Perth made all three finals, winning the Mixed and Men’s Open finals and coming second in the Women’s Open division. The Mixed Open division played five round games before contesting finals in a big day on Sunday, with the Brothers finishing the round games on top of the ladder. In the first semi final, the Brothers defeated Peel Districts by one touchdown, 2-1, to progress through to the final. In the second semi final, Wanneroo defeated the Chiefs 4-1 to meet the Brothers in the final. In the final, Perth Brothers defeated Wanneroo by three touchdowns, 9-6, to take out the Mixed Open title. Joey Simpkins was named the Male Mixed Open Most Valuable Player, while Melissa Rowe was named the Female Mixed Open Most Valuable Player. In the semi finals of the Men’s Open division, the Sharks were too strong for Wanneroo, winning by four touchdowns, 11-7, while the Brothers were 11-8 winners over the Southern Stars. The Perth Brothers were too strong in the final, defeating the Sharks 12-5. The Men’s Open Most Valuable Player was Craig Sealey from the Perth Brothers. In the Women’s Open division, the semi finals saw the Brothers take on the Northern Spirit while the Southern Stars played the Sharks. The Brothers progressed through to the final after beating the Spirit, 5-4, while the Stars also beat the Sharks by one touchdown, 7-6. The Southern Stars’ Sharon Wong was named the Women’s Open Most Valuable Player. The following referees were named to control the grand finals:Men’s Open Annabell ConnollyJames McMahonRichard McIllroyMixed Open Joe JeffriesPaul RichardsonAndrew ScotfordWomen’s Open John BedfordJohn CorserBen MortonThe Most Improved Referee award was presented to Zoltan Nattan. For more information, please visit the following website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-3184-0-120999-0&sID=31705
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Touch Football Australia has today welcomed the release of the Australian Governmentâ€™s â€˜Girls Make Your Moveâ€™ campaign which encourages younger Australian women to get physically active.Minister for Health Sussan Ley said the campaign comes on the back of new research showing nearly 60 per cent of girls aged 15-to-17 reported undertaking little-to-no exercise or physical activity compared to one-third of boys. â€œThis campaign was a fun way to encourage young women in their teenage years to build their bodies as they are growing. â€œIt aims to tackle this sliding door moment in a young womanâ€™s life when they actually are laying down the foundation for the rest of their lives. â€œPhysical activity in the teenage years lays down the muscle and bone you need for the rest of your life. Itâ€™s a unique time as your body develops and the greatest opportunity to build up strength for your later years.â€ â€œIt will also help us to tackle a serious â€˜epidemicâ€™ of diseases and chronic conditions facing this current generation if they did not exercise more. â€œThe research is telling us around the late primary to early high school age girls first engage in some form of physical activity within peer groups. And if that first experience is not enjoyable the idea of exercise and sport also can become a negative,â€ Ms Ley said.Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire said the sport of Touch Football has a role to play in reversing the alarming trends in female participation in sport and active recreation. â€œTouch Football has always provided a place on the field for everyone with over 42 percent of our participants being female. We are certainly focused on increasing our junior participation and know that we can work harder on expanding our appeal to young girls.â€ â€œWeâ€™re planning for one million people playing our sport annually by 2020 so not only will the number of girls playing Touch Football grow, but weâ€™re investing in our schools strategy to increase the proportion of girls participating as well. â€œOur unique offering of social competitions, gala days, events and our representative pathway means there are plenty of fun opportunities to be involved. â€œParticipation in Touch Football isnâ€™t limited to just being a player. With the assistance of the Australian Sports Commission, weâ€™ve recently invested in the development a Womenâ€™s Elite Coaching Leadership Workshop and an Elite Referee and Referee Coaches Workshop to grow the skills of our female volunteers. We have also had strong representation at a governance level and recently elected our first female Chair of the national Board.â€œWeâ€™re very happy to be able to support the Australian Governmentâ€™s #girlsmakeyourmove campaign and we encourage each of our affiliates to think about ways they can promote the message in their own community,â€ Maguire said. For more information visit: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/girlsmove/publishing.nsf/Content/activitiesRelated LinksGirls Make Your Move
FIT representative Peter Topp assisted with the delivery of the programs across three locations with the help of Queensland Touch Football (QTF) representatives Scott McAllister in Shanghai, Glen Walker in Guangzhou and TFA (Victoria) staff member, David Diack in Beijing. These programs according to Topp, focused on achieving the broad community development aspects of the program by providing participation clinics, field officer and referee training.â€œThe ASP Program was well received in all schools with many expressing interest in touring Australia as a development and cultural program for their students, which is promising for both regions,â€ Topp said on his return to Australia.The delivery of participation clinics was based around the successful Australian Sports Commission Sporting Schools program format whereby participants experienced the game in a fun, safe, friendly and supportive environment. All activities were game-based which provided opportunities for play and the development of game knowledge of the sport.This provided the perfect environment for young girls to experience a new sport in a safe environment to teach them the longer-term benefits of leading healthy and active lifestyles. Participants were provided information on the importance of nutrition and ensuring that they look after themselves to create a well-rounded individual.A major component of the ASP Program in China is to upskill the development workforce in the three targeted cities. This was addressed by the training and education of field officers in each of the locations. In total, 26 field officers were trained in current practice delivery of Touch Football; specifically, in a large group setting such as schools and universities. This provided a stable base to develop sport knowledge and competence whilst challenging existing skill levels.To assist further the development of Touch Football in China, the program also included referee training to maximise the delivery of the sport. A total of 64 referees participated through courses, coaching, practical and mentoring sessions. Further, a referee leadership program commenced in Beijing in 2016 and was completed within the 2017 education programs.TFAâ€™s Acting CEO, Tim Arnold believes the success of the program can be measured by the increase in female coaches and officials in the region.â€œThe program focused on ensuring that there were opportunities for females to become leaders in their community, not just in Touch Football. The referees and coaches we trained were provided with the skills and guidance needed to grow in confidence, to lead what is often a male dominated industry,â€ Arnold said.â€œWeâ€™ve created female role models for the community. Once the training was completed, the female coaches and referees went on to run the participation clinics and demonstrate to the young girls in the programs that they too can be leaders in sport and in broader society.â€The program has provided a platform for an economic development opportunity for women with the skilled coaches now able to earn an income through delivering programs in schools into the future.Several meeting engagements were also arranged for TFA and FIT personnel. These were opportunities to engage and promote the active support from the Australian Government.Through the ASP program, TFA have successfully assisted China to develop an educated and qualified workforce to assist with the continued development of Touch Football extending beyond the program. Overall, this has been achieved through the identification and training of female leaders to take on key roles within the Touch Football community in China as well as in their life away from the sport. The inclusion of these training programs combined with the participation clinics, has led to increased participation in Touch Football and physical activity opportunities for Chinese participants.TFA would like to thank the DFAT for making this program possible through the ASP program. This support from Government agencies allows the sport of Touch Football to improve the opportunities for female leaders in China. The program has enriched the lives of all participants through the benefits associated with living a healthy lifestyle and fun and social inclusion for participants in a team-based sport. And to the FIT, QTF and TFA crew on the ground, a valuable opportunity to profile and promote the virtues and aspirations of the sport to one of the most populous and prosperous regions of the world. Related LinksTouch in China Touch Football Australia (TFA) and the Federation of International Touch (FIT) have been conducting a series of Touch Football activities in various school visits across China over recent months. The visits are part of the Asian Sports Partnership (ASP) Program; funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in an effort to influence broader social and diplomatic outcomes. The key purpose of making a positive contribution to development and public diplomacy outcomes in Asia through effective sport partnerships.Through this program, TFA sought to use its prominent international status to work closely with FIT to improve the social standing of women in society by providing them with equal opportunities to access sport and lead healthy active lifestyles.The primary focus of the program is increasing the sporting opportunities awarded to females aged 12-20. The gender-parity nature of Touch Football ensured the program accommodated a neat split of both males and females totalling over 2,000 participants to date. The overall reach of the program was not only limited to the players; extended also to spectators, Government, school and sport officials and ultimately increasing opportunities to develop and deliver the sport of Touch Football in the community.