It’s peak Touch season around the country – we take a look at the key happenings in each state.
In the nation’s capital, the Tuggeranong Vikings defeated the Northern Phoenix 10-3 to win the Women’s Super League grand final on Saturday 28th November. It was the Vikings’ eighth title in nine years, and their fourth in a row. In the Men’s, the outcome was flipped, with the Northern Phoenix defeating the Tuggeranong Vikings 6-4, resulting in Phoenix’s first three-peat in the club’s history. All Super League and Premier League results and awards can be viewed here.
It was a different-looking State Cup in Port Macquarie earlier this month, with COVID guidelines in place and no spectators allowed, but the competition was as fierce as ever. Champion teams took back-to-back title wins in both the Men’s Open A and Women’s Open A divisions. In the Men’s, Hornsby defeated the 2018 premiers, Doyalson, with a 4-2 win. While in the Women’s, Manly defeated Wests 3-1. Click here to find out more, including results from all divisions.
With different season timings up in the north, it’s not state titles time at the moment – instead, this past week saw community comps in Darwin wrap up, ahead of the next season that taps off early next year. In the Darwin Touch grand finals, Slaack Az defeated the Inferno Magpies Purple (8-7) in the Mixed Division 1. In the Men’s Division 1, the Inferno Magpies Black managed a 5-4 against Honkers, and in Women's Division 1, it was the Titans who were victorious, with a 5-3 result against Honkers. Want to play the season that’s coming up soon? Click here to view and register to early 2021 competitions.
For the first time, Queensland Touch Football (QTF) ran a 10-day ‘Festival of Touch’, on the Gold Coast in November 2020. As well as the QLD State Cup, the festival included the All Nations tournament, a South East Queensland Schools Gala Day, the QLD Affiliate Conference and a Sports Performance Conference. In the State Cup, Caboolture defeated UQ Rebels 3-1 in the Women's Open final. In the Men's Open, Rockhampton defeated Redlands 7-5. BMTA Storm took out the All Abilities division, 6-4 against UQ Rebels. In All Nations, the Philippines beat NZ Barbarian 5-4 in Men's Open, Scotland beat Maori 4-2 in Women's Open, and Indigenous beat Scotland 4-3 in Mixed Open.
In the TFSA League, the Northern Vipers took out two divisions, the Mixed Open and Women’s Open. In the Mixed, they managed to hold off a late comeback from last year’s champions, the Central Scorpions (6-5). While in the Women’s, they took back-to-back titles, also against the Central Scorpions (7-4). The Scorpions missed out again in the Men’s Open – they were defeated by the Eastern Stingrays, 8-4. To find out more, click here.
While there’s no state league in Tassie, community comps in Burnie, Devonport, Southern Touch and Launceston have been going strong; and the state has two Opens teams training for the 2021 National Touch League, which is a first for a few years.
While community competitions are finally back in Victoria, the VT League was unable to go ahead this year. Though this last weekend saw the Youth In Touch Super Series play out after a five-week competition. Twenty-two junior teams from across Melbourne and nearby regional towns participated in Under 12, Under 14 and Under 18 divisions in a great show of resilience following Melbourne’s incredibly long lockdown. The Youth In Touch program is about more than Touch Football – it’s about engaging youth in physical activity to have fun and learn new skills. For more info about Victoria’s Youth In Touch, click through to https://touchfootball.com.au/vic/youth-in-touch/. To find out the Super Series results and Spirit of Touch Award Winners, click here.
In the WA LiveLighter Super League Series finals, the Fremantle Rebels defeated Perth Brothers in Men’s Open, with a convincing 11-5 win. Fremantle also took a big win in the Women’s Open, scoring 11 tries against Northern Spirit’s 4. In the Mixed Open, it was Tompkins Park who came out on top, also scoring 11 tries against 4 scored by Northern Spirit.