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Issue 8, September 2012


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Tigers at the National Youth Championships  Metro South Development Conference  Women in Sport Forum  Super League Series Update  Community Coach Opportunity Beach Touch comes to Perth Around the Grounds  Meet Our Sponsors

WA Operations Manager’s Report From the Desk of Sophie Maguire

As the summer seasons draws nearer, the Touch Football WA office is working hard to make sure that it will be one to remember. With all five Affiliate Development Conferences now successfully delivered, we are shifting our focus to the busy spring and summer ahead including the Super League Series and the State Championships. The National Youth Championships will be taking place in Port Macquarie this month and we wish the teams all the very best for the tournament. Being able to send both a boy’s and a girl’s team is a marked improvement for the Under 18’s and we hope that the experience of competing for their state at a national is event is something that they will all be very proud of. Kind Regards,

Sophie Maguire – WA Operations Manager

DATES FOR THE DIARY – 22nd September: 2012 X-Blades National Youth Championships th 28 September: All Affiliates ANX. 3 Due th th 5 – 7 October: Referee Workshop th 26 October: Super League Series Round 1 st 31 October: Awards of Excellence Nominations Close 19


THE WA SCOOP Western Tigers at the National Youth Championships Teams from across Australia will battle it out at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sporting Complex this September as they take part in the 2012 X-Blades National Youth Championships. Australia’s best up-andcoming talent, as well as four invitational teams from New Zealand, will compete in the event in the 18’s Boys and 18’s Girls divisions over four days, from Wednesday, 19 September until Saturday, 22 September 2012. The event will run in conjunction with the 2012 State of Origin Series, which will also be held at the complex on Friday, 21 September and Saturday, 22 September. For all the latest news and results stay tuned to the National Youth Championships website – The Western Tigers State under 18 teams have had their final training session and enjoyed a night of Uniform presentations on Wednesday the 12th of September. The night was for the players, coaches, managers and referees who will tour to the National Youth Championships in Port Macquarie. It was also a time for special guests, family and friends to join with the teams and acknowledge the hard work that has been put into their preparations and to wish them all the best for their games at the tournament. Touch Football WA’s State Operations Manager, Sophie Maguire, attended the night and thanked the parents in particular for making the commitment to the NYC tour and travelling sometimes great distances to get their child to training every week. These tasks do not go un-noticed and are essential to our junior teams being able to participate at National tournaments. State Referee Chairperson, Freda Black and State Council Executive member, Justin Parsons also shared some words of wisdom with the players and coaches of both teams and we thank them for attending the evening. In addition, Touch Football WA would like to thank the players from different Affiliates and referees who assisted with the preparations of the teams by way of practice games or refereeing practice games. Without your support the teams would not be as well prepared as they are now. With uniforms issued, training completed and players having done the hard work, we depart for Port Macquarie on Sunday 16th September to take on teams from all over Australia and New Zealand. We know the teams will represent WA with pride and honour and give it everything they have got and more. We are pleased to announce that the Western Tigers boys and girls 18's teams have made the long trip of from WA to Port Macquarie NSW for the 2012 National Youth Championships. After an easy first night, the teams hit the fields Tuesday morning for some warm up games with South Australia and the Northern Territory. It was then time for team photos and both teams decided that something a little bit different from the usual line up was in order. Flynn's Beach provided the perfect backdrop for our team photos this year and the sun even made an appearance. Good luck everyone! For all updates, including results and photos, please ‘LIKE’ us on Facebook or ‘FOLLOW’ us on Twitter

THE WA SCOOP Western Tigers NYC U18 Team List GIRLS















































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Leadership group – Boys – Jayden Love, Jayden Ngamanu, Joseph Ngawaka and Will Noa. Leadership group – Girls – Rheanna Quan, Tanisha Scorringe (VC) and Shanaaz Te Ahuru (C).

Metro South Development Conference Touch Football WA (TFWA) held the Metro South Development Conference (MSDC) on Saturday, 8 September. While the turnout didn’t meet expectations, we were still able to deliver some valuable sessions to those in attendance. A Level One Selectors course was delivered as well as seminars on SportingPulse, Finance and Affiliate Management. Those in attendance also had time with the WA Operations Manager, Sophie Maguire, to discuss any pressing items that were having on impact on their affiliate. Touch Football WA received some very positive feedback from those in attendance and we will be looking to conduct a full review of all five development conferences with a view to continually build and improve these in coming years. The first Selector course for some time was held at the MSDC and although the numbers were low, it is very pleasing to see more people considering this technical arm of our sport and realising its importance when selecting representative teams and talent identifying junior players. A Selector is yet another volunteer based role in our sport that is crucial to improving the standard of our sport. TFWA will be asking for Selector nominations for the coming State based events and we strongly recommend Affiliates to encourage members to become a Selector. Stay tuned for the next scheduled course date!

THE WA SCOOP Women in Sport Forum Touch Football Australia (TFA) was recently successful in obtaining a grant to implement and run a Women’s Leadership Program. Sophie Maguire was selected to attend from Western Australia and found the program to be extremely beneficial, providing practical guidance and information. The primary aim of the course was to empower the future women sports leaders within the organisation. Touch Football provides equal opportunities for participation, representation and exposure from the grassroots level to the elite level for athletes, officials, volunteers and throughout administration and management. This is a distinct difference to every other professional or large participant based sport in the Australian sports industry, where often the imbalances exist between genders. This is a distinct advantage, and one TFA recognises and wants to maintain through managing the sport in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Importantly as the sport has grown and professionalised its administration it has become increasingly vital that our employees possess the ability, skills and confidence to do their job well and succeed as sports administrators, managers and leaders. It is important we are developing and maintaining the empowerment of our future women sports leaders within the paid and volunteer areas of our organisation. With diversity in genders and the attraction of a large demographical membership base, inevitably conflict and managing change becomes difficult as the diverse backgrounds provide differences of opinion. Through providing education and a supportive program, it will build resilience and the necessary problem solving skills to build confidence and success in deal with these issues.

Super League Series Update The Super League Series is almost upon us with Team nominations closing on Friday the 21st of September. The first round also begins in just over a month on Friday the 26th of October at South Oval, Curtin University. There have been a few minor changes to the tournament that have been communicated to all affiliates. After reviewing the indicative team nomination forms submitted, Touch Football WA (TFWA) has decided to open nominations for a Mixed Open Division. Also, due to lack of indicative nominations for either senior division TFWA has decided to cancel these divisions in favour of a Senior Mixed Division.

Touch Trivia

Touch Football WA is also pleased to announce that the new online registration system for the 2012 Be Active Super League Series is now active. Once the official team nominations have been received all codes will be sent to the team managers, affiliate contact and referees where applicable. TFWA is confident the new system will be well received as the process has been designed specifically to save all participants valuable time and effort Full instructions regarding the online registration process are now available on the Super League Series website –

1) Which date is the Referee Workshop being held? 2) Who are the Coaches of our U18 Western Tigers Boy’s and Girl’s teams? 3) When is the first round of the 2012 Super League Series? 4) When and where is the Western Australian Beach Touch tournament? Answers can be found on our Sponsors page

THE WA SCOOP Community Coach Opportunity with Touch Football WA Looking to develop your coaching skills and practices? Enjoy coaching sport to children and seeing their achievements? Looking for the Thrill of a Lifetime? Would you like to work with a peak body organisation? Touch Football WA is looking for enthusiastic, professional, talented coaches to become Touch Football WA Community Coaches. This opportunity involves working with schools all around WA to develop the sport and deliver exciting new skills to a range of children. We are now seeking expressions of interest for Community Coaches. If you feel you have the best skills and acumen to be a positive influencing Touch Football Community Coach please don't hesitate to contact Touch Football WA’s Sport Development Coordinator Julian Middlemiss at Please send through a current CV that outlines your experience in sport and coaching and a Cover Letter outlining why you are the best person for the position. Alternatively If you would like to discuss this opportunity further please don't hesitate to call Julian Middlemiss on 0408 880 030.

Beach Touch comes to Perth Beach Touch is coming to Scarborough next month! The national Beach Touch Pro Tour will be making its way around to the west coast and will be at Scarborough Beach on Saturday 20 th October 2012. The event will cater to everyone - whether you want to be in the elite series contesting the national championships, or if you just want to show up on the day and enjoy the social elements of Beach Touch. There will be an after party for the event at one of the local pubs in Scarborough and all competitors will be welcome to attend. So if you want a great way to kick off your summer season of Touch, get down to the beach! Registrations are now open at the beach touch website:

Around the Grounds The Albany Touch Association summer competition will commence in October 2012. The competition is a social mixed competition with A and B grade teams playing on Wednesday nights at the North Albany Football Club. For further information and updates players should contact the committee via email or refer to the Albany Touch Football Association website Close to 100 juniors are participating in the Broome Touch Association annual AusTouch program. This is the 6th year Broome has run the 9 week program, and with 95 children registered and enjoying the program each week, the program is providing some clear stepping stone for the continued development of juniors in Broome. Sarah Highlands, Broome AusTouch Coordinator has assisted with the program over the past years as a leader, and has taken on the role this year of AusTouch Coordinator, “It’s a very rewarding role, being able to provide opportunities for these kids to develop in sport, watching them gain the skills of Touch, whilst having fun participating, Ms Highlands said. ‘It certainly can be challenging, organising close to 100 children each week, but also very rewarding and the long term benefits are fantastic for growth of Touch in Broome’, she said. Past years have seen an average of 80 - 150 kids participating in the program each year and Broome Touch are delighted with the continued interest in the youth programs. We are now seeing some of the youth who participated in the first program 6 years ago, moving in our Youth (13-17 y/old) programs provided, and is a clear indication the pathways we are providing for development are very successful. Broome Touch’s senior season has recently commenced with 22 teams in the competition this season, and expanding to four playing fields, and will run to the Grand Finals early December.

THE WA SCOOP ECU Touch Football is now taking nominations for Summer 2012/13, via the link on our website We are expecting continuing growth and will hopefully be at capacity for both our Wednesday night Men’s and Mixed divisions, so hurry if you don't want to miss out. The juniors are also kicking off in October on Saturday mornings. Lastly, we plan to enter a mixed team in the Super League and look forward to competing against other clubs.

Fremantle Rebels Touch Association welcomes all teams and individuals players to register for the upcoming Summer Touch season on Wednesday 3rd October 6.30-8pm in the Ken Allen Fields Clubrooms. Further details can be obtained from the website under the ‘Documents’ section. Mondays will be a mixed competition with 3 grades and it will be a great night to play touch with your friends or even your kids. New players are always welcome to the game. Wednesday nights will be the Men’s and Women’s competition which is always social but very competitive. Any questions please don't hesitate to email

Rosalie Touch Association has launched a new website with easier navigation for the user and easier updating access for the administrator. Check it out at The winter competition has finished with a great finals night so we now look forward to summer. The summer competition will start in late October and no more nominations can be accepted (subject to finding more referees). Our junior program kicks off this summer and we already have over 90 children registered! All details can be found on our website under "Junior Touch".

If you would like to keep the Touch WA Football community updated on your Affiliate please email with a short paragraph by the end of the month

In Issue 9, October 2012 we: Review the 2012 X-Blades National Youth Championships including how are very own Western Tigers fared and we preview the 2012 Be Active Super League Series

THE WA SCOOP Meet our Sponsors

Touch Trivia Answers 1) 2) 3) 4)

5th – 7th October Youssef Radwan and Chance Antonievic-Bunce 26 October, 2012 20 October at Scarborough Beach

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