SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH
In other WA news, Karratha claimed their sixth straight North West Championship title in the Touch Football outpost of Broome on the June long weekend. The Hedland Touch Association sent four teams to Broome, with their top side well prepared for the challenge of stealing the North West crown from Karratha, and it showed in results on Saturday that these two were shaping as the teams to beat during the tournament.Both teams won round games convincingly on the Saturday, while Tom Price 1 had a shock draw against Hedland 2, and Broome 1 scored twice in the dying stages against Karratha 2 to win 6-5. Meanwhile, Karratha 1 and Hedland 1 powered into Sunday with more strong wins.Karratha started the final with a flurry of touchdowns, and quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Men’s tournament MVP Naps Levi, and captain-coach Lincoln Tavo helped Hedland settle into the match, but the international experience of Brian Fitzroy, along with former NTL rep Tobie Burnnand and WA 18’s player Carolyn Levien. But it was to be Karratha’s day – 6-4 sealing their sixth straight North West Championship. In news out of WA, the Western Australia Board of Management met on the weekend and granted affiliate status to a new Touch Football Club, United Touch. The club is set to run in Perth on Friday nights, which is the only night not occupied by a club in the metro area. Excellent news! In the NRL tipping competition Kiwi Mongrel is proving hard to catch, maintaining his number one ranking, as is ‘jjj’ in the AFL ladder. With plenty of matches to go however, anything can happen! The South East Queensland Touch League kicked off last Friday night, with over 600 players set to take part in this year’s Mens and Womens Open competition. For the full wrap of the first night of competition, see the TFA website this afternoon. Socceroo fever is taking over and to follow the name trend, TFA are looking for suggestions for a team name for the sides heading to the World Cup in South Africa in 2007. Some suggestions have already been the Bilbies, Emus, Numbats, Wallaroos…if you think you have a better suggestion, send it to [email protected] The online survey for the Fox TV package is closing on Friday 17 June. To take part in the survey you’ll need to subscribe to the front page of the website or email [email protected] TFA will be releasing the survey for the final time tomorrow, so make sure you subscribe today if you want to take part. TFA is calling for Youth Coaches for the Australian Junior Teams, check out all the info in the following story: TFA CALLS FOR YOUTH COACHESAround 40 teams gathered in Townsville over the weekend for the North Queensland Touch Championships. Teams traveled from as far north as Weipa and Thursday Island, west to Mt Isa and south to Mackay. A full wrap will be available on the TFA website this afternoon. Welcome to the mid-week edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch, I’m sorry for the delay in this week’s news update, I’ve enjoyed a couple of days break but I’m back with a mountain of news in Touch from around Australia… The ACT and Victorian Touch sides are set to battle it out this Sunday at the NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Canberra Raiders game at Olympic Park. So make sure you’re there to see Touch take centre stage between 1:25pm and 1:55pm on Sunday June 18 at Olympic Park, it’s a great opportunity to promote our sport. Queensland Touch and Sandstorm Beach Club co-launched the Queensland Touch State of Origin Campaign and the Sandstorm Beach Touch competition last Friday. Olympic Gold Medalist Natalie Cook (Beach Volleyball) is also the director of Sandstorm and worked hard to promote the two events together with the Queensland Touch staff. For the full wrap of the day’s action and also the one on one interviews with Natalie Cook and Womens Open Captain Sharyn Williams, check out the TFA website this afternoon. Another new affiliate that recently kicked off in Victoria, Parkville Touch, are enjoying some good publicity on their first competition, To read the story printed in their local newspaper, click here: PARKVILLE TOUCH KICKS OFF ESUS Touch Shoes have started to sell with the National Training Squad set to be fitted at their upcoming camp. If you are interested in buying a pair of shoes you can call the TFA office on 1800 654 951 and you can visit the story on the ESUS shoes here: ESUS SHOES Wallsend Touch in NSW are holding a 25th Anniversary Ball for all past and present players, volunteers, referees and administrators. For all the details check out www.nswtouch.com.au To place an order for a copy of the NTL package shown on Fox Sports or the raw footage of the Mens, Womens or Mixed Open finals, just ring 1800 654 951 and speak to Rachel or email [email protected] The Fox Package is just $20, while the raw footage is $30. For players, coaches and referees the raw footage is great training material as it includes the commentary from the referees during the games. TFA are updating the AusTouch website which will be ready soon for viewing. It will be full of new information and resources for anyone interested in the AusTouch program.