FROM THE FISHBOWL Day 1 The 2005 ASICS NTL has had an outstanding start with some early favourites already emerging from the pack. The FISHBOWL has identified the Sharks, Mets and Cobra’s Women’s as early favourites with The Hornets likely to cause a few upsets. It’s too early to call at this stage but the fishbowl will make some bold predictions at the end of day 2. In the Men’s it appears to be the old foes Sharks, Mets, Scorpions and Cobras going hard at it, but the emergence of the Rustlers certainly has some astute tongues wagging. The Qld Cow cockies have traded well at the sales with some superb young steers making their mark in the top grade. Top shelf beef, some may say! Sharks mixed open have also dominated early proceedings with a real family flavour adding to the success of the team. The brothers Hipperson, Jeb and Tory have teamed up with their little sister Tiffeny and are having a ball. Add to this some excellent young players in Adam Falzon, Brad Davids and Amy Fong and they are sure to excite. The FISHBOWL is prepared to go out on a limb early and predict a Sharkies victory in the Mixed Open. Spectators have been treated to some entertaining touch with our junior players in the 20’s divisions really raising the razzle dazzle factor. Watching the men’s 20’s is akin to seeing gazelles sprinting and bounding on the National Geographic channel. These kids have more steps than Sydney Tower and more pace than the 11.40pm XPT to Coffs. This division is so wide open that it would be silly to name even the rough chances. If the boys are National Geographic then the girls surely are the Fashion Channel. Aside from their fantastic ability to play our game, many must have a uni degree in accessorising and makeup. The FISHBOWL was taken back to the 70’s with some huge sunnies and headbands appearing frequently around the grounds. Here it would appear that the Sharks, Mets and Cobras are the big 3 to beat. Play of the Day goes to the spectator that found a crisp $20 note and handed it to the FISHBOWL. This type of honesty will always be rewarded. Rumour of the Day has to be that a certain ATA Event Manager, No names here, stopped a game after only 7 minutes because he thought he heard the timer beeping. The quick thinking but very embarrassed gentleman remedied the situation with aplomb and minimal damage. It’s hard to get good help in the FISHBOWL folks. Keep an eye on the FISHBOWL reports daily for the more obscure stories from the NTL. **Adam Collins and Kane Weeks are not only controlling the tournament from the ‘Fishbowl’ (tournament control box) but are entertaining the crowd at the same time. Great work boys. The 2005 Asics National Touch League Sporting Pulse website contains the final draws, results and also statistics such as touchdown scorers. Please use the following link: 2005 NATIONAL TOUCH LEAGUE DRAWS & RESULTS All feature articles will be placed on the www.austouch.com.au homepage and also on the above Sporting Pulse page as often as possible.
Be sure to check out the new layout for the online TFA Merchandise Shop which includes some new items such as the 2006 State of Origin DVD and the Thompson’s Touch Almanac.Also look out for the new official and casual KooGa range of clothing and accessories in the up and coming weeks.To enter please click on the TFA Merchandise link on the left bar.
Day Two was moving day at the NSWTA State Cup with Men’s and Women’s scrambling for the all important finals positions.In the Men’s Open, Wests have swept before them with five wins from five games. Coach Tony Trad is confident about this tournament but they will have to be on their best as they cross over and face the other teams from the Pool of Death.Penrith finished first in the other pool with a draw with Hornsby their only blemish. Time will tell if the young boys from the foot of the mountain can stand up on its biggest stage.Canterbury finished second and like a good horse is well position to make a sprint for the post. They seem set to met Wests in the semi-final which will be an epic game. Hornsby finished third and will have to beat Easts to progress to the semi-finals where they are likely to face Penrith. In the Women’s, Easts have come through the heavy preliminary workload in the best position. Wollongong have been in good form but it should be another year before they make the final with Easts favoured to meet Canterbury in the big onme who play Wests in the other semi.Further results can be found from the NSWTA State Cup website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=856&pID=14
The high performance weekend held at the new State Athletics Stadium saw an opportunity for Coaches, Players and Referees to join forces to further develop Touch Football at an Elite Level.There were a number of gentlemen that made the trip west to help and educate those members of the touch community that were able to attend. The specials guests included National High Performance Manager Wayne Grant, Australian 18 Girls Coach Peter Bell and newly retired Australian Captain Garry Sonda.For the coaches it gave them the opportunity to begin to upgrade from a level 1 to level 2 and then learn the new plans and practices that Australian teams are now using. The course was hands on and gave them an opportunity to see the men coaching in real life, and the techniques that are now being employed.For the players and referees on Saturday they were lucky enough to have fitness trainer Jeff Carter from Body Tech in attendance to give them a “warm up” into a real fitness session, and the fitness level they should be at before going on tour. And on Sunday the 15’s and 18’s along with a number of open representatives were able to participate in games and be coached by some of the best.WA Sport Program Coordinator Karon Boston:“We hope this event can become a permanent fixture on the Touch Football Calendar. The weekend was extremely worthwhile and thanks go to all those members of the touch community who were able to attend. Thanks also to those presenters and guests who attended”.TouchWest must thank a nuber of people for their attendance and participation they include: TFA Chairman Mike Rush, CEO Colm Maguire, Wayne Grant, Peter Bell, Garry Sonda, Henry Dos Santos, Freda Black and Jeff Carter. TouchWest would also like to make special mention to Karon Boston for her weeks of work to make this weekend possible.Related Filesmedia_release_hp_weekend-pdf
By BEN HARRISThere is more to the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League than winning the title.Spots in state and national representative teams are also up for grabs.For Touch NSW general manager Dean Russell, the NTLs and its showpiece event, the Elite Eight Series, is a chance for NSW to reinforce their dominance over the rest of the states, in particular Queensland.At the State of Origin Series last September, the Maroons and Blues went head-to-head in a thrilling three-game series across 13 divisions.NSW won the overall series seven divisions to six but Queensland had the last laugh.The Maroons won two of the three opens divisions – the men’s and women’s – two games to one.It left a bad taste in the Blues’ camp, a taste that won’t go away until the two states meet again next year.“To be honest we were pleased to get the win but we weren’t happy with the way we performed as a state,” Russell said.“We have now reviewed that, we will be looking at putting together stronger teams again next year and this Elite Eight process is part of that.”Four teams in the Elite Eight Series are from NSW, while three are from Queensland and a combined side featuring players from outside of those states called the Alliance.NSW teams won the inaugural biennial series in both the men’s and women’s opens divisions in 2011.Russell is hoping history can repeat itself.“It is the best of the players in NSW who are available. Unfortunately not all of our players are available this year but we still have a great calibre of players here,” he said.“Both in the men’s and women’s categories we will be looking at both the Mets teams and the Country Mavericks teams. They are both pretty solid and have strong players, they have some excellent attacking and defensive options both ends of the field. “In the women’s, don’t be surprised if the NSW Scorpions cause a few upsets along the way, they have a really strong line-up of up and coming players and the Rebels teams are both development teams.”You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksState versus state