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2018 National Touch League

Sydney Scorpions is pleased to announce their 2018 NTL teams and squads, with the tournament taking place in Coffs Harbour from 7-10 March, 2018. Trial and training details for teams can be found below, with this information updated regularly.  All other teams not listed below will be finalised over the next few weeks and then published below.  Further details please make contact via email@sydneyscorpions.com

Final Teams:  (training details not published below and via team management)
Women’s 40’s: Belinda Patterson, Cheryl Burgess, Gloria Berryman, Johanne Joe, Julia McGrath, Karen Ingram, Kerrie Doyle, Lynda Robertson, Megan Taberner, Michelle Griffiths, Michelle Roberts, Natalie Mason, Rebecca Welsh, Sharlene Wong, Vicki Humpherson. Coach: Lynda Robertson Manager: Kerrie Doyle

Women’s 45’s: Carol Forlonge, Christine Matta, Jann Rose, Jenn Maarseveen, Kath Sambell, Katrina McIlwraith, Kylie Nicholas, Kylie Tallack, Linda Patterson, Megan Kennedy, Michelle Smidt, Monique Licardy, Natalie Harrison, Sharelle Pollett. Coach: Paul Robinson Manager: Megan Kennedy

Updated Squads:
Men’s T-League (23 players): Brad Cincotta, Brad Davoren, Brendan Robertson, Cameron Dow, Conor Hickey, Jaycob Fong, Jean-Louis Jones, Joe Callaghan, Keeley Bowen, Luke Maiolo, Malcolm Chenney, Mason McDonald, Matt Swain, Ray Wehbe, Reagan Walsh, Ryan Pritchard, Sam Edgley, Sam Kelly, Sam Watkins, Tom Suters, Tuatai Marsters, Tyreese Figota, Zac Simons. Coach: Brad Curl Assistant Coach: Matt Lawson Manager: Keith Lee & TBC.

Women’s T-League (28 players): Abbey Steanes, Ally Dallaway, Bailee Nix, Bella Duncan, Brearna Nathan, Briana Hibbert, Caiti Rogers, Caitlin Cimarosti, Caitlin Hickey, Chloe Butcher, Clare Vanzino, Courtney Milone, Emma Williams, Isabella Geros, Jaymi Hamilton, Jessica Nagy, Kate Ryan, Kelsy Bridgewood, Kiiahla Duff, Lara Lewis, Lara Wilkinson, Maddi McGrath, Mel Mitchell, Olivia Steer, Paris Mooney, Rachel Cain, Sabrina Green, Simone Rodgers. Coach: Brandon McDonald Assistant Coaches: Craig Beacroft & Keith Smith Manager: TBC.

Sydney Scorpions NTL Training – as at 09/01/18

Men’s T-League: Tues 16 January 6.30pm @ Nolan Reserve, North Manly
Women’s T-League: Tues 16 January 6.30pm @ Nolan Reserve, North Manly
Men’s 40’s: Sun 21 January 9am @ Jones Park, Westmead
Men’s 45’s: Sat 13 January 12.30pm @ Beacon Hill Oval, Beacon Hill
Men’s 50’s & 55’s: Sun 14 January 8am @ Nolan Reserve, North Manly
Senior Mixed: Wed 17 January 7pm @ Foxglove Oval, Foxglove Road, Mount Colah

Sydney Scorpions NTL 2018 Timelines

  • The early bird discount for deposits closed after Sunday 17 December (early bird discount of $20 comes off the final levy)
  • Any player not financial will not be considered for selection until their deposit has been paid
  • Final full levy will be announced in January 2018 with full remaining levies due by end of February 2018 (dates to be provided)
  • No new uniform for NTL 2018, same playing shirts and shorts/bike pants, off-field gear options to be advised
  • All accommodation requests to be taken during December / January with all teams accommodated at Boambee Bay Resort, Toormina
  • All payments via Scorpions bank account (with player & team name description on bank transfer) or via www.paypal.me/scorps (details also here https://sydneyscorpions.com/bank-details)
  • NSW TOUCH ASSOCIATION – SYDNEY SCORPIONS
    Commonwealth Bank
    BSB 062 016
    A/C 2802 4586

NSWTA Awards 2016-17

The NSWTA Awards took place last night recognising excellence in all endeavours of our sport and organisation, with NSW Touch once again putting on a gala event at Bankstown Sports Club.

Sydney Scorpions were once again announced Region of the Year, which was warmly received highlighting excellent recognition to all at Scorpions who have worked tirelessly to make our permit number one.  However it wasn’t just at regional level but also at affiliate level with Scorpions clubs, players, coaches and teams dominating the evening taking out the majority of awards.

Congratulations to both Manly Warringah & Hills Hornets who were named joint Scorpions & NSWTA Affiliate of the Year.  Graham Knights (Manly Warringah) was awarded the Rod Wise Medal for NSWTA Volunteer of the Year, along with President of the Year.  Brad Mitchell (Hills Hornets & Scorpions) once again took home a number of awards including both Scorpions & NSWTA Administrator of the Year.  Rina Janson from Northern Suburbs TA took out the inaugural Referee Director of the Year.

On the player front Parramatta & NSW Scorpions Men’s captain Daniel Barton took out a rare double in winning the NSWTA Male Player of the Year & Boland Medal.  Danielle Davis from the Manly Warringah club won the NSWTA Female Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, with her team the Manly Warringah Women’s Open winning Team of the Year for their double Vawdon & State Cup titles last year.  Sea Eagles coach Barry Gibson was named NSWTA Coach of the Year once again with young gun Pihuka Duff from Manly Warringah announced as the Junior Female Player of the Year.

Once again congratulations to all award recipients, including those below from our Scorpions region.

NSWTA Region of the Year 2016-17
Sydney Scorpions

Sydney Scorpions Administrator of the Year
Brad Mitchell – Hills Hornets TA

Sydney Scorpions Affiliate of the Year
Manly Warringah TA & Hills Hornets TA

NSWTA Affiliate of the Year
Manly Warringah TA & Hills Hornets TA

NSWTA Male Player of the Year
Daniel Barton – Parramatta TA

NSWTA Female Player of the Year
Danni Davis – Manly Warringah TA

NSWTA Boland Medal
Daniel Barton – Parramatta TA

NSWTA Junior Female Player of the Year
Pihuka Duff – Manly Warringah TA

NSWTA Coach of the Year
Barry Gibson – Manly Warringah TA

NSWTA Team of the Year
Manly Warringah Women’s Premier League

Rod Wise Medal – NSWTA Volunteer of the Year
Graham Knights – Manly Warringah TA

NSWTA President of the Year
Graham Knights – Manly Warringah TA

NSWTA Administrator of the Year
Brad Mitchell – Hills Hornets TA

NSWTA Referee Director of the Year
Rina Janson – Northern Suburbs TA

Tim Kitchingham Retirement

The recent Trans-Tasman series was played in Queensland with the Australian’s wining the series 12-0. Our own Scorpions Hall of Famer Tim Kitchingham captained the Men’s 50’s with this series his last at national level in the green and gold colours following his retirement. We asked Kitch some questions about his stellar career which included 25 years continuous Australian representative years.

National Playing History?
NSW State level 1992 – 2016
25 years straight Australian level 1997 – 2017 (85 caps)
49 World Cup caps
9 Trans Tasman caps
10 All Nations caps
17 other international caps

6 World Cups (5 times as Champions)
2003 World Cup Australian flag bearer

Year of First National Cap?  1997 World Cup

Do you recall your Aussie debut?   Haha, yep…..nervous as hell.

Best player played with?  Too many…David Cheung, John Samin, Mark Hearndon, Andy Yangiou, Dean McManus, Garry Lawless, Brett Gillard, Darren Currie, Tony Eltakchi

Best player played against?  Locally, Mark Boland…..many years ago. Also Scott Notley and internationally, Peter Walters.

Toughest opposition?  Always NZ internationally. Sharks locally at NTL’s, Wests in Sydney.

Best team played in?  2006 NSW team in Brisbane, beat Qld 12 – 1 in last game of the series plus any Australian team.

Best coach?  Again too many…John Singh, Peter Vincent, Mick McCall, Mark Edwards, Dennis Coffey taught me a lot about recovery.

Most memorable moment?   First Australian selection announcement on the Gold Coast, 2003 Flag Bearer, 2003 World Cup Final.

Worst moment?  Injuries…shoulder in 2015 World Cup Final.

Advice for young players?  Never take anything for granted, and always work hard to ensure that you have no excuses.

Never fancied coaching – why? Haha, gave my 2 bobs worth as coach in most of the teams I was in.

What’s next for Kitch? Enjoy the last of my playing days with mates at Penrith and Scorpions.

2018 Junior Regional Coaches

Sydney Scorpions are pleased to announce their 2018 Junior Regional coaching appointments. Continuing on from last season’s success, our STING Junior Development Program will be utilised aiming to up-skill and develop players and coaches. Once again our Junior Elite Camp will act as our final section trial for our 14/16’s Junior Regional teams and this will take place on 3-4 March, 2018 at Sydney Academy of Sport, Narrabeen. This camp will also include a “Coach the Coaches” component where leading NSW & Australian coaches will be knowledge sharing with affiliates who will be requested to nominate coaches from their local clubs to participate.  To provide the best support for our coaches we have NSW and Australian coaches Dave Nolan as our Boys Team Leader and Barry Gibson as our Girls Team Leader.  Michael Donaghy will continue in his Sports Scientist role providing the latest preparation and recovery techniques for our teams.  Stuart Geros is once again our Scorpions Tour Leader with our Player Mentors to be appointed in coming months, along with Team Managers.  NSWTA will be announcing the venue for the 2018 Junior Regionals in coming weeks.  Congratulations to all appointments.

Sydney Scorpions 2018 Junior Regional Coaching Appointments

Sydney Scorpions Boys 14’s:
Head Coach – Josh Phillips
Assistant Coaches – Matt Lawson & Daniel Barton

Sydney Scorpions Girls 14’s:
Head Coaches – Edith Nathan & Keith Smith
Assistant Coach – TBC

Sydney Scorpions Boys 16’s:
Head Coaches – Brandon McDonald & Jason Martin
Assistant Coach – Charlie Suters

Sydney Scorpions Girls 16’s:
Head Coach – Roha Paki
Assistant Coaches – Carol Jones & Kalani Duff

Sydney Scorpions Boys 18’s:
Head Coach – Brad Curl
Assistant Coaches – Brad Mitchell & Phil McIlwraith

Sydney Scorpions Girls 18’s:
Head Coaches – Melissa Mitchell & Anthony Dudeck
Assistant Coach – Tim Sleigh

Boys Team Leader: Dave Nolan
Girls Team Leader: Barry Gibson
Sports Scientist: Michael Donaghy
Tour Leader: Stuart Geros
Boys & Girls Player Mentors: TBA

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