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Sydney Scorpions Junior Pathways 2020

Sydney Scorpions is pleased to provide our 2020 junior representative pathway timelines and information.

Due to the already congested touch calendar and the date on which the Australia Day holiday falls in 2020, Scorpions will not be holding a Junior Gala Day in 2020, however the Gala Day will reconvene in 2021.

Our Scorpions Junior Elite Camp will once again take place as our primary selection camp for our U12/14/16’s at the Sydney Sports Academy, Narrabeen on 21-22 March 2020.

Final teams selected will represent Sydney Scorpions at the 2020 Junior Regional event which will be held on 2-3 May at the Central Coast Regional Sporting & Recreation Complex, Tuggerah.  In an effort to keep costs to a minimum Scorpions will not be arranging accommodation for this event.

NTL 2020 Coaching Appointments

Sydney Scorpions are pleased to announce their coaching teams for the National Touch League to be held 11-14 March, 2020 in Coffs Harbour.

Men’s Open
Coach – Brad Curl
Coach – Matt Scranage
Assistant Coach – Matt Lawson

Women’s Open
Coach – Roha Paki
Coach – Anthony Dudeck
Assistant Coach – Craig Beacroft
Assistant Coach – Nhut Trinh

Women’s 30’s
Coach – TBC
Manager – TBC

Men’s 30’s
Coach – Terry Cooper
Manager – Christine Cooper

Men’s 40’s
Coach – Ron Larcombe
Manager – Paul Macpherson

Women’s 40’s
Coach – Edith Nathan
Manager – Johanne Joe

Men’s 45’s
Coach – Ian Kalms
Manager – Andre Bali

Women’s 45’s
Coach – Phil McIlwraith
Assistant Coach – Monique Nolan
Manager – Megan Kennedy

Men’s 50’s
Coach – Brett Gillard
Manager – Aron Watson

Men’s 55’s
Coach – Cliff Lyons
Manager – Caren Friend

Sydney Scorpions AGM 2019

Notice of Sydney Scorpions Annual General Meeting

Date: Monday 23 September 2019 @  7.00pm
Venue: Northmead Bowling Club, 166 Windsor Rd, Northmead NSW 2152

Scorpions AGM Order of Business 23 Sept 2019
Sydney Scorpions 2019 AGM Report – 01 July 2018 – 30 Jun 2019
NSW Touch Association Sydney Scorpions Division – 2019 Financial Statement

Meeting papers can be found above. This meeting will include the election of the two officers those being Regional Director and Technical Director.

All affiliates are encouraged to attend and have representation.

Further information via

2019 Junior Regional Champions

Sydney Scorpions once again continued their dominance of the Junior Regionals claiming their 10th consecutive Regional Championship title and 11 titles in total. The tournament bought with it a number of challenges including the timing and weather conditions during the event. Scorpions have now held both the National Touch League (Open and Seniors) and Junior Regional champion permit titles for eight of the past nine years running.

Fifty teams from the six New South Wales regions – Sydney Mets, Sydney Scorpions, Sydney Rebels, Southern Suns, Hunter Western Hornets, Northern Eagles and this year for the first time ACT Raiders – competed at Orange in chilly wintery conditions. For the first time, this year’s event welcomed Under 12’s into the mix along with the 14’s, 16’s and 18’s Boys and Girls divisions.

In the new Boys 12’s division three new Scorpions coaches in Jonathan Palau, Craig Lowe and Liam Liston were making their debut. The team won all their pool games except one which was a draw. The team went on to win a tight semi-final 2-1 against Rebels and then suffered their only defeat in the tournament against the Hornets 4-3 in the Grand Final. Overall a very pleasing performance from all involved with a bright future ahead for many of these players who will surely represent Scorpions for many years to come.

In the Girls 12’s the experienced coach Gloria Berryman was aided by Tim Sleigh and Kylie Nicholas. Ava Jones and Tia Matthews were amongst the stand-out players with the team winning their semi-final 2-1 against Mets and then knocking off the undefeated Hornets in the Grand Final by 2-0. What an amazing experience for this team of talented young girls taking out their first Junior Regional title in their first attempt.

In the Boys 14’s Scorpions once again had three new coaches in Harry Berryman, Nathan Wong and Mark Jones. The team only lost one game all tournament, that being in the round game against Hornets 2-1. However they bounced back from that minor setback to strongly beat Suns 9-3 in the semi-final and Mets 3-2 in the Grand Final. Joseph Teaupa and Tylan Black-Berryman were two of the strong performers for the team. Well done to all three new coaches on success on their first outing for Scorps.

The Girls 14’s were rated highly coming into the event with a number of strong players from affiliates that performed well at Junior State Cup. Coaches Keith Smith, Trevor McDougall and Andre Bali would have been happy with the team undefeated in their round games including a 5-0 win over Mets. However Mets bounced back strongly in the semi-final to knock off the highly fancied Scorpions by 3-2 in a nerve racking drop-off. Scorps led early but couldn’t put the Mets away leading to the drop-off. The Mets went on to finish the job by winning the Grand Final. Strong performers for the team included Raphaella Perigo, Mackenzie Davis, Marrisa Stubbs and Milla Elaro.

There was quiet confidence amongst the Boys 16’s team with coach Matt Lawson aided by Ricky Hetherington and Nhut Trinh. The team only lost one round game to the Hornets 6-5 and then faced off against the Mets in the semi-final only to go down 3-1 with Mets going on to win the title. Definitely a lot of talent to work with in years to come with all players benefiting from this regional event.

The Girls 16’s backed up their championship title from 2018 with another undefeated stella tournament. Coaches Edith Nathan, Carol Jones and Charmayne Nathan would have been very confident going into the Grand Final after a 8-3 semi-final victory. The semi-final win over Northern Eagles saw the Scorpions play some outstanding running touch football only letting Eagles back into the game slightly towards the end when it was all but over. The Grand Final win was against the Hornets 4-2 with Emily Smith named Player of the Final. Co-captains Kiiahla Duff and Lara Wilkinson led the team admirably all tournament.

A young Scorpions Boys 18’s team had a number of changes leading into the event, with the loss of the talented Flynn Angles Corke too big a hurdle to jump. That said coaches Brad Curl and Tim Kitchingham did see many positive signs for next year with the team making it to the semi-finals only to get beaten 5-2 to the Mets. The team were led by co-captains Ethan Klein and Nate Scrange.  A strong Hornets team went onto beat Mets in the Grand Final with Josh Menzies being awarded the prestigious Scorpions Medal.

A star studded Girls 18’s team continued the domination of this division with yet another undefeated championship title. The team was coached by Roha Paki with Kalani Duff and Carly Easterbrook assisting. The team won their semi-final 4-2 over Mets setting up a Grand Final show down against the Hornets. Lucy McDonald was named Player of the Final with the Scorpions winning 3-0 in the game that mattered. Players Player for the Scorpions was Jade Pond after having a very strong tournament on debut.

Overall Scorpions claimed four of the eight divisions on offer. Whilst the Scorpions were dominant they were pushed yet again by the Hunter Western Hornets, who also participated in six finals and claimed two titles in Boys 12’s and Boys 18’s divisions. Sydney Mets also had a strong showing winning two divisions and finishing third in the overall Champion Permit title. In 2020 the event will head to the Central Coast and return to Orange in 2021 in a warmer time of the year.

2019 NSWTA Junior Regional Photos – Sydney Scorpions

Additional congratulations to all our Sydney Scorpions award winners and those named in the NSWTA Merit teams from the 2019 NSWTA Junior Regional event.

Girls 12’s: Champions
Sydney Scorpions 2 Hunter Western Hornets 0
Scorpions Medal: Ava Jones
Players Player: Tia Matthews
Player of the Final: Tia Matthews

Boys 12’s: Grand Finalists
Hunter Western Hornets 4 Sydney Scorpions 3
Scorpions Medal: Tamoko Berryman-Duff
Players Player: Max Davies
Coaches Award: Jackson Ellia

Girls 14’s: Semi-Finalists
Scorpions Medal: Raphaella Perigo
Coaches Awards: Mackenzie Davis, Marrisa Stubbs, Milla Elaro

Boys 14’s: Champions
Sydney Scorpions 3 Sydney Mets 2
Scorpions Medal: Joseph Teaupa
Player of the Final: Tylan Black-Berryman

Girls 16’s: Champions
Sydney Scorpions 4 Hunter Western Hornets 2
Scorpions Medal: Kiiahla Duff
Coaches Award: Lara Wilkinson
Player of the Final: Emily Smith

Boys 16’s: Semi-Finalists
Scorpions Medal: William Hickey

Girls 18’s: Champions
Sydney Scorpions 3 Hunter Western Hornets 0
Scorpions Medal: Kate Ryan
Players Player: Jade Pond
Coaches Award: Paris Mooney
Player of the Final: Lucy McDonald

Boys 18’s: Semi-Finalists
Scorpions Medal: Josh Menzies

2019 Good Sports Team:
Sydney Scorpions Girls 18’s

Regional Championship:
1st Sydney Scorpions 91pts
2nd Hunter Western Hornets 84pts
3rd Sydney Mets 78pts

Girls 12’s NSW Touch Football Merit Team
Middles: Waiara ELLIS, Ava JONES, Logan LEMUSU
Links: Kelsey BERRYMAN, Jazzy JAMES
Winger: Tia MATTHEWS
Utility: Amelia HOLLIS

Boys 12’s NSW Touch Football Merit Team
Middles: Tamoko BERRYMAN-DUFF, Taiaroa LOWE, Jarvis HEMMINGS
Winger: Luke TAKCHI

Girls 14’s NSW Touch Football Merit Team
Middle: Zara HALLIDAY
Links: Olivia Rose INKSTER, Raphaelle PERIGO
Winger: Alyssa MEDVED

Boys 14’s NSW Touch Football Merit Team
Link: Lehi HOPOATE
Winger: Alfred Mikas DE JESUS III
Utility: Thomas KLEM

Girls 16’s NSW Touch Football Merit Team
Middles: Kiiahla DUFF, Emily SMITH, Grace CARPENTER
Links: Holli RAAFF, Layla RITCHIE, Maddison BINDING, Millie DURDEVIC
Wingers: Sailor PERRETT, Hannah STACEY

Boys 16’s NSW Touch Football Merit Team
Middles: Finn WATKINS, Oskar WARNER
Link: Lachoneus PAKI
Winger: Cuban PORTER-SHEEN

Congratulations to all Sydney Scorpions who will represent the NSW Touch Development teams that will participate at the 2019 National Youth Championships in Kawana, Queensland from September 18-21.

Men’s Development Team:
Alexander Nolan
Cuban Porter-Sheen
Decan Ahipene
Dylan Bosschieter
Ethan Klein
Nate Scranage
Oskar Warner
Tom Jarrett
Matt Scranage (Coach)
Jackson Mills (Assistant Coach)

Women’s Development Team:
Isabella Gerros
Layla Ritchie
Lucy McDonald
Molly Donkin
Sophie Wickham
Tyler Pelligra
Roha Paki (Assistant Coach)
Nhut Trinh (Manager)

NTL 2019 Golden Boot Champions

Congratulations to all involved as Sydney Scorpions took home it’s 8th Golden Boot Champion Permit title at the 2019 National Touch League.  More reports coming soon.

Check-out all the action photos via our Facebook page, these will be uploaded to the website in coming weeks.

Women’s Open: Sharks 7 def. Scorpions 2
Men’s 30s: Scorpions 8 def. Sharks 6
Senior Mixed: Scorpions 6 def. Raiders 2
Men’s 40s: Sharks 6 def. Scorpions 4
Women’s 40s: Scorpions 3 def. Sharks 2
Men’s 45s: Scorpions 6 def. Sharks 3
Women’s 45s: Broncos 3 def. Scorpions 0
Men’s 50s: Scorpions 5 def. Cyclones 4
Men’s 55s: Scorpions 5 def. Pineapples 4

NTL 2019 Player of the Final Awards:
Men’s 30’s – John Kennedy
Men’s 45’s – Willie Chan
Men’s 50’s – James Marks
Men’s 55’s – David Chueng
Senior Mixed – Simon Kowald (Male) & Charlotte Henry (Female)

NTL 2019 Preview

The 2019 National Touch League takes place in Coffs Harbour from Wednesday 13 March with Finals Day on Saturday 16 March, with Sydney Scorpions sending 11 teams.  With the NRL Touch Premiership now in full-swing there is no Elite 8 division, meaning that the elite divisions at this event will be the Men’s, Women’s & Mixed Open.  In the Champion Permit Golden Boot stakes the Sydney Scorpions and the South Queensland Sharks are both locked at 7 titles each. The annual Scorpions Dinner will take place on Friday 15 March at Coffs C-ex Club with the usual awards presented including; Junior and Senior Coaches of the Year, Manager of the Year, Referee of the Year.  Additionally, we will see a few new inductees in the Scorpions Hall of Fame which was introduced two years ago. As a nice touch all Scorps new Inferno design playing shrts will have the names of all our Hall of Fame inductees printed on the playing numbers.  As we look towards another successful campaign and preview each of thedivisions, a quick thanks to the fabulous Zoe Zinetti and Collette Richie who have done an excellent job as usual as part of the TFA NTL events team.

In the Men’s Open division, a very young team will embark on Coffs aiming to gain invaluable experience at the top level.  In what is expected to be an extremely competitive division the team will be guided by coaches Brad Curl, Jason Martin and Matt Lawson.  The group will look to the leadership of Matt Swain and others including Jaycob Fong, Zac Simons and Keeley Bowen all of whom have come through the Scorpions Junior Regional ranks. Brendan Robertson made his successful Scorps NTL debut last season.  Add to that the three Sam’s in Edgley, Watkins and Kelley plus Dallas Patterson and there is obvious talent in this team.

It’s a time of opportunities in the Women’s Open division with Scorpions welcoming many young ladies ready to step up to the open division after doing their time in T-League and through the junior ranks.  Elesha Te Paa is captain of the team and her leadership on and off the field will be immense. Coaches Roha Paki, Anthony Dudeck and Craig Beacroft have a lot of experience between them and will be after a bold showing.  Players to watch include Olivia Steer who is no doubt a star on the rise, along with Aaliyah Paki, Nicole Saldern and Simone Rodgers who is argulably one of the most under-rated players in the Women’s game.  Add to that the speed and grit of Tatum Bird along with young guns Bella Geros and Kiiahla Duff and you’ve got yourself a solid line-up.

Scorpions are back in the Mixed Open division with a number of the all-conquering NSW Scorpions Elite 8 Women’s team trying their hand at this divison with Sarah Peattie, Steph Maiolo (Australia World Cup Mixed Open rep), Shellie Davis and others on-board.  One of the top female players in the game Ash Quinlan returns in the Scorps colours after playing Junior Regionals many years ago.  Add to that some very handy male players including Aussie rep Jackson Mills, Connor Hickey and Casey Shelley.  In a coaching ranks Barry Gibson is at the helm with one of the best technical coaches in the game at his side in Justin Creighton (Australian World Cup Mixed Open Assistant Coach).  These coaches don’t do anything by halves so this will be an interesting division to keep an eye on.

Scorps Senior Mixed are a new look team this NTL and much thanks needs to go to Simon Kowald for persisting and getting this team off the ground.  Player coaches Terry Joe and Shannon Warren have this talented team ready to go after a lengthy and focused campaign. Johanne Joe and Claire Hole lead a group of talented female players which in the mixed game usually goes a long way to determining a teams success at the tournament. Teams are set to play each other at least twice in this division, and add to that the final series.  As a result coaching smarts could really play a big part with Scorps looking strong in that department.  Stephen Day is a try scoring machine and Taga Paa will be electric in this division.

In the Men’s 30’s division, after a successful winning campaign in 2018, the team are raring to go back to back in what looks more like a Men’s Open than 30’s line-up.  In last year’s Grand Final the team were down 8-2 at half time, only to come home like a Hornsby freight train, turning it into an exciting drop off 9-8 memorable victory against the Scotty Prince led Sharks.  The team are very excited to announce super stars John and Maurice Kennedy are playing along with Georgie “the world’s best winger” Palau, just watch the sparks fly. Anything other than a Grand Final would be underperforming for this great bunch of athletes.

Men’s 40s are returning to defend the title they won last year. The South Queensland Sharks return to this division providing further quality opposition. Scorps will be relying on Tony Eltakchi who is racing the clock to be fit, along with and Darren Reynoldson who is arguably the best current Men’s 40’s player in the game. The ever-reliable Chris “Rowdy” Benfield will also give a quality contribution (including the KFC bucket at the end of the tournement). Other players to watch are Scorps Hall of Famers Phil Jarrett and Dean Murphy who are returning to NTL after not playing in 2018.  There are many Queensland teams who continue to improve so the team under Rocket Ron will need to perform at their best to retain the title.

Scorpions Women’s 40s finished 3rd last year, losing the semi-final yet again to Hornets in a drop off.  Vicki Humpherson, Scorpions Hall of Fame member, brings a wealth of experience to the team yet again.  The team is led by captain Gloria Berryman who has plenty of NTL experience in many divisions.  With four fresh faces to the team to add youth and speed the teams goal is to take home the champion trophy in 2019.  The Women’s 45’s are this season coached by the knowledgeable and passionate Phil McIlwraith.  Katrina McIlwraith and Monique Nolan will be no doubt adding their input and players to watch include Michelle Smidt, Carol Forlonge and Mel Harrison.

The Men’s 45’s enter this year’s NTL supremely confident of a top 6 finish, and whilst their cavalcade of stars such as Fong, Chan, Bali and Spud are unlikely to be the only four letter words the coach drops over the course of the tournament.  An improvement on last year’s Grand Final drop-off loss to the Sharks is within their powers if the touch gods smile.  Tournament rules prevent these thoroughbreds being let out of the stable more than twice a day, so mark them in your calendar if you don’t want to miss the show.  In addition to the quadrumvirate above, expect big things from Kalms, Michniewicz and Dudeck who will all provide speed, guile and beauty (admittedly in varying proportions) to the squad.   Leaving nothing to chance the team have bolstered their ranks by successfully luring coach Nhut Trinh out of semi-retirement to assist with the chalkboard and bring a veneer of composure to the sideline (just watch the casual head nod in action).

Last year’s winners in the Men’s 50s division are a side bristling with talent and they have rejigged the team after the gutsy performance to win the final in a 4 v 4 drop-off in 2018.  The team carries the usual strong performers led by Kitchingham and including Duguid, Gillard, McDonald and Wandl.  This group is ably backed up by the likes of Marks, Simons, Kritikarkis & Stratham who all add devastating speed to this side, these are the players to watch this year for the excitement they create.  Once again this side are looking for a Grand Final finish. Nothing but a win will do for this team.  In the Men’s 55’s Cliffy Lyons returns with his trusty troops and would have to be close to favourites to take out this division yet again.  Dave Cheung and Phil Young are always big contributors to this team along with Michael Hardgrave and of course the Sea Eagles legend that is Napper Lyons.

In the Scorps referee ranks Bill Slade takes the lead yet again with some experienced whistle blowers ready to take the field at Coffs Harbour.  Luke Saldern is a quality referee and in the top 10 nationally.  Also in the Scorps ranks for this NTL are 2017 Referee of the Year Paul Khoudair and Angela Budai who is a referee on the rise. Not forgetting the Scorps Medical team who will have the tough job of keeping all Scorpions able to take the field.  The team from 2018 are back including Nathan Duguid, Emma Williams, Garry Heskett and Robyn Walsh.  Michael Donaghy, Scorpions Sports Scientist, will be making his debut at NTL and his knowledge and experience will be aligned to the Men’s and Women’s Open teams.  Tour Leader Stuart Geros is back after leading the region to victory in 2018 and we also welcome Baxography for our action photos this year plus NRL Films who will be doing some production filming for Scorps so be ready to smile!

Good luck to all involved in what promises to be yet another fantastic National Touch League. Go Scorps!

2019 Junior Regional Expressions of Interest

Sydney Scorpions is requesting players (or parents/guardians) to state their expression of interest for the Scorpions Junior Regional Boys & Girls 12/14/16/18’s squads by completing this form
– Scorpions Junior Elite Camp will take place on 11-12 May, 2019 at the Sydney Academy of Sport, Narrabeen
– This will act as the Boys & Girls 14/16’s final selection trial weekend for our 2019 Junior Regional teams, with selected squad invited to attend
– The Boys & Girls 12’s squad will only attend a few hours of the camp
– Approx. 26 player squads will be selected from the NSW Touch Junior State Cup Conference & Final will be invited to the camp
– Squads will be announced by Monday 29 April with acceptances then being taken for the Junior Elite Camp
– The Boys & Girls 18’s will not attend the camp and their final teams will be selected via trials with the selected squad invited to attend

Final teams will compete at the 2019 NSWTA Junior Regional Championships to be held at Orange Touch Association on 13-14 July 2019.

Some player and parent accommodation has been arranged.

Further info via & via this form