NTL 2024 Sydney Scorpions Team Results & Award Winners

Three outstanding days of competition took place at C.ex Coffs International Stadium on 8-10 March, with 165 teams in attendance. This included Sydney Scorpions who had their largest contingent of teams at the event with eighteen. The overall Champion Entity was won for a tenth occasion by Sydney Scorpions, after being represented in eight grand finals. Scorpions champion teams included All Abilities Tier 1, Senior Mixed, Men’s 55’s and Men’s 65’s. Four teams were runners up including Women’s Open, Men’s 30’s, Men’s 40’s and Men’s 60’s. Special mention to Jeffrey Cheung from the Men’s 60’s who competed in his 25th consecutive NTL grand final – an absolutely amazing accomplishment.

Captain Dion Kaligoris starred for the All Abilities Tier 1 in their grand final defeating the Brisbane Cobras by 5-3. Dion was also awarded the Scorpions Greg Brown Medal (Best & Fairest) and Player of the Final. In the Senior Mixed division, Scorpions won their third consecutive title in this division defeating Southern Rebels 10-5, with Scorpions Medal (Best & Fairest) Jonathan Wehbe and Players of the Final Willie Bishop and Tara Boland. Scorpions Men’s 55’s captain Brandon McDonald, coach Bruce Ager and team chalked up yet another championship title this time defeating the North Queensland Cyclones 3-2 with Player of the Final Derek Duguid. Whilst in the newly added Men’s 65’s division, coach Grahame Pickering was delighted with Scorpions 4-0 victory over West South West Suns with Player of the Final Garry Simmons.

In the Women’s Open division coach Barry Gibson had ten player changes from the 2023 championship winning team. This provided several younger players the opportunity of mixing it with the best elite female touch players in the game. Debutants in the Women’s Open division for Scorpions included Coco Marsters, Ellie Wilson, Lauren McCurley, Pyper Marchant and Waiaria Ellis. However, the University of Queensland (UQ) Rebels, with seven Australian World Cup Open players created history with the first affiliate victory in the Women’s Open division, scoring a thrilling 6-5 drop-off win. Scorpions had the better of the first part of the game however were unable to capitalise on the scoreboard. In the second half Scorpions were down 4-2 in the closing stages of the game until they evened it up at 4-4 through Mackenzie Davis close to the full-time siren. UQ Rebels had the advantage of tapping off first in the drop-off and scored to take a 5-4 lead. However, Scorpions were not done with yet, with star of the final Mackenzie Davis scoring again to even it up at 5-5. Once the two-minute hooter sounded and players dropped to three players each, the advantage was well and truly with UQ who scored to take out the title. Mackenzie Davis had the unique honour of taking out the Women’s Open Player of the Final award, after also winning the award the previous year in the Women’s 20’s division.

Sydney Scorpions had two teams in the Mixed Open A division, with coaches Christian Frost and Matt Scranage doing a stellar job with the Mixed Open program for the past three campaigns. Unfortunately, they fell short in the semi final being defeated by the eventual champions the Southern Rebels 9-6. Josh Phillips and Terry Cooper coached the Men’s Open who went down to the Sydney Mets in the quarter final by 8-4, with several injuries to key players costly. Scorpions Men’s Open Boland Trophy (Best & Fairest) was awarded to Josh Turner for the second consecutive year.

The national championship NTL event saw a 44% uplift in referee numbers with a record 230 referees to officiate – including twenty-nine making their debut at a national event. The increased interest allowed for more referees to be exposed to a higher level of the game and receive expert coaching from the newly implemented TFA High-Performance Referee Panel. Sydney Scorpions Tua Marsters (Level 5) received his upgrade with grand final appointments for Anthony Smith (Women’s 20’s), Brandon Sanderson (Men’s 30’s) and Paul Tesoreiro (Men’s 65’s). Thank you to both Caren Friend and Bill Slade on their outstanding efforts in managing our referees at the event and lead-up.

Sydney Scorpions annual NTL Awards Dinner took place at C.ex Coffs Club on Friday 8 March 2024. With over three hundred Scorpions in attendance there were several highlights, with congratulations going to recipients of a number of awards. In a fitting tribute to our long serving Referee Director, Bill Slade, our Referee of the Year award has been renamed the Bill Slade Medal. A newly introduced award was Selector of the Year, with Craig Beacroft and Keith Smith the first deserving winners. Scorpions had two players reach 20 years of service at this event, with congratulations going to Michelle Roberts and Willie Chan on their outstanding milestone.

Junior Coach of the Year – Heath Cooper, Willie Bishop
Senior Coach of the Year – Barry Gibson
Selector of the Year – Craig Beacroft, Keith Smith
Manager of the Year – Sara Wilson
Bill Slade Medal (Referee of the Year) – Brandon Sanderson
Brett Gillard Medal (Regional Directors Award) – Amy Alagna

20 Years of NTL Playing Service – Cooper Medal
Michelle Roberts, Willie Chan

In Appreciation Awards 2024 – Manly Warringah TA, Kathryn Johnston Photography, Michael Donaghy, Travis Masters, ISC Sport, Touch ‘N’ Tag, Warrior Sports, C.ex Club Coffs.

Women’s Open – Angela Barr Shield
Runners Up – UQ Rebels 6 defeated Sydney Scorpions 5 (Drop-off)
Scorpions Boland Trophy (Best & Fairest) – Rachelle Davis
Captains – Danni Norman & Laura Peattie
TFA Player of the Final – Mackenzie Davis

Men’s Open – Mark Boland Shield
5th Place
Scorpions Boland Trophy (Best & Fairest) – Josh Turner
Captains – John Kennedy & Jordan Horo

Mixed Open A (Green) – Tony Eltakchi Shield
3rd Place
Scorpions Eltakchi Medal (Best & Fairest) – Adelaide Sylvester
Coaches Award – Zara Nicholas
Captains – Claire Stone & Emma Williams

Mixed Open A (Blue) – Tony Eltakchi Shield
11th Place
Scorpions Eltakchi Medal (Best & Fairest) – Liam Jones
Coaches Award – Portia Amy-Wilson
Captains – Jordan Parsonage & Liam Jones

Women’s 20’s
6th Place
Scorpions Medal (Best & Fairest) – Alyssa Medved
Coaches Awards – Bella Dale & Tasma Patterson
Captain – Alyssa Medved

Men’s 20’s
9th Place
Scorpions Medal (Best & Fairest) – Alex McIlwraith
Players Player – Alex McIlwraith
Coaches Awards – Jacob Fahim
Captain – Cooper Angles-Corke

Men’s 30’s
Runners Up – Brisbane Cobras 10 defeated Sydney Scorpions 8
Scorpions Medal (Best & Fairest) – Wes Sefuiva
Captains – Chris Scuglia & Tyrone Tadros

Senior Mixed

Champions – Sydney Scorpions 10 defeated Southern Rebels 5
Scorpions Medal (Best & Fairest) – Jonathan Wehbe
Captain – Willie Bishop
TFA Players of the Final – Willie Bishop & Tara Boland

Men’s 40’s
Runners Up – South Queensland Sharks 5 defeated Sydney Scorpions 4 (Drop-off)
Scorpions Medal (Best & Fairest) – Danny Hamilton
Captain – Richard Foote

Masters Mixed
3rd Place
Scorpions Medal (Best & Fairest) – Alana Barlow
Players Player – Potatau Berryman
Captains – Gloria Berryman & Shannon Warren

Women’s 45’s

3rd Place
Scorpions Medal (Best & Fairest) – Kate Perrett
Players Player – Bernadette Clarke
Captains – Charmain Steventon & Rebecca Welsh

Women’s 50’s
3rd Place
Scorpions Medal (Best & Fairest) – Megan Taberner
Captains – Kylie Tallack & Monique Nolan

Men’s 50’s
3rd Place
Scorpions Medal (Best & Fairest) – Stewart Syron
Captains – Mark Leonard & Tony Eltakchi

Men’s 55’s
Champions – Sydney Scorpions 3 defeated North Queensland Cyclones 2
Scorpions Medal (Best & Fairest) – Scott Collins
Captain – Brandon McDonald
TFA Player of the Final – Derek Duguid

Men’s 60’s
Runners Up – South Queensland Sharks 4 defeated Sydney Scorpions 2
Scorpions Medal (Best & Fairest) – Robert Weatherill
Captain – Robert Weatherill

Men’s 65’s
Champions – Sydney Scorpions 4 defeated West South West Suns 0
Scorpions Medal (Best & Fairest) – Mick Pearsall
Captain – Gordon Parish
TFA Player of the Final – Garry Simmons

All Abilities Tier 1
Champions – Sydney Scorpions 5 defeated Brisbane Cobras 3
Scorpions Greg Brown Medal (Best & Fairest) – Dion Kaligoris
Captain – Dion Kaligoris
TFA Player of the Final – Dion Kaligoris

All Abilities Tier 2
9th Placed
Scorpions Greg Brown Medal (Best & Fairest) – Toby Goodrich
Captain – Katie Booth

Champion Entity
1st Sydney Scorpions 109pts
2nd South Queensland Sharks 87pts
3rd Hunter Western Hornets 69pts
4th Brisbane Cobras 63pts
5th South West Qld Swans 56pts

TFA National Touch League – Champion Entity Golden Boot
Sydney Scorpions – 10
South Queensland Sharks – 10
Sydney Mets – 6
Brisbane Cobras – 3