first_imgA summary of the news in Touch from around Australia and a little bit of New Zealand… * Congratulations to the players recently selected in the Youth World Cup 18 Years Sides. For the lists of those selected, go to the ATA homepage. Also, all stories on the National junior sides can be found using the link `Team profiles’, then going to Junior and choosing the year you want to look at. * New Zealand have an online touch newsletter. The latest edition had some great news on the beginning of their touch season, new appointments to Touch positions throughout New Zealand and other information. Some interesting developments include: The new Touchzone competition for Canterbury, which commences on 23 Oct in Christchurch. This elite competition sees the city divided into zonal teams who will represent their area in an innovative concept to create more elite competition and provide more top level playing opportunities for touch players. Running in Mens and Mixed, the Touchzone format will feature 5 Canterbury franchises and 1 traveling weekly from Southland to take advantage of the higher standard of competition. Touchzone runs until 18 Dec. Touch Tairawhiti is now reincorporated as a provincial member of Touch NZ and is planning for the future. They hope to send at least 2 teams to the Touch Nationals in Christchurch this season. The first edition of Touch World, the official bi annual Touch NZ magazine is now at the printers (delayed to allow a Queensland tour report to be included)and will be out shortly. * Players in the Youth World Cup 20 Years sides and the 18 Years squads are keen to keep up their fitness and skills as the days fly by. Queensland representatives are busy training Friday nights with 20’s Mixed Assistant Coach Karley Banks, in an effort to make sure they’re as ready as possible to take on the best touch players from around the world. * Speaking of Karley Banks…the School Sport Australia Under 12 and Under 15 Years Touch tournament is being held on the Gold Coast this week. Karley has been working hard providing media coverage for the event and is sending stories back to us here at ATA regularly. Keep an eye on the ATA website for all the latest info from the Gold Coast and help support our young touch players! * Queensland Touch Executive Officer Melanie Woosnam will be taking maternity leave from the end of this year, for a 12 month period. The QTA Board have decided to advertise for a replacement during this time. Please find attached an advertisement for the position. QTA Advert for Executive Officer * ATA would like to thank all official sponsors, who assist with the development of our sport. For anyone who is interested in how sponsorship for ATA works, or is interested in becoming an official sponsor of the ATA, please use the `Sponsors’ link on the left hand side of the homepage. Sponsorship is a great opportunity to support touch in Australia, the World’s Number One nation. It is also a great way to help develop the sport amongst our kids further and assist our National representatives to continue their strength in Touch. * Did you know? When you run your cursor over the photos on ATA’s site, there’s often a caption accompanying them, giving a brief description of who/what the picture is. * Touch Victoria have issued their October newsletter. A great read for a wrap up of the Australia Cup and what’s happening in touch throughout Victoria. TOUCH LINES OCTOBER 2004 * The rain played havoc with the preliminary finals of the 2004 Sydney Championships. With swimming or mud wrestling not really what the spectators were wanting to see, the finals will be played next week (barring any repeat of the rain), with the Grand Finals played on November 5th. * The 2004 NSWTA State Cup will be again held in Port Macquarie at the Hibbards Reserve Tuffins Lane from the 3-5 December. For more information please use the links on the NSW Touch Association website. www.nswtouch.com.au * Remember, all story ideas or media requests can be sent to Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img

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