Terry was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988. He represented Australia between 1980 and 1987, including captaining the Australian Men’s Open side on the 1986 tour of New Zealand. Terry is respected by all for the example he has set as a dedicated player and leader in Touch Football. Terry has two caps for Australia and was also the Queensland Men’s Open captain at a National Championships level.
Karen was also inducted in 1988 and has been involved with Touch Football as a state and national representative player since 1980. She has also captained New South Wales and Australia on many occasions and her list of awards for Player’s Player, Player of the Final or Player of the Series is near endless. Karen represented Australia on 28 occasions, comprising of 19 World Cup games and eight Tests.
Lisa was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990. Her Touch Football career started in 1977, as part of the first ladies competition in Port Hacking. Lisa is one of New South Wales’ most-capped female players, representing the state between 1980 and 1993 and was a member of the Australian team for many years. Lisa represented Australia 14 times, in seven World Cup fixtures and seven Test matches.
Ray ‘Bullet’ Lawrence was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990 at the National Championships held in the Northern Territory. Ray became involved in Touch Football at the age of 32. He was then recruited into a local side, and a short time later represented the Manly district in the New South Wales region competition. In 1983 he was selected for New South Wales in the Men’s Senior team, and then represented New South Wales for 14 years in a row. Ray represented Australia 11 times, comprising of five World Cup fixtures and six Test matches.
Ron was inducted into the Touch Football Australia Hall of Fame in 1993. Quick and with a big step, he would terrorise his opposite number when running at them. Given half a gap he always managed to finish the movement over the scoreline. His ability to read the game and hit a hole was only matched by his tough big game competitor’s spirit. He represented New South Wales from 1982 to 2004 and has 48 international caps for Australia, including four World Cups. In his 48 games representing Australia, Ron has played in 42 World Cup games and six Test matches.
Kerry was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991 after becoming involved with Touch Football in 1981 because a team playing near her husband’s team was short of players. Kerry has developed to be not only one of Australia’s most accomplished representatives but also a very successful coach, including at an Australian Women’s Open level. Kerry has amassed a total of 104 times representing her country, most recently as the coach of the Australian Women’s Open team at the 2011 World Cup. Her 104 caps for Australia include 76 World Cup games as well as 19 Tests and nine All Nations fixtures.
Mark is described by many as the old war horse. He first became involved with Touch Football when he was 13 years old, playing Rugby League and experiencing back pain. He was not allowed to play any more contact sports so decided to start playing Touch Football. Mark played in 17 straight New South Wales State Cups with Parramatta in which he won 12 times. He has also played in four World Cups. Mark represented Australia between the years of 1986-1999, with a total of 37 caps – 25 in World Cup fixtures and 12 in Test matches.
Scott started playing Touch Football in 1982 because he felt the game suited him more than Rugby. He lists Bob Brindell from Queensland and Mark Boland from New South Wales as his most respected opponents. Scott recalls the 1995 World Cup when Australia came from behind to defeat New Zealand 5-1 as a career highlight and is noted by all as a great ambassador for sport and especially for Touch Football. Scott has represented Australia in 61 Test matches, comprising of 44 World Cup and 17 Test match appearances.
Sadly, Craig passed away not long after being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003. Craig will always be remembered as a character of Australian Touch Football and will be held close to the hearts of many. Craig was one of Australia’s most capped representatives and showed a determination and leadership, as well as fighting spirit that encouraged and inspired many people around him. Craig played for Australia 37 times, including 28 World Cup games as well as nine Test matches.
Katrina Toohey (Nee Maher)
Katrina started playing Touch Football at the age of 10 in a local Cronulla competition. Her family was largely involved with Touch Football. Her list of regional, state and Australian representation is also incredibly impressive. Katrina played for Australia between 1986-1999, playing in 25 World Cup games and nine Tests, with a total of 34 caps, in which she never tasted defeat at an Australian level.
Bob was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003 and is a stalwart of Queensland Touch. An accomplished player at a regional, state and national level, Bob was awarded the Player of the Series award at two consecutive World Cups, 1991 and 1995. Bob played in 35 World Cup games and 10 Tests, giving him a total of 45 caps for Australia between 1988 and 1999.
An accomplished coach and manager, Peter has had a long involvement with Queensland and Australian sides since the 1980’s. He was Australian Men’s Open manager from 1985 to 1988 and from 1991 to 1999 he held the position of Australian Men’s Open coach. Peter has been a coach and manager of the Australian team 51 times, comprising of 35 World Cup appearances and 16 Tests.
At state, national and international events, Rick has excelled as a Touch Football referee. His hard work and dedication was rewarded in 1995 when he rose to the position of the world’s number one Touch Football referee, a position he held firmly for 12 years. Rick has achieved 70 International caps for his country, consisting of 46 World Cup appearances, 21 Tests and three other internationals. In 2013, the Rick Borg Medal was created, awarded to the top referee at the National Touch League.
Mick became involved with Touch Football in the late 1970’s and is an accomplished player and coach at a regional, state and national level. After retiring from playing following the 2010 Masters Trans Tasman Series, McCall represented his country again in 2013, as the assistant coach of the Australian Men’s 50’s side at the Super Trans Tasman Series. Mick has represented Australia 42 times, in nine Test matches and has 33 World Cup caps to his name.
Peter has participated at a national level as both a player and coach. His achievements as a coach for Queensland and the Australian Women’s Open side are near endless. He has been responsible for the promotion and coaching of Touch Football throughout Queensland schools, helping to establish Touch Football as one of the most popular sports in Queensland schools. He has three World Cup titles to his name as the Australian Women’s Open coach (1995, 1999, 2003), while he returned to the Women’s Open coaching position in 2012. Peter has achieved 41 caps as coach of the Australian Women’s Open team, made up of 26 World Cup and 15 Test appearances.
Garry was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007, after a long involvement with the sport at many levels. He has played in five World Cups and played in the first Trans Tasman test against New Zealand in 1985, finishing his playing career following the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series. Garry began competing for the ACT in National Championships events in 1983 and was still participating 30 years later at the 2013 National Touch League event. Garry added further international experience to his career as part of the Australian Men’s 50’s team at the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series. Garry has 53 caps for Australia, comprising of 41 World Cup and 12 Test appearances.
Stacey Black (Nee Gregory)
Stacey’s Touch Football career commenced in 1985 with Sylvania Touch before representing Cronulla and Wests in the Women’s and Mixed Open divisions. She competed as a member of the Australian Mixed and Women’s Open teams from 1986 through to the 1999 World Cup. Stacey also represented New South Wales from 1986 to 1998 and was regarded as the number one female Mixed player in Australia. Stacey has played in 47 matches for Australia, made up of 38 World Cup games and nine Tests.
Stephen’s refereeing career began in 1988 and he refereed at national events from the 1992 National Championships through to the 2003 National Touch League. He refereed at the 1995, 1999 and 2003 World Cup events. Stephen represented his country as a referee 45 times, including 37 World Cup appearances, while he also refereed in eight Test matches.
Dean’s Touch Football career started in 1978 at the Cronulla Sutherland Touch Association. Amongst his accomplishments are being named in the World All Stars team in 1988, as well as being an assistant coach for the Australian Mixed Open teams that won the World Cup events in 1999 and 2003, as well as being the assistant coach for the Australian Women’s Open teams for the 2007 and 2011 World Cup events. Dean has 92 caps for Australia, 64 at a World Cup level, 19 Tests and nine All Nations appearances as a coach and player.
David was named in the Hall of Fame in 2011 after a long involvement in Touch Football, including four World Cup campaigns. He first represented Australia at the 1995 World Cup in Hawaii and has competed at three World Cups since, at the 1997 (Masters), 1999 and 2003 events. His most recent Australian representation was in the Men’s 50’s division at the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series and he has 51 Australian caps in total, comprising of 34 World Cup games, six Tests and 11 European appearances.
Tim was named in the Hall of Fame in 2011. Tim currently has 76 Australian caps, which includes five World Cup campaigns. Tim started his Australian career at the 1997 World Cup, and has attended every World Cup since. He was also one of the Flag Bearers for the 2003 World Cup in Japan. Tim’s most recent Australian representation was in the Men’s 50’s division at the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series. Tim has represented his country in 43 World Cup matches and six Test matches, as well as 27 other internationals.
Renee’s Australian representation started at the 1995 World Cup in Hawaii in the Women’s Open division before playing in the 1999 and 2003 events as well. She also has international caps as a manager of the Australian Women’s Open team. As a player, Renee has 38 caps for Australia, which include 26 World Cup matches and three Test matches, as well as nine caps as a manager at the 2005 All Nations event.
Sharyn was a mainstay in the Women’s Open team for more than 15 years, playing in four World Cups, five Trans Tasman Series and the 2005 All Nations Series. After retiring from the Women’s Open team in 2009, Sharyn returned to play in the Australian Women’s 30’s team at the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series. Sharyn has 63 caps for Australia, comprising of 36 World Cup games, 18 Tests and nine All Nation caps.
After an Australian career that spanned over 10 years, and regarded as one of the best Mixed players of all time, Darren Shelley was also inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011. Darren’s career in the green and gold started in 1987, before playing in the 1991 and 1995 World Cups, and five Test series in total. Darren has a total of 30 Australian caps, including 19 World Cup games as well as 11 Test matches.
Having played in the first ever Women’s test match against New Zealand in 1986, Gai Taylor went on to become one of the most capped Australian Women’s representatives of all time, with 30 caps for Australia. Gai played in three World Cups for Australia, in 1988, 1997 and 1999, as well as playing in the 1986 and 1988 Test matches against New Zealand and Canada. Gai has represented Australia in 30 games, including 26 World Cup matches and four Test matches.
Owen was also inducted into the TFA Hall of Fame in 2011, for his contribution to the sport of Touch Football in the early years. Owen played two Tests for Australia and five Open and Senior State of Origin series between 1980 and 1985. He was regarded by many as one of the best of the founding era.
Adam was inducted into the Touch Football Australia Hall of Fame in 2015. A former world number one referee, Adam has 70 international caps next to his name, including 34 World Cup caps. Adam has also refereed 21 Masters World Cup games, 12 Open Tests and three Youth Tests.
Giselle was inducted into the Touch Football Australia Hall of Fame in 2015. Giselle has been a key member of Australian Touch since making her debut in 1993. Giselle has 34 international caps, including 16 World Cup matches. Giselle has represented New South Wales from 1995 to 2014, playing six National Touch League finals with the Sydney Mets and winning three of them.
Greg was inducted into the Touch Football Australia Hall of Fame in 2015. Greg was a member of Australia’s inaugural Touch Football team in 1985 with cap number five. Greg has eight Australian caps and played in the inaugural Australia vs New Zealand Trans Tasman Test in 1985. Greg has continued to represent Australia, most recently at the 2015 Touch World Cup. Greg is the most capped Queensland representative with 90 caps, having won a national title in every Men’s division.
Tony was inducted into the Touch Football Australia Hall of Fame in 2015. Tony is the current Australian Men’s Open coach, with 70 Australian caps, included three World Cup Men’s Open titles and one World Cup Mixed Open title. Having been involved in Australia’s international campaigns since 1999, Tony has coached at five World Cups. Tony has also been head coach of New South Wales in Touch Football Origin and the Sydney Mets in the National Touch League.