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It All Starts Here! Silent Sports Challenge The Ties That Bind This is Origin! and much more

Winning partnership Proudly supporting Touch Football Australia The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) invests in sport at all levels in Australia. We work with Touch Football Australia to ensure Australian players excel in the international sporting arena whilst increasing participation in touch football. Touch Football Australia is one of many national sporting organisations partnering with us to develop sport in Australia.

Contents A Message from the CEO 2 Bundaberg Cup 6 It All Starts Here 9 TFA-NRL PArtnership 12 NYC Teams List 15 Touchpoints 23


National Silent Sports Challenge 26 Shop Till You Drop 28 Respect & Conduct 30 The Ties That Bind 35 This is Origin! 36 In Focus 38







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Welcome to the 18th edition of The Hard Wrap, Touch Football Australia’s (TFA) national magazine. The magazine continues to deliver the latest news and views from across all the states to the Touch Football community. This edition features the Harvey Norman National Youth Championships (NYC), the inaugural Harvey Norman School Series and Alliance Cups to be held in Caloundra on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of Queensland. These events are purposefully situated at the beginning of our summer season and says much about where we need to focus as a sport. The ‘It All Starts Here’ campaign captures the focus of transitioning young athletes through the dual-track pathway of the NRL and indeed Touch Football. Whether the dream is to one day be a top class Touch Football player taking on the rest of the world or a professional career in the NRL, everyone can start and follow the journey within our game. The obvious benefits for both sports aligning include bringing together well over one million participants across the nation and an opportunity for all ages, abilities, and genders playing our games every day of the week, all year round. The future is indeed exciting and we are setting revised growth targets beyond our previous expectations through increased resourcing and capacity, by virtue of the partnership. Our targets around junior growth in particular have never been clearer. We are focused on achieving one million participants by 2020 and the junior market is the key to this outcome. We will be investing heavily in the way we engage with young Australians and are energised by what is an exciting period for our sport. Touch Football is everyone’s opportunity to be a NRL star whether it is with friend’s in the school yard, at your local club or at the elite level. We have an unbelievably strong participation pathway which embraces you, the participant from the introduction to the game through to playing with your family in the future.

This is one of the most inviting things about our sport and we believe it will ensure our long term growth aspirations are achieved. We know that every participant is important and your support of our sport is truly valued. We know that each and every one of you will continue to be ‘One in a Million’ within the Touch Football Family. The profile and reach of our sport has been significant and we continue to broaden the appeal through our relationship with the NRL and major partner Harvey Norman. Exciting outcomes ranging from our TransTasman success to the increased profile of our athletes on shows like the NRL Rookie signifies that this is an incredible time to be a part of Touch Football Australia and the sport overall. These opportunities will only be enhanced as we invest in our future and we work collaboratively to bring our objectives to fruition. We again thank Harvey Norman for their ongoing commitment to the game and in particular events like these. We are truly blessed to be aligned with such an iconic Australian brand. TFA has established a great relationship with various partners that support us and the overall development of our game. We encourage all members of the Touch Football community to show your support to them at this event and into the future. The Harvey Norman School Series Cup signifies that it is not only our organisation that is focused on the development of our young people but that the alignment of values with our partners is also critical. We thank Harvey Norman for investing in our junior game and continuing to build a strong pathway with us. Partnerships are central to our success and I also extend our thanks to all of our great partners including the Australian Sports Commission, BLK, Steeden, Sportscover and Linebreak as well as the Sunshine Coast Council for their ongoing support as hosts of these events. We also welcome My Sportstape to the TFA family and to this event and thank them for

the support of all parties at our events. Our target in conjunction with all partners is now to become ‘Australia’s largest sporting community’ and with the position the sport is in, and the people we have involved with our sport, this is clearly within reach. There are certainly challenges facing participation elements and the diverse approach applied into event markets or modified options has enabled us to continue to evolve and indeed grow. Our ability to retain participants while growing our base will be central to our success in the coming years and I look forward to working with all of you to achieve these outcomes. As our young athletes take to the stage at the Harvey Norman National Youth Championships and Harvey Norman School Series Cup we look forward to seeing them continue their Touch Football journey. The elite element is but one aspiration for the sport and we look forward to the growth that can be achieved through the school system, junior programs and investment in the value proposition associated with our affiliated network. To those athletes competing in the Inaugural Alliance Cup I hope you enjoy this unique opportunity and fully embrace the culture of ‘One Voice. One Team. One Sport.’ with all athletes, referees, volunteers and staff. As we take the field either at an event or at a local association it is imperative that we all consider that we are indeed One Sport. Every person undertakes a key position and function in the importance of our game and is entitled to the respect and benefits that come with being a part of this incredible family. Together we must work to ensure the sport is progressed and that everyone enjoys the journey.

Colm Maguire – TFA CEO

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Australia’s Richest Touch Football Knockout set to rock the Southern Great Barrier Reef region. Want to play in the richest Touch Football knockout in Australia and along with your mates be in with the chance of winning a share of the record $20,000 prize money on offer? Keen for you and your family and friends to see some of the best beaches and tourism experiences the Southern Great Barrier Reef region has to offer? Best you quickly get your team together and register; so, pack your bags, boots and sunscreen, enroute to Bundaberg in November for the second instalment of the 2016 Bundaberg Cup! Touch Football Australia and Queensland Touch Football, in conjunction with Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism, Bundaberg Regional Council and Queensland Rail will be delivering the two-day knockout event. The event will be held at the Greg Duncan Touch Fields on Saturday, 19 November and Sunday, 20 November 2016. Teams can enter in Men’s, Women’s and Mixed divisions in either Open or Social categories, with the Open division winners’ pocketing $4,500 and prizemoney dispersed across divisions. Registrations for the event have already been submitted with widespread interest across the country and internationally: it’s not too late to enter your team – head to to register. Queensland Touch Football Chief Executive Officer, Jamie O’Connor is looking forward to seeing some of Australia’s best and social players alike compete for the titles and prizemoney on offer. “We anticipate players from the region and all across Queensland, from inter-state and overseas competing; you’ll see some great talent on show in Bundaberg along with a strong social vibe and format catering for all abilities. “We are looking forward to a strong turnout and not only great outcomes for Touch Football but also the Bundaberg and North Burnett community at large.”




Along with O’Connor, the General Manager of Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism, Katherine Mergard, anticipates strong visitation numbers through the period, highlighting some of the many off-field activities visitors can enjoy while in town. “The Bundaberg Region is looking forward to welcoming players and families to town

“It’s a great time of year as the turtles are coming to shore to lay their eggs; a moment the family and I would love to see,” Prince said. “The prize money on offer (at the event) is outstanding which should see a good mix of the best-of-the-best along with social players of all ages and abilities in town. “I am very hopeful that our team can go back-to-back,” Prince added. Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire can’t wait for the 2016 event. “Touch Football is a quintessential Australian sport and Bundaberg has one of the strongest local associations in the country. We are delighted to partner with TEQ, Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism, Queensland Touch Football, Queensland Rail and Bundaberg Touch Association to help deliver a fantastic and all-inclusive regional sporting and economic opportunity,” he said.

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It AllStarts Here! By Julian Buckmaster @JulianTFA

With the games of 31st Olympiad behind us, the Australian medal count in Rio ran a close parallel to the number of athletes that competed at Rio and shining on the world stage that emerged directly from a Touch Football pedigree or background. Is it something in the water? The fitness, skills development and team work from Touch Football that propels them perhaps that little bit further into the elite stratosphere? TFA goes trackside, poolside, ringside, goalside, surfside and to the blindside, to find out more… While the 2016 Rio Games and the gold and other colour medals were in full swing during those colourful two weeks in August, it is interesting to reflect on some of the recent commentary and insights of successful athletes. What got them there? How did they overcome the obstacles? What of the sacrifices, the pathways? With the gaze of the world and Christ the Redeemer transfixed on the tiny Brazilian east coast enclave that golden fortnight, it never ceases to amaze the curious paths athletes take in their quests for medals and personal bests. And through the Gold Medal winning feats of the Rugby Seven’s team in the first week, wasn’t it great, but albeit unfamiliar territory, to have Touch Football the centre of global attention and part of the fivecontinent/rings’ conversation? Among the widespread media coverage, observe the recent and very timely reflections of one such Olympian who shines the light nicely on the virtues of Touch Football. Specifically, the onus on teamwork, pedigree/character building and transferable skills. “It’s the running hard and playing hard as a team to achieve a great win with teammates, that separates it from other sports,” she said knowingly. “There’s nothing better than that; I love my fitness and playing in the team environment in Touch and even the social side – it’s so awesome to be part of that and Touch Football provides that and more.” “The skills translate so well across Rugby and most sports and it’s so easy to get involved and be a part of it as well; little wonder so many girls and women enjoy and play it everywhere.” Just the tonic and response you might expect from a recent gold medal winning Olympic Rugby 7s champion, right? More pointedly from one of those ‘magnificent seven’ women who now class themselves as dual internationals having

now completed the rare double of green and gold in Rugby and Touch, yeah? Well, no. This salient message is from a former Hockeyroo.

TOP OF THE WORLD: The successful 2012 Trans-Tasman

Women’s Open champions featuring current gold medallists Think, former Olympian and Charlotte Caslick World Champion Hockeyroo, (back row – 3rd from left), Alicia Quirk (back row 3rd from Kate Hollywood (pictured right) and Emilee Cherry (front row 2nd from left). below at Port Macquarie). With the hockey stick now retired she now loudly and proudly been bitten by the Touch bug with gold and espouses the virtues of the six-a-side other medallists, aplenty. game. There’s the three-time gold medal winning “I played last champion who some people might be year with the surprised loved her touch footy in between Hills Hornets at Worlds, Pan-Pacs and Olympic campaigns. the State Cup Her former head coach, Michael Bohl often (NSW) through would organise workouts for his swimming a friend and charges as a bit of fun and particularly loved every after a successful and arduous meet. Colley minute of it,” Reserve in Adelaide one such venue where she added. the swimmers were let loose. “My fiancé “Once the meet is really finished for all our plays with St guys, we’d often go down to the park and George Touch have a bit of a touch footy game and have (in Sydney) and some lunch,” Bohl said. I have often

been sideline thinking: ‘wow, this is such a great game and really want to play it’,” she added. “Just the skills and watching the elite play is something else and not too dissimilar to hockey. “Relatively same size pitch, end-to-action, up and down scorelines and striving to win with your friends – all great fun.” It is the relative ease of adaptability and ability to hit the ground running in Touch that most appeals, according to Hollywood who was once asked: ‘is that your real name?’, by a rival defender. “Yep, I get that a bit.” And before we dissect the #oneteam Australia at Rio, many before Kate have




The coach, who included a touch footy session every week leading up to meets, said the former triple Olympic champion, Stephanie Rice and others had really grown into the sport. “Steph Rice, she’s probably the most improved, I reckon. She started out a bit of a ‘gumby’ but she’s really got a liking for it,” Bohl said. “She was always down there mixing it with the best of them.” The crew were having such a good time, a few swimmers from different squads wandered down to join in. Bohl said some in particular had shown a bit of ability on the park. “Bronte Barratt’s got a lot of speed…and Meagen Nay is very good as well. She’s played a bit of it before and holds her own with the boys,” he said. Not to be outdone, some other prominent Olympians currently plying their trade and going for gold in Rio come replete with a strong Touch connection on their sparkling sporting CVs. And some athletes might well also surprise coming from distinctly different paths in and out of the sport. In line for a medal at this year’s Games but alas denied through a split decision, one particular boxer and resident of the AIS in Canberra has an interesting Touch tale to tell; inside and out of the ring. For Shelley Watts it’s an interesting road to Rio she has traversed. One which might well be of the golden variety at the next Olympics that she eventually treads; with the touch football boots off, leather laceups on. Working in reverse and by dint of a tragic knee injury playing her beloved Touch Football, it was surprisingly her boxing skills through her rehabilitation from the touch footy injury that started to turn heads and opponents, prompting her to drop the touch ball and don the gloves, presumably temporarily. Away from the boxing ropes and to the inside ropes of the Maracana Stadium, one of the faces of the 2016 Games and hurdling hopeful, Michelle Jenneke (above) made such an impression with her express speed at school off the track.




She earned a ticket to the Sunshine Coast on the wing of the NSW Combined Independent Schools team at the National Youth Championships a few seasons’ back; scorching the touch lines and troubling the scorers several times over the course of that and other events she played. The only hurdles seemingly there the hapless defenders she left in her wake. Joining her on the track at Rio was the three time Australian champion and two time Olympian and Brisbane Touch Football gun, Genevieve LaCaze. And once the Olympic flame goes out in Rio following the Paralympic Games through September, and the axis tilts to Tokyo in 2020, riding the wave of Olympic fervour that year could well emerge yet another touch football prodigy aiming for gold in yet another inaugural Olympics event. Current world surfing number five and partner of current Panthers champion, Trent Merrin, you guessed it, Sally Fitzgibbon, was such a great young south coast touch football star, she played for the Southern Suns at the nationals.

immensely proud we are of the team in winning gold and of course the several Touch Football women that played so incredibly through the tournament fantastic effort and very surreal actually. “The most pleasing aspect is not only seeing the wide smiles on their faces but of course the positioning and profile of our great sport as well and their role in ensuring that and the message that send to junior girls particularly. “It’s no secret the great skills and agility these girls possess; learnt and honed over several years on the Touch Football paddock and through our high performance program and development that has now translated onto the Olympics arena.” While the camera focus zoomed in on Touch Football it is also the distinct pathway for men’s into and out of the Rugby League systems that has been so prominent for many years. “You need look no further currently than Bevan French for the Eels, Ash Taylor at the Titans, Matt Moylan at Penrith and Edrick Lee at the Raiders to see how well the skills transfer and translate to the contact and other sports. “The experienced old hands of Johnson, Marshall have carried the torch so to speak for a very long time…the production line just keeps rolling them out,” he added. But the message overall is the opportunities that the Games have

RETURN TO SENDER: The successful Australian Women’s Seven’s Rugby team featuring no less than seven Touch Football Australia representatives.

Add to this stellar parade of Olympic stars is a veritable conga line of femme fatales excelling in other sporting disciplines with the six-a-side signature. Consider dual cricket/football international, Ellyse Perry (and team-mate of Fitzgibbon), Maddie Studdon at the Jillaroos and former Australian women’s player as well. And what of the magnificent seven; gold medal winners each along with their Rugby 7s teammates that arrived safely back from Rio recently. For TFA CEO, Colm Maguire who has along with the wider touch football community seen first-hand each of these stars emerge along the touch football pathway, it is a great tribute to their skills as it is their character. “For starters I just want say how

(Back row – centre Emma Tonnegato; Charlotte Caslick; far right, Alicia Quirk. Front row – l to r Gemma Etheridge; Nicole Beck, Evania Pelite, Emilee Cherry,

afforded the younger girls and boys out there, playing all sports. “It is clear for all known examples that our sport develops world class athletes. “And of course we know the Rio stars and all other sportswomen and men will always come back to our sport, from whatever sporting pursuit they undertake. “It all starts here...and generally ends here as well!” For Kate Hollywood the opportunity to progress further in a different sport is compelling as it is achievable and aspirational for young girls everywhere.

“Hockey was hard on my body; touch football probably not so much,” she said. “To have the opportunity to learn and immerse myself in touch football has particular appeal to me naturally. “I am a competitor and thriving at the elite level and thinking of doing that again always appeals as does the social side of it,” she confided. And at now 30 years young (a self-confessed 12 year-old at heart), what if the opportunity arose to ascend to higher/dual international honours in touch football to match her Olympics experience – would she go for it? “Yep!”

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“To have the opportunity to learn and immerse myself in touch football has particular appeal to me naturally. I am a competitor and thriving at the elite level and thinking of doing that again always appeals as does the social side of it.”


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TFA-NRL PARTNERSHIP: THREE YEARS STRONG! On 13 August 2016, the strategic partnership between the National Rugby League and Touch Football Australia ticked over three years since the milestone agreement in 2013. With a celebrity Touch Football match and launch a fitting backdrop at Allianz Stadium in Sydney the partnership has gone from strength-to-strength ever since.

pathways and opportunities of both games are indelibly linked. “We enjoy a fantastic relationship at all levels of the NRL and the broader Rugby League community and our appreciation and support runs very deep from John Grant and the ARL Commission to the Todd Greenberg and Brent Tate who both sit on the TFA Board right across the NRL clubs and breadth of the rugby league community.”

A significant number of benefits and activations have been achieved over the duration; from a strategic and commercial viewpoint, through to the grass roots and initiatives that have flowed between both systems and more broadly across communities in the true spirit of collaborative partnership.

The National Rugby League CEO, Todd Greenberg said: “Touch Football remains an integral part of Rugby League family and we’re extremely pleased with how the partnership has progressed in only a few short years,” he said.

Greater capacity, full-year offering, growth of our game and maximising of resources and opportunities just some of the key areas of progress to date, according to Touch football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire. An alliance that has set the benchmark in terms of collaborative sporting partnerships in this region. “Looking back and reflecting on the incredible success and inroads we have achieved together with the NRL is something to behold,” Maguire said. “Particularly when you consider how other sporting organisations are now looking at this as a model of success and sustainability into the future. “As we have demonstrated on so many levels, the connections,

“We’re committed to making this partnership Australia’s largest sporting community and look forward to seeing the rise in reach and participation levels continue.”


Major Benefits Building Capacity

Full-Year Offering

No Affiliate Fee increase – will invest upwards of $500k into grassroots by 2020 through absorbing CPI.

Increased profile and coverage of the sport and PR opportunities.

TFA-NRL Strategic Alliance Agreement / Investment in TFA and the sport and cost savings and efficiencies - Cost savings on NRL investments has enabled delivery of more programs without increases to fee structure .

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Maximise Resources and Opportunities.

Day-to-day partnership at national level - to improve resources and access to an extended network.

Harvey Norman sponsorship and associated commercial and government partnerships – direct investment in the sport and benefits to the Affiliates/States.

NRL Clubs’ agreements – several activations / sub-level partnerships where there is a proactive approach to collaboration and communications. Junior growth in Touch Football has experienced Junior Growth and while this could be merely through trend elements there is no doubt there is a willingness through activation programs and exposure with DO’s to link the sports.

Investment in TV – Advertisi ng and free-to-air coverage of the Touch World Cup. Profile of the sport has had an immediate uplift with numerous references / links. A new and highly recognis able brand - as well as leading collaboration within the NSO environment; increasing credibility / profile of the sport among government sectors.

TFA have set a path forward working closely with the NRL to achieve one million participants in 2020 aligned to the vision of creating Australia’s largest sporting community in true partnership and ‘a place on the field for everyone’. The several examples of more recent partnership achievements, follows:

BRENT TATE APPOINTED TO TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA BOARD Former Test, Origin and NRL player Brent Tate has been appointed, as one of the Australian Rugby League Commission’s (ARLC) nominees to the Touch Football Australia (TFA) Board. Tate, who played 229 NRL matches – for the Brisbane Broncos, the Warriors and North Queensland Cowboys – 23 matches for Queensland and 26 matches for Australia, will join NRL CEO Todd Greenberg as ARLC representatives on the TFA board. “Brent brings the capability, values and profile that will be of great benefit to TFA. He is a strong advocate for the NRL and Touch Football partnership and a great choice to take on this important role,” Mr Greenberg said. “It will also be beneficial to have further representation from




Queensland, where so many Touch Football participants reside. “The NRL’s partnership with Touch Football Australia is incredibly important in both promoting active sport participation and broadening the opportunity for more people to be part of the rugby league community. Brent’s appointment will further support the achievement of these outcomes.” Tate said he was excited about taking on such an important role. “This is a great opportunity for me and it’s an area that I’ve got a real passion for,” said Tate. “Touch Football Australia is a strong and growing organisation and there are some great people involved. “I’m looking forward to adding my experience and ensuring that

as many people as possible are playing Touch Football and Rugby League across the country, and that the relationship between TFA and the NRL continues to prosper.” Tate’s appointment to the board follows a number of significant announcements for Touch Football Australia, including: •

The co-location of Touch Football Australia and QLD Touch Football staff in a joint NRL/QRL facility in Brisbane;

A partnership between the Melbourne Storm and TFA, to assist fan and participation growth in Victoria;

TFA voting to modernise its governance and move to a company structure which recognises the ARLC as a partner.

Touch Football Australia CEO Colm Maguire said the strategic significance of the Touch Football Australia and NRL partnership has never been so apparent with the forging of even closer links and driving stronger collaboration. “Firstly, we are delighted and welcome Brent’s appointment to the TFA Board and believe him to be an outstanding choice and contributor to the sport in coming years,” Maguire said.

“Certainly, with the advent of our new Strategic Plan, we have been working very closely in partnership with the NRL on the Board appointment, the co-location of staff in the joint facility in Queensland and other key strategic areas,” he added. “Notwithstanding the most recent announcement of the agreement struck with the Melbourne Storm, provides for both codes innovative pathway and profiling opportunities. “This also represents the culmination of an enduring relationship and long-term support informally of our two sports in Melbourne. The collaboration and linkages between both organisations follows other partnerships across the majority of NRL clubs now either underway or in development. “We also look ahead to some broader profiling and coverage between both sports and athletes, namely The NRL Rookie program which airs tomorrow night on Go! (Nine) in addition to other joint community and commercial opportunities in coming weeks.” “And we continue to see more and more NRL talent on show and in form emerging from Touch Football including Bevan French (Eels), Matt Moylan (Panthers), Ash Taylor (Titans), Shaun Johnson (Warriors) and Benji Marshall (Dragons), highlighting not only the pathway but also the partnership in action.”

LOCAL PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS AND PLANS WITH NRL CLUBS: TFA AND MELBOURNE STORM Touch Football Australia and Melbourne Storm launched recently a partnership agreement between both entities. The agreement follows the long-term partnership between TFA/TFACT and the Canberra Raiders. The partnership promotes a holistic approach to game development, branding and fan engagement across all levels of Touch Football and the Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club. The agreement will help further expose Touch Football and Rugby League to a wider demographic assisting fan growth in both forms of the game, particularly across Victoria but more widely due to the Storm’s extended reach/fan base. Touch Football Australia, CEO, Colm Maguire sees the partnership as multi-faceted and mutually beneficial; affording both organisations and members several aligned opportunities. “We are delighted to announce the forging of even closer links to the Melbourne Storm organisation and brand,” Maguire said prior to kick-off at the Storm’s recent NRL Premiership match against the Wests Tigers at AAMI Park. “This is the culmination of an enduring relationship and longterm support informally of our two sports in Melbourne. Through this agreement, the partnership is now elevated and enhanced as another example of the NRL partnership driving stronger collaboration. “I thank the Melbourne Storm and their team for all of their support to date. We believe this to be market-leading in terms of

collaboration across codes and clubs. This is as a very significant milestone; with a host of exciting initiatives and activations and in the context of broader integration opportunities with the NRL and clubs,” he added. “The agreement that we have struck incorporates multiple opportunities but essentially the reach, profile and branding opportunities are significant for the sport of Touch Football and in a prime location as Victoria. Other opportunities including sponsorship of the Touch Football Victoria high performance teams and Storm-aligned uniforms, facilities, future investments and joint marketing.” According to Dave Donaghy, Melbourne Storm CEO, the relationship aims to also create pathways for players through competitions, game day activations and by enhancing stakeholder relations. “We are thrilled this agreement with Touch Football Australia (TFA) will see the elite Victorian male and female teams play under the Storm banner,” he said. “Touch Football is one of the highest participation sports in the country and our partnership with TFA will help continue to provide pathways for males and females to pursue their passion for rugby league, particularly in Victoria.”

NSWTA PARTNERSHIP WITH PARRAMATTA EELS AND WESTS TIGERS The New South Wales Touch Association announced three-year partnerships with the Dyldam Parramatta Eels and Wests Tigers recently, to increase awareness of and participation across Rugby League and Touch Football in Western and inner-Western Sydney.

The Memorandum of Understanding will see both the Eels and the Tigers work collaboratively with the NSWTA to promote local touch football competitions and skills clinics, while also promoting the work of the Eels and Tigers in the community.

The New South Wales Touch Association announced three-year partnerships with the Dyldam Parramatta Eels and Wests Tigers recently, to increase awareness of and participation across Rugby League and Touch Football in Western and inner-Western Sydney.

“Touch Football is hugely popular in the Parramatta region and played by men, women and children of all ages,” Parramatta Eels Manager of Community Development and Engagement, Michael Basan, said.




“Many of our NRL players come from touch football backgrounds, so we see it as another crucial participation pathway for our club to tap into.” One of the partnership’s particular goals at both clubs and districts is to increase female rugby league participation through Touch Football, as well as developing a hybrid women’s game to be played during the Rugby League season. “More than 40,000 people play Touch Football in Sydney, with 5,000 coming from the Parramatta region alone, so we’re thrilled to have the Eels partner with us to continue to grow and promote the game in Western and inner-Western Sydney,” Sport Manager of NSW Touch Football, Daniel Rushworth said. The Eels, Tigers and NSWTA will work to continually improve the relationship between the NRL club and Local Touch Associations in the Parramatta/inner west regions and Sydney’s north and south-west corridors.

Parramatta and Westmead Touch Associations. Under the new agreement with the Wests Tigers, the two organisations will be working closely to ensure that both codes have a boost in profile, participation rates and game quality within the Wests Tigers footprint. Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe said that the Club was looking forward to growing this relationship with NSW Touch Football, and getting more people involved in both codes. “We look forward to working with NSW Touch Football to bring more people to Touch Football and Rugby League as a whole, whether as a fan or a participant,” said Pascoe. “We know that Touch Football is very popular within our region with men, women and children of all ages and we’re keen to see those participation levels grow even more over the coming years.

“Bringing Touch Football into the Rugby League family opens up many opportunities for players and allows us, as a club, to see another range of talent,” Parramatta Eels Assistant Coach and former Australian representative touch football player, Steve Murphy, said. “It’s an exciting partnership and I’m sure it will be positive for both the Eels and NSW Touch Football.”

“As a part of this agreement we’ll be working to increase the participation of women in the game, partly through the development of a hybrid game that will be played during the regular Rugby League season,” he said. “We’re also going to be working together to encourage participation in Touch Football during the summer months, providing opportunities for players to take to the field all year round.”

The Eels and the NSWTA marked the new partnership with a visit by Sport Manager Daniel Rushworth to the Eels Training Centre in North Parramatta, as Parramatta coaches and players put on an impromptu game of Touch with local players from the Hills,

As a part of the new agreement Wests Tigers players will act as Touch Football Ambassadors at local events, with Touch Football activations to take place at Wests Tigers home games and community events.

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OUT! Touch Football Australia (TFA) working closely with major partner Harvey Norman have gone back to school in 2016 with the establishment of the Harvey Norman School Series and Harvey Norman National Schools Cup. The Harvey Norman National Schools Cup will be held in conjunction with the Harvey Norman National Youth Championships (NYC) and the inaugural Alliance Cup. The alignment of individual state all schools’ events under the Harvey Norman School Series banner is a crucial element of TFA’s strategic focus and investment in junior participation growth for the current strategic cycle. This alignment would not be possible without the support of Major Partner, Harvey Norman who through their investment in significant prizes have provided the incentive for schools across the country to participate in Touch Football. The Harvey Norman National School’s Cup is an exciting new three-day round robin Touch Football tournament involving the top performing school teams from the Harvey Norman School

National Youth Championships

Series events over the preceding 12-month period. Teams are invited by Touch Football Australia to participate in the Harvey Norman National School’s Cup. The Harvey Norman National Schools Cup event also provides a unique opportunity for players and coaches to participate in development activities with Australian Coaches and Representatives who will be in attendance.

In addition to the prestige of being crowned national champions, the winners in each division will receive a $3,500 Harvey Norman voucher for their school. The Alliance Cup features, for the first time since the 2003 Australia Cup, the finest Touch Football players from TFA Alliance States (ex NSW and QLD) competing in Men’s and Women’s Open divisions. The event provides the opportunity for TFA Alliance states to field their best opens teams, with Elite 8 representatives available to represent their home and/or eligible states. Each state will have the opportunity to play each other once culminating in a final series to determine the Alliance Cup Champion State. The event also serves as a major talent identification opportunity for players seeking selection in Alliance Elite 8 training squads for the upcoming 2017 National Touch League, a key pathway opportunity.

Alliance Cup

National Schools Cup

The Harvey Norman National Youth Championships (NYC) are a unique event, with school, community and state 18 and under teams competing in a national championship.

The Alliance Cup features the finest Touch Football players from the Alliance states (ex NSW & QLD) going head to head competing in Men’s and Women’s Open divisions.

The Harvey Norman National Schools Cup (HNNSC) features the best U15 school teams from around Australia, competing to be crowned National School Champions.

The opportunity to merge a National Youth Tournament and a School Sport Australia National Championship into one integrated event provides significant scheduling and other benefits and savings/economies to both entities and participants alike.

Each state will play each other once culminating in a final series to determine the Alliance Cup Champion State.

Teams have qualified for the HNNSC by finishing in the top four of their respective state Harvey Norman School Series events.

The event is a major talent identification opportunity for players seeking selection in the Alliance Elite Eight training squads, a key pathway program of Touch Football Australia.

The HNNSC is another key junior pathway and commercial opportunity for Touch Football Australia, that will be expanded in future years.



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James Butz Reece Chin Lachlan Cooper Isaac Crowe Hamish Dawson (c) Liam Elliot James Gardner Sam Hyland Bryce Keane Izaiah Lomax Dean Medved Jake Powley Sherrard Warnock

Kylie Aylott Christina Drew Jada Hartwig Ebony Heins Kahurangi Kapea Keesha Kapea Emma McDonald Matisse McNair Sophie Newton Elana Sliwinski Grace Smith Elise Wilson Ash Witt Tijana Zdravevska

Damian Prendegast Coach

Doug Witt Coach

Officials Greg Richards-Riches Tour Leader

Donna Fraser Assistant Coach

Alex Drew

Tom Mulquiney


Assistant Tour Leader

Jess Osbourne

Sport’s Trainer/ Massage Therapist

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Corey Allan Jordan Andrews Daniel Bull Lachlan Carmichael Wilson Groth Dylan Landy Deshaun Lify-Bray Luke McLeod Noah Mulhearn Brad Playne Harrison Sippel Chase Te Amo Reilly Te Amo Tyrone Titasey Nathaniel Wong

Tamara Clarson Emily Coyne Chelsea Cummins Liz Delange Terri-Anne Egan Brooke English Erin Lee Grace Mcconnell Leesa Mi mi Meg Muir Emma Perrier Brytten Reynolds Shadae Solien Emma Sykes Caitlyn Wark

Dean Denning

Leasha Thouard



James Courtney

Jody English

Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach

Karlie Playne

Lisa Baisden Manager



Terry Leahy


Josh Whitty Sport’s Trainer


Officials Angela Trenerry Tour Leader


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Mitchell Anderson Bailey Assay Lachlan Crow Luca Felesina Daniel Gill Harrison Griffin Connor Harvey Braydon Hegarty Riley Huggers Jack Leonard Aaron Moore Luke O’Brien Declan Sandilands Tallis Stanhope

Dawson Black Alex Bonser Liam Briggs Mitchell Clayton Lawson Dunne Ben Farr Tom Farr Corey Findlay Brad Hansen Kye Leggett Teykoa Nagas Dylan Sears Matt Smith Tremaine Tairawhiti Tylen Wallace Boden Warren

Emily Bleney Sophie Duff Lydia Durkin Laura Guley Carly Hill Natalie Marks Olivia Marks Jessica McGrath Lilly Peachey Mckenzie Reid Hannah Slaughter Grace Wakeman Jordan Zielke Macey Zeilke

George Azzi Brad Davoren-Whereat Matthew Day Connor Edwards Christopher Elbitar Shannon Gardiner Tyrone Harding Mitchell Hyde Kyle Jermyn Isaiah Niumata Harrison O’Brien Bayley Ritchie Tom Suters Raymond Wehbe

Shannyn Bissett Emily Burke Abbey Corbett Jasmine Dillon Kobe Dymock Kristen Kessler Layne Morgan Sophie Quirk Vienna Randal Chloe Saddler Carlie Sonda Gemma Squadrito Maya Stewart Mia Wood

Warren Lorger

Michael Abbod



Adam Kelly

Anne-Maree Shipman



Officials Kym Skerritt Tour Leader



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Matt Atkins Dane Booth Jesse Curtis Logan Ellis Tristan Evans- Tsoi Shallin Fuller Jack Flanagan Ryan Forlonge Jordan Little Ryan Livingston Koen Sleba Matt Smith Zac South Tyran Wishart

Tarryn Aiken Cassidy Atkins Angel Barber Amber Cheney Kiiahla Duff Pihuka Duff Milly Hughes Lucy McDonald Faith Nathan Aaliyah Paki Sariah Paki Brydie Parker Rhiannon Podmore Matiese Trisley

Daniel Brown

Brooke Playford



Scott Buckley Assistant Coach

Scott Jacklin

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Sam Begbie Adam Boumelhem Scott Harris William Hartwig Riley Johnson Mark Kilpatrick Edward McGeoch Travis Osborne Sam Parker-Reynolds Jordan Pritchett Lachlan Raper Tom Sloane Connor Wilkinson Josh Zubak

Tatum Bird Brittany Carroll Jessica Drummond Kiarna Dymock Rachel Fear Dana Griffin Abbey Hodge Claudia Jolliffe Chloe McCrabb Rose Murray Madeline Ogilvy Caitlin Rogers Kristy Wachman Sophie Wehrmann

Kirra Dibb

Mark Tipple

Tracey Elliott

Assistant Coach



Andrea Francis

Yass Sidaros

Jess Day




18’s Boys

Assistant Coach


Kelly Lawson

Shane Townsend

Tour Leader




Yass Sidaros


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Jye Antonelli Chris Barakat Lawrence Bingham Jye Ireland Jake Lauder Carter Lovell Charbel Mattar Ryan Moore Jake Parker Jesse Parker Ryan Pritchard Marley Simbolan Ben Stevanovic Floyd Tighe Curtis Wilson

Cassidy Batiste Caitlin Cimarosti Brittney Clifford Amy Dufour Sian Filipo Kelsey French Natasha Hall Madison Higgins-Ashby Bronty Hull Rachel Jeffs Page McGregor Claudia Mete Jessica Potts Nicole Saldern Abbey Steanes

Dave Nolan

Barry Gibson



Jason Martin

Brandon McDonald

Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach

Patrick Batiste

Belinda Caruso

Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach

Joseph Caruso

Stacey Parker

Benjamin Veronese



Sam Brisby

Danni Davis


Mentor Tour Leader


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Billy Bulley Marcus Cummins Kyall Davern Christian Heilbronn Bennett Jesberg Reece McKenzie Mitchell Pitt Eamon Preston Hayden Rowbotham Jamie Savage Natha Searle John Vasta Aiden Vella Alex Vella Jonit Villalba

Zoe Aitken Maddi Crema Chanae Dawson Julia Douglas Mikaela Gee Georgia Harris Tamara Hussey Aimee Jones Meg McNamara Chloe Miller Jasmyn Mooney Hagiga Mosby Mikayla Newman Bianca Peace Tahlualah Tillett Alyssa Turner

Col Beckitt

Aaron Newman



Tim Villalba




Tour Leader

18’s Boys

Officials Kylie Hearne Ed Brown

Rachel Papenhuyzen

Officials Billy Grant

Kel Lockery Assistant Coach

Betty Mareko Manager

Kel Lockyer

Christie Moloney

Tour Managers Tour Managers Sports Physio


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Tyrone Anderson Jordan Carriera Copeland Ford Jean-Paul Gilmore Connor Keelan Charlie Marrington Keven Mitchell Brodie Morcom Dakota Priestly Kieran Roth HeberJay Schwalger Caleb Smith Fletcher Tomes Jordan Waterbury

Sophie Blake Alyssa Eres Tanisha Garling Braydee Motlop - Smith Cassidy Motlop - Smith Presley Motlop - Smith Mateeka Nielsen Charlotte Pickering Isobel Porter Keialah Satour Krydence Schwalger Libby Taylor Keeley Waterbury Jorja Weilly Emily Wilson

Brandon Taitua

Steven Blyton



Jono Schwalger

Desley Motlop

Assistant Coach

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Darnell Bennett Tony Buncuga Jayden Fielding-Smith Liam Grant Tom Griffin Paul Karitiana Baillie List Jacob Marrinan Jake McPaul Blake Moore James Price Jack Wright Jacob Van Zanden

Brittany Brown Jessica Burke Tiarni Bryce Ella Connolly Rebecca Goulding Paije Hockings Melia Larkin Sabine Marsters Kathleen Nicols Kobe Nona Abbey Prendergast Kiara Taylor Marama Thomas Rachel Walsh Chelsea White

Jason Boyd Coach

Chris Loth Assistant Coach


Officials Aleisha Molyneux

Cathy Farrelly Tour Leader

Lindy Eres



Bryce Fink Medical


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Dallas Bain Nathan Beaton Daniel De Vries Nathan Glen Marcus Holm Jye Hudson Justin Mc CoyEdwards Hayden Moffat Ryan Moffat Ryan Parker Prince Pohutuhutu Adam Russell Darnell Tawhi Kyle Turei

Sara Annakin Olivia Attenborough-Doyle Kiara Bryce Taylah Connell Katie Curtis Brittany Donovan Bridget Farley Tatyana Fisher Olivia Goodsell Emma Hadwen Chantelle Holloway Teagan Phillips Felice Quinlan Jasmine Zischke

Dave Maher



Karlia Garrad

David Parker

Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach

Adrienne Capie

Peter Holm

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Assistant Coach

Corrina Dowson

Tour Leader


Jess Matenga



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Benjamin Biagi Josiah Duke Carlos Fauatea Jaii Francis Keir Francis Ferghus Kernahan Connor Lawlor Alex Lim Alex Martin Jack Miller Michael Morrow Cam Stamato Jack Sutton Jordie Wittervan Adam Whitehead

Nikki Brennan Georgia Donnelly Lili Gambranis Georgia Garrett Tenille Hunt Amy McCabe Gemma Monaghan Tameka Morelli Bridget O’Connor Rebecca O’Hara Annabel Patti Emma Pienaar Minnie Turner Tilley Wigney Jaimee Wittervan Kelsey Zafiridis

Dean Philp Coach

Ninh Duong

Grant Richards


Assistant Coach

Rebecca Harper

Sarah Woodard

Assistant Coach


Ashely Johnson Assistant Coach



Officials Garry Shepherd

Sharon Gregory

Tour Leader

Tour Leader

Ian Nathan Medical

Jayne Ayliffe Manager




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Thomas Bannister Hayden Bartlett Lewis Boyd Thomas Eddie Alex Hinch Lachlan Kelly Zachary Lever Nathan Nobbs Thomas Schatz Harrison Skinner Brydan Thompson

Gabrielle Bartlett Ella Cooper Paige Edwards Natalie Gleeson Hannah Hegedus Summer Kirtley Paige Leicht Keely Mauch Zoe McLoughlin Annabelle Ronnfeldt Chloe Smith Emily Ward Chloe Watt

Sean Andrews Taj Bakhach Jayden Barnes Kieren Barnes Joshua Crawford Kyle Hodge Jack Kirkwood Fletcher Lyhnan Jake McMahon Bailey Robinson Mitchell Robinson Mathew Sullivan Connor Ware Corey Wilks

Georgia Cobham Haley Crotty Makayla Derossi Talah Heaton Maya Henricksen Sophie Lewis Charlotte Lowrie Naomi Parslow Danielle Sealey Kirra Sodhi Emily Rockley Melanie Wilks

Paul Little

Susan Hogg

Chris Bartlett Coach

Aaron Rosin

Neil Ward

Assistant Coach


Julieanne Bannister

Sandy Gleeson


Assistant Coach

Chrissy Bartlett

Kathleen Sweeney Coach Manager


Anthony Walker Manager



Nattalie DeRossi Tour Leader

Sharlene McNamara Medical

Officials Scott McNaughton

Sally Mauch

Tour Leader


Allie Brelis Medical



18’s Girls Elise Conway Princess Elliot Haylee Epiha Sarita de Gouw Kobi Hopkinson-Clayton Te Amai Hudson Casey Klyn Kiriana Nolan Molly-Mae Penfold Shaunagh Poutoa Lisa Putt Valentina Serrano Jayda Stewart Te Arani Te Puni Moanekah Va’ai Selena Williams-Paap

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Kyle Bennett Thomas Brazendale Bradley Couch Matthew Cossins Ashton King Thomas Maddock Jye Manshanden Kyran McMahon Tom McKendrick Max Neville Sam Pettit Jack Upson

Amelia Bransden Emily Burrows Nicola Grant Ellie Harding Emily Harvey Eliza Hutt Jade Marquis Alanna Monks Zoe Neville Alice Robinson Jemma Smith Hannah Stone Lucy Watt Madeline Whitney

Alex Cassidy Thomas Downes Hurinui Gage-Te Hau Marihi Hohepa-Te Huia Max Hughes Hagar Keepa Joseph Kereti Robbie Mischewski Demante Murray Keelan Murrell Tyrese Ratahi Cobain Richardson Kalem Strickland Jordan Tuakana - Hudson Sean Wilkie Liam Wilson

Carolyn Robinson

Luke Chapman

Dennis Thompson



Maurice Stone

Shane Stephens

Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach

Michael Lindsay

Emma Faulding



Josh Damen Coach

Jacob Knight Assistant Coach

James Edmunds Manager


Klaire Carrick Assistant Coach

Jill Couch Officials


Jenay Moorcroft Sam Story

Julian Egan Medical

Tour Leaders


Officials Michelle Kirker Tour Leader

Nathan Trebilco Medical



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Christopher Baldwin Zachary Barbour Nicholas Donghi Mekire Fraser- Thompson Brooklyn Harris Troy Hanita-Paki Caleb Hunt-McGregor Manoa Lameko Challis Pene Kalin Ropata Brandon Saena Ishmael Tanga Joshua Tindall Dyvontae Tippett Trent Toelau Lucky Tumu

Kaitlyn Corso Natasha Dalwood Tamia De Araujo Amitty Edgeworth Michaela Ehrentraut Lauren Fagan Pia Hatt Charlotte McGilp Tessa Mckenna Taylah Milne Payton-Ani Ozols Lachsley Parton Casey Anne Politarhis Emily Reid Maeghan Ridder Ciara Scott

Meihana Broadbridge Tamati Foster Jack Holt Te Aroa Koiatu Damian Ledington Tyla Love Charnce Marsters Trinity Miller Calozz Paterson Victor Paul Charles Pulsford Zach Richardson Jordan Tapine Callum Thomas Lewis Walker

Tennae Berryman Mania Broadbridge Alesha Foster Turiti-kapuarei Galiki Georgia Halatutavaha Eli Johnstone Juene-Kelly Mahuru Jayne-Arye Manawatu Caitlin Miller Ririakiterangi Puru Arahina Roberts Baeleigh Robinson Macey Simpkins Zion Taurima Michaele Toby

Greg Mason

Michael Beatty

Rapata Roberts

Tame Pene



Katarina Paterson

Linda Taurima





Taylor Mason

Winston Pene

Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach

Una Memmery Lani Harris

Kiri Pene Manager



David Diack

Officials Warren Smiles Tour Leader

Tour Leader

Matt Brady Medical




Nicole Alexander Christopher Benstead Brian Blechynden Robert Bowen Craig Butler Craig Butler Matt Butler Tony Calabria Scott Campbell Annabelle Connolly Peter Cramp William Damato Jake Davis Aylish Dunn Caleb Dunn Darren Dunn Ivan Faller Alex Faulkner Ivan Giammarco Karl Gregory Michael Halling Adam Hogan Henri Labuschagne (TL) Jack Van Lohuizen Scott Marsh Dean McDonald Jaxon McGowan Robert McKay

Colm Maguire Julian Buckmaster Marianne Maguire Tim Wyld Zoe Zinetti Renee Bryant Anthony Jennings Ian Leach Matt Tanner Amy Allpress

Jess King Keith Lee Felicity Wilson Maddison Gregor Alice Hope Kathy Lang Cameron Douglas Tara Steel Beth Taylor Matt Irons

Tom Mulquiney Jocelyn Burnett Ellora Thwaite Wayne Grant Cathy Gray Tony Trad Mick Lovett Swain Rovelli


Tony Trad Mick Lovett

Swain Rovelli


Steve Cunningham

Mat Smith

REFEREE COACHING PANEL Paul Baker Lesley Boyd Chris Dolahenty

David Field Ken Golden Chris Harapa

Ian Matthew Beau Newell Greg Taylor





David Baggio

Emma Armfield Nathan Dugian Andrea Miller

Brendan Jones

Megan Harapa Steve Lyons

Luke McKenzie Patrick Moran Richard Norris Danielle Nunn Andrew Parker Lucas Patterson Samuel Piper Riley Prendergast Fiona Quinn Jordan Randle Jennifer Roe Rebecca Rogers Carlie-Ann Rua Luke Saldern Trevor Schelberg Chris Schwerdt Amanda Sheeky Anthony Smith Lachlan Smith Rick Stanfield Kitia Strong Kezia Tilley Darren Toms Alison Watters Dillon Wells Brendon Wilson Andrew Yon




William Beck Adam Bell Cameron Burdett Luke Cochrane Zachary Forostenko Jamie Hawke Ben Hughes Edward Jones Daniel Maiden Rob McCarthy Jack Rowe Cameron Stanley Vaughan Winnel Benjamin Wylie

Rebecca Beath Sophie Broadhead (c) Kristen Corrie Natalie Frizzell Kristy Giteau Kelly Goodwin Natalie Grieve Grace Griffin Karli Hoare Ashley Kara Rach McVicar Alice Smith Nikki Stanley Stephanie Stockwell

Chris Tarlinton

Danny Goodwin








Paul Bon Jack Caspani Justin Costello Anthony De Castro Cody Edwards Chris Ewin Tyrell Forbes Adam Ingram Jacob Leonard Mark Tibbits

Tamara Appo Shae-Rose Bellenger Jaylene Bonson Elizabeth Clarence Bo De La CruzMaclean Harmony Dinsdale Bridie Duggan Michelle Duggan Tahlia Hazel Kitisha Hayes-Clarke Joanne Huddleston Deanna Peckham Tiffany Peckham Melinda Turner Tiffany Woodall

Khanui Cox Troy Doughty Leigh Drennan Henry Fairfield Tim Glazebrook Cameron Hancock Dave Harris Alex Lim Nick Litchfield Sean Meredith Ned Morcom Noah Sadler Ben Silby Michael Sheeky Adam Whitehead

Georgie Angrove Czenya Cavouras Sarah Gill Alice Gregory Rebekah Jones Lauren Kildare Ellie Konopka Hannah McGough Emily Moskwa Stephanie O’Hara Kelly Rowe Mackenzie Sadler Alex Schreier Hayley Sutton

Rob Day



Claire Harton

Jane Russo

Assistant Coach

Team Manager

Deirdre Morrow

Matt Mitchell Assistant Coach

OFFICIALS Greg Richards-Riches

Terry Leahy

OFFICIALS Aleisha Molyneux

Sport’s Trainer/ Massage Therapist

Tour Leader

Assistant Tour Leader

Josh Whitty


Jess Osbourne

Sport’s Trainer

Tour Leader

Tom Mulquiney

Thomas Edgword Coach

Mick Gray

Team Manager

Garry Sonda Assistant Coach

Bryce Finck

OFFICIALS Miles Wilson Tour Leader

Jason McNamara Medical










Katelyn Barry Erin Batchelor Amelia Bransden Joanne Brumby Rebecca Oliver Alice Robinson Morgan Saward Keeghan Smith Jane Sutcliffe Madeline Whitney Catherine Burgess Jade Marquis Kelsie Norquay Emma Haines Lilly Baker Amy Lawrence

Finlay Batts Tim Booth Nerrim Callope Vincent Demaria Nicholas Donghi Liam Donnelly Morgan Dummett Elies El Chaar Simione Eliesa Nathan Sambevski Richard Johnston Christopher Katal Marcus Kaponga Damien Kirk Izayah Ropata Kalin Ropata

Sarah Alexander Toni Breeze Alice Cooney Rachel Davine Kristen Friend Jessika Groeneveld Lani Harris Pai Hatt Caitlyn Jeffress Megan Lane Monique Maitland Elizabeth Motteram Leah Percy Emily Reid

Tristan Broadbridge Hamish Buick Blake Hignett Kerrod Hignett Elliot Knox Tyla Love Te Whaiao Manga Tiakina Manga Kennedy Merito Arphirak Paul Cameron Rupapera Te Puna Sellers Gabriel Setu Tynan Smith Lawrence Tuhaka Trevor Twose

Heniti Buick Claudia Foster Gia-Dene Gardiner Stacey Hendricks Megan Mary Hume Sally Irwin Monique James Taylor Kerr Ngareima Little Nicole McVicar Krystal Ng Jenaya Quan Rheanna Quan Michelle Traynor Caylee Wallis

Toby Burgess

Charles Willacy




Te Reweti ClarkManahi

Ryan Smyth

Greg Kennedy


Team Manager

Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach/ Manager

Calena Shortland Team Manager


OFFICIALS Warren Smiles

Tour Leader

Tour Leader

Shelley Wyver

Elies El Chaar Coach

Jaryd Papa Carron Traynor

Team Manager

OFFICIALS Sam Story Jenay Moorcroft

Julian Egan Medical

Tour Leaders


Matt Brady Medical


It has been a busy few months in the Touch Football Australia office with several new partnerships…

Australia-Japan foundation funding and Touch Football Singapore partnership announcements Touch Football Australia (TFA) had the pleasure to announce the funding from the Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) midyear, to assist with the delivery of a girl’s participation and corporate development program in partnership with Japan Touch Association (JTA).

participation clinics for girls aged 12 to 20 in regional areas of Japan, as well as establishing longer term participation programs. The announcement follows on from JTA and TFA entering a Memorandum of Understanding in January 2016. The Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) was established by the Australian Government in 1976 to expand and develop contact and exchange between the peoples of Australia and Japan and to help project positive images of Australia and Japan in each other’s country.

The funding was announced at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Canberra, with TFA Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire and AJF Director, Professor Veronica Taylor in attendance. The project will assist JTA to build governance, commercial and sport development models to set up the organisation for longer term sustainability. The project will deliver

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the AJF, with Professor Taylor saying the organisation was excited to receive TFA’s application.

Touch Football Australia and Touch Football Singapore Strike Partnership The agreement between Touch Football Australia (TFA) and Touch Football Singapore (TFS) was the second TFA international partnership agreement struck in the space of six months. The partnership with TFS aims to promote Federation of International Touch (FIT) member country links and foster growth of the sport on the world stage and follows the recent agreement with Japan Touch Association (JTA), enshrining various joint promotion initiatives and development opportunities to leverage growth and profile. The agreement (MoU) between entities demonstrates the strong desire

and commitment of the number one Touch Football nation to collaborate and help facilitate growth and standard of the game internationally and build further on the great relationship between member countries. With a view to the 2019 FIT Touch World Cup to be held in neighbouring Malaysia, the key elements of the four-year TFATFS agreement focuses on developing TFS’s Junior Development Pathway and participation opportunities, as well as increasing their competitive edge via coaching and technical assistance. This will be achieved by facilitating access to TFA resources both human and material. The agreement is also inclusive of coaching support and participation in national events.

TFA Wraps up agreement with My Sports Tape Touch Football Australia announced in August a new partnership with My Sports Tape. Founded by physiotherapists, My Sports Tape is a premier sports tape and first aid equipment supplier to leading sports organisations and athletes throughout Australia. My Sports Tape’s mission is to work in partnership with sports providers to ensure mutually beneficial outcomes through the supply of quality sports tape and first aid supplies. Under the three-year agreement, My Sports Tape are recognised as the designated ‘Official Sports Tape and Medical Supplies Provider’ for TFA. A major benefit of the agreement is the provision of sports packs to each National Touch League (NTL) entity which will be rolled out from the 2017 NTL, providing cost savings for touring teams and enhanced products and service delivery to members. “TFA is a highly professional and innovative organisation that is continually providing the opportunity

for people to connect socially in a healthy and fun environment. My Sports Tape is delighted to be a part of this process. Sport is all about team work, and My Sports Tape are proud to be the newest member of the TFA team.” MST Brand Manager, Brett Edwards said. TFA Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire welcomed My Sports Tape to the TFA community and said he looks forward to the partnership and the benefit’s it will provide TFA members. “We are excited to announce our alignment with My Sports Tape and are impressed by the quality of their products and the duty of care this will afford our participants. TFA is incredibly proud to partner with likeminded community orientated organisations and we look forward to assisting My Sports Tape’s expansion through our network, Maguire said. For more information on My Sports Tape or to purchase strapping tape, please visit




Sunshine Coast to Host World’s Best Touch Footballers in 2017 The world’s best touch footballers will descend onto Sunshine Coast Stadium at Kawana Waters, Queensland in May 2017, with the Open’s Trans Tasman Series set to light up the Sunshine Coast for the first time. The annual Trans Tasman event is the pinnacle of international Touch Football outside of the Touch World Cup; with traditional rivals Australia and New Zealand going head-to-head across the three Opens Men’s, Women’s and Mixed divisions. Touch Football Australia Chief Executive, Colm Maguire, said the 2017 Trans Tasman series (10-14 May, 2017) will be one of the few times Australian and New Zealand teams will meet before the 2019 Federation of International Touch World Cup in Malaysia. He anticipates also an exciting

the Australian sides away from home and strive to secure the title for the first time since the 2013 series.” Following the overall success of the 2015 Touch World Cup with 23 member nations competing, and the introduction of Japan to the 2016 event format at Auckland, Maguire said there is strong interest from other countries to compete against the best sides in the world, in conjunction with the Trans Tasman series. “Certainly what we are seeing across the globe in recent years is tremendous development and growth of the game internationally, which is fantastic to see,” he said. “The opportunity for countries such asJapan, Singapore, USA, Papua New Guinea and other countries to be involved in international showpiece events including the Trans Tasman is compelling. Playing against the best countries in the world and potentially State and regional invitational sides, will only enhance their development and hopefully get them to the next level as part of this next World Cup cycle (Malaysia, 2019).

International dimension with other countries set to join the event as part of an International series. “This is the first time New Zealand Opens’ teams have ventured to the Sunshine Coast, to take us on which is really exciting for the international game and the sport particularly in the region and Queensland,” he said. “With the 2016 State of Origin series now completed, the Australian teams will be selected in coming months and look to repeat their amazing 9-0 clean sweep of the 2016 series in Auckland earlier this year. “This is the first time they have achieved this feat over a three Test series across the Opens divisions and follows the great success at the 2015 Touch World Cup. “I am certain the New Zealand teams will be well prepared for the Sunshine Coast and aiming to prove they can successfully take on




“This of course supports the growth of the game internationally and provides a fillip to those regional centres where we conduct the events increasing the international visitation and the economic impact locally. “The partnerships TFA have struck with Japan Touch Association and Singapore Touch Association has only strengthened this opportunity and international relationships accordingly.” The Sunshine Coast Council Sport, Tourism and Major Events’ portfolio councillor, Jason O’Pray and fellow Sunshine Coast councillors joined with Touch Football

world. Next year our region celebrates the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Sunshine Coast and we’ll also welcome our very first national elite sporting side into the Australian Netball League. “So it’ll be fantastic to also play host to the TransTasman Touch Football series for the first time. Having the world’s best touch footballers here will be a fantastic opportunity for our sports loving community, as well as our aspiring young sports people and it’ll also provide more great exposure for our region both domestically and overseas.” he added. Beyond the international competition Maguire added that the event provides a great promotion of the sport with a strong Touch Football footprint across the region and a number of players from Sunshine Coast represented in various teams emerging from the junior ranks including Women’s Open player, Kim Sue-See. Australia Chief Executive, Colm Maguire confirming the venue in 2017. “Tourism, sport and leisure is one of seven high-value industries in the Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Strategy and we regularly host national and international sporting events and teams that are drawn here by our high quality facilities, our favorable climate and our local expertise,” Cr O’Pray said. “Sunshine Coast Stadium at Kawana is our region’s premier sporting venue and has been a regular for major events like the National Youth Touch Football Championships and Melbourne Storm pre-season matches.”

“We have always enjoyed our time on the Sunshine Coast hosting the Harvey Norman Youth Championships in recent years and this year with the introduction of the Harvey Norman School Series and the Alliance Cup as part of this format. “As well as the elite competition on show, next year’s event provides a great opportunity for junior players to watch, and take part in clinics by some of the world’s best touch football athletes, helping to ignite and foster in them an even greater love of the sport,” he said. For more information on the 2017 Trans Tasman Test Series, visit and tourism information on the Sunshine Coast go to

“This year the Sunshine Coast is playing host to an unprecedented 60 major sporting and lifestyle events, estimated to bring over 150,000 guests from all over the




GAME WITH NO SOUND SHATTERS BARRIER BETWEEN TWO WORLDS A unique game of touch football is closing the divide between the hearing and silent worlds. The Silent Sport Challenge began in 2011 and gives those with hearing the chance to experience what it is like to play the game without sound.

By Adrienne Francis @AdrienneFranci1 (courtesy of ABCTV Canberra)

Ms Nash wants hearing health and wellbeing listed as one of the 10 national health priorities to attract and allocate funding to improve access to childhood Auslan education, increase availability of interpreters, improve captioning services and target specialised mental health and aged care.

“Deaf people suffer from isolation and that impacts on their mental health”

Players wear ear plugs and instead of communicating with whistles and referees use flags to signal players. Twenty-nine-year-old Canberra woman Chloe Nash, who was born deaf, has been playing touch since she was nine. “The only thing that you are doing differently is communicating differently and that you just need to break through other peoples prejudices, other peoples barriers that they are creating for you,” Ms Nash said.

“It is not just Canberra, although we are in dire need. It is all over Australia,” she said. “Deaf people suffer from isolation and that impacts on their mental health” Long-term exposure to excessive noise means the number of Australians who are deaf, hearing impaired or hard of hearing is continuing to increase. Photo: Chloe Nash says the only thing that you are doing differently is communicating differently. (ABC News: Adrienne Francis)

GAME RAISES AWARENESS OF DISABILITY THAT AFFECTS MILLIONS Touch Football Australia CEO Colm Maguire said one in six Australians dealt with a hearing impairment. “It is unusual because of that lack of communication that is verbal, more looking at each other, having to utilise different ways of communicating,” he said about the game. Mr Maguire said there was no barrier to participation whether players were hearing impaired or not. online website story:’s-game-withno-sound-breaks-barriers/7785598 Photo: Primary school aged children enjoy a game of silent touch football as part of the Silent Sport Challenge. (ABC News: Mark Moore)

To see more of the TFA interview with Colm Maguire, go to the TFA YouTube channel ‘2016 Silent Sports Challenge’




NATIONAL SILENT SPORTS CHALLENGE Several games of touch football were conducted across the country as part of National Hearing Awareness Week, late August 2016. The ‘Silent Sports Challenge events’ raised significant awareness for people that are deaf and/or hard of hearing (HRH), with a great diversity of participants including schools children, NSW parliamentarians, and even an exhibition match as a curtain raiser to the round 25 Gold Coast Titans and Penrith Panthers NRL clash at Cbus Stadium, Gold Coast.




SHOP TILL YOU DROP AT THE TFA ONLINE SHOP! Unsure where to get your Harvey Norman NRL Touch Football merchandise beyond the touch fields and at events? Need that gear fast and the convenience of having it delivered to your door? Swing open that laptop and slide that mobile screen to to get your orders in and your Touch football ‘merch’ on. What better date to launch the TFA Online Shop than the first day of Spring (1 September), getting you ready for new season competitions across the country. The shop features a large range of TFA products including branded referee uniforms, TFA merchandise, Touch Footballs, compression garments and much more; and all at affordable prices! The shop also features a large range of limited edition items and merchandise packs which are the ideal gift for any Touch Football member – and anyone looking for great street wear. With all items available to purchase in one convenient location, the TFA Online Shop is your one stop shop for Touch Football. The TFA online shop was developed to meet the increasing demand from members and participants for a consolidated store for Touch Football products. Working in close cooperation with TFA commercial partners, a major benefit of the online shop is the ability to control the stock internally, so we can meet the needs of the membership and our own high standards of customer service. In addition to current products on offer, the TFA Online Shop will regularly be updated with new products including a soon to be released casual range of BLK apparel and TFA course materials. So ‘check-in’ to the TFA Online Shop today and checkout with some bargains.




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ONE VOICE. ONE TEAM. ONE SPORT. Respect and Conduct at Touch Football Events To:

Participants of the National Youth Championship and Alliance Cup Participants of the Harvey Norman School Series

Primarily, I take this opportunity to welcome and thank you for your intended participation in the upcoming championships. These events are the culmination of various levels of the sport be it school, junior pathway or indeed the elite level of states within the Touch Football Australia (TFA) Alliance Framework. As elite athletes and future leaders of the game it is important that the standards associated with the TFA Behavioural Framework are demonstrated in the way we conduct ourselves at events. There are various charters and codes of conduct which are signed-off on in order to participate at all levels of the game and they indeed provide everyone with the assuredness that they have an environment to perform at their best, on or off the field. Unfortunately, on occasions, all of this may be forgotten when we take the field and it is often an environment where the values we aspire to exhibit or expect are temporarily suspended in the interest of competition. Specifically, the ongoing issues associated with questioning of referee determinations, processes or simply critiquing throughout the game itself, is not an environment which is supportive of our Referee Community nor aligned with our expected values. They are indeed integral to our performance of the event and indeed a key stakeholder in our game. The Referee’s and indeed the Referee Coaches are equally entitled to an environment where they may be supported and encouraged to do their best. Will errors occur? – yes. Equally they will occur as a playing group, administration or indeed as a coach. The environment expected and generally implemented for team’s is to support a player through such errors and ensure improvement can occur the next time they take the field. This is the expectation for the environment we have for our Referee Community. They are performing a role to the best of their ability and are charged with the responsibility of making decisions throughout a game. As with any element of our day to day life there will certainly be things we see differently or indeed disagree with. However, remedy only occurs through constructive and positive interaction between all parties. In order to address the current environment and truly take steps toward the culture we desire as a sport we must address the current behaviour during the game. This must start at the national level events and as current or future leaders in the sport I ask that you take this major step with us at the pending events. Specifically, the following elements are noted: » Communication with the Referee at any point during any game is through the Captain as per the expectations at all levels. This process has been consistently diluted to a point where off field Referee’s or Coaches are subjected to interaction from the entire playing group or coaches/management/administration. » Off field Referees are equally undertaking a role associated with on field outcomes and should not be subjected to influence or constant commentary as they pass a sub box, for example. All participants are advised that interaction is not to occur with the referee in such a manner. Any specific issues will be discussed with tournament management and action initiated.




» Equally, the Referee group should not feel the need to engage with the sub box unless there is a specific issue to be addressed. If our environment is respectful of this communication process all parties can concentrate on the performance of what is occurring on the field. » Any interaction at half time is with the Captain Only. There are to be no Coach interactions with the on or off field Referee or the Referee Coaching Group at any point during the game. » As per the TFA Conditions of Entry any post game approach can be done formally and in a positive manner. There may well be clarifications or indeed areas to be discussed. However, this must be approached in a calm, positive and supportive manner. » Referee interaction with the Playing Group must also be of an equally respectful manner to ensure positive outcomes. Overall, the above principles are not in my view anything other than application of a respectful environment consistent with the rules of the game and our code of conduct. The ability to implement them while in some cases challenging, will result in a lasting legacy including our trademark behaviours being lived out on the field; an environment where referee’s enjoy the role they play and hopefully promotes a better environment for all concerned. Our Referee Community are in a similar position as the playing group which is unique in many ways. They are indeed athletes and choose Touch Football as the sport they wish to participate in and invest in their own development. They therefore commit to training, coaching and the costs associated to the participation at events such as this the same way as all other participants. It is thereby imperative that we understand and promote that they are also entitled to an environment where they can be coached, develop and indeed perform at their best. This event will be a key opportunity for us all to start to implement an environment which lives the One Voice. One Team. One Sport. Trademark. I ask that you take the time to consider this as an opportunity for us all to contribute to a better future for our sport by working in true collaboration for the best possible experience for all. Yours sincerely,

Colm Maguire Chief Executive Officer Touch Football Australia




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THE TIES THAT BIND BLK AND TFA CELEBRATE 10 YEARS TOGETHER From humble beginnings, a long and enduring partnership has ensued. From the initial designs and on-and-off field apparel adorning the elite Australian players, there is now seemingly a junior, senior and anywhere in between player doing their thing across a range of sports in their neat new BLK kit. Traditionally aligned to the Rugby codes and then Touch Football in that sequence, the BLK brand flies high across Rugby League, AFL and Rugby and cricket fields and courts of all persuasions including netball and basketball. As an initial two-man operation in the back blocks of the Gold Coast, to a multi-million dollar global business today, BLK has emerged as one of the best and largest elite and performance team-wear companies in Australia and with a significant footprint globally. ‘Beyond Limits Known’ is the company tagline. It reflects well the relationship with Touch Football embodying the mentality of the elite Touch Football player but has also at times tested the limits in terms of production…and customer expectations. The lunch was to commemorate the TFA-BLK 10-year timeline together; partners in arms and legs and socks and any possible garment that enables improved performance for competitors across a wide range of styles. A proud Tyron Brant is especially fond of his close relationship with the TFA CEO, Maguire and the team that in his words embody the true meaning of partnership. A partnership borne through mutual respect and connection, now into its second decade and stronger than oak. “It is very rare in today’s changing landscape that you can call a sponsorship a partnership,” Brant said bluntly. “A sponsorship is sponsorship; it is a transactional deal that lasts until there is a better offer on the table. “The real bonus comes if you enjoy working with each other…and this should not be confused with a partnership.” In between the several examples of where some ‘partnerships’ have simply and predictably fallen over from his own and others’ perspectives, Brant expands on what he believes makes the two teams’ tick.

“There is always an exception to the rule and Touch Football Australia and the full team led by Colm Maguire is that exception. “It has been a great pleasure to work in partnership with this organisation; through the highs and lows and I would encourage any multinational to get on board with this exceptional organisation. “It is very rare that you have a 10-year partnership with a club or association, and we at BLK could not be prouder. “Here’s to the next 10 years with TFA!” Brant beamed. For Colm Maguire it was fitting to have the final word, which is not always the case with his great mate, “T”. “From the early days we have got along so well together personally but we’re also kindred spirits in terms of business management and customer care and doing the right by each other in business…as true partners should,” he said. “The early days were indeed some funny days but we could not be any prouder of how Tyron has worked with us on what works for our community. And steering his company through some major upheaval; think more recently the Fiji cyclone disaster which devastated the island and the BLK production factory, as one more recent example. “They (BLK) showed remarkable resilience in the face of great tragedy and we were with them every step of the way; and fair to say so were the wider Touch Football community as well across the country. “What has emerged since those early designs is the most contemporary and cutting edge styles in the market today and it is a testament to Tyron, his hard working team and their partnership with us. “We have now branched out with our fantastic Ambassador team composed of our leading athletes demonstrating the high quality gear provided to them and the great cost effective range available to the park player and wider grassroots. “We sure have come a long way - look no further than our gift to Tyron (commemorative frame) showing just how far we have come!”




this is origin! The barest degrees. The slimmest of margins. State against State. The 2016 State of Origin series didn’t disappoint: a white knuckle ride in the midst of a rainsoaked blue and maroon wash in Sydney over the first weekend of September. Only one colour would emerge out of the rinse though with one hand fixed on the trophy and their State’s shirt colours hoisted high in the other. The world’s best touch footballers descended onto Tempe Velodrome and surrounding fields to decide this biennial blockbuster over the first weekend of Spring. With this the closest series expected in several years, the question loomed large on tournament eve like the long heavy cloud that hovered overhead throughout. Would NSW defend its crown held proudly since 2002? Or, would it be Queensland with an incredible run of success at Elite Eight events and National Youth Championships in recent years that would see them finally emerge triumphant? All it seemingly took was a blade of grass south of the Tweed that ultimately separated the two powerhouse Touch Football States in this year’s epic State of Origin series. In all, players across 14 divisions braved the elements and the slush of an earlySpring Sydney downpour contesting their respective best-of-three series’ within the overall series. Bringing to 42 the total number of games played over the twoday format and the state of play greatly exceeding the quality of the fields underfoot as the rain tumbled down. By late-afternoon Saturday, the din of a damp Tempe Velodrome with a hint of fading sunlight was the stage for the final curtain call. In typical Origin fashion and folklore, it all came down to one final timeslot and two matches with 12 divisions settled, six apiece. Fittingly, all eyes were affixed on the blueribbon Men’s Open decider to have the final




say over the weekend’s proceedings and whether the trophy headed north or stayed south in Sydney. The fact that the Over 40’s Men’s also had a final say as well on an outlying field says much about the all-age composition of the sport, that particular demographic and the unbridled passion and parity that runs deep across both borderlines in these clashes. From the observation deck inside the cavernous velodrome, and perhaps one of the few in the crowd with an impartial eye at these contests, TFA CEO, Colm Maguire was deep in admiration of the quality of play considering the conditions. But also the emergence of future stars and reemergence of perhaps fading stars in their twilight years. “First and foremost, all credit where it is due. I extend my hearty congratulations to New South Wales on their delivery of the event and claiming the trophy once again,” he said post event. “It was great also to see the whole tournament culminate with the marquee game; and what a game it turned out to be with an all-Australian feel about it, and the cream and skill level of our athletes absolutely rising to the top,” he added. “Though, you can only sit back and admire the incredible fighting qualities of Queensland and the immense pride they have in their shirt and state and particularly playing away from their home,” he said. “They should rightly, be immensely proud of their efforts and their off field presentations at the SCG added a very classy touch to their preparations. “And of course special mention to the referees and their fantastic display and demeanour in the fiercest of our sport’s contests domestically and cauldron atmosphere, it’s fair to say,” he added. “They each acquitted themselves very well over the weekend and the whole referees’ contingent were outstanding in their officiating and as ambassadors of the game, once again.”

Notable across all divisions were the tight contests and the great play of the younger brigade through the 20’s ranks to the older guard still showing their wares and deft touches: “Isn’t it great to see the skill level still there in the more senior players and the emergence of generation next as well,” Maguire added ahead of next week’s Harvey Norman National Youth Championships in Queensland, which will demonstrate the generation ‘next level’ of stars coming through. And rewind back to that epic men’s Open finale, the exclamation mark of the series. With the series on the line and the nagging sensation of a 9-10 result in game two after leading 8-5 with eight to go, what reserves the NSW Men’s Open team had to muster and depths they had to dive to prevail over a very strong Queensland outfit. NSW and Australian Men’s Captain, perhaps said it best, post-match game three: “All credit to Queensland, they were amazing as they always are, but I can’t thank and pay credit to our boys enough, they played terrific and peaked when it mattered most,” he said with a big Origin winning grin. “I really want to also thank NSW Touch for the coordination of the event and to all the referees as well – we couldn’t do it without you and it wouldn’t be the spectacle without your great commitment and support, thank you to all,” he said. With a view to 2018, consider the final equation and tale of the tape with the eight divisions to Queensland’s six. Broken down that equated to 23 wins to NSW and Queensland, 19. In terms of tries scored again, NSW prevailed with 206 to Queensland’s 185 and out of the 14 divisions, half went to a decider. That and Nick Good’s sentiments, is Origin. By @ JulianTFA




Game 1 – New South Wales (6) def. Queensland (5) Game 2 – Queensland (10) def. New South Wales (9) Game 3 – New South Wales (8) def. Queensland (7)

Game 1 – Queensland (6) def. New South Wales (5) Game 2 – Queensland (7) def. New South Wales (3) Game 3 – New South Wales (7) def. Queensland (2)

New South Wales won the series 2-1

Queensland won the series 2-1

Player of the series Dylan Hennessey (New South Wales)

Player of the series Emily Hennessey (Queensland)

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Game 1 – Queensland (5) def. New South Wales (2) Game 2 – Queensland (5) def. New South Wales (2) Games 3 – Queensland (9) def. New South Wales (3)

Game 1 – Queensland (2) def. New South Wales (1) Game 2 - New South Wales (7) def. Queensland (5) Game 3 – Queensland (7) def. New South Wales (5)

Queensland won the series 3-0

Queensland won the series 3-0

Queensland won the series 2-1

Player of the series Sean Hooper (Queensland)

Player of the series Jake Notley (Queensland)

Player of the series Jemma Mi Mi (Queensland)

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MEN’S 35s

Game 1 – New South Wales (7) def. Queensland (3) Game 2 – Queensland (11) def. New South Wales (3) Game 3 – New South Wales (11) def. Queensland (9)

Game 1 – Queensland (6) def. New South Wales (2) Game 2 – Queensland (5) def. New South Wales (3) Game 3 – Queensland (3) def. New South Wales (2)

Game 1 – New South Wales (7) def. Queensland (5) Game 2 – New South Wales (5) def. Queensland (3) Game 3 – Queensland (3) def. New South Wales (1)

New South Wales won the series 2-1

Queensland won the series 3-0

New South Wales won the series 2-1

Player of the series Khanui Cox (Queensland)

Player of the series Chelsea Baker (Queensland)


MEN’S 40s


Game 1 – New South Wales (2) def. Queensland (0) Game 2 – New South Wales (7) def. Queensland (0) Game 3 – New South Wales (2) def. Queensland (0)

Game 1 – New South Wales (8) def. Queensland (3) Game 2 – Queensland (10) def. New South Wales (7) Game 3 – New South Wales (6) def. Queensland (3)

Game 1 – Queensland (3) def. New South Wales (2) Game 2 – Queensland (2) def. New South Wales (1) Game 3 – New South Wales (4) def. Queensland (2)

New South Wales won the series 3-0

New South Wales won the series 2-1

Queensland won the series 2-1





MIXED OPEN Game 1 – Queensland (5) def. New South Wales (4) Game 2 – Queensland (8) def. New South Wales (7) Games 3 – Queensland (10) def. New South Wales (5)

Player of the series Jenine Gyemore (Queensland)

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MEN’S 50s

MEN’S 55s

Game 1 – New South Wales (3) def. Queensland (1) Game 2 – New South Wales (8) def. Queensland (3) Game 3 – New South Wales (6) def. Queensland (5)

Game 1 – New South Wales (5) def. Queensland (0) Game 2 – New South Wales (5) def. Queensland (4) Game 3 – New South Wales (7) def. Queensland (0)

Game 1 – New South Wales (4) def. Queensland (1) Game 2 – New South Wales (7) def. Queensland (2) Game 3 – New South Wales (7) def. Queensland (5)

New South Wales won the series 3-0

New South Wales won the series 3-0

New South Wales won the series 3-0




Check-out the snapshot of Touch Football action and various activities across locations in recent months; particularly in the lead-up to this year’s 2016 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships and School Series Cup/Alliance Cup!



Over 550 of the best Year 9 and 10 Touch Football players converged recently on the Kingsway Playing Fields at Penrith for the 2016 Harvey Norman School Series NSW State Final. The competition provided the opportunity for the top four male and female school teams to qualify for the inaugural Harvey Norman School Series Cup event held as part of the Harvey Norman NYC event in Caloundra, Queensland.  

Touch Football Northern Territory featured recently on ABC Radio NT to discuss their prospects at the

The Grand Final was a virtual State of Origin game in the Girls division: Mackellar Girls (NSW) taking on Benowa State High (QLD). Benowa State High School scored in a drop-off to claim the title in one of the best Girls Finals ever seen at that level.

2016 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships and Alliance Cup. The interview featured NT Alliance Cup Women’s Coach, Tom Edgewood, NT 18’s Girls representative, Emily Wilson and Touch Football NT officials. The interview focused on the team’s preparations and planning; particularly given the vast distances players have to travel to train and play together. Emphasis of the interview was on the importance of training camps and allowing all teams to bond and create new combinations in a short space of time to be ‘event ready’!

The Boy’s Grand Final was between St Edwards College (Central Coast) and Hunter Sports High (Newcastle). This game displayed exceptional defence and even better touchdowns from both teams. As the full time hooter sounded it was St Edwards who prevailed winning the title in a close and hard fought encounter as the shot below shows and earning their ticket to Caloundra for the national titles in September.

Some of the NT Under 18’s squad members from Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine, and Jabiru helped out to coach at a recent Sunday morning training session. Tony Eltakchi (seated centre) and Danny Goodwin (seated far right), were also there to assist the players and coaches in their development.



Australian Men’s Open Coach, Tony Trad and Australian national women’s player, Danielle Davis featured as key advisors and observers at a recent two-day training camp at Wentworth Park, Hobart as part of

Touch Football Australia and Touch Football Tasmania are excited to welcome Burnie Touch Association into the NRL Touch Football family. We look forward to working with Burnie to grow the game on the northwest coast of Tasmania. If you’re wishing to participate in Burnie, please contact the team in Tasmania on (03) 6331 3852.

Touch Football Tasmania’s preparations for the 2016 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships and Alliance Cup. Danielle and Tony both stated how impressed they were with the development of the players in Tasmania and were looking forward to returning next year to see further improvements across the Apple Isle.




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The 2016 Queensland Touch Football Junior State Cup was held again at Hervey Bay Sports Complex in early-July, with over 200 teams across 10 divisions, from under 10’s through to under 18’s taking the field for the three day event. The tournament was a great success with plenty of great skill and sportsmanship on display.

My Local Broker and TFV forge new partnership. Touch Football Victoria (TFV) announced an innovative new partnership providing further value and benefits to members across the State and TFV community. The two-year agreement with ‘My Local Broker’ follows the partnership agreement struck between Touch Football Australia and the Melbourne Storm, providing an extension of the partnership in Victoria and connection to the Storm’s commercial partners and program. Further below: The TFV NYC and Alliance Cup trials and training have been on in earnest over the past three months.

The local Harvey Norman franchisee presented the Hervey Bay Touch Association with their Go Harvey Go affiliate pack and activated at the event with a pop-up shop attracting loads of customers and interest throughout the week.

REMEMBER THE TITANS Gold Coast Titans players, Matt Robinson, Matt Srama and Daniel Mortimer stopped by to say hello to everyone at round three of the Titans Touch Football Tri Series.

VIKING CLAPS ALL ROUND 2016 Junior AusSquad Program heralded a great success

WAY OUT WEST Hedland Reclaim Country Week Crown Twenty two teams from Senior High Schools across Country Western Australia descended on Perth for the NRL Touch Football Competition at the School Sport WA Senior School Country Week with 65 matches played across three divisions. The Grand Final saw rivals Esperance SHS and Hedland SHS go head-to-head for the title. After the full time siren, scores were level with a drop off decide the winner; with both teams down to four players, Hedland were able to cross for the winning touchdown and seal the 2016 Championship.

The Canberra Raiders and TFACT have continued their strong partnership, particularly with the support of the TFACT’s Junior AusSquad Program for a second year running. The program has seen a massive growth in participation, increasing from 70 junior participants in 2015 to over 160 juniors in 2016. Once a month from May to September, participants attend the program at the Canberra Raiders HQ (see pic below) and Deakin playing fields, where they learn and develop their Touch Football skills from qualified coaches and some of ACT’s elite players…and the odd appearance of our very own Australian athletes when in location. Touch Football ACT Sport Operations Manager, Greg Richards-Riches said the partnership has achieved many benefits, not the least the use of training grounds and provision of Raiders merchandise: “What we’re doing with the Raiders has not just been merely a name change,” he said. “Together we are creating a pathway opportunity for all juniors involved; it doesn’t matter if they play tackle or touch football, they can become part of the Raiders family.”






Beach Touch in Canberra?

Touch Football SA successfully conducted the inaugural Affiliate Development Conference in Port Augusta recently. It was a great turnout with Port Lincoln, Whyalla and Port Pirie all getting involved in addition to new local members from Port Augusta. TFSA also directed an affiliate education workshop, foundation coaching course and level 1 referee course and follows the equally successful TFWA instalment in Perth earlier this year.

Following the success of the inaugural Beach Touch competition during the Autumn period, TFACT are looking ahead to December to develop a one-day knockout tournament and then launch again in 2017 with even more teams and timeslots at the ACT Beach Volleyball courts. The competition format featured two action-packed modified games per night consisting of seven minute halves. This fun and at times hilarious spin on touch football provides a great social and fun environment for new and existing touch players – young, old and inbetween! Talk to the TFACT team if you’re thinking of developing your own version of this great format.

‘ONK TO SUPPORT US Touch Football South Australia (TFSA) is delighted to announce that the Onkaparinga Touch Club is the newest member of the TFSA affiliate network! This is an incredible opportunity for Touch Football to grow and develop within the southern vales and southern areas of Adelaide. TFSA will be partnering with the Onkaparinga Touch Club to deliver the 2016 season and beyond! The interest in Touch Football throughout the south is growing. High levels of schools participation, new SA Heat representative players emerging and the existing strength of the Onkaparinga Touch Club will see our sport grow participation and involvement in our sport in 2016 and beyond! Welcome to the network Onkaparinga Touch Club. We can’t wait for the 2016 season! Competition information and registration details will be released soon.




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The hard wrap 2016 harvey norman nyc edition 18  
The hard wrap 2016 harvey norman nyc edition 18  

The Hard Wrap is Touch Football Australia’s national magazine distributed bi-annually hard copy and available on the TFA website.