Sydney Scorpions are pleased to announce their teams that will compete at the 2015 National Touch League & Elite 8 tournaments.
Men’s Elite 8: Alex Nicholls, Cain Rangi, Ciaran Toner, Daniel Barton, Derek Duff, Ed Burrell, Harry Berryman, Jackson Mills, Jonathan Palau, Jordan Sarmento, Jordon Horo, Kai Simbolon, Mark Roberts, Quinn Witaker, Sam Brisby Simon Lang Women’s Elite 8: Danielle Davis, Elesha Dougal, Hannah Dyball, Laura Peattie, Sarah Peattie, Yasmin Meakes, Kylie Hilder, Jenna Hitch, Jess Fowler, Josie Ruawai, Nicky Albery, Tayla Duguid, Zara Nicholas, Steph Maiolo, Tegan Chandler, Haley Crawford
Sydney Scorpions are pleased to announce their coaching positions for the 2015 representative season.
14 Girls: Head Coach – Gavin Bruce Assistant Coach – Keith Smith 14 Boys: Head Coach – Robert Barakat Assistant Coaches – Matt Scranage & Matt Lawson 16 Girls: Head Coach – Jye Malcolm Assistant Coaches – Carol Jones & Roha Paki 16 Boys: Head Coach – Brandon McDonald Assistant Coaches – Edward Johnston & Brad Curl 18 Girls: Head Coach – Melissa Mitchell Assistant Coaches – Craig Beacroft & Nhut Trinh 18 Boys: Head Coach – Jason Martin Assistant Coach – Jim Randall
Women’s T-League: Head Coach – Jamie Clifford Assistant Coach – Keith Smith Men’s T-League: Head Coach – Scott Collins Assistant Coach – Ian Kalms Mixed Opens: Head Coach – Jye Malcolm AC – Andrew Windsor Manager – Indi Angel-Auld Men’s 30’s: Head Coach – Terry Cooper Men’s 40’s: Head Coach – Ian Kalms Men’s 45’s: Head Coach – Brett Gillard Men’s 50’s: Head Coach – Steve Huckle Senior Mixed: Head Coach – Nhut Trinh Assistant Coaches – Craig Beacroft & Dave Roberts Women’s 40’s: Head Coach – Paul Robinson Manager – Monique Licardy
The Sydney Scorpions Tim Kitchingham was recognised for his contribution to the sport of Touch Football at Saturday night’s NSWTA Blues Awards Dinner, being named the Rod Wise Medal winner for Volunteer of the Year. Involved across many levels of the sport, from affiliate through to Australian representation, Kitchingham is a very deserving Rod Wise Medal recipient. Kitchingham is the Sydney Scorpions assistant regional director as well as technical director off the field, while on the field he has 76 caps for Australia, making him the fifth most capped Australian representative of all time. He is also a Touch Football Australia and New South Wales Touch Association Hall of Fame member. Kitchingham told the audience at the Blues Awards Dinner that volunteers like him do it because of their love for the sport. “It backs up all the work you do and it’s not just about me, it’s about all the people who were up here earlier as well, we do it for the sport,” Kitchingham said. Kitchingham thanked his wife, Tracey for her support, as well the Scorpions. “I’d like to thank my wife for what she puts up with, she probably enjoys me being out of the house, which is a good thing for her, she gets to watch all her taped TV shows,” he joked. “She knows the highs I get from this game, whether it be playing or seeing the kids come through from a junior level to a senior level, like (2013/14 Junior Players of the Year) Matt Wilson and Hannah Dyball. “The people at Scorpions are just fantastic, players, parents, the people involved – Brett Gillard, Anthony Dudeck, I couldn’t do it without them. To Gary and Mel Croft, thank you for the trust you put in the new committee that came in a number of years ago, we hope we’ve done you proud”.
By Ben Harris – TFA website. It has been described as the best game of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League. NSW Scorpions ended NSW Mets domination in the Women’s division by claiming the Elite Eight title in a thriller. A touchdown to Yasmin Meakes with 15 seconds left on the clock gave the Scorpions a 7-6 victory. Three touchdowns were scored in the final minute as the two combatants threw everything but the kitchen sink at each other. The win maintained the Scorpions’ perfect record at the 2014 tournament. It also gave them their first NTL Women’s Open title. Scorpions Captain Elesha Dougal said it was an incredible achievement for her team. “People said at the start [of the tournament], ‘errr, I don’t know how they will go’ but we have just proved them all wrong,” Dougal said. “I am so proud of the girls. It was the hardest game we’ve played in and I knew it would be; so credit to our team and credit to Mets. They pushed us. “We believed in ourselves so a full credit to the girls and the coaching staff.” In a match that was tit-for-tat until the final whistle, the Mets opened the scoring first through Botille Veitte-Walsh. Both teams attacked each other’s scoreline but could not get the touchdown. A bit of Teagan Chandler magic put Laura Peattie over for a touchdown to level the scores. The Scorpions hit the lead through Yasmin Meakes but it was cancelled out by Claire Moran’s touchdown in the corner. In the final two minutes, Mets scored twice and Scorpions once, which made the score 4-3 in favour of the two-time champions.
Shortly after the break a Hilder pass put Sarah Peattie over the line and levelled the scores again. Scorpions hit the lead when Lizzy Hewitt found the scoreline and immediately after, Mets were disallowed a touchdown due to a forward pass. But it soon did not matter as Kristin Boss scored to level the scores. The final minute had the crowd on the edge of their seats. Scorpions thought they had won it when Shellie Davis buried her way over the line to score. But Mets’ captain Claire Tandek scored immediately and a drop-off was highly likely. The Scorpions had one last shot and they made it count when Meakes scored the decisive touchdown in the corner with 15 seconds to go. The referees conferred on the field and they were happy for the touchdown to count.
NSW Scorpions 7 defeated NSW Mets 6 Touchdowns: Scorpions 7 (Yasmin Meakes 3, Sarah Peattie, Laura Peattie, Lizzy Hewitt, Shellie Davis) defeated Mets 6 (Botille Veitte-Walsh 2, Claire Moran, Kirstie Jenkins, Kristin Boss, Claire Tandek) Player of the Final: Danielle Davis TFA YouTube: Full video footage of the game can be found here. Highlights of the game can be found here.