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Sydney Scorpions 2019 NTL Coaching Nominations

Expressions of interest are now being taken for Sydney Scorpions coaching and management roles for the 2019 National Touch League, to be held at Coffs Habour on 13-16 March, 2019.  At present there is a TFA review process taking place in regards to the divisions to be offered, and as such our EOI survey has named the divisions with that in mind – also taking into account there will be no Elite 8 event at the upcoming NTL.   Further information via our Sydney Scorpions Coaching Director Brad Curl or via

For nominations click here

Sydney Scorpions 2018 AGM

Notice of Sydney Scorpions Annual General Meeting

Date: Monday 20 August 2018 @  7.00pm
Venue: Northmead Bowling Club, 166 Windsor Rd, Northmead NSW 2152

All reports, Notice of Motions, Special resolutions, Nominations for Executive Officer Positions and General Business items are to be forwarded to Tim Kitchingham, Assistant Regional Director by close of business  July 9, 2018.  Reporting period will cover an 18-month period 1 January 2017 – 30 June 2018.  Meeting papers can be requested and will be distributed in in advance.  This meeting will include the election of the two officers those being Assistant Regional Director and Finance Director.  All affiliates are encouraged to attend and have representation. Further information via

1. Welcome
2. Apologies
3. Registration of Attendance
4. Minutes from previous AGM

5. Annual Reports (1 January 2017 – 30 June 2018)
a) Technical reports: i. Referees report  ii. Coaching report  iii. Selectors report  iv. Participation (Juniors) report
b) Assistant Regional Director’s report
c) Regional Director’s report

6. Financial Statement
7. Election Of Officers  a) Assistant Regional Director (2 year appointment)  b) Finance Director (2 year appointment)
8. Appointment of Life Membership
9. Special Resolutions
10. Notice of Motions
11. Appointment of Auditor
12. General Business

Scorpions Claim 2018 Junior Regional Title

The Sydney Scorpions have continued their dominance of the Junior Regionals claiming their 9th consecutive Regional Championship title. The Scorpions claimed three of the six divisions on offer. Whilst the Scorpions were dominant they were pushed to the limits yet again by the ever-improving Hunter Western Hornets, who also participated in four finals and claimed two titles in Boys 14’s and Boy’s 18 divisions. Sydney Mets also claimed the 16 Boys Division for their lone title.

Final Results
14 Girls: Champions
Sydney Scorpions 3 def Northern Eagles 2
Player of the Final: Emily Smith Sydney Scorpions
Scorpions Medal: Yasmin Aloisio
Coaches Award: Esme Sergi

14 Boys: Grand Finalists
Hunter Western Hornets 4 def Sydney Scorpions 3
Player of the Final: Elijah Faalua Hunter Western Hornets
Scorpions Medal: Ollie Cummins
Player Player: Finn Watkins

16 Girls: Champions
Sydney Scorpions 4 def Southern Suns 3
Player of the Final: Kiiahla Duff Sydney Scorpions
Scorpions Medal: Brearna Nathan
Player Player: Kiiahla Duff & Brearna Nathan

16 Boys: Semi-Finalists
Scorpions Medal: Daniel O’Donnell
Coaches Awards: Harry Fryer

18 Girls: Champions
Sydney Scorpions 5 def Hunter Western Hornets 2
Player of the Final: Faith Nathan Sydney Scorpions
Scorpions Medal: Faith Nathan
Player Player: Faith Nathan
Coaches Awards: Tatum Bird, Molly Donkin, Billie Taylor
Sarah Peattie Medal: Tatum Bird

18 Boys: Semi-Finalists
Scorpions Medal: Matt Swain
Coaches Award: Josh Menzies
Sam Brisby Medal: Matt Swain

Regional Championships
1st Sydney Scorpions 69pts
2nd Hunter Western Hornets 64pts
3rd Sydney Mets 53pts
4th Northern Eagles 24pts
5th Sydney Rebels 14pts
6th Southern Suns 10pts

NTL 2018 Champion Permit

Congratulations to all involved on another successful National Touch League campaign with Sydney Scorpions retaining the champion permit Golden Boot trophy.  Our NSW Scorpions Women’s successfully won back to back Elite 8 tiles and we had divisional success in the Men’s 30’s Men’s 40’s, Men’s 50’s & Men’s 55’s – with many other teams making it to their respective finals.  Also congratulations to our award winners from our annual NTL Dinner along with the new inductees into the Sydney Scorpions Hall of Fame.

Games in the finals of the National Touch League and Elite Eight 2018 couldn’t have been tighter, with 11 of the 16 grand final scores just one touchdown apart.  The Women’s Elite 8 went into a drop off, and, despite a slow start, the NSW Scorpions won 4-3 against the Broncos to claim back to back titles.  More close action in the Men’s 30’s (the Scorpions stung the Sharks, 9-8), and the Women’s 35’s (the Hornets beat the Cobras 3-2).  In the Men’s 40’s, the Scorpions got away from the Hornets, 10-6.  Another Sharks versus Scorpions challenge in the Men’s 45’s – but this time the Sharks took the win, 6-5. And another Scorpion vs Hornets match in the Women’s 45’s, where this time the Hornets came out on top, 3-2. The Scorpions won against the Sharks in the Men’s 50’s, and against Sunshine Coast in the 55’s.  But the Cyclones in the inaugural Men’s 60’s division at NTL managed to outperform the Scorps, with a win of 5-4.

NTL Players of the Final:
Women’s Elite 8: 
Laura Peattie (NSW Scorpions)
Men’s 30’s: Kyle Joyce (Sydney Scorpions)
Men’s 40’s: Darren Reynoldson (Sydney Scorpions)
Men’s 45’s: Bruce MacDonald (Sydney Scorpions)
Men’s 50’s: Brandon McDonald (Sydney Scorpions)
Men’s 55’s: David Cheung (Sydney Scorpions)

Scorpions Medals & Awards:
Men’s Elite 8 Boland Trophy – Ciaran Toner
Women’s Elite 8 Boland Trophy – Faith Nathan
Men’s T-League – Connor Hickey
Women’s T-League – Simone Rodgers
Women’s 27’s – Kate Van Beek
Senior Mixed – Vanessa Hunter
Men’s 30’s – Willie Bishop
Men’s 40’s – Steve Matthews
Women’s 40’s – Johanne Jo
Women’s 45’s – Katrina McIlwraith
Men’s 45’s – Mark Leonard
Men’s 50’s – James Marks
Men’s 55’s – David Cheung
Men’s 60’s – Phil O’Keefe

Junior Coach of the Year: Brandon McDonald
Senior Coach of the Year: Barry Gibson
Manager of the Year: Kerrie Doyle
Referee of the Year: Andrew Smith
Regional Directors Award (Brett Gillard Medal): Michelle Geros

Outstanding Achievement at Affiliate Level (new award category):
Craig Nicholls & Tracey Elliott – Rise of Carlingford Touch Association
Graham Knights – Rod Wise Medal & TFA Volunteer of the Year Recipient
Craig Beacroft – Hills Hornets Vawdon Cup Women’s Div 1 & State Cup WOB Champions 2017
Terry & Chris Cooper – Hornsby State Cup Men’s Open Champions 2017
Barry Gibson – Manly Warringah Vawdon & State Cup Women’s Open Champions 2017

In Appreciation Awards:
Sarah Nash – For administration support to Sydney Scorpions during NTL 2018
Julianne Bowen – For administration support to Sydney Scorpions during NTL 2018
Michael Donaghy – For Sports Science services to Sydney Scorpions
Parramatta Touch Association – For the use of Doyle Ground for team training & junior selection trials
Manly Touch Association – For the use of Nolan Reserve for team training and Scorpions Junior Gala Day

NTL Dinner Scorpions Medal Winners

Women’s Elite 8 Champions

Men’s 30’s Champions

Men’s 40’s Champions

Men’s 50’s Champions

Men’s 55’s Champions

2018 Junior Regional Teams

Sydney Scorpions are pleased to announce their final teams to compete at the NSWTA Junior Regional Championships to be held at Penrith on 28-29 April, 2018.

Girls 14’s: Camille Berryman, Edie Burke, Emily Smith, Esme Sergi, Gillian Fa’aumu, Imogen Sayer, Lucy Forrest, MacKenzie Davis, Matilda Daniels, Milla Elaro, Olivia Rose Inkster, Sienna Hinwood, Thea Prasetya, Yasmin Aloisio. Shadows: Addison Cordery, Amelia Polley, Marissa Stubbs, Zara Halliday.

Boys 14’s: Aiden Flynn, Daniel Bertolissio, Dylan Coutts, Finn Watkins, Josh Turner, Luke Maroun, Malakai Latilevu, Nathan Hall, Ollie Cummins, Oscar Gray, Ryan Field, Savelio Tamale, Thomas Klem, Vikay Rawali. Shadows: Dylan Bissett, Dylan Charlier, Matt Chatten, Noah Read.

Girls 16’s: Adelaide Sylvester, Brearna Nathan, Caitlin Hickey, Ellie Kerr, Holli Raaf, Isabella Geros, Jessica Nagy, Kiiahla Duff, Lara Wilkinson, Macy Carrothers, Maddi McGrath, Maddie Binding, Malayika Russell, Millie Durdevic. Shadows: Gracie Carpenter, Jade Pond, Tia Young.

Boys 16’s: Cuban Porter-Sheen, Daniel O’Donnell, Harry Fryer, Jesse Michniewicz, Kyle Bowen, Lachoneus Paki, Liam Haskins, Liam Jones, Nathan Hassan, Nick Russell,  Tom Morrison, Witika Ress Hatu, Zach Couper, Tom Jarrett. Shadows: Brody Hoy, Harrison Read, Joseph Rahme, Keahlan Bray.

Girls 18’s: Bailee Nix, Billie Taylor, Briana Hibbert, Emily Phelps, Faith Nathan, Grace Hanks, Julia Zubak, Molly Donkin, Molly Donohoe, Olivia Steer, Paris Mooney, Sariah Paki, Tatum Bird, Tyler Pelligra.

Boys 18’s: Adrian Sciglitano, Alex Nolan, Ben Tait, Boehn Russell, Cody Morgan, Decan Ahipene, Ethan Klein, Jack Griffiths, Josh Menzies, Matt Swain, Nate Scranage, Tom Skelly, Tuatai Marsters, Tyreece Figota. Shadows: Lachlan Nolan, Ned Ritchie.

2018 Junior Regional Squads

Sydney Scorpions is pleased to announce their 10/12’s Merit Teams plus 14/16/18’s squads as below.  The Junior Regionals will be played at Penrith Touch Association at the Kingsway, Werrington on the 28/29 April, 2018.  Sydney Scorpions Junior Regional 14/16’s squads are invited to attend the Scorpions Junior Elite Camp which will take place on 3-4 March at the Sydney Sports Academy, Narrabeen. From these squads our final 14 players in each team will be selected.  Information on the Boys & Girls 18’s trial can also be found below. In regards to our 18’s teams Sydney Scorpions are very aware of the demanding touch representative calendar and as such trials will take place after the National Touch League – of which many players in the squad are representing at T-League and Elite 8 level.

Scorpions 10/12’s Merit Teams:  Invited to a one-off training session on Sunday 25 February, in the morning Doyle Ground, North Parramatta.  No RSVP required, just turn up, time to be confirmed via Facebook this week.
Boys 10’s:
Chais Doherty, Cooper Jurotte, Cruz Death, Daniel Green, Darcy Feltham, Finn Kusto, Harry Jordan, Hunter Jones, Hunter Reich, Isaac Kusto, Jack Kalms, Jake Medved, Jaykob McKinnon, Kobe Morris, Logan Bubb, Oscar Andrews, Samuel Polley, T Lowe, Taj Patterson, Taylor Hatton, Xavier Davidson.
Girls 10’s: Alana Adms, Andie Milligan, Billie Gwynne, Caitlin Quirk, Cayleigh Hartwig, Charlotte Bensley, Coco Marsters, Courtney Azzopardi, Elisa Daher, Ellie Debosz, Hayley El Hazouri, Kelsey Berryman, Laura Bell, Renae Collins, Sophie Bowden, Talea Tonga, Tiana Fuller, Zyon Ligaliga-Tonise.
Boys 12’s: Ashton McKelvey, Baxter Warner, Blake Bragg, Charlie Boyle, Chase Liston, Dane Grosvenor, Jackson Ellia, Jesse Sabat, Jodi Ellia, Joe Harvey, Josaia Delana, Keanu Mila, Max Menin, Noah Miller, Oliver Baum, Oskar Davidson, Patrick Marren, Sebastian Klein.
Girls 12’s: Alana Reddy, Alexis Aloisio, Amelie Taudien, Asha Goddard, Ava Jones, Ciara Cooper, Eleni Latilevu, Ella Brown, Elle Daher, Emily Tallentire, Isabella Azizi, Jemma Kalms, Kiara Grandenetti, Lauren McQuade, Leila Mcdougall, Mia McGregor, Mischa Winckel, Piper Johnston, Sienna Geros, Sienna Wheelhouse, Waiaria Ellis.

Scorpions Boys 14’s (27 players):  Aiden Flynn, Ben Couper, Cooper Angles-Corke, Daniel Bertolissio, Dylan Bissett, Dylan Coutts, Finn Watkins, Isaac Truskett-Jones, James Wood, Josh Hoye, Josh Turner, Lachlan Marshall, Lachlan Smith, Luke Maroun, Malakai Latilevu, Matt Chatten, Michael Abdow, Nathan Hall, Noah Read, Ollie Cummins, Oscar Gray, Patrick Gatt, Ryan Brophy, Ryan Field, Savelio Tamale, Thomas Klem, Vikay Rawali.
*Shadows not named but may be invited into the squad and camp over the next week*

Scorpions Girls 14’s (30 players): Addison Cordery, Amelia Polley, Anaia Cruickshank, Ashley Younis, Camille Berryman, Chelsea Smyth, Edie Burke, Ellie Wilson, Emily Smith, Esme Sergi, Georgia Morgan, Gillian Fa’aumu, Hannah Makira, Imogen Sayer, Keely Stevens, Lauren McCurley, Lucy Forrest, MacKenzie Davis, Maggie Donkin, Marissa Stubbs, Matilda Daniels, Milla Elaro, Nina Van der Reyden, Olivia Rose Inkster, Piper Simons, Sienna Hinwood, Tallara Bamblett, Thea Prasetya, Yasmin Aloisio, Zara Halliday.
*Shadows not named but may be invited into the squad and camp over the next week*

Scorpions Boys 16’s (27 players): Angus Edwards, Brock Wells, Brody Hoy, Cuban Porter-Sheen, Daniel ODonnell, Darcy Brettle, Harrison Read, Jesse Michniewicz, Joseph Rahme, Keahlan Bray, Kyle Bowen, Lachoneus Paki, Liam Haskins, Liam Jones, Mac Omm, Matt Curl, Nathan Hassan, Nick Charlwood, Nick Russell, Riley Mayo, Saxon Youngman, Teddy Wilson, Tobey Lewis, Tom Morrison, Tom Trevaskis,Will Allen, Witika Ress Hatu.
*Shadows not named but may be invited into the squad and camp over the next week*

Scorpions Girls 16’s (26 players): Adelaide Sylvester, Audrey Little, Brearna Nathan, Caitlin Hickey, Eleanor Fairhurst, Ellie Kerr, Emma Vandervelde, Gracie Carpenter, Haylee Hifo, Holli Raaf, Isabella Geros, Jade Pond, Jayde Costello,  Jemma Tran, Jessica Nagy, Kiiahla Duff, Lara Wilkinson, Layla Ritchie, Macy Carrothers, Maddi McGrath, Maddie Binding, Malayika Russell, Matilda Bloomfield, Millie Durdevic, Sophie Elliot, Tia Young.
*Shadows not named but may be invited into the squad and camp over the next week*

Scorpions Boys 18’s (31 players): Adrian Sciglitano, Alex Nolan, Angus O’Donnell, Angus O’Donnell (#27), Ben Tait, Benson Simons, Boehn Russell, Cody Morgan, Conor Hickey, Decan Ahipene, Elijah Pai, Ethan Klein, FlynN Angles-Corke, Frazer McGrath, Jack Griffin, Jack Mansour, Joel Rowell, Josh Menzies, Lachlan Inglis, Lachlan Nolan, Luke Maiolo, Matt Swain, Nate Scranage, Ned Ritchie, Sam Edgley, Sam Kelly, Tom Baum, Tom Skelly, Tuatai Marsters, Tyreece Figota, Zach Symons.

Scorpions Girls 18’s (30 players): Bailee Nix, Bailee Radford, Billie Taylor, Briana Hibbert, Emily Phelps, Faith Nathan, Georgia Dean, Grace Hanks, Julia Zubak, Karsyn Toleafoa, Kate Ryan, Kiarra Williams-Browne, Lucy McDonald, Madison Higgins-Ashby, Mia Wilson, Molly Bird, Molly Donkin, Molly Donohoe, Monica Lenaz, Taylah Nicholls, Olivia Steer, Paris Mooney, Pihuka Duff, Sariah Paki, Sophie McAlpine, Sophie Wickham, Taliah Simbolon, Tatum Bird, Teagan Long, Tyler Pelligra.


2018 Scorps Junior Gala Day

Sydney Scorpions Junior Gala Day takes place this Sunday 28 January at Nolan Reserve, Pittwater Road, North Manly.

– First time slot for games is 8.00am with teams getting three games, last game finishes by 12.30pm
– All teams are to supply a referee, there is a referee meeting in the upstairs Manly clubhouse at 7.40am, all referees please check-in when you arrive (ask for Bill Slade)
– Any draw changes or further updates will be via our Facebook page and this website
– Contact via

Scorpions Junior Gala Day draw can be found here.
Scorpions Junior Gala Day 2018 Draw V2.0 23012018

The field map for the day is also available below.
Scorpions Junior Gala Day 2018 Draw Field Map V2.0 23012018

NSWTA Awards 2016-17

The NSWTA Awards took place last night recognising excellence in all endeavours of our sport and organisation, with NSW Touch once again putting on a gala event at Bankstown Sports Club.

Sydney Scorpions were once again announced Region of the Year, which was warmly received highlighting excellent recognition to all at Scorpions who have worked tirelessly to make our permit number one.  However it wasn’t just at regional level but also at affiliate level with Scorpions clubs, players, coaches and teams dominating the evening taking out the majority of awards.

Congratulations to both Manly Warringah & Hills Hornets who were named joint Scorpions & NSWTA Affiliate of the Year.  Graham Knights (Manly Warringah) was awarded the Rod Wise Medal for NSWTA Volunteer of the Year, along with President of the Year.  Brad Mitchell (Hills Hornets & Scorpions) once again took home a number of awards including both Scorpions & NSWTA Administrator of the Year.  Rina Janson from Northern Suburbs TA took out the inaugural Referee Director of the Year.

On the player front Parramatta & NSW Scorpions Men’s captain Daniel Barton took out a rare double in winning the NSWTA Male Player of the Year & Boland Medal.  Danielle Davis from the Manly Warringah club won the NSWTA Female Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, with her team the Manly Warringah Women’s Open winning Team of the Year for their double Vawdon & State Cup titles last year.  Sea Eagles coach Barry Gibson was named NSWTA Coach of the Year once again with young gun Pihuka Duff from Manly Warringah announced as the Junior Female Player of the Year.

Once again congratulations to all award recipients, including those below from our Scorpions region.

NSWTA Region of the Year 2016-17
Sydney Scorpions

Sydney Scorpions Administrator of the Year
Brad Mitchell – Hills Hornets TA

Sydney Scorpions Affiliate of the Year
Manly Warringah TA & Hills Hornets TA

NSWTA Affiliate of the Year
Manly Warringah TA & Hills Hornets TA

NSWTA Male Player of the Year
Daniel Barton – Parramatta TA

NSWTA Female Player of the Year
Danni Davis – Manly Warringah TA

NSWTA Boland Medal
Daniel Barton – Parramatta TA

NSWTA Junior Female Player of the Year
Pihuka Duff – Manly Warringah TA

NSWTA Coach of the Year
Barry Gibson – Manly Warringah TA

NSWTA Team of the Year
Manly Warringah Women’s Premier League

Rod Wise Medal – NSWTA Volunteer of the Year
Graham Knights – Manly Warringah TA

NSWTA President of the Year
Graham Knights – Manly Warringah TA

NSWTA Administrator of the Year
Brad Mitchell – Hills Hornets TA

NSWTA Referee Director of the Year
Rina Janson – Northern Suburbs TA

Tim Kitchingham Retirement

The recent Trans-Tasman series was played in Queensland with the Australian’s wining the series 12-0. Our own Scorpions Hall of Famer Tim Kitchingham captained the Men’s 50’s with this series his last at national level in the green and gold colours following his retirement. We asked Kitch some questions about his stellar career which included 25 years continuous Australian representative years.

National Playing History?
NSW State level 1992 – 2016
25 years straight Australian level 1997 – 2017 (85 caps)
49 World Cup caps
9 Trans Tasman caps
10 All Nations caps
17 other international caps

6 World Cups (5 times as Champions)
2003 World Cup Australian flag bearer

Year of First National Cap?  1997 World Cup

Do you recall your Aussie debut?   Haha, yep…..nervous as hell.

Best player played with?  Too many…David Cheung, John Samin, Mark Hearndon, Andy Yangiou, Dean McManus, Garry Lawless, Brett Gillard, Darren Currie, Tony Eltakchi

Best player played against?  Locally, Mark Boland…..many years ago. Also Scott Notley and internationally, Peter Walters.

Toughest opposition?  Always NZ internationally. Sharks locally at NTL’s, Wests in Sydney.

Best team played in?  2006 NSW team in Brisbane, beat Qld 12 – 1 in last game of the series plus any Australian team.

Best coach?  Again too many…John Singh, Peter Vincent, Mick McCall, Mark Edwards, Dennis Coffey taught me a lot about recovery.

Most memorable moment?   First Australian selection announcement on the Gold Coast, 2003 Flag Bearer, 2003 World Cup Final.

Worst moment?  Injuries…shoulder in 2015 World Cup Final.

Advice for young players?  Never take anything for granted, and always work hard to ensure that you have no excuses.

Never fancied coaching – why? Haha, gave my 2 bobs worth as coach in most of the teams I was in.

What’s next for Kitch? Enjoy the last of my playing days with mates at Penrith and Scorpions.

2018 Junior Regional Coaches

Sydney Scorpions are pleased to announce their 2018 Junior Regional coaching appointments. Continuing on from last season’s success, our STING Junior Development Program will be utilised aiming to up-skill and develop players and coaches. Once again our Junior Elite Camp will act as our final section trial for our 14/16’s Junior Regional teams and this will take place on 3-4 March, 2018 at Sydney Academy of Sport, Narrabeen. This camp will also include a “Coach the Coaches” component where leading NSW & Australian coaches will be knowledge sharing with affiliates who will be requested to nominate coaches from their local clubs to participate.  To provide the best support for our coaches we have NSW and Australian coaches Dave Nolan as our Boys Team Leader and Barry Gibson as our Girls Team Leader.  Michael Donaghy will continue in his Sports Scientist role providing the latest preparation and recovery techniques for our teams.  Stuart Geros is once again our Scorpions Tour Leader with our Player Mentors to be appointed in coming months, along with Team Managers.  NSWTA will be announcing the venue for the 2018 Junior Regionals in coming weeks.  Congratulations to all appointments.

Sydney Scorpions 2018 Junior Regional Coaching Appointments

Sydney Scorpions Boys 14’s:
Head Coach – Josh Phillips
Assistant Coaches – Matt Lawson & Daniel Barton

Sydney Scorpions Girls 14’s:
Head Coaches – Edith Nathan & Keith Smith
Assistant Coach – TBC

Sydney Scorpions Boys 16’s:
Head Coaches – Brandon McDonald & Jason Martin
Assistant Coach – Charlie Suters

Sydney Scorpions Girls 16’s:
Head Coach – Roha Paki
Assistant Coaches – Carol Jones & Kalani Duff

Sydney Scorpions Boys 18’s:
Head Coach – Brad Curl
Assistant Coaches – Brad Mitchell & Phil McIlwraith

Sydney Scorpions Girls 18’s:
Head Coaches – Melissa Mitchell & Anthony Dudeck
Assistant Coach – Tim Sleigh

Boys Team Leader: Dave Nolan
Girls Team Leader: Barry Gibson
Sports Scientist: Michael Donaghy
Tour Leader: Stuart Geros
Boys & Girls Player Mentors: TBA

Scorpions Coaching Teams 2017/18

Sydney Scorpions are pleased to announce their 2017/18 STING coaching team that will participate in our upcoming STING Junior Development Program. Continuing on from last season’s success the program aims to up-skill and develop players and coaches both within Scorpions regional teams and additionally at local affiliate level, with this newly acquired knowledge being taken back to local clubs at the grass roots level. Further information on upcoming development & TalentID training sessions to be held later in the year will be provided in coming weeks. Once again our Junior Elite Camp will act as our final section trial for Junior Regional teams and this will take place on 3-4 March, 2018 at Sydney Academy of Sport, Narrabeen. This camp will also include a “Coach the Coaches” component where leading NSW & Australian coaches will be knowledge sharing with affiliates nominating coaches from their local clubs to participate.

Scorpions STING Coaching Team 2017/18: Alex Ferro, Anthony Dudeck, Barry Gibson, Brad Curl, Brad Mitchell, Brandon McDonald, Carol Jones, Charlie Suters, Craig Beacroft, Daniel Barton, Dave Nolan, Edith Nathan, Jason Martin, Jim Randall, Josh Phillips, Kalani Duff, Keith Smith, Kylie Nicholas, Matt Lawson, Matt Scranage, Mel Mitchell, Peter Langmack, Phil McIlwraith, Timothy Sleigh, Tearoha Paki, Tua Marsters.

Additionally Scorpions are pleased to announce their coaching appointments for the 2018 National Touch League with further timelines to be communicated over coming weeks.

Sydney Scorpions 2018 NTL Coaching Appointments:
Men’s T-League: Head Coach – Brad Curl Assistant Coach – Matt Lawson  Manager – TBC
Women’s T-League: Head Coach – Brandon McDonald Assistant Coaches – Craig Beacroft & Keith Smith  Manager – TBC
Men’s 30’s: Head Coach – Terry Cooper  Manager – Chris Cooper
Men’s 40’s: Head Coach – Ron Larcombe  Manager – TBC
Men’s 45’s: Head Coach – Ian Kalms  Manager – Andre Bali
Men’s 50’s: Head Coach – Brett Gillard  Manager – TBC
Men’s 55’s: Head Coach – Cliff Lyons  Manager – Caren Friend
Senior Mixed: Head Coach – Damien Guilbert  Manager – Simon Kowald
Women’s 27’s: Head Coach – Charlie Hassarati  Manager – Cindy Dawson
Women’s 40’s: Head Coach – Lynda Robertson  Manager – Kerrie Doyle
Women’s 45’s: Head Coach – Paul Robinson  Manager – Megan Kennedy

Scorpions 2018 NTL Coaching & 2017/18 STING Junior Development Program EOI

Sydney Scorpions are calling for suitably qualified applicants for roles within their 2018 NTL teams & 2017/18 STING Junior Development Program.  NTL roles include Coach, Assistant Coach & Manager.  Once again we will be using our Junior Development STING program for our Junior Regional TalentID process and similar to this year final selection will be via our Junior Elite Camp at the Sydney Sports Academy, Narrabeen on 3-4 March 2018. STING coaching participants will assist with a number of Junior Development sessions during 2017, from these candidates our coaching appointments will be made for our 2018 Junior Regional teams. Additionally we are aiming for our T-League coaches to be actively involved with our STING program and our Junior Regional 18’s teams.  Tournaments include the TFA National Touch League (March 2018 @ Coffs Harbour) & NSWTA Junior Regionals (April 2018 @ Venue TBC).  Nominations are open now via this survey & close on 1 June with criteria & selection policy information found at  Appointments will be announced during June 2017 with further information available via


2017 Junior Regional Champion Permit

Congratulations to our mentors, coaches, managers and players on winning our 8th Junior Regional Championship Permit in a row. Scorpions won three divisions, those being in the Girls 14’s & 16’s plus the Boys 14’s.  More reports and photos to follow in coming days.  Special thanks to our Player Mentors and 18s Scorpions players who ran a touch development session for the local Ballina Touch Association players on Saturday. Once again the feedback from players, parents, coaches and managers on your touch knowledge, the unique value you add and the way you all conduct yourselves is an absolute credit to you all. Thank you Sam Brisby, Sarah Peattie, Jackson Mills & Sammy Rodgers.

Watch all the Scorpions TV social media interviews from the tournament via our YouTube channel now.

2017 Scorpions final teams are below.

Boys 14’s: Head Coach – Brandon McDonald Assistant Coach – Matt Lawson Manager Dean Michniewicz
Girls 14’s: Head Coach – Roha Paki Assistant Coaches – Craig Beacroft & Kalani Duff  Manager Bridget Little
Boys 16’s: Head Coach – Matthew Scranage Assistant Coaches – Tua Marsters & Charlie Suters Manager Samantha Baum
Girls 16’s: Head Coaches – Anthony Dudeck & Keith Smith Assistant Coach – Carol Jones Manager – Michelle Geros
Boys 18’s: Head Coach – Brad Curl Assistant Coaches – Brad Mitchell & Phil McIlwraith  Manager – Niccole Kelly
Girls 18’s: Head Coach – Melissa Mitchell Assistant Coach – Tracey Elliott Manager – Mel Scranage

Boys Player Mentors: Sam Brisby & Jackson Mills
Girls Player Mentors: Sarah Peattie & Sam Rodgers
Boys Team Leader: Dave Nolan
Girls Team Leaders: Sarah Peattie & Sam Rodgers
Tour Leader: Stuart Geros

Girls 14’s Champions:
Sydney Scorpions 5 Hunter Western Hornets 0
Player of the Final – Brearna Nathan
Scorpions Medal – Brearna Nathan
Players Player Award – Lara Wilkinson

Boys 14’s Champions:
Sydney Scorpions 5 Hunter Western Hornets 3
Player of the Final – Nesta Tutunoa
Scorpions Medal – Teddy Wilson

Boys 16’s Semi Finalists:
Scorpions Medal – Griff Bamford

Girls 16’s Champions:
Sydney Scorpions 5 Hunter Western Hornets 2
Player of the Final – Maddi Ashby
Scorpions Medal – Maddi Ashby
Players Player Award – Pihuka Duff
Coaches Awards – Jess Nagy, Sariah Paki, Maddi McGrath

Girls 18’s Grand Finalists:
Hunter Western Hornets 5 Sydney Scorpions 0
Scorpions Medal – Brittney Clifford
Sarah Peattie Medal – Brittney Clifford

Boys 18’s Grand Finalists:
Hunter Western Hornets 6 Sydney Scorpions 4
Scorpions Medal – Sam Kelly
Coaches Award – Matt Swain
Sam Brisby Medal – Raymond Wehbe

Sydney Scorpions 77pts
Hunter Western Hornets 76pts
Sydney Mets 54pts
Sydney Rebels 24pts
Southern Suns 15pts
Northern Eagles 6pts

Congratulations to our 2017 Scorpions Nolan Medal winners tonight which were presented at our annual Junior Regional Dinner at Ballina RSL.

Girls 14’s – Brearna Nathan
Boys 14’s – Teddy Wilson
Girls 16’s – Maddi Ashby
Boys 16’s – Griff Bamford
Girls 18’s – Brittney Clifford
Boys 18’s – Sam Kelly

Additional congratulations to our Scorpions Junior Recognition Award recipients who will complete their Scorpions junior representative tenure after this tournament.

Sarah Peattie Medal – Brittney Clifford
Sam Brisby Medal – Raymond Wehbe














Congratulations to our 14/16’s NSW Merit team representatives.

14 Boys NSW Touch Football Merit Team
Middles: Teddy Wilson, Nesta Tutunoa
Links: Daniel Odonnell, Lachoneus Paki
Wingers: Cuban Porter-Sheen
Utility: Finn Watkins

14 Girls NSW Touch Football Merit Team
Middles: Kiiahla Duff, Brearna Nathan
Links: Lara Wilkinson, Gracie Carpenter
Wingers: Malayiki Russell, Millie Durdevic

16 Boys NSW Touch Football Merit Team
Middles: Griffin Bamford, Connor McCann
Links: Decan Ahipene

16 Girls NSW Touch Football Merit Team
Middles: Pihuka Duff Scorpions, Sariah Paki Scorpions, Paris Mooney, Isabella Geros
Links: Maddi Ashby, Maddi McGrath
Wingers: Jessica Nagy, Brianna Hibbert
Utility: Lucy McDonald

2017 Scorpions Relay Team

Junior Development Session held for Ballina Touch Association U12-U16’s via our Player Mentors