Sydney Scorpions 2023 Annual General Meeting took place on Monday 4 September, with our new committee following the AGM found below.
Huge thank you to Michelle Geros who after five years is stepping down from the committee and her Merchandise Manager role. Michelle joined the committee taking over from Tim Kitchingham in 2018 and has done an outstanding job with her attention to detail whilst ensuring players and parents are kept happy with all things apparel. Michelle has also been a valuable member of our High Performance Unit and has performed numerous Team Manager duties over many campaigns.
Taking over the merchandise role are Brooke Tolar and Tobie-Anne Fletcher. Already experienced with apparel through their Touch N Tag business, the ladies are sure to do an excellent job for the region.
Regional Director – Anthony Dudeck
Regional Administrator – Amy Alagna
Regional Technical Director – Brad Curl
Regional Finance Director – Johanne Joe
Regional Coaching Director – Brad Curl
Regional Referees Director – Bill Slade
Regional Selectors Director – Vacant
Regional Juniors Director – Craig Lowe
Regional Merchandise Managers – Brooke Tolar, Tobie-Anne Fletcher
Regional Affiliate Liaison Managers – Amy Alagna, Johanne Joe
Regional Media & Communications Manager – Anthony Dudeck
Regional High Performance Managers – Amy Alagna, Anthony Dudeck, Johanne Joe
AGM Regional Director Report (1 July 2022-30 June 2023):
This reporting period saw Sydney Scorpions compete at the 2022 National Youth Championships (NYC) plus 2023 Junior Regionals and National Touch League (NTL). There were many highlights, with Scorpions the current Champion Permit holders for both the Junior Regionals and National Touch League. Additionally, Scorpions are the current NSWTA Region of the Year.
After a ten year absence from the event, Scorpions returned with six teams to the 2022 National Youth Championships which were played at Sunshine Coast Stadium during September/October. Scorpions came a credible sixth place in the Champion Permit which is pleasing as we didn’t enter teams in the 18’s division due to many players representing the various NSW school systems.
In January 2023, Scorpions held our Gary Croft Junior Gala Day. Manly Warringah Touch Association hosted the successful Saturday morning event, with 66 teams from all Scorpions affiliates taking part.
At the National Touch League in March 2023, Scorpions won our 9th Champion Permit Golden Boot title, by winning an outstanding seven divisions from ten grand final appearances – the most in our history at the event. Additionally, Scorpions took out our first NTL Women’s Open title after previously winning three Elite 8 titles in 2014, 2017 and 2018. It was an outstanding and dominant undefeated team performance with all players at the peak of their game. The team won their quarter, semi and grand final by an aggregate of 26-2, playing some fantastic running touch football.
The 2023 Junior Regionals took place at Tuggerah with Scorpions continuing their impressive winning streak by claiming our 13th consecutive Champion Permit title. Scorpions first title was secured in 2008 at Forster, followed by another in 2010 at Orange. Since then, Scorpions have won every year without fail, including the 2023 event, which marks the regions 14th Junior Regional title in total. In 2022, Scorpions won three divisions, however in 2023 we surpassed our previous record set in 2012 (winning five from six divisions), by winning a remarkable six out of the eight divisions on offer.
Scorpions combined success at the 2023 National Touch League and Junior Regional events resulted in claiming 13 championship titles in total from the 16 grand finals played.
Congratulations to both Hills Hornets and Northern Beaches Renegades for winning their respective 2023 Junior State Cup southern and northern conferences. This is a credit to both clubs and committees for their hard work and dedication over many years.
We extend gratitude to all our Scorpions members for their continued support in raising funds for charities and beneficiaries during our Scorpions Dinners. Fundraising took place at both NYC and NTL. Over the years, since 2014, Scorpions have collectively raised an impressive total of $21,704.
Thank you and great appreciation to the entire Sydney Scorpions committee, officials, referees, selectors, players, and parents for their unwavering support and dedication during what can undoubtedly be considered the most triumphant 12-month period in our history. #StrongerTogether