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Nolan Medal

Sydney Scorpions is pleased to announce the introduction of the Nolan Medal commencing at the upcoming NSWTA Junior Regional Championships.  This will be presented to our Best & Fairest Scorpions Medal winners from each of the Sydney Scorpions junior teams.  This medal is named after Dave Nolan who has been instrumental in the recent success Sydney Scorpions are experiencing within our junior program.  His vision many years ago, plus his continued dedication, laid the foundation on which we are currently enjoying success.  Dave is our current Juniors Director and is the Australian Men’s Opens Assistant Coach as well as recently enjoying Youth Trans-Taman success as Head Coach with the Australian 18 Boys.  The Croft Medal will remain in place for our Opens & Senior teams who compete at the NTL.  Please join us in congratulating Dave on this prestigious honour.     

Scorpions NTL & Elite 8 Review

Sydney Scorpions Executive & Committee would like to thank all of our players, coaches, managers, medical staff, parents and supporters for their performances on and off the field at the recent NTL at Coffs Harbour. Our Scorpions spirit lives on with another 5 titles won and appearances in a total of 7 finals. This year although having less teams and winning more titles, we somehow were equal with the South Queensland Sharks for the Golden Boot Award. That said congratulations to the Sharks a mighty permit that keeps performing at the top level. A huge well done to the NSW Scorpions Men’s Elite 8 team who had an excellent tournament going all the way to the final. Sam Brisby once again stamped his class on the tournament with the Player of the Series award. Our focus now turns to the NSWTA Junior Regionals which are held in Penrith on 18-19 April and then we have over 30 players and coaches set to represent Australia at the World Cup once again in Coffs Harbour commencing on 29 April, 2015. Special mention to the Touch Football Australia Event Staff led by Mark Spear. The playing fields at Coffs copped over 180mm of rain on Friday and to turn up Saturday with the facilities in such excellent condition was truly mind blowing.  Photos from the tournament can be found under our Photo section as well as via our Instagram, Twitter & Facebook accounts.

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Scorpions 2015 Award Winners

Congratulations to our Scorpions award winners presented at our annual dinner in Coffs Harbour on Friday 13 March, 2015.

Sydney Scorpions Medal 2015:
Men’s Elite 8 – Sam Brisby
Women’s Elite 8 – Elesha Dougal
Men’s T-League – Greg O’Connor
Women’s T-League –  Alex McOnie
Mixed Opens – Georgia Toovey
Senior Mixed – Stephen Day
Men’s 30’s – Willie Bishop
Men’s 40’s – Lars Hanson
Women’s 40’s – Vicki Humpherson
Men’s 45’s – Andrew Stergio
Men’s 50’s – Michael Hardgraves

2014 Junior Coach of the Year – Anthony Dudeck
2014 Senior Coach of the Year – Barry Gibson
2014 Manager of the Year – Keith Smith
2014 Referee of the Year – Rina Janson
2014 Regional Directors Award (Inaugural Award) – Anthony Dudeck

2014 Scorpions In Appreciation Awards (Inaugural Award) –
Parramatta Touch Association, for use of Doyle Ground and facilities for training and trials
Manly Warringah Touch Association, for use of Nolans Reserve and facilities for training, trials & Junior Gala Day
Eastwood Rugby Club, for use of TG Millner Field and facilities for training, trials and Scorpions Day
Sandra Dyball for Scorpions action photography at numerous tournaments

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National Touch League 2015 Preview

The 2015 National Touch League is steadily approaching with excitement growing around the country.  The event will feature 114 teams across 13 divisions, all striving for national championships honours; commencing on Wednesday, 11 March through to finals day on Saturday, 14 March. The Elite Eight Series, which was first played in 2011 and is now in its fourth instalment, will feature the best-of-the-best Men’s and Women’s players in Australia.   Each year Touch Football Australia raises the bar with the professionalism of this tournament and this year will be no exception. Our younger Scorpion players will be itching to get onto the playing field after many of them experienced great disappointment with the wash-out of the NSWTA Junior State Cup only a few weeks ago.  Scorpions will have representation across a massive 11 divisions and are the reigning Golden Boot champions for the past three years.

Starting with the Men’s Elite 8 division, Coach Dave Nolan is back to the Scorpions family after a tenure with the NSW Rebels.  Dave is an astute coach of the game and alongside him will be Jason Martin – both fresh from their successful Youth Trans-Tasman campaign.  The NSW Scorpions Men’s team have a wealth of talent and also some of the biggest names in the game including Daniel Barton, Sam Brisby, Simon Lang & Jonathan Palau.  Whilst this division is obviously extremely strong an appearance in the final series is a realistic chance with Sam Brisby one of the top few players on the planet at present.  It’s extremely refreshing to see how level headed a player like Brisby has remained with all the success and headlines he achieves – a great example to younger players coming through the ranks.

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The NSW Scorpions Women’s Elite 8 created history last year by going through the tournament undefeated and taking out the title in dramatic fashion. In what was described as the best game of the tournament the NSW Scorpions ended NSW Mets domination in the Women’s division by claiming their first Elite Eight title in a thriller.  As is now edged in Scorpions history a touchdown to Yasmin Meakes with 15 seconds left on the clock gave the Scorpions a thrilling 7-6 victory.  The team this year has another extremely strong playing roster with an abundance of World Cup representatives. Elesha Dougal retains the Captaincy after doing a stellar job last year with Barry Gibson & Anthony Dudeck once again at the helm. Look for a big tournament from Laura Peattie – fresh on the back of a dominant Youth Trans-Tasman performance, with sister Sarah Peattie also ready to impress.  Amongst the quiet achievers will be Hannah Dyball and Tayla Duguid who have both trained extremely impressively.  Last but not least is the one and only Kylie Hilder who brings with her an amazing competitive and infectious winning spirit.

Moving onto the Men’s T-League and Scott Collins gets his opportunity as Head Coach with the able support of Ian Kalms.  Once again this is a very young side with a number of players to watch including Liam Simbolon & Adam Haskins.  Scorpions Women’s T-League have performed extremely strongly since the introduction of this division a few years ago. With experienced coaches Jamie Clifford & Keith Smith in charge another strong performance deep into the tournament looks likely.  Jye Malcolm’s Mixed Opens team have a number of big name players including Josh Gillard who is an obvious Elite 8 talent. The team also have a good mix of youth and enthusiasm that are sure to impress in this division.   The Men’s 30’s are back after a disappointing 2014 campaign.  With Coach Terry Cooper once again in charge the team will be looking to a number of their Australian World Cup representatives to get them back to their glory days.  Watch for big tournaments from Adam Fahim, Drew Davies and the ever reliable Shane “Bubba” Warman.

Looking at the Men’s 40’s team you could be mistaken for thinking this was the NSW or Australian team – with a total of 8 players set to represent the Aussies in the World Cup later this year.  The team are the reigning champions and will no doubt be looking forward to meeting old rivals the South Queensland Sharks yet again.   The Men’s 45’s are looking to continue their unbeaten title run.  Led by the ever-green David Cheung & Tim Kitchingham they would have to be one of the shortest priced favourites in any division at the tournament.   Steve Huckle has been working overtime to get the Men’s 50’s to Coffs with a challenging preparation. However the team have the one and only Cliff Lyons as their trump card and therefore anything is possible.  The Women’s 40’s are looking to go one better than last year when they made it to the Final only to be defeated by the Hornets.  Michelle Griffiths, Vicki Humpherson & Michelle Smidt are the players expected to shine.   The Senior Mixed team are back yet again and have strengthened since last year.  In a classic 3-on-3 drop-off the team went down to the Sharks in last year’s Final.  This year once again Craig Beacoft will be leading the way with new additions Brad Mitchell, Shannon Warren and Sarah Nash all expected to have influential tournaments.  Coach Nhut “The Postman” Trinh will be looking to deliver success.

So that’s the preview of the upcoming 2015 NTL, make sure you follow Scorps Facebook, Instagram & Twitter for the latest news from the tournament.  Good luck to all teams, play hard and Go Scorps!

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Scorpions 10/12’s Merit Training

Many thanks to all the players and parents who attended our second annual 10/12’s Merit Training Session.  The talented players that took part from all the Scorpions affiliates is mind-blowing – the future looks extremely positive!  Many thanks to Interno for supporting the day with some of their fantastic waterbottles.  Our 2015 Boys & Girls 10’s & 12’s Merit teams are below.

Boy’s 10’s: Beau Morrison (Renegades), Ben Noble (Ryde Eastwood), Dylan Brettle (Hills), Gabe Stuart (Renegades), Hamish Douglas (Renegades), Jack O’Connor (Hornsby), Jai Kendal (Hills), Jayden Jenkins (Hills 2), Joey Walsh (Manly), Josh Curl (Hills), Kennan Lawandos (Ryde Eastwood), Jackson Landsdown (Hills 2), Liam Bissett (Parramatta), Luke Maroun (Parramatta), Max Marsters (Manly), Nicholas McMahon (Hornsby), Oscar Gray (Parramatta), Patrick Young (Ryde Eastwood), Tylan Black Berryman (Manly).

Girls 10’s: Amber Jurotte (Hornsby), Anaia Cruickshank (Renegades), Chelsea Smyth (Renegades), Giselle Kusto (Ryde Eastwood), Hannah Dale (Parramatta), Hayley Hopper (Ryde Eastwood), Laila Dimech (Parramatta), Mackenzie Davis (Hills), Marissa Stubbs (Renegades), Mia McGregor (Hornsby), Milla Elaro (Parramatta), Mischa Morrell (Manly), Olivia Inkster (Manly), Piper Simons (Manly), Raph Perigo (Hills), Sienna Wheelhouse (Ryde Eastwood), Tara Roberts (Hornsby), Taylor Gates (Hills), Claudia Bowen (Norths), Sienna Kafer (Norths), Chloe McDonell (Norths).

Boy’s 12’s: Bailey Swain (Manly 2), Brody Howard (Ryde Eastwood), Cameron Hall (Hornsby), Daniel Denison (Hills 2), Daniel O’Donnell (Manly), Ethan Sanders (Hills), Jayden Ambichi (Parramatta), Joseph Nohra (Ryde Eastwood), Josh Ruxton (Hills 2), Lochoneus Paki (Manly), Malakai Halo (Manly 2), Malakai Latitevu (Ryde Eastwood), Matt Curl (Hills), Michael Geddes (Parramatta), Oskar Warner (Renegades), Riley Canning (Hills), Riley Mayo (Renegades), Ryan Brophy (Hornsby), Teddy Wilson (Manly), Tobey Lewis (Parramatta), Tom Morrison (Renegades), Zac Davidson (Hornsby), Jack Bowen (Norths), Ben Kafer (Norths), Charlie Marwedel (Norths).

Girls 12’s: Addison Cordery (Parramatta), Brearna Nathan (Manly), Georgia Hekeik (Parramatta), Grace Carpenter (Manly), Hannah Longton (Hills), Holly McNamara (Hills), Holy Raaff (Renegades), Imogen Sayer (Manly 2), Karly O’Neill (Ryde Eastwood), Lala Duff (Manly), Lauren Geddes (Hornsby), Layla Ritchie (Renegades), Loren Gorman (Hornsby), Mackenzie Williams (Hornsby), Matilda Donkin (Parramatta), Phoebe Hunt (Hills), Portia Amy-Wilson (Ryde Eastwood), Summer Syron (Manly 2), Zoe Chaney (Ryde Eastwood), Zoey Miller (Renegades), Madeleine McDonell (Norths), Jessica MacLennan-Pike (Norths), Sasha Oaten (Norths).