LAST MINUTE CHANCE

first_imgTwo days ago Megan Campbell was on her way to Melbourne to watch the world’s best tennis players battle it out for the Australian Open. Today Megan marched, cloaked in green and gold in the Opening Ceremony of the Youth World Cup and will begin her campaign for World Cup glory as part of the Australian 18’s Women’s side this afternoon. How life can change in two days. Before this tournament, Megan had only played at National Touch League level in the Sydney Scorpions Womens Open team. She gained selection in the Womens 18’s and 20’s squads for the Youth World Cup and for NSW in the State of Origin 2004 series. Prior to her round one game today Megan had only two 45- minute training sessions with her team, but says fitting in with them on and off the field has not been a problem. “All the girls were really welcoming and really nice about me coming into the team late, they were all glad it wasn’t them,” said Megan. Even though Megan has entered the team late, she is still very proud to be playing touch at this level and representing her country. “It’s such an honor to play for Australia, I’m having heaps of fun, and it’s great to be able to interact with Touch players from all around the world,” said Megan. Andrew Knox was at Barbarians training in Western Australia just about to pass the ball when his phone rang….and it wasn’t his mum. The voice on the end of the line was Australia’s Elite programs Director, Cathy Gray asking him if he could fly to the Sunshine Coast to represent Australia in the Men’s 20’s teams at the Youth World Cup. Barbarians training and NTL’s quickly became the last thing on Andrew’s mind as he rushed home to organise time off work and flights to the Sunshine Coast. “I was pretty disappointed to not make the team originally, so I was stoked when I got the call that they needed me in the team,” said Andrew. This is Andrew’s debut at an international tournament, the highest level he has previously played being Men’s Opens for Barbarians at NTL’s. Fitting into his team on and off the field has not been a problem for Andrew either. “They’re all top blokes so it was easy to come into the team, but it did take a while to learn all their names in one day,” said Andrew. Andrew is proud to represent his country at the 2005 Youth World Cup, and feels extra privileged to be in an Australian team. “It’s great, it’s definitely not something that happens everyday,” said Andrew. By Lisa Plummerlast_img read more

2008 X BLADES NTL BEST OF ENEMIES ALL IN THE FAMILY

first_imgRelated Filesbest_of_enemies_feature___2-pdf The 2008 X Blades National Touch League to be contested in March 2008 at the BCU International Stadium in Coffs Harbour has been themed “The Best of Enemies”.The showcase event on the TFA calendar unites players, coaches, selectors, referees, officials, and supporters from across the Country in Coffs Harbour for the Annual Touchfest that will, for the first time in the 11 year history of the event, see the Open and Senior tournaments overlapping. “Catching up in Coffs” has become a tradition for Australia’s Touch Football community and some great on field rivalries have emerged over time that have transcended the boundaries of combat into firm friendships, epitomizing the best ideals of sport.Touch Football Australia National Media Coordinator Karley Banks continues the second installment in a three week series focusing on the “Best of Enemies” rivalry between the South Queensland Sharks and the Sydney Mets, two of the sport’s big gun franchises in the three premier Open divisions of Women’s, Men’s, and Mixed.This week the highly competitive Men’s Open “Best of Enemies” feature looks at the sibling rivalry between the Jones brothers Nathan (Sharks) and Aaron (Mets) and Australian Men’s open superstars Ben Robinson (Sharks) and Jason Stanton (Mets).Please click onto the below attachment for the full story.last_img read more

The Masters of Touch

first_imgThis interview is the last in a seven part series taken during the 2010 Masters Trans Tasman Test Series held in Townsville from Friday, 11 to Sunday, 13 June.  In this interview we speak with Gavin Shuker.To view the video please follow the link http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=865 or locate ‘MyTouch TV’ on the Touch Football Australia homepage www.austouch.com.aulast_img