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2018 National Touch League

Sydney Scorpions is pleased to announce their 2018 NTL squads, with the tournament taking place in Coffs Harbour from 7-10 March, 2018. Initial trial details for teams can also be found below, with this information updated regularly. New trial details for remaining teams will be provided when confirmed. For trial unavailability or for any eligible Scorpions affiliate player that wishes to be added to a squad, please make contact via email@sydneyscorpions.com

Sydney Scorpions NTL Trials – as at 22 Oct 2017

Men’s T-League:
Fri 10 Nov 6.30pm-8.00pm @ Doyle Ground, North Parramatta
Sun 12 Nov 3.30pm-5.30pm @ Beacon Hill Oval, Beacon Hill

Women’s T-League:
Sun 12 Nov 3.30pm-5.30pm @ Beacon Hill Oval, Beacon Hill
Fri 17 Nov 7.00pm-8.30pm @ Doyle Ground, North Parramatta

Senior Mixed:
Wed 1 Nov 6.30pm-8.00pm @ Doyle Ground, North Parramatta
Sun 5 Nov 4.00pm-6.00pm @ Beacon Hill Oval, Beacon Hill

Women’s 27’s: Fri 17 Nov 6.30pm-8.00pm @ Doyle Ground, North Parramatta

Women’s 40’s: Sun 15 Oct 9.00am @ Nolan Reserve, North Manly

Men’s 45’s: Sat 25 Nov 3.00pm @ Beacon Hill Oval, Beacon Hill

Men’s 50’s: Sun 8 Oct 9.00am @ Nolan Reserve, North Manly

Men’s 55’s: Sun 8 Oct 9.00am @ Nolan Reserve, North Manly

2018 NTL Squads – as at 22 October 2017

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

Scorpions Coaching Teams 2017/18

Sydney Scorpions are pleased to announce their 2017/18 STING coaching team that will participate in our upcoming STING Junior Development Program. Continuing on from last season’s success the program aims to up-skill and develop players and coaches both within Scorpions regional teams and additionally at local affiliate level, with this newly acquired knowledge being taken back to local clubs at the grass roots level. Further information on upcoming development & TalentID training sessions to be held later in the year will be provided in coming weeks. Once again our Junior Elite Camp will act as our final section trial for 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 nominating coaches from their local clubs to participate.

Scorpions STING Coaching Team 2017/18: Alex Ferro, Anthony Dudeck, Barry Gibson, Brad Curl, Brad Mitchell, Brandon McDonald, Carol Jones, Charlie Suters, Craig Beacroft, Daniel Barton, Dave Nolan, Edith Nathan, Jason Martin, Jim Randall, Josh Phillips, Kalani Duff, Keith Smith, Kylie Nicholas, Matt Lawson, Matt Scranage, Mel Mitchell, Peter Langmack, Phil McIlwraith, Timothy Sleigh, Tearoha Paki, Tua Marsters.

Additionally Scorpions are pleased to announce their coaching appointments for the 2018 National Touch League with further timelines to be communicated over coming weeks.

Sydney Scorpions 2018 NTL Coaching Appointments:
Men’s T-League: Head Coach – Brad Curl Assistant Coaches – Matt Scranage & Matt Lawson  Manager – Keith Lee
Women’s T-League: Head Coach – Brandon McDonald Assistant Coaches – Craig Beacroft & Keith Smith  Manager – Melinda Scranage
Men’s 30’s: Head Coach – Terry Cooper  Manager – Chris Cooper
Men’s 40’s: Head Coach – Ron Larcombe  Manager – TBC
Men’s 45’s: Head Coach – Ian Kalms  Manager – TBC
Men’s 50’s: Head Coach – Brett Gillard  Manager – TBC
Men’s 55’s: Head Coach – Cliff Lyons  Manager – Caren Friend
Senior Mixed: Head Coach – Shannon Warren  Manager – Sarah Nash
Women’s 27’s: Head Coach – Charlie Hassarati  Manager – Cindy Dawson
Women’s 40’s: Head Coach – Lynda Robertson  Manager – Kerrie Doyle
Women’s 45’s: Head Coach – Paul Robinson  Manager – Megan Kennedy

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