A SET OF SIX – VOLUME THIRTY

first_imgTouch Football Australia brings you the latest edition of “A Set of Six” with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s “A Set of Six” – Volume Thirty.VICTORIA (VIC)Play # 1 VT Touch League Finals this weekendThe Inaugural season of the VT Touch League will culminate with Grand Final action this Saturday 1 December 2007.The venue for the VT League Finals series is Port Melbourne Soccer Club on Plummer St (Williamstown Rd). Canteen and Bar facilities are available, and entry is free. It’s an event not to be missed! Games start at 2.30pm.The Casey Cougars took out their first ever VT League License Championship after last week’s matches. The prestigious award is presented to the highest ranked team after both the Men’s and Women’s points from the regular season are combined. It was a close race, with the Bayside Vipers relying on the Women’s Casey side to lose in order to catch up, but it wasn’t to be. Good luck to all everyone in the finals this weekend.Results for final round of the VT League at Trinity Grammar Sports Oval last week:Men: Casey Cougars 6 d University 3; Bayside Vipers 9 d Melbourne City Lions 8Final placings:  1.Casey Cougars 2.University Blues 3.Bayside Vipers 4.Melbourne City LionsWomen: Bayside Vipers 7 d Melbourne City Lions 6; Casey 5 d University 4 (drop off)Final placings: 1.Bayside Vipers 2.Melbourne City Lions 3. Casey Cougars 4.University BluesOther Events: Mornington Touch Competition may be relocating to HMAS Cerberus in Hastings. The Hastings facilities are some of the best in the State, with the grass fields being watered during summer. There is also a strong possibility of more teams from the base entering the competition, leaving it up to the locals to challenge themselves against the Armed Forces. The competition runs on Wednesday evenings, and if you’re interested contact Lewis Tuck on 9206 6755 or at lewis.tuck@victouch.com.au.The Victorian Touch website: www.victouch.com.auSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play # 2Portavin Touch Wine 07 a huge successThe Portavin Wine 07 Touch Tournament fundraiser held on Sunday 25 November 2007 was an overwhelming success for the Hutt Street Centre.The Round Robin competition attracted 48 teams and raised valuable funds for the homeless in South Australia.2006 Finalists “Reschke Bulls” went one better in 2007 and claimed the title over defending champions and crowd favourites, “Off the Leash”.Despite the hot, dry conditions; players, referees, volunteers and the crowd enjoyed a great day of social Touch Football, with lunchtime entertainment including celebrity games featuring local AFL legend Mark Bickley’s team facing off against former Australian Opal Rachel Sporn’s team, and a Politicians combination against the Hutt Street Centre staff.There was Wine tasting and great music all afternoon from bands and artists including Peter Coombe.Touch Football South Australia worked with the Hutt Street Centre and numerous volunteers to provide a wonderful day of competition and entertainment for a fantastic cause.Other events: The first round of the 2007 Touch Football SA State League begins this Sunday, 2 Dec with the Women’s playing at 5:30pm at the Greenhill Rd Playing Fields.This season marks the 10th year of State League’s existence.Regions playing are Central Scorpions, Eastern Stingrays, Northern Vipers and South West Wolves.For More information please contact: Andy Crawford on (08) 8306 7503The Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auPlay: # 3NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Exciting clashes to headline Darwin Touch Competition Final RoundThe Last round of the Darwin Men’s and Women’s Open competition sees some exciting match-ups heading into the Finals Series.In the Men’s division, the undefeated “Dream Team” will be aiming to complete the perfect regular season this week with victory in their final round encounter against Crocs. The pressure will mount on the young side not to falter so close to the finish line when they come up against the experienced second placed Crocs out fit who will go all out to have a win heading into the finals in this major semi-final preview. Bundy Bears will be gunning for a victory over Honkers to secure third spot.Defending Premiers, Palmerston Bulls, down on key personnel again this week, will be looking to get their season back on track with a win over Incredibles before heading into the finals to defend their crown. The Women’s competition sees Palmerston Bulls and Scorpions heading into their last round games looking to prepare for a tight finals campaign. Palmerston go into their game against Divas as outright favourites, but will be giving the young side full respect with the Young Divas emerging as the wild cards of the competition. Scorpions head into their clash with Crocs expecting a hard fought game but should have the edge over their opponents.All About Us have the bye.Other news: Northern Territory Touch would like to remind all their members of the Annual General Meeting being conducted this weekend in Darwin on Saturday 1 December 2007.In conjunction with the Annual General Meeting, the Annual State Council meeting will also be held on the Saturday 1 December 2007.The Northern Territory website: www.touchnt.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play # 4WA Super League Round Five Wrap Round 5 of the WA Super League was prosperous for the Fremantle affiliate who earned maximum point from the fixtures hosted at the picturesque Tompkins Park. The Men’s team recorded their first win of the season defeating Rosalie 6-4. Jay Grieg and Derek Rakatau were the standout players for Freo in the win. The Freo ladies claimed their second scalp for the year, also defeating Rosalie 5-0. Rosalie was unable to breach Fremantle’s defence for the duration of the contest.Northern Women’s Open title assault continues to build momentum with a hard fought upset 3-2 victory over the previously undefeated Southern side.  After a slow start for the season, the sleeping giant has awoken.After the half way mark of the season, Southern leads the ladder in Women’s Open on 13 points followed by Northern on 12 points with Perth Brothers third on 10 points although Brothers do have a game in hand.Rosalie, Fremantle and Northern will be chasing Southern and Perth Brothers who are on top in Men’s Open with 14 points a piece. National Youth Squad member Jenaya Quan (10 votes) from Fremantle is leading 2007 Australian World Cup representative Shelley Matcham (8), and National 20 Years Mixed squad member Sharon Wong (7) from Southern in the Most Valuable Player voting. 2005/2006 MVP Armis Black (Brothers) is a clear leader in Men’s competition with 9 votes.The Super 6 and MVP voting will go behind closed doors for the remainder of the series. The recipients will be announced on Grand Final day at Brothers on Sunday, 20th January 2008.Other Events: Planning for the 2008 TouchWest Be Active Junior League is in full swing. This new competition is a club & school based league that will run on Saturday mornings throughout February & March. The TouchWest Be Active Junior League is a TouchWest tournament offering 12 & Under (Mixed), 15 & Under (Girls), and 15 & Under (Boys)Two competition venues will be administered during the season. A South competition at Curtin University, Bentley, and a North competition at McGillivray Oval UWA Sports Park, Mt. Claremont.Get a club or school team together soon & register for the first official junior competition in Perth!The Western Australian Touch Association website: www.touchwest.comQUEENSLAND (QLD)PLAY # 5First Contact Tournament A Huge SuccessThe highly popular First Contact Cultural Festival played at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Whites Hill Complex at Camp Hill produced a sensational mix of high quality Touch Football, great cross cultural exchanges, a variety of bands and entertainers, and a heartfelt show of Indigenous pride as over 5000 people flocked to the 14th Annual Festival that has become a regular fixture on the Queensland Touch Football calendar.  There were sprint races, the Annual Battle of the States between Invitational Indigenous New South Wales and Queensland Teams in Mixed, Men’s, and Schools divisions, as well as an Invitational International featuring an Australian Indigenous Team against a New Zealand Maori combination, and the battle for the $6000 first place prize money for the winners of the Mixed and Men’s Open Divisions. 43 Mixed Teams, 43 Men’s Open, 22 Schools Mixed, and 9 Schools Boys teams took to the fields over the weekend in search of the title and the prize money.Australian Men’s Open World Cup hero Drummayne Dayberg-Muir again proved his “money man” mettle by leading his team’s “That’s Da Paka” to victory in both the Men’s and Mixed Open finals.A television crew from National Indigenous TV was on hand to shoot the tournament and a big screen kept the crowds up to date on all the action from Field One.A whose who of Indigenous athletes attended the Festival with Nova Peris, Nathan Blacklock, Michael Peachey, Dean Widders, Preston Campbell, Sam Thaiday, PJ Marsh, and Patrick Johnson amongst the big name Indigenous stars to play in the event and lend their support to the showcase tournament.Indigenous 2007 Australian World Cup stars Phil Gyemore and Bo De La Cruz also played in the event, and TFA Director of Elite Programs Cathy Gray, and TFA National High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant were on hand to perform Talent Identification on National Indigenous squad candidates. Results for the 14th Annual First Contact Cultural Festival:Men’s Open Final – That’s Da Paka (9) def Galaxy (4)Mixed Open Final – That’s Da Paka (10) def Trakadigenez (6)Men’s Plate Final – Cairns Cobras (5) def Yuddenalis (4)Mixed Plate Final – Nova Unearthed (5) def Juss Blayze (3)Schools Mixed – Cultural Connection (6) def PCYC (3)Schools Men’s – Mulli Yung Guns (8) def Sandgate Young Guns (2)Other events: The first Queensland Touch State of Origin Camp will be conducted at the Caboolture Touch playing fields Petersen Road, Moray field this weekend the 1st and 2nd of December 2007.The Queensland Touch website: www.qldtouch.com.au AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)PLAY #6ACT Super League Finals this weekendThe ACT Touch Football Super League finals series will be conducted this Saturday 1 December 2007 from 12.00pm.Nine Rounds of regular  season competition have been completed and the top 3 will play finals on Saturday in Men’s and Women’s Open divisions.Other events: ACT Touch will be holding Level 1 Referees Courses on both 4 and 5 December 2007 at the ACTTA Offices, Deakin ACT. NTL Open Squads will be announced in early December. Check the ACT website in coming weeks.Enquiries to ACT Touch Association on (02) 6212 2880 or info@acttouch.com.auThe Australian Capital Territory website: www.acttouch.com.auThat’s it for this week’s edition of “a Set of Six”.Please be sure to check out each State’s website for all the latest information, news, and views in Touch Football from around the nation.last_img

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