TRL Melbourne has heard the calls and is proud to partner with Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre to bring TRL to South-East Melbourne! Grab your mates and come to our Free Come and Try sessions on November 7th before the season starts on November 14th. This location is ideal for those in the South-East wanting to get your Touch Rugby Fix! Register your interest at http://www.gesac.com.au/Sports/Touch-Rugby otherwise see you there!
That’s a wrap on TRL Hawthorn Winter 2018 season! A Huge congrats to our Mixed & Mens Champs, the Melbourne sharks and Bits &Pieces, for taking out the titles on what was a highly competitive Season. The Sharks sprung to life late in the season, with these TRL veterans bringing home the chocolates for the 3rd time (2 in a row!) The Bits and Pieces seems to be the polar bears of the comp, having last won the Competition in Winter 17, to go out into the wilderness, and return in 2018 Winter to claim the glory! It goes to show, practice makes perfect! A special mention also goes to the Mens runners up Lanka Lions who nearly pulled off a true fairytale story scraping into the finals by 1 point and knocking off the ladder leaders, Wolfpack, in the semi’s. Also congrats goes to Footloose who won the For and Against Cup. $100 off next season for you!
That’s a wrap on TRL Flemington Winter 2018 season. A Huge congrats to Touchy Feely for taking out the title on what was a highly competitive Season. They sprung to life in the finals series with these TRL veterans bringing home the chocolates in their 3rd attempt. Remember practice makes perfect!
After recruiting far and wide in the off-season, Party Mix are looking difficult to beat sitting on top of the ladder with Phantom Touchers also looking like title contenders . However, you cannot underestimate last season champions, The Melbourne Sharks, who after a tough start are stringing some big wins together. Pieces and Bits are real title contenders when they have their best team on the paddock! Last years semi-finalists Touchy Mctouchface and Footloose are within striking distance of the Top 4 and both have must win games coming into the finals! The 2 point girl try will be a huge strike weapon in their upcoming games. Divide and Conquer have fought on valiantly with a couple of draws that could have gone either way. The Weston Cowboys are the hard luck story of this season having suffered some close losses but I’m sure wouldn’t mind taking out the For and Against Prize again this year! The title is still anybody’s race with six teams in contention!
Last season’s Grand Finalists, The Wolfpack, are looking to go one better sitting the top of the table with this season’s surprise packet, The Unfits, able to claim the Minor Premiership with a big win next round. Bits and Pieces have been quietly going about their business, with last three season’s champs, the Kingfishers, wanting to finish next week strongly with the Lanka Lions and Chessnas snapping at their heels for 4th spot. After a late start The Lanka Lions are my roughie to claim the title! Golden State Touchers, How I Tagged your mother & The Melbourne Wolves have fought on gallantly and will definitely be in the running for $100 off next season if they take out the For and Against Prize! The Premiership battle is heating up with the game of the round next week (Lanka Lions v Unfits) to have a huge bearing on the Top 4 outcome.
Better than Leggo are looking difficult to beat sitting at the top of the ladder with Dragon Ballerz looking like title contenders also. However, I wouldn’t underestimate the darkhorse (or should I say dark wolf?) of the league in the Melbourne Wolves, who after a slow start have started to find the try line. Touchy Feely need a few more wins to solidify their spot in the top four, however, all teams can make it with Gucci Gang and Starship Troopers just a point away from the Wolves! Gucci Gang & Starship Troopers will need to make the most of the 2 points for girl tries to help their For and Against to mount a surge to the finals!
That’s another wrap!
Hawthorn Summer Season 2017/18 – Grand Final Winners
Congrats to the Mens Division winners, the Kingfisher who have are the first team to go back-to-back. With the some better gelling teams and new talent coming through, can they go 3 in a row?
In the Mixed division we have yet another victor, which makes it 4 different winning teams in as many seasons. It’s evidence of a tightly contested mixed comp and we are very excited to see how that will shape up next season.
The Wildcard winner this season is probably our most enthusiastic team on the field, and a very deserving winner with a clear 13 point margin. Well done to the Weston Cowboys.
Summer Season Registration and Early Bird
Registrations are now open for both of our venues for the summer season. A reminder that early bird registration closes this Friday so save yourself $50 and sign up this week! We have also introduce a loyalty discount for teams that have played for 4 seasons or more. They are eligible for the reduced registration cost of $800. Visit www.trlmelbourne.com.au/register for more information.
Come and Try Night
We are again hosting a free Come and Try night this Monday (19 February) starting from 6.30pm. As always we are aiming to introduce TRL to new faces and new teams. All existing teams and players are welcome to attend and this is also a great way to pick up some new players if you need to fill your teams.
Some Exciting Events on the Horizon…
We are excited for our upcoming Autumn season and expect it to be our biggest season yet! We are also looking to launch an inaugural Sunday Cash Comp in late April/late May. Full details to be advised, however this will be a round robin style tournament with a feature representative game showcasing the best of our East (Hawthorn) and West (Airport West) teams. This event will also be used as an opportunity to scout for our Melbourne representative teams for this year’s nationals.
In late May we will also look to host another of our famous Social Events with a generous bar tab on offer thanks to our friends at The Imperial Hotel.
Stay tuned for details…
As always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any feedback around any aspect of TRL. This is the only way we can improve and we really do listen!
Thanks all for another great season.
On the back of the largest event in its brief history, Touch Rugby League (TRL) has undoubtedly become one of the fastest growing social sports in the country with over 50,000 participants now Australia-wide. To accommodate the growing competitive nature of the sport, TRL has introduced several State and National representative pathways for its players.
TRL Australia’s CEO, Stefan Ziesolleck, says ‘The 2017 TRL Queensland State Championships held on May 6-7 showcased 42 Teams from as far as Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton and the Gold Coast. We had our Queensland State of Origin Selectors present and we introduced Live Streaming on Facebook for the very first time with over 800 players, officials and supporters present over two days’.
The TRL Representative Scene will continue to grow with many more events remaining in the 2017 calendar.
SEQ Championships League
TRL Brisbane has introduced a Champions League for teams to compete across South East Queensland. Played at North Brisbane’s Shaw Road and East Brisbane’s Mt Gravatt fields, this ten-week Elite TRL competition comprises of both Men’s and Mixed TRL teams with the top players and teams from across SEQ competing to win a share of $4,000 in cash prizes.
TRL Australia sees the introduction of the SEQ Champions League as an opportunity to broaden the games’ social culture and competition. TRL Ambassador, Amy Milburn, agrees: ‘The opportunity to be exposed to the most competitive teams SEQ has to offer will be a great taste of what is to come at the Australian Championships later in the year – an aptly timed ‘warmup’ you could say. Additionally, the convenience of being able to enjoy a mix of social and more competitive games throughout my week will keep me on my toes and in touch with the game’.
Growth of the Queensland Representative Scene
The number of representative teams competing at the Queensland State Championships more than doubled in 2017 with teams travelling to Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe from as far as Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton and the Gold Coast. Ben Maddick, owner of TRL Sunshine Coast, said the event was ‘such a big step forward for the game’ with ‘the quality of teams also definitely increasing’.
The 2017 TRL QLD State Championships showcased the very best TRL talent from Queensland with a view to selecting the Women’s, Men’s and Mixed Queensland State of Origin Teams for the 2017 State of Origin Series later in the year.
The inaugural NSW State Championships kicked off in 2016, with TRL expanding to areas of New South Wales and Canberra. The 2017 NSW State Championships, to be held later this year, expects to see a marked increase in the number of representative teams participating. TRL Australia’s Executive Chairman, Tom Longworth, forecasts the growth of this event, stating, ‘We already have a number of new areas which will be coming into the fray – such as Newcastle and Greater Western Sydney.’
State of Origin
Players from Queensland and New South Wales, who demonstrate high levels of performance, are then selected for future representative honours including the honour of representing their state for State of Origin. The 2017 State of Origin series will feature, for the first time, a Women’s team from both Queensland and New South Wales.
The 2017 Events Calendar will conclude with the 2017 TRL Australian Championships. For the first time, a Victorian team will be represented at the event after TRL Melbourne kicked off in February.
TRL Australia’s long-term aim is to be the social sport in Australia where participants can play a brand of touch rugby league at every level including top-level representative competitions. It is expected that the TRL Representative Scene within each Franchise and TRL Australia as a whole will continue to grow rapidly and lead the way for greater competition in the future.
Tackle Box were the inaugural premiers of the mixed division. Led by Kristin Gibbs, Tackle Box were the benchmark all season, posting no losses. If anyone was going to give them a run for their money, the very impressive Melbourne Sharks were the team to pull it off. Despite entering the season late, the Sharks made a quick impression on the competition and it did not take them long to pick up the rules and get into some form.
The Grand Final lived up to its expectations and the match was extremely close. Tackle Box were in the lead for most of the game but the Sharks came home strong. All the momentum was going The Sharks way but it was the experience of Tackle Box that proved too much for the Sharks in the end.
We could not have asked for a more impressive Final in the mens comp. Despite the wet conditions, the ball play in this game was of an extremely high level. The Randoms and the Melbourne Rabble were tit for tat all game, and were all tied up at 3-3 at the final bell. Into golden point we went but it did not take long for the Randoms to edge the Rabbles with a brilliant try off a grubber.
The Mens division was very competitive this season and we look forward to welcoming more teams to this division next season.
A very deserving winner of the Wildcard draw goes to Touchy McTouchFace. It was their final game’s For and Against that made all the difference, edging out Touch Troopers to take the $100 prize. Sophie and her team were certainly the brightest bunch on the park all season and it was clear these guys knew how to have fun on the field. I’m sure they’ll be back bigger and better next season after coming so close to making the grand final.
End of Season Party and Bar Tab Competition
We are extremely excited to host our first End of Season Party on Saturday 13 May at the Imperial Bourke Street. There will be a generous bar tab and some nibbles, so have a drink on us and celebrate the season with your team mates (and your opponents =)). The RSVP date for our End of Season Party is this Friday 5 May – notify your captain if you’re interested in attending. There’s an event on Facebook also so let everyone know that you’re coming along!
We are running a Facebook competition and will be posting everyone’s team photos over the next few days. The team with the MOST likes by COB Thursday 11 May will win an additional $100 bar tab at our end of season party.
Winter Season Registration and Early Bird
Just a reminder that our Winter season kicks off on Monday May 22. Don’t miss out on the Early Bird discount which closes on Friday week (May 12). Visit www.trlmelbourne.com.au/register for more details.
That’s a Wrap! Thanks for being a part of our first ever season in Melbourne and see you all back in a few weeks.
Well we’re just about to wrap up our first ever season in Melbourne and it has been a big success. We are officially the funnest and most social touch comp in Melbourne, with weekly free Grill’d burger giveaways and our first ever end of season party on May 13.
Our winter season registrations are now open and we’re kicking off on Monday May 22. There are Mens and Mixed competitions available. If you don’t have a team then our mates at Just Play have you sorted out – https://justplay.com.au/partners/touch-rugby-league
Feel free to get in touch via email email@example.com or call 0421 045 413.
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