first_imgTouch Football Australia brings you this rapid fire “Set of Six” 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 Twelve.SOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)                                                                              Play: # 1   Fields to be regeneratedTouch Football South Australia has decided to ‘rest’ their fields at their City Touch venue for scheduled Winter fixtures on Wednesday 25 July, Thursday 26 July, and Thursday 2 August 2007.The home fields of Touch Football in South Australia have been overworked in recent times and with better weather forecast Touch Football South Australia officials were happy to allow the playing surface an opportunity to regenerate before the season recommences in earnest in coming weeks. Other news:Touch Football South Australia are hosting a Coaching Forum featuring some of Australia’s leading coaches on Saturday 18 August at Coopers Alehouse, 316 Pulteney Street Adelaide. If you would like to register for the Forum, please contact the Touch Football South Australia Office on 08 03067500.The Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auQUEENSLAND (QLD)Play # 2GDO WorkshopQueensland Touch are conducting a Game Development Officer Workshop for their Game Development staff on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 July 2007 to update and up skill staff on the latest initiatives and innovations in key areas of development in the sport.Interest areas to be covered in the two-day Workshop include AusTouch, Sporting Pulse, Technical arms initiatives including the new Community Coach Program, Media relationships, the ASET Program and implementation, and the new “True Sport” program from the Queensland Department of Sport & Recreation.Guest presenters, including Queensland Sport and Recreation Senior Development Officer Emma Spranklin, and TFA Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire, will be on hand to conduct segments of the Workshop.Other events:Round seven of the SEQTL continues at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s Whites Hill complex on Friday 27 July 2007. First games commence at 6.30pm.The Queensland Touch Web-site: www.qldtouch.com.auNEW SOUTH WALES (NSW) Play # 3Huge Week for New South Wales Touch It was a busy week for the NSWTA celebrating their 35th anniversary with the opening round of the 32nd Vawdon Cup on Friday night, hosting the annual State Conference for over 147 affiliated members, and staging their annual NSWTA Blues Awards dinner to recognize the efforts of their affiliates and members over the last twelve months.Olympic, Commonwealth, and World Championships Medallist swimmer Elka Graham was the special guest at the Blues dinner, with the founding fathers of the New South Wales Touch Association Bob Dyke and Ray Vawdon also among the 235 strong crowd who attended the gala.Major highlights of the evening included Mark Bolland’s induction as a Life member of the NSWTA, the announcement of 13 Inaugural NSWTA Hall of Fame members, 14 Volunteers from all over the State being recognized with Blues Awards for their contribution to the sport, and a special presentation to outgoing Southern Suns supremo Rod Wise.Blues award winners included: Parkes as the Affiliate of the Year, Southern Suns as the Region of the Year, Annette Thomas-Schumaker and John Ryan as Administrators of the Year, and Luke Mc Kenzie as the Inaugural recipient of the Rod Wise Medal for Volunteer of the Year.On field plaudits went to Wade Jenkins for Coach of the Year, Dave Baggio for Referee of the Year, Nicole Beck (Female) and Maurice Kennedy (Male) for Junior Player of the Year, and Jason Stanton (Male) and Louise Winchester (Female) for Player of the Year. Full details of the Blues Awards and the NSW State Conference can be accessed by going to the NSWTA web site.Other Events:Round two of the Vawdon Cup this Friday night 27 July 2007.The New South Wales Touch Association web-site: www.nswtouch.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play # 4TouchWest held their final National 18’s Selection Camp at Northern Districts Touch Association last weekend in trying conditions.Rain and blustering wind greeted the participants for the majority of the weekend. Despite the inclement weather, players were extremely enthusiastic in what was the last opportunity to impress coaches, Toby Hohapata (Boys) and Shelley Matcham (Girls). During the camp, players were put through skills and drills but also had sessions on fitness, nutrition, recovery, and player pathways.Attending the camp were also individuals from the North West of Western Australia, some who traveled over 2,000km to Perth. The teams will be selected in the coming days and it is exciting that two teams from WA will be attending in 2007 after a year off in 2006.Other events:Southern Districts is now looking for individuals to trial for our Men’s Women’s and Mixed Open teams as well as looking for individuals to take on Coaching and Managing roles for the Super League series. Details are available from www.southerntouch.org.auBroome launches Austouch this Thursday with its registration day. Around 15 leaders will be in attendance for the expected 200 participants. Game Development Officer, Angela Doyle, will be in attendance to assist with the launch and continue to promote the game in the North West.The TouchWest website: www.touchwest.com.auVICTORIA (VIC)Play # 5VT League on the HorizonTouch Football Victoria (TFV) is looking for new teams to compete in their newly created elite Touch Football competition, the VT League, which will begin on Saturday 20 October 2007. Acting as link between grassroots and the representative level, the VT League will involve the state’s elite players competing at a variety of venues across Melbourne.Any player or team can apply to participate, with the VT League to be made up of six Permit teams.Permits must be able to field both a male and female side in the competition.Each side will be managed by qualified coaches and managers ensuring it will be an exciting and high-quality competition.Touch Football Victoria hopes that the VT League will help raise the profile of touch football within the state and encourage new players to participate in the sport.The VT league is part of the TFV push to set up new teams and affiliates across the state in order to increase and expand their competitions.The competition will run over weekends with finals taking place on December 1 2007, and the winner to receive the VT League Champions trophy. Other events:Ground Coordinators are required for Victorian Touch Football competitions at various locations around Melbourne.  If you require further details please contact David Brady at david.brady@victouch.com.au or call 030 9206 6755.The Touch Football Victoria website: www.victouch.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play # 6Talented Territorians lining up for Schools ExchangeTalented Darwin athlete Jordan Ahsam will be one of many youngsters competing in the Northern Territory (NT) Secondary and Primary School Sports Touch Football Championships and Exchange in Darwin from 27 – 31 August 2007.Fifteen-year-old Jordan is a current Australian Youth Squad member, whose natural sporting ability has seen her become the first female to represent the Territory in a Boy’s Rugby League team, represent NT in basketball, and be one of the youngest players to play at the National Touch League in the Women’s Open division.After four years representing at Primary and 15 Years Secondary level for Touch Football, this will be Jordan’s final year before moving into the Open selection arena.Another talented Territorian up for selection is 14-year-old Jaylene Bonson, who is also an NT basketball representative.Jaylene recently showcased her Touch Football skills in the Barbarian Competition, playing for the NT Opens Women’s side against Western Australia for a place in the Barbarians Team for the 2008 National Touch League.Promising Alice Springs teenager, 14-year-old Quinton Pomare-Anderson, who is a current U18 NT Squad member, will also be setting a high standard for this year’s competition.The trio of talented teens was among twenty players invited to attend a recent elite touch training camp held in Darwin conducted by Australian Youth Coaches and Elite World Cup players.The NT School Touch Championships will be hosted by Darwin’s Northern Suburbs cluster with teams entering from all over the Territory including Alice Springs, Gove, and first time attendee’s, Maningrida Primary School boys. The championships are the selection event for the NT Schools Touch Representative Teams to compete at the National Schools Touch Championships to be held in Melbourne from 21 – 26 October this year.Other news:Nominations close this Friday 27 July 2007 for Season 2 of the Darwin Touch Association Competition. Nomination forms are available by visiting the Darwin web site at: www.darwintouch.com.auThe Nortern Territory website: www.touchnt.com.auThat’s it for this week’s edition of “A Set of Six”.Be sure to visit each State’s web-site for more information on all the latest news and information from around the nation.last_img

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