Talking Touch – July

first_imgThere was some good media coverage of Touch Football in the month of July, including stories on the 2012 Queensland Junior State Cup and some up-and-coming players achieving great things. To view the stories, please click on the links below. New Touch Seasons Starts Next WeekAfter a brief break following the completion of the summer season, the Whitsunday’s Touch Association (WTA) is gearing up for another big season starting this Monday, July 16 at the Whitsunday Sports Park.http://www.whitsundaytimes.com.au/story/2012/07/12/new-touch-season-starts-next-week/ Juniors Shine At Touch CarnivalGympie’s four Touch Football teams competing in last weekend’s Queensland Junior State Cup displayed admirable competitiveness during the three-day event.The State Cup, which ran from Friday, July 6, to Sunday, July 8, hosted a record 179 teams and drew crowds in their thousands.http://www.gympietimes.com.au/story/2012/07/11/confidence-building-carnival-touch/ Aussie Rep Home It doesn’t get much better than wearing the green and gold against New Zealand.Michael Chapman won’t forget it, after claiming the Touch Football Trans Tasman Trophy.http://au.prime7.yahoo.com/n1/news/a/-/national/14257325/aussie-rep-home-video/ Junior Touch Cup To StayThe Fraser Coast’s unbridled dedication to the Junior Touch Football State Cup has paid off, with organisers pledging to hold the competition here for a further five years.Queensland Touch Association general manager Peter Bevan yesterday announced the deal between the QTA, Fraser Coast Regional Council and Fraser Coast Tourism, in what is a major coup for this area.http://www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/story/2012/07/09/junior-touch-cup-to-stay-at-fraser-coast/ Chase For Big Cash TouchdownThe Fraser Coast’s bid to claim the rights to the Qld Touch Football carnival for the next five years could be known as early as tomorrow afternoon.http://www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/story/2012/07/07/chase-for-big-cash-touchdown-fraser/ U10 In Top Touch At State CarnivalThey may have been the youngest Gladstone team to ever attend a state carnival but the Gladstone Touch Association under-10 showed the older kids just how it’s done.With five Gladstone representative teams attending the carnival, aged from nine to 17, the youngsters were the best-performing Gladstone team to attend the Junior State Touch Football Cup in Hervey Bay over the weekend, finishing ninth overall.http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/story/2012/07/13/u10-in-top-touch-at-state-carnival-gladstone/ Youngsters Show That Winning TouchThe Morning Bulletin, 19/07/2012TOUCH FOOTBALL: James Baartz and Kate Bromley are leading the way for aspiring touch players at the Junior Touch Football State Cup.Local players Baartz and Bromley competed in the event recently and not only delivered impressive performances on the field, but were also awarded the prestigious Scott Notley and Kerry Norman awards by the Queensland Touch Association.Baartz and Bromley were nominated for the awards for their State Cup representation, for their consistent honesty and fairness, and for their high-quality on-field performances to match their off-field demeanour and example. North Rockhampton High student Bromley has been playing competitively in the sport for 12 years and has represented Rockhampton in the State Cup on seven occasions. The modest 16-year-old is honoured to have received the award and encourages others to join the sport.“I don’t play to receive awards or to win anything, I play because I love it and it’s a great sport,” Bromley said.“It’s nice knowing people think I deserve such a great award.”Bromley said the State Cup was a good competition because it offered a lot of teams and age groups and she urged young sports players to join the sport.The competition produced great results for the Rockhampton Touch Association, which had 15 teams competing, nine of which made the quarter-finals. The 16 year girls’ team topped the results, winning the state championships for their division. The 18 year boys made the semi-finals but unfortunately failed to defend their title won last year, losing to Labrador. President of the Rockhampton Junior Touch Association Mick Callow said overall the competition produced a great result for the city’s junior touch representative players. The association is still taking nominations for junior and senior teams, with competition starting mid-August.Students Selected For QueenslandThe Chronicle (Toowoomba), 18/07/2012Four Fairholme Touch Football players have been selected to play for Queensland after their outstanding success at this year’s State Touch Championships.Dominique Du Toit, Meg Jakins and Kristen Currie will wear maroon for the Queensland Under 15 Schoolgirls while Georgina Rackemann was named for the Queensland Open team.Their selections are a just reward after they helped lead Darling Downs to a second place finish at the under 15 state titles.Darling Downs managed to win all of their round games and defeated South Coast in the semi-final, winning 2-0.They faced Metropolitan East in the final and despite leading at half time, Darling Downs were narrowly defeated 4-3 in the final minutes.If you see a story from your local media organisations about Touch Football and would like to see it on the Touch Football Australia website, please email media@austouch.com.au. 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