carnival held in Port Macquarie. Georgia’s team were named national champions after going through the competition undefeated, which consisted of 18 state, territory, club and school teams, however, Queensland was less successful in the State of Origin and went down 3-0 to New South Wales.A Year 10 boarder at Fairholme College in Toowoomba, Georgia said she was humbled to represent her state and come away with a victory.“I’ve been playing since I was nine-years-old; it was a real honour to be selected to play in Port Macquarie.“I love touch football simply because it’s a competitive team sport and I’ve made lots of friends.”Brenda agreed, saying that she has made lifetime friends whom she met when she started playing the sport at the age of 19.“One of my best friends is from Dalby and she has a daughter who plays with and is mates with Georgia.”She said travelling for training, selection trials, competitions and games could be difficult and while she was approaching the end of her playing career she enjoyed coaching and mentoring young girls in the sport.Related LinksTalking Touchlast_img