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NTL 2016 Player Registration

The National Touch League will be held in Coffs Harbour on 9-12 March, 2016.  Sydney Scorpions is now requesting all interested players to register below to be added to our squads.  This season Scorpions are utilising the new All Sports Admin on-line management system.  This on-line system will save both team and Scorpions management a great amount of time in financial collections as all payments will now be made via PayPal.  The system will also be used for playing and off-field gear orders, accommodation requests, trial notifications and extra tickets to our annual Scorpions Dinner.  In 2016 our Scorpions playing shirts will be a new design which will incorporate the new TFA & NRL Harvey Norman logo.  Playing shorts/bike pants will remain unchanged and will have a new design in 2017.  We hereby request all coaches, assistant coaches, managers and players to register by 30 December 2015.  Trial information for our teams is available via our Facebook page.

Registration Instructions

– Please create an account via this link & upload a photo
– Then select the team or teams you wish to trial for
– For Mixed Opens & T-League there is no joining fee, deposits will be requested in a few weeks
– For all other Senior teams there is a joining fee which acts as an NTL deposit
– Players that do not make the final team will receive a refunded deposit
– Trial information for teams will be updated via this online system & on Facebook over the next week
– No need to request accommodation or order gear as yet
– Any support issues via

2016 Coaching Appointments

Sydney Scorpions is pleased to announce their coaching appointments for the upcoming 2016 representative season. The National Touch League & Elite 8 will take place at Coffs Harbour on 9-12 March 2016.  Following this will be the NSWTA Junior Regionals which will take place at Parkes on 16-17 April 2016.  Details of our Junior Regional trials will be available in coming weeks. NB: NSW Scorpions Elite 8 appointments are managed by NSWTA.

Boys 14’s:  Head Coach – Matt Scranage  Assistant Coach – Tua Marsters
Girls 14’s: Head Coach – Gavin Bruce  Assistant Coach – Peter Langmack  Manager – Melissa Mann
Boys 16’s:  Head Coach – Brandon McDonald  Assistant Coach – Matt Lawson
Girls 16’s: Head Coach – Keith Smith  Assistant Coach – Carol Jones
Boys 18’s:  Head Coach – Jason Martin  Assistant Coach – Brad Curl
Girls 18’s: Head Coach – Mel Mitchell  Assistant Coach – Tracey Elliot

Men’s Elite 8: Head Coach – Graham Fleming Assistant Coach – Brandon McDonald  Manager – Robyn Maiolo
Women’s Elite 8: 
Head Coach – Dave Nolan  Assistant Coach –  Jason Martin  Manager – Vincent Bateman 
Men’s T-League
: Head Coach – Brad Curl  Assistant Coaches –  Anthony Dudeck, Ian Kalms & Scott Collins  Manager – Mark Harrington
Women’s T-League: Head Coach – Christian Browne  Assistant Coach – Matt Lawson
Mixed Opens: Head Coach – Jye Malcolm  Assistant Coach – Andrew Windsor
Men’s 30’s: Head Coach – Terry Cooper  Manager – Bruce Ager
Men’s 40’s: Head Coach – Ron Larcombe
Men’s 45’s: Head Coach – Brett Gillard
Men’s 50’s: Head Coach  – Cliff Lyons
Men’s 55’s: Head Coach – Graham Pickering  Manager – Gordon Parish
Women’s 40’s: Head Coach – Paul Robinson  Manager – Monique Licardy
Senior Mixed:  Head Coach – Dave Roberts  Manager – Simon Kowald

2014/15 Blues Award Winners

Congratulations to NSWTA for another successful Blues Awards Night which was held on Saturday evening at the Bankstown Sports Club. Once again Scorpions affiliates and players were amongst the major award winners with Hills Hornets President & Scorpions Technical Director Brad Mitchell taking out the prestigious Rod Wise Medal (Volunteer of the Year) in just his first year of being nominated for the award. Tim Kitchingham took out the Rod Wise Medal just 12 months ago so this is yet another excellent result for Scorpions. Brad Mitchell was also awarded the NSWTA Administrator of the Year, sharing the award with Kathy Lang from Mudgee Touch Association.


Our Elite 8 NSW Scorpions pairing of Sam Brisby (Manly Warringah) and Kai Simbolon (Parramatta) also took out awards. Brisby won the NSWTA Male Player of the Year after a successful year which included being part of the victorious Australian Men’s Opens World Cup winning team. Simbolon was awarded the NSWTA Junior Male Player of the Year in what has also been a big year which included Australian representation at the Youth Trans-Tasman.

Hannah Dyball (Manly Warringah) made it back-to-back success once again winning the NSWTA Junior Female Player of the Year.  It’s also been a big year for Dyball which included her debut for the Australian Women’s Opens team at the World Cup – at just 17 years of age.  Tim Kitchingham was awarded the NSWTA Selector of the Year.

Moving onto the Affiliate of the Year and Hills Hornets Touch added to their success from last year by once again taking out the award – this time through a tie with Manly Warringah Touch Association. Both affiliates were awarded Affliate of the Year within the Scorpions region and then took out the main state award. This is a fantastic achievement congratulations to all involved in both affiliates.

Rod Wise Medal – Volunteer of the Year
Brad Mitchell – Hills Hornets Touch Association

Affiliate of the Year – Sydney Scorpions Region
Hills Hornets Touch Association & Manly Warringah Touch Association

NSWTA Affiliate of the Year
Hills Hornets Touch Association & Manly Warringah Touch Association

Administrator of the Year – Sydney Scorpions Region
Brad Mitchell – Hills Hornets Touch Association

NSWTA Administrator of the Year
Brad Mitchell – Hills Hornets Touch Association
Kathy Lang – Mudgee Touch Association

NSWTA Male Player of the Year
Sam Brisby – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

NSWTA Junior Male Player of the Year
Kai Simbolon – Parramatta Eels

NSWTA Junior Female Player of the Year
Hannah Dyball – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

NSWTA Selector of the Year
Tim Kitchingham – Sydney Scorpions

2016 Coaching Roles

Sydney Scorpions are calling for suitably qualified applicants for roles within their 2016 Junior, Open & Senior teams. Roles include Coach, Assistant Coach, Manager & Selectors. Nominations are open now and close in coming weeks, with appointments announced shortly after via the Sydney Scorpions website & Facebook page. Tournaments include the TFA National Touch League (March 2016 @ Coffs Harbour) & NSWTA Junior Regionals (April 2016 @ Venue TBC). Appointments for Junior roles (Boys & Girls 14/16/18’s) will be made by Sydney Scorpions based on the best fit for both Scorpions and coaching development. Criteria & selection policy information can be found here.

Applications via this link.

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2015/16 Sydney Scorpions Committee

Message from Anthony Dudeck – June 2015

Following our recently held AGM, Sydney Scorpions are pleased to announce our new committee and newly formed Scorpions Working Group.  First of all special recognition and thanks must go to Brett Gillard who has now completed his tenure as Regional Director.  I am extremely fortunate to have been entrusted with his role and would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate Brett for his successful leadership at the top of Scorpions for many years.  Brett has most certainly left our permit in a healthy and strong position, with success a regular occurrence both on and off the field over a sustained period of time.  It’s no secret that Brett’s right-hand man during his time at the top has been Tim Kitchingham, and I am very fortunate to have his support in my new role.

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Our objective for the Scorpions permit is very simple – we are aiming to surround ourselves with the “best of the best” from around our region.  We are confident this approach will form an extremely strong leadership team, and from this position of strength Scorpions will continue to improve, move forward and be leaders at both state and national level.

As has been the case for many years now, Dave Nolan will continue to lead the way with our juniors as our Regional Juniors Director.  This is an area that we feel we have continued to make strong inroads and improvements over the past few years, however the job is not yet complete and over the next 12 months we will look to allocate more resources into this area.

Brad Mitchell has vacated his Junior Coaching Director position and has now moved onto the Executive Committee and into the Technical Director role.  Brad has had great success over the past 12 months at affiliate level with Hills Touch and we are lucky to have him with us again, this time overseeing the technical arm of the permit.

We are delighted to welcome NSWTA & TFA Hall of Fame member Mick McCall onto our team as our Senior Coaching Director.  Mick brings with him an obvious wealth of experience and additionally he will be sitting within our Scorpions Working Group. Bill Slade, Bruce Ager, and Sandra Dyball all continue in their roles with Monique Nolan joining us to assist as our joint Merchandise Manager.  There are a number of opportunities to join our team through the vacant roles outlined further below, with interested parties encouraged to apply.

As previously mentioned we have formed the Scorpions Working Group.  The members of which include a number of the Scorpions committee members and additionally others who bring their own unique skill-set, experience and value to our permit.   On this group are new faces Adam Fahim and Stuart Geros, along with Brett Gillard who we are pleased has agreed to continue his involvement with Scorpions.  Adam Fahim is the current President of Parramatta Touch and Stuart Geros has impressed in his Junior Representative Director role at Manly Warringah Touch.

2015/16 Scorpions Working Group: Adam Fahim, Anthony Dudeck, Brad Mitchell, Brett Gillard, Dave Nolan, Ian Kalms, Mick McCall, Stuart Geros, Tim Kitchingham.

The primary objectives of this working group are as follows:
1. To meet together as a group with the outcomes of these meetings both clear and actionable
2. All members are encouraged to make active contributions and should be willing and able to take on responsibility for actions as appropriate to their skills and expertise
3. Scorpions committee members should provide assistance outside of their portfolio where extra resources are required for continued and ongoing success
4. Share a common goal that the general workload involved in running the permit be distributed evenly amongst the Committee & Working Group
5. Where possible partner and collaborate with the games governing bodies in both NSW Touch Association & Touch Football Australia

So once again it’s another huge and exciting year ahead, filled with many opportunities on and off the field.

Until next time…. Go Scorps!

Anthony Dudeck
Regional Director

2015/16 Sydney Scorpions Committee:
Regional Director – Anthony Dudeck
Assistant Regional Director – Tim Kitchingham
Regional Technical Director – Brad Mitchell
Regional Finance Director – Tim Kitchingham
Regional Juniors Director – Dave Nolan
Regional Selectors Director – Bruce Ager
Regional Referees Director – Bill Slade
Regional Senior Coaching Director – Mick McCall
Regional Merchandise Managers – Tim Kitchingham & Monique Nolan
Regional Communications Managers – Anthony Dudeck & Brad Mitchell
Regional Tournament Managers – Sandra Dyball & Scorpions Working Group

Applications for the vacant roles below are now being taken via
Sydney Scorpions Regional Junior Coaching Director
Sydney Scorpions Regional Participation Director
Sydney Scorpions Regional Sports Science Manager


2015 NSWTA Junior Regional Champion Permit

Congratulations to all involved with Sydney Scorpions once again the 2015 NSWTA Junior Regional Champion Permit. We had title wins with the 14 Boys, 14 Girls & 18 Girls. Our 18 Boys went down in their Final against the Sydney Rebels 4-3 in a drop-off.  The 16 Boys lost in a semi final drop-off to Sydney Mets 4-3 and our 16 Girls also lost in a semi final drop-off against Southern Suns 4-3. Well done to all on another successful campaign.

Congratulations to the following Scorpions Nolan Medal recipients for 2015:
Boys 14’s – Thomas Edgley
Girls 14’s – Pihuka Duff
Boys 16’s – Conor Hickey
Girls 16’s – Chloe Scranage
Boys 18’s – Jackson Mills
Girls 18’s – Kaitlin McCaffery

Sydney Scorpions wishes to congratulate the following players who were selected in the 2015 NSWTA State Merit teams:


Girls 14’s – Pihuka Duff, Lucy McDonald, Madison Higgins-Ashby, Taylah Nicholls, Sariah Paki


Girls 16’s – Faith Nathan, Brittney Clifford, Chloe Scranage, Aaliyah Paki, Rachel Fear, Abigael Shepard

Boys 14’s – Tom Baum,  Thomas Edgley, Ben Trbojevic, Decan Ahipene


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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.