Talking Touch – October

first_imgThere was plenty of media coverage of Touch Football in the month of October, including many stories about upcoming summer competitions and several features on some up-and-coming junior talent.To view the stories, please click on the links below. Barossa Touch FootyLooking for a sport that will allow you to play with your partner and children? Or looking to fill the football void now the winter season has finished? Then sign up for the touch football season. http://www.barossaherald.com.au/story/1826945/barossa-touch-footy/?cs=12 Moore brothers represent Queensland in Touch Football Brothers Damon, Blake and Aaron are all representing Queensland for touch football – what more could you want?http://www.centraltelegraph.com.au/news/three-moores-for-the-road-brothers-with-midas-touc/2040333/Touch Football games a hit for Cerebral Palsy allianceMore than 300 people turned out last month to help the Cerebral Palsy Alliance raise vital funds for the local community.http://www.newcastlestar.com.au/story/1844284/touch-footy-games-a-hit-for-cerebral-palsy-alliance-supporters/?cs=1787Touch downMuswellbrook’s Paul Benkovic has endorsed the affiliation of the National Rugby League (NRL) and Touch Football Australia (TFA), declaring it was a positive move for the sport.http://www.huntervalleynews.net.au/story/1842354/touch-down/?cs=12Touch Football numbers skyrocket as future mudcrabs take aimThe Mudgee junior touch football competition has begun for the summer and the number of registered players have gone through the roof.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/1857536/touch-football-numbers-skyrocket-as-future-mudcrabs-take-aim/ Grenfell Touch Football UpdateAfter a Touch Football meeting last week, it was decided that Touch Football will go ahead for a summer/autumn 2013/2014 competition.http://www.grenfellrecord.com.au/story/1864946/grenfell-touch-football-update/?cs=12 Schools Battle for DEX Touch Football TrophyFour local high schools will contest The Daily Examiner Touch Trophy at Yamba Touch Fields this afternoon.http://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/news/schools-battle-for-dex-touch-football-trophy/2065899/ Sun shines on Goulburn TouchGoulburn Touch Football’s on a roll. The sporting body last month received the thumbs up to host junior regional titles in April of next year.http://www.goulburnpost.com.au/story/1865066/sun-shines-on-goulburn-touch/?cs=12 Touch girls take to the fieldThe touch football is off and running with the opening games of the ladies competition being played at Nicholson Park on Wednesday evening.http://www.cootamundraherald.com.au/story/1864885/touch-girls-take-to-the-field/?cs=12 Men’s Touch off to strong startWith the women’s touch football season beginning last Wednesday, the men were not far behind, starting the following night at Nicholson Park.http://www.cootamundraherald.com.au/story/1869236/mens-touch-off-to-strong-start/?cs=582 Touch Footy Sign Up SuccessThe Bombala Touch Football Association Sign Up Day was a huge success on Sunday, with both a Men’s Competition and Mixed Competition established for this Thursday and Friday evenings respectively.http://www.bombalatimes.com.au/story/1842284/touch-footy-sign-up-success/?cs=12 Smooth skills at social touchTouch Football continued on Monday night with some great skills on display from all teams.http://www.whitsundaytimes.com.au/news/smooth-skills-at-social-touch/2053422/ State title surprise for TobyNever in his wildest dreams did Toby Cooper think he would be selected to play with the Hunter boy’s touch football side let alone go on to take out the state championships with the team earlier this year. http://www.greatlakesadvocate.com.au/story/1827675/state-title-surprise-for-toby/?cs=445 Moree East Touch Footballers into final eight in the stateMoree East Public School participated in the all-schools touch football competition in Moree yesterday with the youngsters overpowering Tamworth South 7-2.http://www.moreechampion.com.au/story/1841578/moree-east-touch-footballers-into-final-eight-in-the-state/?cs=12 A lifetime on the ball for Miller For 40 years Barry Miller has dusted off the footy boots and braved the hot summer nights to play in the Armidale touch football competition.http://www.armidaleexpress.com.au/story/1842755/a-lifetime-on-the-ball-for-miller/?cs=12 Administrator of the YearDarrin Lewis, president of the Wingham Touch Association, has been named the NSW Touch Northern Eagles Administrator of the Year at the annual NSW Touch Blues Awards.http://www.winghamchronicle.com.au/story/1872226/administrator-of-the-year/?cs=1677 On the mark to make an impactTouch football players learnt from the best when Australian representative Aaron Jones visited town.http://www.armidaleexpress.com.au/story/1873120/on-the-mark-to-make-an-impact/?cs=12 Ducks recall glory daysChronicle (Toowoomba), 24/10/2013It’s been more than a decade since the South African Running Ducks rampaged across Australia’s touch football fields, but team members had the opportunity to relive some of those memories in Toowoomba last weekend.About 30 players gathered to recall some past Duck glories while also commemorating the 10th anniversary of the death of their former star player and Australian rep Craig Pierce.Pierce – an Australian Touch Association Hall of Fame member – died of a brain tumour at only 33 years of age.The Running Ducks, as they were named “over a few beers one night”, was a mixed team of men and women players mainly from the Drayton Sharks club in the Toowoomba competition.The Ducks had a strong Pierce influence with Craig’s brother Scott in the side while their mother Heather was team coach and father Brian their manager.The team was formed in 1987 and went on to win five Australian Club Championships.The Ducks were also winners of the Australian Bicentennial and Lismore Bicentennial tournaments in 1988.Last weekend’s reunion included a social match against an invitational team and dinner at Toowoomba Golf Club.Scott said the unique bond formed between team members proved to be the Ducks secret on-field weapon.A number of the players went on to join up in marriage.“When we formed in 1987 the team was all from Sharks with a few imports including Adrian Lam,” Scott said.“We came up against some very good teams from places like Sydney.“But I think our secret was the men and women gelled so well as a unit. We loved going to carnivals together and we were like one big family.”A touch of talent from junior sportNewcastle Herald, The (includes the Central Coast Herald), 24/10/2013Steven Dengate, who is in year 6 at St James Muswellbrook, has excelled in the tough sport of touch football, making his way to the state touch football competition in Coffs Harbour this year.To get to state touch, he had to go through four levels of competition: school, regional, diocesan and Polding, playing more than 50 games.On his first day at state, he played six games and won them all. On his second day, he played five, winning four and drawing one. On his third and final day, he played three games, with one successful but two unsuccessful.Steven said his favourite game was when he competed against Riverina and won 11-1.Steven has spent 11 days over three terms playing touch football, as well as many weeks of training.”I am very proud of my achievements and it is impossible to describe how I feel,” Steven said.In the three days at State touch, Steven scored 14 tries while playing in the middle of the field.His mother Jane was filled with pride and joy as she watched her son play through all levels, and when he did not make it past state level she was not disappointed because of how far he had already progressed.Steven hopes that next year he can go even further.If you see a story from your local area that you’d like to see on the Touch Football Australia website, please email media@austouch.com.au.Related Filesthe_cairns_post_-_16_oct_2013_-_page__47-pdftownsville_bulletin_smartedition_-_townsville_bulletin_-_23_oct_2013_-_p-pdfRelated LinksTalking Touchlast_img

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