Archive for March, 2017

NSW Scorpions Elite 8 Champions

Saturday 11 March 2017

Congratulations to all of the Scorpions winners and Grand Finalists at the 2017 National Touch League in Coffs Harbour.
Women’s Open: NSW Scorpions 8 defeated Qld Broncos 5
Women’s T League:  South West Swans 6 defeated Sydney Scorpions A 1
Men’s 30’s:  South Queensland Sharks 8 defeated Sydney Scorpions 6
Women’s 45’s:  Sydney Scorpions 1 defeated Hunter Western W45 0
Men’s 50’s: Sydney Scorpions 5 defeated South Queensland Sharks 3
Men’s 55’s: Sydney Scorpions 7 defeated Sydney Mets 2

The New South Wales Scorpions have made history in the Women’s Elite Eight grand final, defeating the Queensland Broncos 8-5 in an entertaining affair at the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour.   The Broncos were aiming for three titles in a row, but it wasn’t to be, outplayed from start to finish by a highly talented Scorpions side.

Hat-tricks to Scorpions stars Yasmin Meakes and Samantha Rodgers capped off a great tournament for both.

Despite the comfortable three-touchdown win, the Scorpions did not always look comfortable.  The Broncos had all the momentum after the half-time break and they used this to their advantage, scoring through Rebecca Lapraik just minutes into the second half to make the score 4-3.   Lapraik’s touchdown cut the margin to one and the Broncos’ appeared to have all the legs heading towards the last 15 minutes of play.

But after five minutes of great defence, the Scorpions hit back, scoring in the left corner through hat-trick hero Rodgers.  The score quickly became 6-3 to the Scorpions, with Yasmin Meakes grabbing her first of the afternoon with ten minutes to play.  Meakes then grabbed her second in the 33rd minute, all but icing the game for the Scorpions as they stretched their lead to four touchdowns.

Paige Parker hit back in the 35th minute for the Broncos to give them some hope, but as the minutes ticked by it became clear that it was going to be the Scorpions year.  Meakes capped a great tournament for herself in the 38th minute, scoring her third touchdown to kick-off the celebrations for the Scorpions team.  The Broncos managed a consolation touchdown in the 39th minute, with Catherine Sargent adding some respectability to the scoreboard to make it 8-5 in favour of the Scorpions.

The Scorpions were deserved winners, leading from the outset after opening the scoring in the 7th minute. They did that through Rodgers who found open space on the right wing to stroll over for a touchdown after some lazy defence.  She doubled her tally just a minute later in an almost identical play, and it soon became clear that the Scorpions would look to target the Broncos’ left-side defence.

The Broncos were always going to hit back and they did so through Emily Hennessey just seconds after the Scorpions last score. The match was beginning to open up and with the game on the line it was either teams to win.  In the 15th minute, the Scorpions regained their two-touchdown lead, with Zara Nicholas crossing in the left corner after a slick team play to make it 3-1.  The Broncos defence were caught napping by Stephanie Maiolo in the 18th minute and the Scorpions suddenly hit a 4-1 lead.  But the Broncos regained some momentum heading into half-time through the handy work of Sargent who crossed just seconds before the hooter to make the score 4-2 at the break.  It wasn’t enough, with the Scorpions going on with it in the second half to take the 2017 title.

New South Wales Scorpions 8 (Meakes 3, Rodgers 3, Nicholas, Maiolo touchdowns)
Queensland Broncos 5 (Sargent 2, Parker, Hennessey, Lapraik touchdowns)
Player of the Final – Laura Peattie

Scorpions Hall of Fame Inductees

Special congratulations to our 21 Scorpions Hall of Fame inductees who were presented with their awards this evening at our annual Scorpions Awards Dinner by TFA CEO Colm Maguire.

Adam Fahim, Barry Gibson, Bill Slade, Brandon McDonald, Brett Gillard, Bruce Ager, Chris Benfield, David Cheung, David Roberts, Dean Murphy, Derek Duguid, Jason Scharenguivel, Jeff Cheung, Katrina McIlwraith, Mark Boland, Michelle Smidt, Phil Jarrett, Terry Cooper, Tim Kitchingham, Tony Eltakchi, Vicki Humpherson.

Scorpions Dinner Award Winners 2017

Congratulations to all our Sydney Scorpions award winners from our annual NTL dinner held this evening at Coffs Harbour.

Men’s Elite 8 Boland Trophy – Jordan Marshall King
Women’s Elite 8 Boland Trophy – Pihuka Duff
Men’s T-League – Luke Mansour
Women’s T-League A – Shannyn Bissett
Women’s T-League B – Taylah Nicholls
Mixed Opens – Luke Eisenhuth
Senior Mixed – Melissa Mitchell
Women’s 27’s – Rebecca Szewcow
Men’s 30’s – Willie Bishop
Men’s 40’s – Chris Benfield
Women’s 40’s – Kerrie Doyle
Women’s 45’s – Monique Licardy
Men’s 50’s – Tim Kitchingham
Men’s 55’s – Cliff Lyons

Junior Coach of the Year – Melissa Mitchell
Senior Coach of the Year – Jason Martin
Manager of the Year – Melinda Scranage
Referee of the Year – Paul Khoudair
Brett Gillard Medal (Regional Directors Award) – Stuart Geros

In Appreciation Awards:
Parramatta Touch Association – For the use of Doyle Ground for team training & junior selection trials
Manly Touch Association – For the use of Nolan Reserve for team training and Scorpions Junior Gala Day
Medical Team – The Healthy Body organisation for providing our expert medical team
Eastwood RU & Phil Young – For the use of TG Millner for training, Scorpions Day & junior selection trials
C-ex Club Coffs Harbour – For their outstanding service hosting our Scorpions Dinner for a number of years

Scorpions Final Boys & Girls 14/16 Teams

Sydney Scorpions is pleased to announce their final Boys & Girls 14/16 teams that will compete at the NSWTA Junior Regional Championships to be held in Ballina in the school holidays on Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 April 2017.

Boys 14’s: Brody Hoy, Cuban Porter Sheen, Daniel Odonnell, Finn Watkins, Jesse Minchniewicz, Josh Turner, Lachoneus Paki, Nesta Tutunoa, Ollie Cummins, Saxon Wood, Teddy Wilson, Tobey Lewis, Tom Morrison, Will Allen. Shadows: Matthew Curl, Oskar Warner, Riley Mayo, Saxon Youngman.

Girls 14’s: Audrey Little, Brearna Nathan, Emily Smith, Gracie Carpenter, Holli Raaff, Kilahla Duff, Lara Wilkinson, Lauren Bell, Layla Ritchie, Malayiki Russell, Matilda Donkin, Millie Durdevic, Sailor Perrett, Sophie Williams. Shadows: Imogen Sayer, Lauren McCurley, Yasmin Aloisio.

Boys 16’s: Connor Griffiths, Connor McCann, Decan Ahipene, Ethan Klien, Flynn Anges-Corke, Griffin Bamford, Jordan Cassaniti, Josh Menzies, Lachie Bamford, Liam Jones, Mitchell Quetcher, Nate Scranage, Thomas Jarrett, Tom Baum. Shadows: Benji Gallacher, Jamie Elias, Nick Russell.

Girls 16’s: Billie Taylor, Brianna Hibbet, Caitlin Hickey, Ellie Kerr, Isabella Geros, Jessica Nagy, Kate Ryan, Lucy McDonald, Macy Carrothers, Maddi Ashby, Maddi McGrath, Paris Mooney, Pihuka Duff, Sariah Paki.  Shadows: Emily Phelps, Julia Zubak, Molly Donkin, Taliah Simbolon.

Additionally Sydney Scorpions is requesting accommodation requirements for all our teams.

– All final team players need to complete this form whether they require accommodation or not
– Minimum accommodation is Friday and Saturday nights, Sunday night is an optional extra
– Accommodation in Ballina will be made available for players & where possible families
– Once all requests are collected accommodation costs will be advised – these will be separate to Scorpions JR levy
– Players are expected to be in Ballina on the Friday night with team dinners to be arranged & additionally some teams will also have light training session most likely not starting earlier than 5.00pm
– The tournament will commence Saturday 22 April in the morning and is expected to conclude on the Saturday at 4.00pm, with our Scorpions Junior Regional Dinner to take place that evening at Ballina RSL with tickets for parents available online shortly
– Sunday games commence at 9.00am with finals games concluded prior to 2.00pm.  The presentations and announcement of Merit teams will follow the last game
– The event will be held at: Saunders Oval, 144/146 Tamar Street, Ballina NSW 2478


We request that all 14/16 team players and shadows (and/or parents) join the appropriate Facebook group as listed below:
Scorpions Boys 14’s Junior Regionals 2017:
Scorpions Girls 14’s Junior Regionals 2017:
Scorpions Boys 16’s Junior Regionals 2017:
Scorpions Girls 16’s Junior Regionals 2017:

Scorpions Hall of Fame

Wednesday 1st March 2017

In conjunction with the 21st National Touch League that will take place next week in Coffs Harbour, Sydney Scorpions are pleased to announce the introduction of the Scorpions Hall of Fame.  The objective is to recognise the outstanding contributions made to the permit by players, coaches, referees and administrators.  As is tradition our annual Scorpions Dinner will take place on Friday 10 March at Coffs C-ex Club and at this event we will announce the first 21 Scorpions Hall of Fame inductions.

Scorpions Life Member Brett Gillard has been working on this idea for a few years and with the 21st NTL upon us Scorpions knew now was the ideal time to introduce this new acknowledgement.

Gillard explained, “Yes it’s been on my mind for quite a while now. We formed a committee and with the help of Cary Thompson’s excellent touch almanac we reviewed all the information and came up with many notable nominees.  The final 21 names that will be inducted in this first year have all most definitely played a significant part in where Sydney Scorpions finds itself today.  Each year we will review new candidates, of which new inductee’s will be announced at our annual NTL Scorpions Dinner and no-doubt this will be a prestigious honour to have bestowed”.

The announcement of the first 21 Scorpions Hall of Fame inductees next week will add to an already special event in which the Scorpions Croft Medals, Regional Directors Award (Brett Gillard Medal), Mark Boland Elite 8 Trophy’s; along with the Junior & Senior Coach of the Year, Manager of the Year and Referee of the Year will all be presented.