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!
Spring Season 2017 – Grand Final Winners
Congrats to the Mens Division winners, the Kingfishers and Mixed division winners, Touchy McTouchFace. Both games were very tight with only 1 try being the difference for both games. These are maiden grand final wins for these teams and in 3 seasons we have now had 3 different premiers for each division. Goes to show how tightly contested our competition is. Who will take out next season?
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 $100 and sign up this week! Visit www.trlmelbourne.com.au/
- Hawthorn season starts Monday 20 November
- Airport West season starts Tuesday 21 November
Come and Try Night
We are again hosting a free Come and Try night for both of our venues to introduce TRL to some new faces and newly registered teams. All existing teams and players are welcome to attend and is normally a great way to pick up some new players if you need to fill your teams.
- Hawthorn Come and Try – Monday 13 November – 6.15pm start
- Airport West Come and Try – Tuesday 14 November – 6.15pm start
Want to get paid and keep fit? We are looking for new referees at both of our venues. Get in touch if you are keen.
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 a great season.
Kim and Anh
With new competitions, venues reaching capacity and an ever-growing representative scene, TRL is growing at a rapid rate in Sydney.
In the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, the Thursday’s @ Daceyville competition has reached capacity in only its second season at David Phillips Fields, University of New South Wales.
Jordan Puddick is a name synonymous with Touch Rugby League in East Sydney and he is absolutely loving the growth of the competitions.
“I love the rules of TRL and it is great to see so many new faces and teams down at Daceyville”.
Not since Jim Dymock (former Canterbury Bulldogs legend) have we seen a big unit with such silky ball-skills.
On Sunday afternoons it’s a relaxed vibe in Sydney’s picturesque Centennial Parklands, after a morning of smashed avocado and $5 coffee, of course.
The TRL East Sydney competitions are proudly supported by The Phoenix Woollahra, with a $100 bar tab for winning teams, and F45 Double Bay.
Steven Matthews from the Manly Chargers, selected for the 2017 NSW Men’s State of Origin side, says he’s “excited at the opportunity to promote a growing sport amongst a passionate group of active people in the Northern Beaches area.”
Cronulla, the stars of the TRL Sydney representative scene, were crowned 2017 Men’s and Mixed NSW State Champions after they went back-to-back and took out the double in July at Moore Park West, against the backdrop of Allianz Stadium and the SCG.
They recently travelled to Queensland for the Australian Championships, finishing an admirable 6th overall in Mixed, setting up a Quarter Final clash against the South Brisbane Warriors.
The new Cronulla competition, which kicked off on Wednesday 18 October, already boasts new sponsors Grill’d and The Como Hotel.
A brand new TRL location will also be announced shortly in Sydney’s inner-west, Strathfield.
For more information on TRL Sydney competitions, please contact:
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Hope you are all enjoying the sunshine! With our Spring season will underway, I’d like to provide an update on a few fronts:
New Venue – Airport West
We are extremely excited to announce our newest venue at Airport West starting 21 November on Tuesday nights. We have secured the A J Davis Reserve for the summer season. This is the home of the mighty North West Wolves Rugby League club who have already committed to registering a few teams for the players in their off-season. The fields are of high quality and are well lit. We look forward to introducing TRL to the North-West and welcome all interested teams and individuals to register their interest by contacting Anh Tran – email@example.com
We will be hosting a free Come & Try night on 14 November and all are welcome to attend.
Referees – if anyone is interested in becoming a referee at either our Hawthorn or Airport West locations, please get in touch.
Summer Season Registration
Registrations are now open for both of our venues for the summer season. This season starts on the week starting 20 November and will be a standard length competition with a 3 week break over the holiday period. Visitwww.trlmelbourne.com.au/register for more information
Most of you know Anh Tran, one of our veteran referees and the whippet in team Tackle Box that you can never touch. Anh will be joining TRL Melbourne effective immediately as an Operations Manager and will be spearheading the development and management of our new Airport West competition. Anh can be contacted on 0423 022 050 and firstname.lastname@example.org and can serve as another point of contact of you for all things TRL.
TRL Social Party
We are excited to be hosting our second social party for the year at our favourite watering hole, The Imperial Bourke Street. For all registered players and referees, please pencil in Saturday 28 October in your diary. RSVPs are required to attend and can be done through your captain. Let all your mates know that you are coming by RSVPing on our Facebook page.
TRL Australian Championships 2017 – This Weekend
There is going to be a lot footy fever this weekend, but spare some time and thought for our Mens and Mixed teams that are making the trip up to Brisbane for the TRL Australian Championships held at the Redcliffe Dolphins Stadium on Saturday and Sunday. We are extremely proud to be entering 2 quality sides and are confident we will have an impact on what will be a fiercely competitive championships. We would like to thank our partners at Ladbrokes who have sponsored our players making the trip up.
The event will be live streamed and the link will be posted on our Facebook page.
Want to get paid and keep fit? We are looking for new referees, particularly for our new venue at Airport West. Get in touch to find out more.
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 for reading and see you all on the fields!
0421 045 413
Every so often, I hear someone ask “why do you have the AFL rule” or “why can’t you initiate the touch” – for the TRL faithful, these questions may seem a little foreign but for the unacquainted, I can see why they would ask.
So lets start with “why do you have the AFL rule?”. Well if anyone is old enough to remember Willie Carne, or more recently Israel Folau (pre AFL days) you will remember how successful these two players were at taking down cross-field bombs put up by Alan Langer and Darren Lockyer respectively. At the time of TRL’s creation, we wanted to ensure that this tactic was rewarded. If the rule did not exist, the tactic simply would not be exploited as defenders would be able to make the touch before the attacker puts the ball down.
“And what about that rule where you can’t initiate the touch?” (voluntary touch). Well put simply, we want attackers to attack (and we really don’t like Touch Football). Submitting in a touch is like submitting in a tackle (in contact Rugby League). Thus it is deemed a penalty. On a deeper level, the fact we have this rule encourages teams to spread the ball and be creative as opposed to simply rucking the ball up the middle and trying to catch slow, unfit people (i.e. me) napping.
Finally, the old chestnut…”…what’s with the must take kick-off?”. Well sometimes in life you just do things because they are fun. Whether you are getting flogged on the scoreboard or you need to get the ball back in order to level the game, a spiralling torpedo or floating bomb is always great to put up. In many ways the TRL kick-off can be a game within the game. If you are still questioning its necessity after playing a game of TRL, then play a second or third for good measure.
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.