Congratulations to Josh Wilkinson and Dean Taylor who have been nominated for the Clubs ACT “Sportstar of the Year” Award by ACTSport. Josh and Dean, both members of National representative teams/squads, will attend the Awards ceremony this Saturday with representatives from the ACTTA Board, sponsors, and key ACTTA volunteers. Best of luck boys. Touch Football Australia brings you the latest edition of “A Set of Six” with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s “A Set of Six” – Volume Twenty Six.SOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play: # 1South Australia representative teams off to Canberra CupThis weekend will see the results of a four-month Elite Programs process with three South Australian teams competing in the 2007 Canberra Cup in Canberra. The process started in July with a number of Australian players and coaches imparting knowledge and creating an exciting atmosphere around the place at the Mitchell Cup High Performance Development weekend. Since the camp the Women’s, Mixed and Men’s teams have been training hard in preparation to showcase their own style and mix it with the Canberra Cup teams.Other events: All affiliates are gearing up for a hot summer of Touch. With strong nominations across the board, Touch Football South Australia looks forward to encouraging the development of the sport across the State.The Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)Play: # 2ACT Junior Competitions set to commenceThe ACT Touch junior competitions commence this week with a record 125 teams nominated already. The growth in the number of teams is a testament to the hard work of ACT Touch Game Development Officer Chris Tarlinton, and the growth of the ACT primary school gala days held earlier this year.Other events: · This weekend sees the third Annual Canberra Cup being played with a lot of interest from local and Inter state teams. Sides will be visiting the nation’s capital from Dubbo, South Australia, and Western Sydney so it’s bound to be a hotly contested affair. Good luck to all teams attending. ACT Touch is pleased to be offering a Tuesday night competition at Southwell Park. This has been well received with 25 teams nominated at this venue. ACT is still accepting nominations for this competition. Enquiries to ACT Touch Association on (02) 6212 2880 or firstname.lastname@example.org This year’s Eastern Independent Schools of Melbourne touch competition has just wrapped up their season with some great results for Aquinas College, with their three premiers going undefeated for the season.• The 12th Gippsland Primary School Sports Camp in Rawson Village, Rawson is on November 3rd and Victorian Development Officer Ali Tuai has been invited to attend. Just over 100 children have been selected from around Gippsland for their leadership and sporting achievements.• Touch Football Victoria Executive Council is calling the 1st TFV State Council annual general meeting to be hosted at Port Melbourne Soccer Club, Williamstown Rd on 1st December 2007. This will coincide with the first ever VT League Grand Final day which will provide all affiliate delegates an opportunity to witness some of Victoria’s best Touch players, coaches and referees in action.• Two of Australia’s best players, and World Cup winners, “Blackest Cats” Tony Eltakchi and Jason Stanton were on hand at the VT League to offer advice and feedback to players and coaches throughout the night and at the inaugural coaches lunch, to several VT League and Victorian junior coaches. Touch Football Victoria would like to thank Jason and Tony for their enthusiasm to share information and coaching tips during their time in Melbourne. • VT League Round Four Results: Men: Casey Cougars 6 d Melbourne City Lions 3; University Blues 6 d Bayside Vipers 2Women: Bayside Vipers 4 d University Blues 2; Melbourne City Lions 3 d Casey Cougars 0 The Australian Capital Territory website: www.acttouch.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play # 3 Darwin Touch Competition produces exciting round of clashesThe Darwin Men’s Competition top of the table clash last Monday between Dream Team and Crocs was an exciting game with Dream Team eventually prevailing 5-3. Crocs missing a number of their key players, took it to the Dream Team to the very end, out scoring the premiership favorites in the second half, but eventually running out of time to press the issue.Palmerston Bulls had an easier night at the office accounting for Incredibles 11-2.Bundy Bears showed that they are not to be counted out of premiership contention with a 6-3 win over Honkers. In The Darwin Women’s Competition, Crocs and Scorpions fought out a tight 5-4 result in a highly anticipated clash between second and third place on the ladder.Scorpions eventually claimed victory after a tense struggle. It was end-to-end touchdown trading until the very end when Scorpions got the match winner.Top of the ladder Palmerston gave bottom of the ladder Divas a lesson on how to play touch with a decisive 11-0 score line, demonstrating that they are the team to beat this season.All About Us had the bye.Other Events: Darwin Touch’s AusTouch clinic kicked off last Wednesday with 22 children participating, with ages ranging from 5-11 yrs. All were very excited and keen to be involved with the program.Rebecca Houston is running an AusTouch program in Borroloola with 200 youngsters participating over recent weeks.The Northern Territory website: www.touchnt.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play # 4TouchWest wave goodbye to long serving membersAfter joining TouchWest more than nine years ago, Office Administrator Kathryn Dilizia will be leaving Touch Football for a new start outside of sport.With the WA Touch Association celebrating 25 years this year, it’s worth noting that for close to 40 percent of that time Kath has been a part of the TouchWest team.She’s answered the phone to many thousands of calls over the last decade, and been a voice and source of answers for many a Touch Football volunteer around WA, while introducing those looking for a new challenge to an affiliate in Perth or in regional areas.Only a few months before Kath joined the staff in 1998, current State Manager Matt Bamford also came to the office, and has spent countless hours working alongside her over the years.“Most of my working life Kath has been around… She has been a dependable friend and co-worker – been there to offer support to other staff and our volunteers. I never thought I’d see the day when she’d go, and I’m sure that like me, all the staff and volunteers will miss having her here”, he said.Also moving on will be current TouchWest President, David Leigh who is taking up a three-year contract in London with current employer, Rio Tinto. David has had a long association with Touch Football in Western Australia as a player, former referee of the tournament at State Championships, as well as President of Southern Districts Touch Association. David like many of the West’s volunteers has given a large amount of his time and expertise to contribute to the success and longevity of the sport and for this the Western Australian Touch community is grateful.We wish both Kath and David all the best for the future. Other Events: As we say goodbye to two TouchWest members, another has joined with Caroline Bamford (wife of WA State Manager Matt) giving birth to Jack at 11:32am on Friday 26 October 2007. Jack weighed 6.7lb and both mother and son are doing well. The Touch Football Australia community congratulates Matt and Caroline on the birth of their second child.The Western Australian Touch Association website: www.touchwest.comVICTORIA (VIC)Play # 5 School Sport Australia Tournament A successThe School Sports Australia Touch Tournament, held at Monash University last week, was a huge success with the students involved from all over the nation showing some fantastic skills on the field, whilst doing themselves proud with their exemplary behaviour off it. Victoria did exceptionally well considering the standard of competition and proved that the future of the sport is looking bright. A special congratulations to the Victorian Boys Under 15’s who made it to the Plate Final, but were defeated by NT 7-6.Queensland dominated the 12 and 15 Years Girls divisions, whilst NSW were king pins in Boys 12 and 15 Years divisions. Full results can be obtained by going to the following link:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=4282&pID=14Other News: The Victorian Touch website: www.victouch.com.auQUEENSLAND (QLD)Play # 6 Queensland Origin Squads NamedThe Queensland Touch Association has named Queensland State of Origin Squads across 13 divisions for the 2008 State of Origin Series against arch rivals New South Wales.The squads were announced after the selection process was completed at the X-Blades Queensland State Regional Championships conducted in Toowoomba from October 5-7 2007.All players whose names appear in the 2008 State squads have all responded to the letter of offer forwarded to them. The squads will take part in the first of the selection camps to be conducted on December 1-2 2007 at Redlands in the lead-up to the State of Origin Series to be played in Sydney in August 2008. Other News: The North Queensland Junior Touch Championships will be played at Townsvilles Queens Park this weekend.Over 80 teams from all over the Norht Queensland Region have nominated in age categories from 10 –16 Years in Boys and Girls divisions.Teams are travelling from all over North Queensland including Inisfail, Gordonvale, Bowen, Atherton, Mackay and Cairns, as well as a strong presence from local Townsville clubs Frogs (13 Teams) Brothers (12 teams) and Sharks (10 teams).Fellow Townsville clubs Rum Runners, Redskins and Jots Tigers have also nominated several teams in the highly popular tournament now in its seventh year of existence.The Queensland Touch website: www.qldtouch.com.auThat’s it for this weeks edition of “A Set of Six”.Please check each State website to keep up to date with all the news, views, and information from around the nation.