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2021 NSWTA Junior Regional Squads

Sydney Scorpions are pleased to announce their 2021 NSWTA Junior Regional squads. Players that have been selected in these squads are requested to complete the trial acceptance form below by Sunday 7 March. Trials for all eight junior divisions will take place as outlined below.  The NSWTA Junior Regional championships will be held at Orange on 1-2 May 2021.

Scorpions Junior Regional Trials
Date: Sunday 21 March, 2021
Venue: Sydney Academy of Sport & Recreation. Wakehurst Pkwy, North Narrabeen NSW 2101
Boys & Girls U12 & U14’s @ 8.30am-12noon
Boys & Girls U16 & U18’s @ 12.30pm-4.30pm

Dress Code: To aid with TalentID all players are requested to wear their local Junior State Cup affiliate playing singlet

Scorpions NTL Raffle

Sydney Scorpions raffle is now open raising funds for our athletes in assisting with their financial commitments at the upcoming National Touch League (NTL). The NTL will take place on 10-13 March at Coffs Harbour International Stadium. Regardless of any potential COVID impact to the event the raffle will still be drawn and Visa Gift Card prizes won. Tickets are $20 each and buyers have the option of selecting an athlete for whom they wish to provide their fundraising support. The raffle will be drawn on 22 February 2021. #GOSCORPS

Buy your tickets here:  https://bit.ly/ScorpsRaffle

Visa Gift Card Prizes:
1st $1,000
2nd $500
3rd $250
4th $100

Scorps Junior Gala Day – Sunday 31 January

21/01 – Sydney Scorpions are pleased to release their 2021 Scorps Junior Gala Day draw which can be found below. Any changes to the draw will happen via the same link. The event will take place on Sunday 31 January 2021 at Doyle Ground, North Parramatta. The draw includes a field map and strict COVID guidelines for the day.

https://tinyurl.com/Scorps-Draw

Junior Regional 2021 Coaching Appointments

Sydney Scorpions are pleased to announce their coaching teams for the 2021 NSWTA Junior Regional event. Scorpions have appointed a mix of seasoned experienced coaches along with a number of developing coaches representing six different Scorpions affiliates. Team Managers will be interviewed and appointed at a later date.  The Junior Regional championships will be held at Orange on 1-2 May 2021.  Timelines and junior pathway information for the event can be found here.

Boys 12’s:
Head Coach – Willie Bishop
Head Coach – Mark Jones
Assistant Coach – Joel Marsters

Girls 12’s:
Head Coach – Te Aroha Paki
Assistant Coach – Aaliyah Paki
Assistant Coach – Kylie Nicholas

Boys 14’s:
Head Coach – Craig Lowe
Head Coach – Jonathan Palau
Assistant Coach – Liam Liston

Girls 14’s:
Head Coach – Gloria Berryman
Assistant Coach – Carol Jones
Assistant Coach – Trevor McDougall

Boys 16’s:
Head Coach – Harry Berryman
Assistant Coach – Terry Joe

Girls 16’s:
Head Coach – Anthony Dudeck
Head Coach – Keith Smith
Assistant Coach – Andre Bali

Boys 18’s:
Head Coach – Brandon McDonald
Assistant Coach – Nhut Trinh
Assistant Coach – Ricky Hetherington

Girls 18’s:
Head Coach – Edith Nathan
Head Coach – Kalani Duff
Assistant Coach – Tim Sleigh

Scorpions 2021 Junior Regional Player Expression of Interest

Sydney Scorpions is requesting all U12-U18 players to complete the Scorpions 2021 Junior Regional Expression of Interest (EOI) form.  Scorpions Junior Elite Camp will not take place in 2021, instead trials will take place on Sunday 21 March at the Sydney Academy of Sport, Narrabeen. Final teams will compete at the 2021 NSWTA Junior Regional Championships to be held at Orange on 1-2 May 2021. Further information is available via time 2021 pathway document below and additionally contained in the EOI form via http://bit.ly/ScorpsJR2021EOI.

Sydney Scorpions & Athletes Authority Partnership

Sydney Scorpions are excited to announce Athletes Authority as their official strength and conditioning, high performance and rehabilitation partner for their junior, open and senior teams.

Based at Artarmon, Athletes Authority will provide the expertise that will take Scorpions athletes strength, power, speed and injury resilience closer towards an elite professional standard.

Athletes Authority have an extensive and deep knowledge of working with athletes to get the very best out of themselves and realise their sporting potential. They have trained 350+ professional athletes and 150+ athletes who have gone on to turn professional in their respective sports.

The partnership will commence with a newly appointed Scorpions Head of High Performance role which will play a vital part in Scorpions High Performance Unit. Justin Richardson has been appointed to the role and his initial remit will be overseeing high performance programs leading into the 2021 National Touch League which will take place 10-13 March at Coffs Harbour.

To find out more about what Athletes Authority can offer your affiliate, get in contact with Scorpions or head to their website: https://athletesauthority.com.au/

Sharks vs Scorpions Tompkins-Croft Series – January 2021

Update 31/12/20:  Sydney Scorpions & South Queensland Sharks have cancelled the upcoming Tompkins-Croft Series which was due to take place on 15-16 January 2021 on the Gold Coast. The ongoing uncertainty with COVID-19 and the Queensland border has led to this decision. Both regions look forward to the 2021 junior representative season and hopefully meeting each other on the playing field at the National Youth Championships on the Sunshine Coast in September 2021. Many thanks to all Scorpions players and parents for their ongoing support during the 2020 junior campaign. #StrongerTogether

The Sydney Scorpions and South Queensland Sharks are pleased to announce that the Tompkins-Croft Series will take place on 15-16 January 2021 on the Gold Coast. The event will see two of Australia’s most successful regions competing in six divisions including Boys & Girls 12/14/16’s.

The two regions have been in discussions for several months with Scorpions Regional Director Anthony Dudeck outlining further.

“We all know 2020 has been an incredibly challenging year – especially for our kids in NSW who have been starved of their beloved sports. Everyone at Scorpions was really looking forward to attending the 2020 Touch Football Australia National Youth Championships on the Sunshine Coast and being able to compete against interstate regions in junior divisions for the very first time.  However the border closures prevented this and as such we started discussions with Sharks on the possibility of hosting an event on the Gold Coast”.

“I know that our regions hold a great amount of mutual respect for what we have both achieved on and off the touch field. Our teams have been battling it out at Open and Senior level at the National Touch League for many years. This event provides our young athletes a fantastic and unique opportunity to go head-to-head against each other in six divisions over a three-game series. The responses from our expressions of interest via families have been overwhelmingly supportive. They have been with us every step of the way and we just had to listen to their positive endorsement of this exciting event”. 

According to South Queensland Sharks Affiliate Services Manager Mark Tipple, the event is also extremely exciting for the Sharks.  “Most definitely this is going to be a great few days of touch footy and we cannot wait to host our Scorpions friends from Sydney.  The Gold Coast and surrounding areas including our beaches are the perfect backdrop for a touch event. We hope that families can really relax and enjoy their time in our great city”. 

Sydney Scorpions teams will be based at the Gold Coast Performance Centre which is a premier sporting facility located in Runaway Bay. The sports performance centre is unrivalled as a destination for sporting teams to train, play and stay.

Anthony Dudeck said the opportunity for Scorpions teams to stay at the Performance Centre was something they couldn’t pass up. “We will be in camp a day prior to our first game and this will no-doubt help with our preparation. Scorpions are most definitely aware of our junior athletes’ touch football commitments including the upcoming NSWTA Junior State Cup in February. We are therefore limiting the number of our training sessions held prior to the event. The facilities at the Performance Centre will be the perfect setting for our High Performance Unit to best prepare and recover our teams during the event. We are also extremely fortunate to have two highly valued Sydney Scorpions Player Mentors in Jackson Mills (Parramatta TA) and Simone Rodgers (Hills Hornets TA & Northern Suburbs TA) as part of our touring team. We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank NSWTA for their ongoing support during discussions involving this event”.

In a mark of respect to Life Members from both Sharks and Scorpions, the Series will be named in honour of Lou Tompkins and Gary Croft who passed away earlier this year.  Both gentlemen were highly respected members of the touch football community and their memories will long live on.

Further information to follow including team line-ups, game times and livestream details.  #strongertogether www.sharkstouch.com www.destinationgoldcoast.com