After the Raiders upset win over the Cowboys in the NRL last weekend, hearts are certainly pumping in the nations capital and the trip to Melbourne to face the Storm on June 18, now has some added spice. TFA Chairman Michael Sparks and Victorian Technical Director, Michael Lovett, have been working with the Melbourne Storm side to organise the scheduling of a 30 minute Touch game at Olympic Park as a curtain raiser to the Storm vs Radiers match. While the details are not all confirmed yet, TFA will be promoting this opportunity to it’s fullest as the event draws near…so keep your eye on the website for more information! The NSW Country Championships saw 101 teams hit Dubbo, with several interstate teams taking part in the round matches before competing against each other in the Interstate Challenge on the final day. Wagga Wagga are undoubtedly the strength of Country NSW claiming the double in both the Mens and Womens Open. Below are all the results from the 2006 NSW Country Championships:Mens Open: Wagga (7) def Wallsend (6)Mens Open Interstate Challenge: ACT (8) def SA (3)Womens Open: Wagga (5) def Newcastle University (4)Womens Open Interstate Challenge ACT (5) def Victoria (2)Mixed Open: Griffith (7) def Newcastle City (3)Mens 18’s: Wallsend (5) def ACT (3)Mens 23’s: Wallsend (5) def Dubbo (3)Womens 18’s: Tamworth (6) def Wagga (3)Womens 23’s: Wollongong (6) def Tamworth (0)Mens 35’s: Victoria (7) def Leeton (3)Womens 35’s: Port Macquarie (2) def Wallsend (0)Senior Mixed: Forster Tuncurry (7) def Dubbo (5)Mens 40’s: Wollongong (5) def Port Macquarie (2)Womens 40’s: Central Coast (2) def Newcastle City (1)Mens 45’s: Wagga (6) def Newcastle City (1)Mens 50’s: Newcastle City (5) def Wollongong (2) The Yass knockout has been set for January 27-28 2007, with over 90 teams expected to attend and fight for $12,000 in prize money. Welcome to the latest edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch, where there is plenty of news in Touch for all. It is certainly a massive week with tournaments, announcements and more big news… TFA’s new partnership with Esus Footwear will be headlining the opening of our online shop, set to begin business this week. The latest from our web group is that we can hope to be up and running this week, with the new Esus shoes and the 2006 NTL Fox Package DVD’s set to be the hottest items for purchase. For all the information on the Esus Touch Football boots check out ESUS TOUCH FOOTBALL BOOTS. Here’s one for all interested referees out there…WA referee John Bedford has been promoting the sport on ‘Have a Go TV’ in WA, check out the link to see his story: http://www.haveagotv.com.au/segment.php?id=84&l=1 The latest edition of Touch-e-Talk, the online newsletter, will be delivered this week, so keep your eye out on the TFA website or subscribe on the homepage to receive it direct to your email. The University of Southern Queensland are sending a mixed side to the Northern Uni Games, with several experienced Australian junior representatives and Queensland Origin players. They’re keen for a sponsor to help them make the trip to the Sunshine Coast and to help them in their quest for Gold or Silver. If your business is keen to support them, please contact Christopher Kavney on 0427 161 590 for more info. NT will also be holding their annual Elite Training Camp from June 29 to July 1 in Darwin. The 2006 NTL Fox Package is now available for purchase! The package (as seen on Fox) contains highlights of the Mixed and Womens Open grand final, as well a majority of the Mens Open final. With commentary from Australian Mens Open coach Tony Trad and also skill packages leading players such as Sharyn Williams and Phil Gyemore, it’s a fantastic production. The DVD is available for purchase for $20 inc GST, (plus $5 postage) and can be ordered by phoning Rachel on (02) 6285 2703 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Rugby Union have the Wallabies, in League they are the Kangaroos, while the basketballers are the Boomers and the Opals…and I’ve heard of some side called the Socceroos??? But what about our National Touch sides? TFA are after suggestions of either names or a mascot for our National sides heading to the 2007 World Cup in South Africa. Email your suggestions to email@example.com. We’ll keep you updated on the progress! In news from the Northern Territory the NT Secondary Schools Championships are set to be held in Alice Springs this Wednesday to Friday, with NT teams being selected for the National Secondary School Championships being held in Perth this October. Later this week TFA will be approaching all members who have subscribed to the TFA website email database and asking them to complete an online survey on the 2006 NTL package shown on Fox Sports. The survey is aimed at providing feedback on the package, it’s value and quality. If you would like to take part in the survey you will need to subscribe on the front page of the TFA website today. If you tend to be an affiliate hopper in NSW, that may no longer be you, as the NSWTA Board have introduced a new affiliate representative transfer rule. Check out NSW Touch for all of the info. They are hoping that the first of their measures will help ensure a clean, fair and equitable system for the sport in NSW. Remember, if you have any info for this weekly column, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
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In the lead-up to the 2015 FIT Touch World Cup, we catch up with Bob Kalman from Germany as they embark on their second World Cup campaign.How big is Touch in Germany?Touch Germany now has over 400 active players and this is growing on a daily basis.The national champions for 2014 are “TiB Berlin” who went through the 2014 season with an unbeaten record against German teams.Who is a player from Germany that is one to watch out for at the 2015 TWC?Touch Germany will be missing a few key players from the previous European Championships in Wales in 2014. However the strength of the Germans always has been the girls. This year, captain Yvonne Giesen will return as well as Svenja Strotta, Lena Dietz and Ute Kohlheim, making up some of the best ladies in continental Europe.Germany are currently sending one team (Mixed Open) to the 2015 TWC, what are your goals for the event?Germany has several strong veteran players in the team for 2015, but also several players who will be making their international debuts. The goal of the German squad this year is to turn the rookies into veterans so that they can take back to their local clubs all the experience that comes with playing in Oz.What are you most looking forward to for your trip to Australia?I will be traveling with a 2 year old toddler on the 30 hour trip over to Australia, so one thing that I am personally NOT looking forward to is the flight over, but the whole team is looking forward to the tournament and learning as much as they can whilst they are out there.If you want to keep in touch with Germany in the lead-up to the 2015 TWC, visit the following:WebsiteFacebookRelated LinksGermany: 2015 TWC
Atletico Madrid coach Simeone unsurprised Bayern Munich want Lucasby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone isn’t surprised Bayern Munich want to sign Lucas Hernandez.Simeone was keen to turn attention onto the pitch, but repeatedly fielded questions about those who could be on their way out of the Wanda Metropolitano this winter.”We know that until the window closes we cannot be calm,” Simeone said when asked about Lucas Hernandez’s future.”There is always the possibility when you have extraordinary players that big clubs like Bayern Munich will want them.”I live in the present and today we have him, like [Diego] Godin, [Jan] Oblak, Filipe [Luis] and Juanfran.”We have to look at what really matters to us, which is Sevilla.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Allardyce: Why would Pochettino quit Spurs for Man Utd?by Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bolton, Everton and England boss Sam Allardyce has questioned why Mauricio Pochettino would leave Tottenham for Manchester United.With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in danger of losing his job at United, several reporters have linked Pochettino to the top job at Old Trafford.Given the poor form of Tottenham, it is possible that a Pochettino exit could happen in the winter or summer.But Allardyce believes the Argentine coach would be better off staying put because Spurs have a superior squad to United.Metro quote “Big Sam” as saying: “I can’t see Mauricio going anywhere at the moment.”Tottenham are a better squad than Manchester United – and that is a telling fact.”It’s alright saying, ‘this is Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world’. But has it got the team to go with it to represent Manchester United?” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Another 80 Jamaicans will be taking up employment opportunities in Canada under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP). Another 80 Jamaicans will be taking up employment opportunities in Canada under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP).The workers, who comprise 80 per cent returnees, will be deployed mainly to Ontario and Nova Scotia.In her address to the workers at a send-off ceremony held at the Ministry of Labour’s Overseas Employment Services Centre in downtown Kingston on Friday (August 3), Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, encouraged them to be good ambassadors for Jamaica.“Ensure that you conduct yourselves in an acceptable manner, both on and off the job, and be your brother’s keeper. Be sure to perform your duties to the best of your ability, bearing in mind the importance of productivity and accountability,” the Minister urged.Mrs. Robinson further encouraged them to work hard, distinguish themselves, and ensure that they comply with the terms of their contract, and to make their family and country proud.“This will ensure that your employer continues to request not only your services but that of other Jamaican workers,” she said.She added that the programme represents a long-standing tradition of partnership between Jamaica and Canada and has positively impacted the lives of many Jamaicans, who have used the opportunity to improve their standard of living and that of their families.In the meantime, High Commissioner of Canada to Jamaica, Her Excellency Laurie Peters, said the programme has been a success for both Jamaica and for Canada, “because it means such a boost to the livelihoods of Canadian farmers and Jamaican workers and, in fact, our economies”.“It is lovely to see not only the 80 per cent returnees who make this programme so successful, but also the 20 per cent of newbies who are perhaps starting a legacy or tradition for themselves and for their families,” she said.This was the second official send-off ceremony to be held since the start of the year. The first took place in January.The SAWP, which is part of the Ministry’s Overseas Employment Programme, involves contractual agricultural workers who are recruited to meet the short-term demand of manual labour during planting and harvesting seasons. Story Highlights The SAWP, which is part of the Ministry’s Overseas Employment Programme, involves contractual agricultural workers who are recruited to meet the short-term demand of manual labour during planting and harvesting seasons. “This will ensure that your employer continues to request not only your services but that of other Jamaican workers,” she said.
For people interested in getting involved in philanthropy, actor Matt Damon suggests becoming the student first.If the experts are asking questions and constantly learning, why shouldn’t the uninitiated? “Once you give yourself permission to not know [everything], that’s when life gets exciting again.”That’s what Damon said in a recent interview with Philanthropy Age as he described his own learning curve in his efforts to bring clean water and sanitation to areas of Africa and Asia where it was lacking.Damon already knew that millions of people die each year from water-related illness, and that a child dies every minute due to inaccessibility to clean water. That’s why he created H20 Africa – to provide funding to NGOs and small projects that were doing good work in bringing clean water to remote areas.“People talk about the global water crisis and what’s coming down the road,” Damon said in the interview. “[… but] for 748 million people, the crisis is already here.”But Damon wanted to do more, to have a greater impact than what H20 Africa was achieving. In 2009, he merged H20 Africa with Gary White’s WaterPartners to create Water.org. An expert in the field, Gary White had established a successful record in a world where half of all water projects fail. And so began Damon’s real education in how to help well.With a mission to solve the water crisis in our lifetime, Water.org has a stronger focus on larger, more innovative solutions with the potential for success in the long term. “One idea we pioneered is Water Credit,” says Damon. “Water Credit is a small loan for a family or community to get a water connection or a toilet. We convinced banks to make loans that weren’t being made by sharing the financial risk with them. This brought new funds to people in need. The idea works. Water Credit is taking off around the world because it benefits more people, faster. That makes it a solution critical to ending the crisis. ““More kids are dying from this than from AIDS, measles and malaria combined,” says Damon. “It’s the most serious problem out there.”Copyright ©2014Look to the Stars