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Sydney Scorpions Management Roles  UPDATED 24.05.14
Sydney Scorpions are proud of our great success over many years, and we are the current NSW Junior Regional & Australian Opens/Seniors champion permit.  We are determined to maintain this success whilst striving for strategic improvements. As such we are looking to strengthen our organisation with a number of new positions listed below.  This is a fantastic opportunity to join the leading Touch Football Junior & Senior regional permit.  Nominations open on Saturday 24 May & close on Sunday 8 June.
 All applications are to take place via the following page.  Further information is available via email@sydneyscorpions.com

Sydney Scorpions Regional Junior Coaching Director
Sydney Scorpions Regional Senior Coaching Director
Sydney Scorpions Regional Sports Science Manager

Sydney Scorpions Regional Tournament Manager

2015 Sydney Scorpions Coaching Nominations UPDATED 19.05.14
Sydney Scorpions are calling for suitably qualified applicants for roles within their 2015 Junior, Open & Senior teams. Roles include Coach, Assistant Coach, Manager and Selector with a tenure of 12 months. Nominations are open now and have been extended for a few more weeks.  Tournaments include the TFA National Touch League (11-14 March 2015 @ Coffs Harbour) & NSWTA Junior Regionals (April 2015 @ 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. As a requirement of the role all Junior coaches/selectors are required to attend final trials for their team on Friday 27 February & Sunday 1 March, 2015. Criteria & selection policy information can be found via our Technical page with nominations to take place via the following link.

2014 NSWTA Junior Regional Champions – Sydney Scorpions UPDATED 30.04.14
The 2014 NSWTA Junior Regional Championships have taken place in Goulburn with Sydney Scorpions crowned Champion Permit yet again.  The two day tournament saw the Scorps off to a flying start on the Saturday with a total of 24 games being played across the 6 divisions – with Scorpions winning a massive 21, drawing 2 and losing 1.  On the Sunday there were 3 title winners starting with the 14 Girls who defeated the Hunter Western Hornets 3-2 in a close Final.  Congratulations to the girls, many of which were on debut for Scorpions, and additionally the coaching staff led by Roha Paki, Gloria Berryman and Gavin Brucey.  The extremely talented Lucy McDonald was awarded the Scorpions Medal whilst Players Player went to Shannyn Bissett.  The 16 Boys also took out the title, a first for Coaches Brandon McDonald and Scott Collins.  The team also defeated the Hornets, this time by 4-3 with Luke Osborne the Scorpions Medal recipient.

Moving onto the 18 Girls division and Scorpions remained undefeated scoring 43 touchdowns whilst only conceding 5.  The team won their semi-final over a young gallant Sydney Mets team 6-1 and then put on a dominating performance beating the Hornets 7-0.  Player of the Final was Hannah Dyball with the inspiring Abbey Papenhuyzen being awarded the Scorpions Medal whilst Georgia Voura, Hannah Dyball and Abbey Urwin all received Coaches Awards. The 14 Boys had a solid tournament only to be knocked out in the semi-final losing 3-2 to Hornets with Jack Walsh the Scorpions Medal winner.  In the 16 Girls division a very young team led by Captain Nicole Saldern were defeated 5-3 in the semi-final against Hornets with Brittney Clifford receiving the Scorpions Medal and Aalayah Paki the other award.  Finally in the 18 Boys the Scorps went down in a topsy-turvey final with Sydney Rebels deserving the victory by 6-5.  For Scorpions Kai Simbolon was awarded the Scorpions Medal.  Many thanks to all Scorpions Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Managers, players, parents, supporters and referees on their achievements over a fantastic weekend of touch.  Photos from the tournament can be found here and also on our Facebook and Instagram pages.  All the results from the tournament are available via the NSWTA webpage

2014 NSWTA Junior Regional State Merit Teams UPDATED 30.04.14
Congratulations to the Sydney Scorpions representatives named in the 2014 Junior Regional Championships State Merit teams.
Girl’s Under 14’s State Merit Team: Pihuka Duff, Tatum Bird, Sariah Paki, Madison Higgins-Ashby, Faith Nathan, Isabella Beach, Mackenzie Glasson, Shannyn Bissett
Boy’s Under 14’s State Merit Team: Adrian Khattar, Samuel Edgley, Jerome Van Der Heide
Girl’s Under 16’s State Merit Team: Aaliyah Paki, Maddison Hartman
Boy’s Under 16’s State Merit Team: Curtis Wilson, Max Simons, Raymond Wehbe, Marley Simbolon, Luke Osborn

2014 NSWTA Junior Regional Championships Preview UPDATED 24.04.14
The NSWTA Junior Regional Championships take place this weekend in Goulburn with Sydney Scorpions looking for strong performances in all divisions as they take on the best from around the state.   For the past few years Scorps have been crowned Champion Permit with 2013 resulting in 5 out of 6 Grand Final appearances whilst winning 3 of these.  This year in the 14’s divisions many of these young players will be making their debut for Scorpions after strong performances for their affiliates at the Junior State Cup.  In the Girls 14’s division the team has a great amount of young talent with coach Roha Paki also making her debut in the Scorpions coaching ranks after a number of years of success at affiliate level.  The Boys 14’s under the guidance of coaches Robbie Barrakat and Matt Scranage will be looking to Sam Edgeley, Luke Maiolo and the pacey Tyreece Figota as they strive for success.  The Girls 16’s are coached by Jamie Clifford and Keith Smith with many of these girls already tasting success at this tournament by winning the title last year in the 14’s and 16’s division.  Scorps boast a number of extremely talented players including Aaliyah Paki, Brittney Clifford, Madielyn Nolan and Simone Rodgers to name just a few.  The Boy’s 16’s have Brandon McDonald as coach in what should be a very competitive division.  Marley Simbolin and Matthew Rocco are amongst a number of excellent up and coming players to watch. The 18’s division is an area that Scorpions have struggled to win in the past and this year there has been increased focus aiming to attract the best possible players in both teams.  The Boys 18’s are looking for a good tournament with NSW State Coach Jason Martin at the helm.  Their main strike players all have an abundance of experience at junior level including Kai Simbolon, Regan Walsh, Tom Collins and NSW Scorpions Men’s Open young gun Matt Wilson.  Last but not least is the Girls 18’s with Anthony Dudeck & Craig Beacroft moving up from the Girls 16’s division where they have had title success the previous two years.  This year they are assisted by Hills Hornets Mel Mitchell and the team will most certainly not be taking any opposition lightly, even though they have eight players that recently competed at the TFA Elite 8 tournament.  The team will be looking to the likes of Shellie Davis, Abbey Papenhuyzen, Steph Maiolo, Hannah Dyball and Tayla Duguid to keep them focused and on track as they chase yet another title. Good luck to all Sydney Scorpions teams this weekend.  You can track all the results via the NSWTA webpage.

Sydney Scorpions 2014 Survey Results   UPDATED 18.04.14
Results from the Sydney Scorpions 2014 NTL / Elite 8 survey are now available via the following link.  Many thanks to everyone that completed the survey and provided feedback.

Notice of Annual General Meeting – Sydney Scorpions UPDATED 26.03.14
Venue:  Bankstown Sports Club, Mona Street, Bankstown.   Date: Saturday 3rd May 2014 @  3.30pm
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 at tim.kitchingham@bbqgalore.com.au by close of business Thursday 3 April 2014.  Meeting papers will be available on the Scorpions Website at www.sydneyscorpions.com.au by April 14 2014. Please note that prior to the Sydney Scorpions AGM, the NSWTA AGM will be held at the same venue, commencing at 1.30pm. Your attendance at that meeting would be appreciated.   AGENDA:   1. Welcome   2. Apologies  3. Registration of Attendance  4. Minutes from previous AGM  5. Annual Reports  a) Regional Director’s report  b) Assistant Regional Director’s report  c) Technical reports i. Referees report  ii. Coaching report  iii. Selectors report  iv. Participation (Juniors) 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 NTL & Elite 8 Photos UPDATED 20.03.14
Sydney Scorpions are now on Instagram where along with our Facebook page photo's from the recent NTL & Elite 8 tournaments can be found.  Additionally you can find action and team shots via the Energy Images website.


Women's NSW Scorpions Take Out Elite 8 Title  UPDATED 17.03.14
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.

Women’s Open Final timeline:  3 minute Mets 1-0 Scorpions – Botille Veitte-Walsh touchdown.   9 minute 1-all – Laura Peattie touchdown.  13 minute Scorpions 2-1 – Yasmin Meakes touchdown.  14 minute 2-all – Claire Moran touchdown.  18 minute Mets 3-2 – Botille Veitte-Walsh touchdown.  19 minute 3-all – Yasmin Meakes touchdown.   19 minute Mets 4-3 – Kirstie Jenkins touchdown.   Half-time – Mets 4-3.  23 minute 4-all – Sarah Peattie touchdown.  32 minute Scorpions 5-4 – Lizzy Hewitt touchdown.  36 minute 5-all – Kristin Boss touchdown.  39 minute Scorpions 6-5 – Shellie Davis touchdown.    40 minute 6-all – Claire Tandek touchdown.  40 minute Scorpions 7-6 – Yasmin Meakes touchdown.