Carlos Tevez Tevez hoping for Argentina World Cup spot after Boca return Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 04:04 1/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Boca Juniors Shanghai Shenhua Superliga CSL A place in Argentina’s World Cup squad for the 2018 World Cup is a top target for the Boca Juniors star Carlos Tevez has targeted a World Cup place with Argentina after completing his protracted return to boyhood club Boca Juniors.Tevez was released from his Shanghai Shenhua contract on Saturday, even though his deal with the Chinese Super League (CSL) side had a year to run.The 33-year-old struggled to settle in Asia after ending his second Boca spell in December 2016 and reportedly becoming the world’s best-paid player, scoring only four goals in the 2017 CSL and being left out of the squad for the Chinese FA Cup final amid complaints over his work ethic. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A delighted Tevez is back at La Bombonera and has set his sights on earning an Argentina recall, having not played for the national team since 2015, although Jorge Sampaoli can call upon a raft of high-class forwards including Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Mauro Icardi.”I haven’t got many years left of football and to be in a World Cup, for a player of my age it would something beautiful and it would be a sign of recognition too,” Tevez said of his Russia hopes when he was presented to the media on Tuesday. El presidente Daniel Angelici junto a Carlos Tevez y @emmamasok . pic.twitter.com/epw7VlcGoy — Boca Jrs. Oficial (@BocaJrsOficial) January 9, 2018 Tevez won the Copa Libertadores with Boca in 2003 at the start of his career, but the club – who also presented Argentina international Emmanuel Mas on Tuesday – have not claimed the title since 2007.”We all know the responsibility of playing in the Copa Libertadores,” added Tevez.”As the years go by it’s getting more difficult for us. Now is the moment to try and take this weight off our shoulders and win it, which is what all of us want.”I am here for this too, to give my best in order to reach the dream of the seventh Copa Libertadores for Boca Juniors.”I missed the adrenaline before playing. The feeling of this tickle when you are about to go in the pitch, the people… When you’re in the tunnel of La Bombonera the emotion and adrenaline goes over your all body. That is what I missed the most.”
Transfers Aubameyang returns to Dortmund line-up amid Arsenal talks Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:40 1/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Borussia Dortmund v Freiburg Freiburg Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga African All Stars The two clubs still do not see eye to eye over the striker’s value, and he will make his first official appearance of 2018 against Freiburg Borussia Dortmund have recalled Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the starting XI amid talks with Arsenal over the striker’s sale.Aubameyang has become the Gunners’ top transfer target following the sale of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United. With fellow Dortmund favourite Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving to the Emirates Stadium as part of that deal Arsenal are keen to add another forward-thinking player who has shined at Signal Iduna Park. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The club has already agreed personal terms with Aubameyang, but they have found Dortmund a trickier prospect as talks have dragged on over the fee BVB hope to receive for their star. Now, the Bundesliga side has included the player in their starting line-up as they take on Freiburg in Saturday’s clash. The decision marks a turnaround for Dortmund, who left Aubameyang out of their last Bundesliga clash, a draw against Hertha Berlin last Friday. Goal understands that Arsenal have so far seen two approaches for the Gabon international rejected. Dortmund are holding out for €70m but could compromise on a deal worth €65m if negotiations continue to drag, while Arsenal have to date filed bids worth €50 million and €58m.BVB: Bürki, Sancho, Sahin, Toljan, Aubameyang, Pulisic, Kagawa, Sokratis, Piszczek, Castro, Toprak #bvbscf pic.twitter.com/fwl6Tz73hX— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) 27 de enero de 2018Speaking on Friday, Arsene Wenger admitted that an agreement between the two clubs was some way off: “I cannot tell you more. We have nothing to announce. At the moment, we stay where we are.“We keep our players. We have added Mkhitaryan and lost Sanchez. Will anything else happen? At the moment, I don’t know.“It is far from close. It is possible we will recruit someone else but I won’t give you a name.”Aubameyang has scored an impressive 21 goals in 23 games so far this season in all competitions, but Saturday will mark his first game of 2018 in the midst of doubt over his future.
World Cup Portugal privileged to have hat-tick hero Ronaldo, says Pepe Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 10:43 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal v Morocco Morocco Portugal The Real Madrid star’s hat-trick against Spain came as no surprise to his international and former club team-mate Portugal defender Pepe labelled it a “privilege” for the nation to have a player like Cristiano Ronaldo, saying the star’s start to the World Cup came as no surprise.Ronaldo stole the show early at the showpiece event in Russia, scoring a hat-trick to lead his side to a 3-3 draw against Spain Friday .But that display, capped with a stunning 88th-minute free-kick for the equaliser, was unsurprising to Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid team-mate Pepe. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “To me, it’s nothing new,” he said Tuesday.”We had a fantastic match and it was very important the fact that he’s so humble on the pitch and working to help the team.”We are very happy with him and his performance and the performance of the other players. We work with a single goal – to honour our country and our shirt.”Ronaldo’s hat-trick saw him move onto 84 international goals , level with Ferenc Puskas for the most by a European.Pepe, whose team face Morocco Wednesday, said it was an honour to play alongside Ronaldo.”He’s very happy to be with us and he’s full of confidence every day, in every match,” he said.”It’s a privilege for us, Portugal, to have a player like Cristiano Ronaldo.”Portugal and Spain sit level second place in Group B after the first matchday, with Iran atop the group after beating Morocco in their opener.
To view the stories, please click on the following links:Home Defence For Our Touch FootballersIt was an unexpected surprise for Jacqui Simspon and her Maitland Redbacks squad in 2010.They travelled to Parkes and took out the regional championships with victory in the open women’s division. http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/news/local/sport/other/home-defence-for-our-touch-footballers/2338606.aspx?storypage=0 Touch of ClassMaitland has claimed a regional championship crown on home turf courtesy of the Redbacks’ senior mixed team. The Redbacks defeated Newcastle 3-1 in yesterday’s decider at Maitland Park, leading from start to finish in a thrilling touch football encounter.http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/news/local/sport/other/touch-of-class/2340664.aspx?storypage=0 Side With A Touch Of ClassWhen Collaroy’s Sam Donlan joined a rookie Touch Football side this season nobody was expecting miracles.But the Manly Warringah division one women’s touch football team has defied the odds to be one game away from playing in a grand final.http://manly-daily.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/side-with-a-touch-of-class/ Star Of The FutureMacquarie Hills Netball and Touch star Tanisha Stanton won the most promising sports talent at this year’s Deadly Awards, held in Sydney last week. Tanisha was up against A-League Gold Coast United soccer star Tahj Minniecon, boxers Fred Mundraby and Shane Parker and Muay Thai boxer Thomas Boyle.http://www.newcastlestar.com.au/news/local/sport/netball/star-of-the-future/2311437.aspx Mudgee Touch Tests New FormatA change of format will hopefully work wonders for the Mudgee Touch Association. On the eve of a new summer competition, president Ben Stoddart believes Touch Football is on the verge of huge success.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/mudgee-touch-tests-new-format/2318085.aspx Record Touch Footy Season To Kick-Off Season 2011-12 is shaping up as a big one for the City of Orange Touch Association. Not only are there record numbers in their junior touch competitions already underway, the seniors are looking strong as well.http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/news/local/sport/general/record-touch-footy-season-to-kickoff/2318956.aspx A Touching GestureSport is often a great way to promote causes and spread messages throughout communities. And later this month, Touch Football will be the vehicle raising awareness of health issues within the Koori community and spreading the message about the benefits of good health.http://www.batemansbaypost.com.au/news/local/sport/other/a-touching-gesture/2323216.aspx?storypage=0 Training Touches On Referee AccreditationMr Adam Wicks the NSW Touch Football Development Officer trained 28 students from Years 7 to Year 10 to gain their Level 1 Referee Accreditation on Tuesday. This will help them to ref to the best of their abilities this Friday at the Combined Schools Touch Football Netball Carnival.http://www.boorowanewsonline.com.au/news/local/news/general/training-touches-on-referee-accreditation/2331757.aspx Mudgee Guardian 04/10/2011They were the kings of Mudgee touch football for a good part of a decade. However, their crown was taken away from them in a thrilling grand final in February.Now, Ross Granata Motors want it back and have fired a warning shot to the rest of the men’s A-grade competition to get out of the way.Since 2003, Granata have featured in every A-grade grand final; they won seven consecutive titles during that time.But their run was ended by the Court House Hotel Fruit Bats, who featured a number of Mudgee Dragons players including Jono George and Terry Wood.Granata player and Mudgee representative Jeremy Doherty said the loss was a shock to his side.‘It was a bit but they were a good side all year. It was going to be close,’ Doherty said.Granata will have a similar team to previous years, which includes Doherty, Peter Doherty, Chris and Tim Ward, Kyle Cochrane and Jared Robinson.They also have a new player in Mudgee Dragons first division flyer Andrew Laurie.‘He will be pretty handy for us,’ Doherty said of Laurie.Most of the players in the Granata team have played alongside each other for nearly 10 years.Doherty believes that has played a significant role in their success.‘We have been pretty much the same team since we started in the under 13s,’ he said.The Mudgee touch football competition will begin on Tuesday night at Glen Willow.This year, the committee decided to play games for the summer competition only one night a week, instead of two, which has been the case for most seasons.Doherty likes the idea of only having games on one night a week as it will tighten the competition up.‘It will be a stronger competition being [on] one night, teams will be a lot more tough.‘[The one night] will help out our representative side for Port Macquarie. Instead of playing on Thursday night we can train. That should help the rep side.Caboolture News; 10/19/2011St Columban’s College Touch Football representatives were absolutely chuffed to claim two trophies at the Queensland All Schools tournament earlier this month. The school faced off in the middle of 300 teams participating in the four-day competition at Whites Hill, Brisbane. More than 3500 students took part in more than 900 games. While most were from Queensland some travelled from far and wide to assure their mark was made. “Historically we’ve seen people from all over the globe travel to compete,” All Schools Touch convener Peter Bell said. Fortunately the competition was spared the effect of rain which caused problems last year. The odd drizzle caused no hassle. For the open girls Cavendish Road State High School were the side to beat as the defending champions, however St Columban’s surprised the masses with a 6-2 shake up in the grand final. “The defending champs were beat by the better team on the day,” said Mr Bell.“Our kids were working hard organising the event and had to put in a little extra.”All Schools encourages students to experience events management first hand by organising and running the competition. The open boys saw Keebra Park take out Emmaus 5-4. St Columban’s once again shone in the junior mixed match again head to head with Cavendish Road. However the side persisted and achieved a 2-0 win. While Bell called Cavendish home base he could not deny Columban’s performance during the competition. The Queensland All Schools event has achieved world recognition in school sport, but Mr Bell said Touch Football needed more recognition in its own backyard, with other sports often overshadowing it. For more information on Queensland All Schools touch competition log on to www.qldallschools.com Players Looking For Touch Of FormNewcastle Herald 29/10/2011Starts at the national championships next March in Port Macquarie will be up for grabs when Maitland Park hosts the NSW Hornets Regional Touch Championships this weekend.Around 60 representative Touch Football teams from the Hunter, Central Coast and Central West will play across 10 fields, with more than 160 games played in men’s and women’s open, mixed seniors and men’s over-30 divisions.Wallsend, Newcastle City, Beresfield, Maitland, Nelson Bay and Singleton will fly the flag for the Hunter in the two-day carnival and are expected to dominate the Hornets squads.Three near-certainties for the Hornets are Wallsend identical twin sisters Holly and Amy Smith and Darren McSpadden.The trio played in the Australian over-30 mixed side at the world cup in Edinburgh, Scotland, in June.Amy Smith was judged the top player in her side for the tournament.Maitland won the women’s title last year in Parkes, but Wallsend have the quality to dethrone the reigning champions due to their superior structure and training facilities.Central Coast won the men’s title last year and are hot favourites to go back to back.Mum’s The Word For Championship SideRockhampton Morning Bulletin 28/10/2011Mum was the magic word for the Central Queensland over-35s women at last weekend’s Queensland State Touch Football Championships – quite literally.The team of mostly mums was crowned state champions in Brisbane on Sunday after a thrilling 7-6 win over South West Queensland in the grand final.The CQ girls finished the championships undefeated, with Rockhampton’s Tracy Upton named player of the final and player of the series.A humble Upton yesterday praised her teammates for the side’s success, with Rockhampton’s Tanya Shuker and Wendy Evans and Emerald’s Nyree Keating also starring.“It was unreal, really good,” Upton said.In a nail-biting gold medal game for spectators, the decider was heading for drop-offs before CQ edged out their southern opponents.“It went try for try. We’d score and we couldn’t keep them out,” Upton said.“It was a pretty good game. It was good for the crowd but not good for the players,” she said laughing.It was a big weekend for CQ’s open men, open mixed, over-35 men and over-50 men at the state titles.Despite heading away with a youthful open men’s line-up, CQ’s young guns, led by Rockhampton’s Australian star Gavin Shuker, made it all the way to the grand final before going down 10-7 to North Queensland.“They really stepped up and it was really good watching them,” said Upton, also CQ Touch’s administration officer.The hard luck story of the championships was CQ’s open mixed team, who narrowly missed out on a place in the gold medal game on a count back.With Rockhampton’s Australian representative Daniel Withers leading the charge, the open mixed team finished equal on points with Brisbane City and North Queensland for a place in the grand final against the Gold Coast Sharks.The CQ side did collect a consolation prize after Withers was named male mixed player of the series.CQ’s over-35 men and over-50 men enjoyed mixed results at the championships, with the region’s representative teams now turning their attention to next year’s National Touch League (NTL) at Port Macquarie in March.Teams To Touchdown For Carnival Rockhampton Morning Bulletin 28/10/2011Central Queensland’s Touch Football stars of the future will be on show in Rockhampton next weekend.More than 1000 junior touch players, along with their coaches, parents and supporters, will converge on Cyril Connell Fields on November 5-6 to contest this year’s Red Rooster Junior Touch Carnival.A record 85 teams from Emerald, Biloela, Blackwater, Gladstone, Cap Coast and teams from Rockhampton’s local competition will compete in the annual event in boys’ and girls’ divisions from under-10 to U17.The increase in team numbers each year has forced the tournament to be scheduled over two days for the first time this year.Cap Coast Touch, awaiting the completion of its own fields, has nominated 17 teams in the carnival and is evidence of the growth of the sport for juniors on the coast and the region.Games start at 10am on the Saturday and 8.30am on Sunday.Game On: Cyclones Take Out State Touch TitlesTownsville Bulletin 28/10/2011North Queensland’s 2012 open men’s touch football team can boast writing their own piece of history.The NQ Tropical Cyclones last weekend became the first from the region to clinch the State Touch Championships crown in Brisbane, defying the odds and even their own expectations to do it. “There’s always that hope, but never did I, as coach, think we were going to win it,’’ mentor Col Beckitt said of his young team. “But now I think it’s really put North Queensland touch on the map. We always had the talent, it was just a matter…of getting the best out of them. “It’s unreal, it’s a good feeling.’’ Perhaps propelled by the enthusiasm and fearlessness of youth, the Cyclones lost just one of six games across the weekend. But they had to work hard for it in the final. Trailing 2-1 to Central Queensland at halftime, they played attack-first footy and blew their opponents away to win 10-7. Beckitt believed the team was set up for a big future. Their next challenge will be at the national titles next year.Young Guns Close To FinalNorthern Territory News 28/10/2011THE Territory under-13 Touch Football side is just one win away from a grand final berth at the Australian Schools Touch Championships in Coffs Harbour after a stunning 6-4 win over powerhouse NSW yesterday. The young guns will play NSW again this morning for second place and the winner takes on Queensland for the gold medal this afternoon. A collective team effort got the Territorians over the line but the standout players have been captain Zane Clarke-Edwards, from Alice Springs, and Brandan Parfitt and Joel Rousell, from Darwin. The NT under-13 girls are placed third at the end of the round games while the under-15 boys and girls sides play for 7th and 8th today.College Gets A Touch Of SuccessDalby Herald 25/10/2011Last weekend in Brisbane, Our Lady of the Southern Cross College sent three teams to the Queensland All Schools Touch Football Championships.In total the college played 19 games, with 13 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses.The under-15 Boys Team won their pool and made it through to the final 16 on Sunday where they lost 5-4 in a drop off against Emmaus College, Rockhampton.The U15 Girls Team finished second in the their pool but also made it through to the final 16 on Sunday were they lost 2-1 against Palm Beach Currumbin.The Open Mixed Team finished second in their pool but didn’t qualify for the finals.All students enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to the 2012 Carnival. Keebra Use Deft Touch To Extend Winning ReignGold Coast Bulletin 25/10/2011Keebra Park State High School’s open boys’ touch football team has been identified as one of the best in the state. It comes after the team topped the All Schools Touch Football Competition, at the Whites Hill touch football complex, Brisbane, from October 6 to 9. Despite having taken out the top spot at the competition for the past three years, the team admitted this year’s competition was tough, winning after a close five-tries-to-four victory over Rockhampton’s Emmaus College. A semi-final win over Bundaberg State High School set up the grand final encounter against Emmaus College, with Keebra’s determination in defence paving the way for the win. Team member Manaia Rudolph said he was proud the group had been able to continue the school’s winning streak. “We have a good team spirit here at Keebra Park and what we lacked in experience we made up for with enthusiasm,” he said. “It was awesome playing against the best schools in Queensland and good to keep the tradition going.”Coach Ben Woolf praised his team’s spirit and attitude, saying he always knew they had it in them to win. “Some of these boys hadn’t played much touch football before but had the basic skills from their rugby league,” he said. “Once we worked on a bit of structure, I knew they had a chance and they stuck to the game plan and came up trumps.” Touch And Ready To Go For TitlesCoffs Coast Advocate 22/10/2011The annual School Sport Australia Touch Football Championships begin in Coffs Harbour on Monday.Boys and girls in the under-12 and under-15 year age divisions will battle for supremacy over five days of competition.BCU International Stadium and Coffs Coast Sports and Leisure Park will be the venue and play will start on Monday following the opening ceremony at 9am.Tuesday’s and Thursday’s matches will start at 8am with Wednesday a recreational day. Play will be continuous on four fields.To assist younger players to develop their touch football ability, a two-hour skills and coaching activity will be held for the 12-years players on Tuesday starting at 2.45pm, conducted by NSW Touch in conjunction with visiting team management.Highly accredited referees Steve Lyons and Mike Franks will coordinate the whistle-blowing brigade.During the visit the students, coaches, managers and teachers will taste the hospitality of the Coffs Coast with visits arranged to the Big Banana and Pet Porpoise Pool.Peta To Take On Touch Footy’s Big Guns Without FearGympie Times 21/10/2011Even though young Touch Football player Peta Dray does not know what to expect when she takes on the under-20s state competition today, she is confident.Peta, 17, is in Year 12 at St Patrick’s College and is competing with an open women’s team in the new under-20 state competition.From that competition, she said, a Queensland “State of Origin” side would be picked.Her first game is today at 12noon.“I’ve never played in the under 20s before. I normally play in the under 18 comp,” she said.“I don’t really get excited or nervous until the hooter goes on field, but I’m looking forward to it,” she said yesterday.Playing against older women was a step up in competition. “I’m pretty confident. I just go into it like it’s any other game.”Peta has been playing touch football since she was eight years old and has been selected in the state team once before.“I hope I get in again. I’ll probably play until I die or can’t run anymore.”Peta trains four days a week, playing touch football Monday, Wednesday and Friday and training on Sunday.For 23 Years David Weekes Has Been VolunteeringWestern Advocate 21/10/2011For 23 years David Weekes has been volunteering with the Bathurst Touch Football Association and he will be back on Monday when the organisation steps up its workload for the start of its 2011 season. This season 100 teams and more than 1000 players will be playing at Learmonth Park, the home of touch football in Bathurst. Mr Weekes has been treasurer of the touch association since 1989 and has seen the game venues move around, but he is happy the sport has finally found a home. “When I started out touch was at Morse Park,” he said. “It went to Saint Pat’s for a few years, then the university for one season and then to Learmonth Park, near the hockey fields.” “Now we are on the far side of the hockey fields and have our own clubhouse. “This will be our second season there and my dream and vision for the sport has been recognised. “It is great we have our own sporting facility.” David retired from playing, but pulled the boots back on to play with his children. “I used to play a lot, in the over 30s, but now I just enjoy running around with the kids,” he said. “Touch is such a great sport as it is social and it is the thrills without the spills and being over 30 that is important.” Not only does David do the treasury, he is a referee co-ordinator and junior co-ordinator. He referees as well and he was rewarded for his contribution at the Bankstown annual NSW Touch Association dinner. “I have been to the last five dinners and was not going to go this year to give others the chance to go, but they convinced me to go,” he said. “I was awarded for my contribution to touch football. I have an office job so it is good to get out and enjoy the sunshine and run around,” David said. With the sport growing the competition is now run over Monday and Wednesday nights. Juniors play first at 5pm, then the men play at 6pm, followed by the women’s and the mixed competitions.Team Can’t Wait For 2012Sunshine Coast Daily 19/10/2011THE Sunshine Coast Pineapples under-16 touch football team will begin to prepare for next year’s competition after a successful season, having finished second behind the Sydney Rebels at September’s National Youth Touch Championships on the Sunshine Coast.Coach Shane Crotty said female sport was advancing every year and Coast locals were embracing it. “I am extremely happy with the outcome for the girls,” he said. “They are excellent athletes and they are progressing every year, making the Sunshine Coast proud.“They all performed well. They are aged between 14 and 17, but they play at an advanced level and underestimate just how good they are – their fitness is incredible.”Pineapple player Paige Parker, 16, said the season had been a tough one, especially in the warmer conditions straight after winter.“This year, everyone put in heaps of effort and we all had fun,” she said. “Even though the competition is so tough, everyone gets really excited to continue to play, working together to make the Coast proud.”Teammate Sarah Keleher agreed, saying she loved being challenged by the sport and was looking forward to next year’s competition.“Whether you play for fun or competition, every girl should have a good crack at touch footy because it’s so fun,” she said.With next year’s football season just around the corner and Australian selectors on the lookout, the Pineapples’ main plan is to “keep focused, have fun and train”, taking it all in their stride.“First and foremost, we do this because it makes us happy,” Paige said.Big Turnout To Play TouchBundaberg News Mail 15/10/2011The Bundaberg Junior Touch Football season began last night at the Greg Duncan fields on University Dve.An excited 750 eager youngsters have signed up to play in the weekly Friday night touch football fixtures.Bundaberg Junior Touch Football president David Bonser said the local sport continued to grow in popularity.“It’s proven to be very popular among both boys and girls,” he said.“There’s actually more juniors wanting to sign up so we think the final figure will be in excess of 800.”Junior touch footballers compete across 10 age categories from U7s to U17s.Bonser said players could look forward to an exciting season of competition.The season will run from last night until March 30.“It’s shaping up to be an excellent season,” he said.Bonser said the social aspect of touch football was attractive to younger competitors.“It’s not just about winning and losing,” he said.“Players get to make new friends and we put a lot of effort into selecting the teams evenly so it’s not one-sided out there.”Bonser said the $70 registration fee of players had also made the sport popular.“It’s probably one of the cheaper sporting options around,” he said.“For a whole season that’s a bargain.”Bundaberg Junior Touch Football Association fixtures begin each Friday night at 6 o’clock.College Routs RivalsNorthern Times 14/10/2011St Columban’s College Caboolture claimed two trophies at last weekend’s Queensland All Schools touch football tournament. The Open Girls side defeated Cavendish Road State High School 6-2 in the grand final, while the Year 8 mixed side also defeated Cavendish Road 2-0. With more than 3000 competitors across 356 teams vying for the title, St Columban’s assistant-principal Mike Connolly said the school was proud. Open Girls captain Britt Parker said it was “amazing” to take out the title in a tournament that featured teams from New South Wales and New Zealand. The Open Girls team was undefeated. “Our whole team trained hard,” Britt said. Year 8 Mixed girls player of the final Emily Rockley said the young side was thrilled with its win. “We knew each other really well and we played as a team,’’ Rockley said. The Open Boys team was defeated by one point after reaching the quarter finals. Connolly said only three players from the Open Girls side would graduate this year, and they would be eager to defend their title. He said many of the athletes involved took part in the school’s Academic and Sports Excellence Mentoring program.Carnage Lives Up To NameNorthern Territory News 13/10/2011Carnage came up with a major upset, knocking off the highly fancied BOC Dodgers in men’s Professionals Cup touch football on Monday night. BOC Dodgers turned up under-manned and paid the price, with Carnage tallying up an insurmountable lead and were never headed, winning 9-5. David Delaney and Tom Edgeword both had great games for Carnage, while Anthony Castro and Paul Bond worked tirelessly for the vanquished. Cazaly Crocs cashed in on a mistake- riddled Bears and ran out 7-4 winners. Grant Russell starred for Crocs, while Ben Cole tried hard for the Bears. Hoops4Health completed the men’s round with a close 4-2 win over Prospects. In Women’s Professionals Cup action, Sportsco Titans and Honkers played out a 4-4 draw in what was deemed by most to be one of the games of the season. Titans dynamic duo Racheal Curtain and captain Amanda Brimson were again dangerous. Lakeishia Baird had another great game for Honkers, with Rachel Willis being hard to stop. The Hoops4Health women coasted to a 7-2 victory over Scorpions.College In Touch With BestDalby Herald 11/10/2011Last weekend in Brisbane Our Lady of the Southern Cross College sent three teams to the Qld All Schools Touch Football Championships. In total, the college played 19 games with 13 wins, three draws and three losses.The under-15 Boys team won their pool and made it through to the final 16 on Sunday where they lost 5-4 in a drop-off against Emmaus College Rockhampton.The U15 Girls team finished second in the their pool but also made it through to the final 16 on Sunday were they lost 2-1 in a drop-off against Palm Beach Currumbin.The Open Mixed team finished second in their pool but didn’t qualify for the finals. All students enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to the 2012 Carnival. Ranges Teens Within Touch Of The Nation’s BestSunbury-Macedon Ranges Leader 11/10/2011IT was just six years ago that touch football hit the Macedon Ranges. Now the region has produced some of the state’s best players. Four boys from the Macedon area took part in the Under-18 National Youth Championships, held in Caloundra last month. Tom Anderson captained the team, while Zach Pain, Michael Boyd and Scott Boyd rounded out the local contingent. Macedon was also represented in the girls’ tournament, with Megan Lorkin captaining the team which included Ash Butler and coach Sarah Ray. Victoria faced fierce opposition from the hardened Queensland and New South Wales sides, losing all its games in the boys’ and girls’ competitions but showing gallant improvement against the states more exposed to the game. The region’s younger stars will fly the state’s flag at the end of the month, with Jackie Boyd, Jack Anderson, Matt Anderson and Samantha Francis gearing up for the Under-15 National Championships in Coffs Harbour. Similar to rugby league or union, but without tackling, touch football is played by six competitors on each team and has 20-minute halves. While still obscure in Victoria, it is a popular game in the nation’s northern states. Victorian coach Chris Pain said the representatives from the Macedon Ranges Touch Football Competition had done well to compete at the elite level. “They have just been fantastic,” he said. “They have been a dedicated bunch, which has been really good. “Essentially that is what it boils down to. You need that to step up at the next level.”Students Keen To Shine At All Schools Touch TitlesRockhampton Morning Bulletin 06/10/2011Emmaus College captain James Baartz is ready to lead Rockhampton’s onslaught on the 2011 Queensland All Schools tournament. Baartz and his Emmaus College teammates are competing in the open boys division at the biggest schools Touch Football event in the world from today when they hit the White Hill touch fields in Brisbane.Some 17 teams from Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast are also headed to the four-day carnival, with Baartz’s Emmaus College contesting five of the six divisions.Teams from Rockhampton High, North Rockhampton High, St Brendan’s College, Rockhampton Grammar School, Rockhampton Girls Grammar School, St Ursula’s College and The Cathedral College are all competing in the carnival in the hopes of featuring in the finals on Sunday. Across the four days, each team will play five matches before the finals on Sunday. After starring in Queensland Secondary Schools under-18 13-7 win over New South Wales at the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships last month, Baartz is eager to continue his good form.Emmaus College open their carnival at 3pm today against rugby league heavyweights Ignatius Park College, Townsville, and a quietly spoken Baartz is confident. “We’ve got a good bunch of boys. They know what they’re doing,” he said. “In the local competition, we’re on top at the moment, so hopefully we can take that form into All Schools.”The boys play as a team in the Rockhampton Senior Touch Association’s B grade men’s competition and are blitzing the competition midway through the season, having won six of seven matches during the season.After bowing out in the All Schools semi-finals in 2009, coach Gary Benbow said the team was red-hot last year before rain ruined their chances of winning. “I’ve got high expectations for them,” he said. “Most of the players played last year and with the young guys coming through and James leading them, I’m confident.”Hoops Edge HonkersNorthern Territory News 06/10/2011THE Monday night clash in the women’s Professionals Cup touch football game between Hoops4Health and Honkers didn’t disappoint as a contest, with a close and exciting game before the Hoops prevailed 4-3. Honkers came out fast from the outset and with their usual hard-rucking through Rachel Willisand Leah Sneddon, they scored first. Hoops bounced back, with some great second-phase play putting Mel Turner over, but Honkers then went on to dominate the first-half, scoring two more touchdowns. Hoops4Health came out better in the second-half and stole the win with a late scoring frenzy. Firstly it was youngster Sophie Armitstead and then Kelly O’Connor for a touchdown with only seconds left.The other women’s game saw Sportsco Titans heap more misery on Scorpions’ season with a clinical 8-1 drubbing. In men’s Professionals Cup games, BOC Dodgers registered an emphatic 8-4 victory over Bears to keep them in contention for a top-two finish. The other men’s game saw a pulsating 3-3 draw between Hoops4Health and arch-rivals Cazaly Crocs in an often spiteful clash that culminated in a player melee on full-time.The game between Carnage and Prospects was postponed due to Carnage’s involvement in the National Defence Touch Championships.
By BEN HARRISNSW Scorpions and NSW Mets are on a collision course for top spot of the women’s Elite Eight division.The two remain the only undefeated teams in the group after two days of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League at Coffs Harbour.They will meet each other in the final round on Friday and it could well be the match that decides pole position in the women’s open competition.Could being the key word.The Mets’ finals credentials will be tested as they take on teams in second and third positions on day three.They will meet Queensland Outlaws in the sixth round at 10.30am and follow it up by playing the Scorpions, who should beat NSW Rebels at 9.40am, if previous results are anything to go by.Mets’ could be without Australia women’s open player Ash Quinlan who was carried off in Mets’ 7-5 win over Queensland South Stingrays.The Scorpions had wins over Stingrays (9-6) and Outlaws (7-5) to trail Mets on percentages.The Outlaws went down twice on Thursday, which has put them in danger of missing out on the top four if they fail to fire on day three.They lead a long list of teams who are jockeying for the final two semi spots.The Stingrays remain fourth despite losing twice while The Alliance and Queensland Chiefs are in the hunt.Last year’s runners-up, the Chiefs, put their disastrous day one performance behind them to win twice on day two.Rebels are not totally out of it of the semi-finals but it will be a long shot, while NSW Country Mavericks’ campaign is over.No doubt the highlight on day three in the women’s competition will be the match between the Scorpions and the Mets, which will most likely decide top spot.The game taps-off at 3pm.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 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 #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksWomen’s Elite Eight day two
Greg Frost is a long-time touch player, referee, coach and administrator. He is currently a referee as well as Permit Manager for the South West Wolves. Greg’s volunteering has directly contributed to the revival of the South West Wolves, ensuring that the permit would continue to be part of State League. He also dedicates his time to organising social teams assisting with the viability of competitions, and coaches for schools and Pacific school games. Greg’s long term commitment to the game and sharing of his expertise and time continues to make a positive impact on the touch community.