first_img* The 2005 Asics National Touch League for the Opens and 20’s has been played and won, and the general word around town is that it was a big success. With great matches, close finals, upsets here and there, generally alright weather and no judiciary’s it was one to remember. * Yesterday (Tuesday) was the transition day between the Opens and 20’s tournament and the Seniors, with the younger ones recovering enough to board planes or buses for the drive home (I don’t envy the flight attendants or the bus drivers), while the Senior rocked into town and ventured down to the fields for a training run or for the Managers meetings. * From all reports the party night at the Greenhouse Tavern for the Opens and 20’s was awesome, with Traddy (Tony Trad, Aussie Mens Open Coach) and his band `Xparte’ rocking the Greenhouse and bringing in the crowd. The Touch crowd certainly knows how to party and Traddy and Xparte will be looking forward to another big night at the Greenhouse as the Seniors come to town. * Well, yesterday was our `break day’ in Coffs Harbour, so we slept in until 7:30am (when you’ve been getting up at 6am each day, 7:30am is a sleep in), had breakfast as group, all the tournament staff hitting a great restaurant on the foreshore, before spending our `break day’ squeezing a little bit of shopping between field set ups, computer work, registration sheets and two managers meetings. Gotta love the whole concept of a `break day’. * The players and spectators at the 2005 Seniors NTL observed a minutes silence before the kick off today to pay respects for Dave Jackson and Keith Sambo, both South Queensland Sharks representatives, who have passed away in recent months. Dave was a former Australian Senior representative and Keith, an Aboriginal liaison Officer, who worked tirelessly to help develop Touch in the Northern Territory. * For the Seniors it’s not just an NTL title on the line, but also selection for the 2005 All Nations Championships in New Zealand. * The 2005 Asics NTL Opens and 20 Years competition has obviously finished and here are the top scorers for each division: Mens Open: Joel Willoughby (Southern Suns) 12 Shane Duell (Cobras) 10 Michael Rogers (Cobras) 9 Shannon Hough (Sharks) 9 Womens Open: Rachael Holdern (Suns) 13 Brooke O’Brien (Cyclones) 10 Renee Wright (Cyclones) 9 Sharyn Williams (Sharks) 9 Sarah Spacie (Cobras) 9 Mixed Open: Aaron Jones (Mets) 12 Hayley McDonald (Mets) 10 Megan Smee (Mets) 10 Russell Cox (Scorpions) 9 Adam Fahim (Scorpions) 9 Mens 20 Years: Gian Guerra (Cyclones) 10 Alyd Owen (Suns) 9 Anthony Cowan (Eagles) 8 Scott Buckley (Mets) 8 Womens 20 Years Alyce Hulbert (Sharks) 14 Kristy Brennan (Sharks) 10 Sarah Hopkins (Hornets) 10 Ali Briginshaw (Cobras) 9 * Congratulations also to the Player of the Finals and Player of the Series winners: Womens 20’s: Player of Final- Melissa Tyack (Sharks) Player of Series- Jarah Jennings (ACT) Mens 20’s: Player of Final- Scott Naughton (Southern Suns) Player of the series- Ricky Morris (Northern Eagles) Mixed Open: Player of the Final- Tony El Takchi (Mets) and Megan Smee (Mets) Player of the Series- Riki Best (Sharks) Amy Fong (Sharks) Womens Open: Player of the Final- Louise Winchester (Mets) Player of the Series- Sharyn Williams (Sharks) Mens Open: Craig Pierce Medal for the Player of the Final- Ben Robinson (Sharks) Player of the Series- Drummayne Dayberg (Sharks) A big congratulations to the South Queensland Sharks, who not only claimed the Womens 20’s and Mens Open title but six of the twelve awards on offer here! The chase is on for the other Permits in the race for overall Champion. Make sure you keep an eye on the Seniors results for the 2005 Champion Permit. * ATA would like to send a special good luck wish out to Peter Topp (ATA National Technical Manager and Deputy CEO, and also Bill Ker, retiring CEO, who are on the team list for the ACT over 45’s. We’re all hoping you can struggle through that old injury Toppy and that the ACT Mens need to call Bill off the bench to play.) * Finally, in the last of the NTL news, if you’re keen to promote your teams results/achievements at the NTL through your local newspapers, please contact Rachel Moyle at [email protected] she can organise media releases and photographs to be sent to these media outlets. In other non-NTL related news… * A new Sports website has been launched with Touch getting a gig! Sports News www.sportsnews.com.au is aiming to provide all the latest news and stories from the sports world. Rachel Moyle has been given the opportunity to write a fortnightly piece on the world of Touch and the first one is up on the site! It’s an introduction to the Touch Footy scene for all those keen on sport, so make sure you check it out. Simply go to the above mentioned website and click on the Touch feature story on the right hand side of the page. * The NSWTA will be holding their referee grading night on Saturday April 30th. Make sure you check the NSW Touch website for all the information. www.nswtouch.com.au * The Queensland Touch Association will be holding their Country Cup on April 3rd, check out their website for all the tournament information. www.qldtouch.com.au * The deadline for applications for the Victorian Team Titles has been extended, check out the Victorian Touch website for all the info www.victouch.com.au * The TouchWest 2005 Be Active State Championships has been dominated by Brothers, who took out both the Mens and Mixed Open competitions. Southern repeated their Super League efforts in winning the Womens Open. The Northern Men lived up to their dark horse tag and joined their Womens team in the Open Finals. For all the info see www.touchwest.com By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img

TFA World Cup Referee Squad

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) would like to congratulate the following referees on their selection in the TFA World Cup Referee Squad for the 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup:Nicholas Altin David Baggio Victor Baptista Robert Bowen David Brown Nathan Budge Scott Campbell Damien Carlson Annabelle ConnollyAdam Cooper Brett Freshwater John Frost Indra GarnerWilliam Greatbatch Samantha Hacon Luke HeckendorfMack Hoverman Renee Janes Peter Jones Mark Kelly Christopher Knott Michael LandsbergMatthew Lavery Dale Lawrence Giancarlo Leung Phillip Lowe Scott MarshJo Mason Richard McIllroyLuke McKenzieBarry McNamaraSally MelzerPeter MillingtonBen MortonMarcus MullerChristopher MurrayVictor NaumovskiBeau NewellBernard O’DonohueJustin ParsonsTimothy PearsonMatthew PrendergastChristopher SchwerdtAaron SearstonAmanda SingleKim Skelly William SladeAnthony SmithBradley SmithJames SteinbergPaul SullivanJohn TaylorGregory TaylorPaul TesorieroTerri ThomasAnton Van RensburgJosh VernonAdam VickeryRebecca WardMichael WattDenise WeierAlex WongRelated Filestfa_world_cup_referee_squad_announcement-pdfRelated LinksWorld Cup Ref Squadlast_img read more

a month agoClub Brugge keeper Mignolet: The hard option was leaving Liverpool

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Club Brugge keeper Mignolet: The hard option was leaving Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSimon Mignolet says he took the hard option leaving Liverpool.The Belgium international joined Club Brugge this summer after getting fed-up serving as back-up to Alisson.And he says staying and earning his wages at Anfield would have been the easy option.He said: “However, that was the easy option: seeing out remaining two years [of my contract] at Liverpool, making good money at a top European club and being a free agent the age of 33.”But another two years on the bench, that wasn’t in me.”I have been at the end of my patience for the past six or seven months.”The minutes I have already enjoyed with Club Brugge, the qualification against Kiev and Linz, I have not felt that in the last two years.” last_img read more

a month agoBournemouth boss Howe: We’re trying to reach level of Southampton

first_imgBournemouth boss Howe: We’re trying to reach level of Southamptonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe says they’re trying to reach the level of Southampton.The Cherries meet Saints on Friday night.Howe said, “Southampton have always traditionally always produced their own players, their academy has always been so important to them, you see the amount of players they bring through.”That’s something we’re trying to improve on – and of course the infrastructure here – the training ground, the stadium.”We definitely want to improve on them and get closer to their level.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 days agoAC Milan goalkeeper Reina: Pioli a real football man

first_imgAC Milan goalkeeper Reina: Pioli a real football manby Carlos Volcano10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan goalkeeper Pepe Reina has welcomed the appointment of new coach Stefano Pioli.Milan lost four of their first seven Serie A games before the sacking of Marco Giampaolo.“For us, it was a particularly difficult start to the season. The second part will be more positive for Milan,” the goalkeeper told ANSA.“Pioli will bring positivity and tranquility. We must work and get to grips with his ideas quickly so we can be ready as soon as possible to face our next few matches.“He’s a football man who has a lot of experience in Serie A, someone who knows Italian football very well.“In all of us, there’s the desire for redemption and to do better from now on. So far we haven’t lived up to expectations and we also hope to improve quickly for the fans.“I’m always optimistic. Our objective must be to win every game. After that, we’ll take stock in May.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: ‘Disappointed Michigan Fan’ Presented Mark Dantonio With ‘Play Of The Season’ Award

first_imgMichigan Wolverines fans look on during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 27: Michigan Wolverines fans look on during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on September 27, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan fan Chris Baldwin has become a household name – simply for his reaction to the Wolverines’ last-second loss to Michigan State earlier this year. Last week, he was back on television, commiserating with fellow UM fans.ESPN, during it’s College Football Awards show, actually had Baldwin present the “Best Play of the Year” award to MSU head coach Mark Dantonio. Jalen Watts-Jackson, the player who scored the game-winner for the Spartans, shared a cool photo of the moment on Facebook. At last night’s ESPN Awards. Glad they flew Chris Baldwin out for the show from Ann Arbor. He’s a good sport.Posted by Jalen Watts-Jackson on Friday, December 11, 2015In the end, the play wound up getting Michigan State into the playoff. It also might have knocked both Michigan and Ohio State out.[mlive.com]last_img read more

SM Line to Enter the Market with Six Services

first_imgzoom South Korea’s newly established SM Line is making a bold entry into the container shipping trades with an initial suite of six services covering the North East Asia – South East Asia, Far East – India and Transpacific routes, Alphaliner informed.The company, which was incorporated on December 15, 2016 with a capital base of KRW 37 billion (USD 33 million), is scheduled to launch the new services successively over the months of March and April 2017.SM Line will operate an initial fleet of 11 ships of 1,100-6,600 TEU, six owned and five chartered units, which feature a total capacity of 41,381 TEU.This will place SM Line as the 37th largest container carrier in the world, according to Alphaliner’s carrier rankings.The company has acquired 12 containerships of 1,100-6,600 TEU, eight of which are intended for deployment on the carrier’s own services, including as replacements for chartered ships, while the remaining units are expected to be chartered out.SM Line will operate independently on its core services, covering the East Asia and Far East-US West Coast routes, while the shipping line will rely on slot charters from other carriers only on the Far East – India routes.last_img read more

Movie star Jane Fonda says majority getting hotter and sicker

first_imgAPTN National NewsHollywood movie star Jane Fonda was in Vancouver over the weekend to lend her voice against expansion of the tar sands in Alberta drilling in the Arctic.As APTN’s Tina House reports, this isn’t the first time the movie veteran has taken on causes to side with Indigenous people.last_img