Aussies put final Touch on World Cup preparations
WITH only 12 days to go until the 2015 FIT Touch World Cup gets underway in Coffs Harbour, the Australian teams have been putting the final touches on their preparations to win gold on home soil.
Australia is fielding a full set of nine teams in the tournament.
The Women's Open team will be looking to continue its amazing World Cup history, where in the previous seven events it has never once lose a game.
In a bid to keep the imposing record in tact, the women's team gathered at the Royal Australian Air Force Base at Amberley last weekend.
Australian Women's Open coach Peter Bell said the opportunity to participate in a day like that in the lead up to the World Cup was too good to miss.
"The coaching staff had been looking for a variation to their usual/normal hard training sessions and in the lead up to the World Cup an opportunity to visit the RAAF Base came up," Bell said.
"We thought it would be good doing the ropes course out there as well as some interaction with personnel that actually represent their country in a more serious and important role - namely the security of our country.
"We thought it would make for a good bonding opportunity too, given it was our last hit out before the World Cup. Most of the girls are so young I saw it as an educational opportunity as most of them wouldn't know what a Super Hornet is let alone the enormity of the 60-plus different jobs that Air Force women do."
With victories in five of the seven divisions on offer at the 2011 event, Australia will be hoping to continue its strong World Cup tradition.
The FIT World Cup with 25 nations and 90 teams contesting World Titles across nine divisions.
The event will be run across five days at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium and Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park from Wednesday, April 29.
The tournament will see 445 games played with grand finals concluding the tournament on Sunday, May 3.
This will be one of the biggest World Cup events ever with Chile, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines and the United Arab Emirates making their debut at the highest level.
Chile and United Arab Emirates will also be the first ever representatives from South America and the Middle East respectively.
Stuart Brierty, Samuel Brisby, Scott Buckley, Drumayne Dayberg-Muir, Terry Deegan, Nicholas Good, Dylan Hennessey, Michael Law, Ben Moylan, Robert Nakhla, Peter Norman, Jonathan Palau, Matt Prowse, Steve Roberts, Matthew Tope, Dan Withers. Tony Trad (Coach), Dave Nolan (Assistant Coach), Paul Sfeir (Assistant Coach), Gary Rose (Manager), Jamie Stowe (Mentor).
Kristin Boss, Lizzie Campbell, Danielle Davis, Hannah Dyball, Emily Hennessey, Sam Hopkin, Jessica McCall, Laurie Peattie, Leah Percy, Ashleigh Quinlan, Samantha Rodgers, Peta Rogerson, Sarah Spacie, Kim Sue See, Marikki Watego, Louise Winchester. Peter Bell (Coach), Phil Gyemore (Assistant Coach), Swain Rovelli (Assistant Coach), Sharon Martin (Manager).
Kylie Hilder, Daniel Barton, Jayden Benbow, Scott Bundy, Yasmin Meakes, Patricia Michealopolous, Justin Mitchell, Elin Mortimer, Cameron Nicholls, Leah Opie, Sebe Rey, Michael Singh, Dean Springfield, Dylan Thompson, Trent Touma, Cara Zaremski, Mick Lovett (Coach), Michael Moussa (Assistant Coach), Justin Creighton (Assistant Coach), Mathew Gilbertson (Manager), Sarah Peattie (Mentor).
Kate Barker, Carlie Bevan, Brooke Cranage, Kelly Goodwin, Rebecca Hannon, Melinda Ingram, Kirstie Jenkins, Stacey Lapham, Pepita Macalister-Knight, Melissa McCall, Kristie Moseley, Nikki Stanley, Lauren Thorne, Carly Walsh. Danny Goodwin (Coach), Michael Gray (Assistant Coach), Courtney Watt (Manager).
Craig Boston, Graeme Clancy, Michael Devonshire, Tom Eyles, Nathan Jones, Aaron Jones, Dean McKechnie, Trevor Moran, Ryan Pollock, Scott Prince, Gavin Shuker, Gary Sonda, Steven Takchi, David Zanette, Anthony Ziade. John Singh (Coach), Chris Loth Assistant (Coach), Mick McGrath (Manager).
Troy Clarke, Drew Davies, Adam Fahim, Lucas Feldman, Clint Gaughan, Michael Irvine, Michael Jacono, Chris Jonson, Nathan Martin, Brad Mitchell, Brent Powell, Matthew Stanton, Chris Tarlinton, Dean Taylor, Shannon Warren, Dean Wilbow. Wade Jenkins (Coach), Emmanuel Buhagiar (Assistant Coach), Murray Northey (Manager).
Chris Benfield, Christian Browne, Scott Danswan, Cristin Davidson, Anthony Dudeck, Anthony Eltakchi, Wayne Gleeson, Lars Hanson, Phil Jarrett, Corey McLeod, Troy Morgan, Dean Murphy, Gerard O'Keeffe, David Roberts, Craig Scharer, Darren Swain. Peter Vincent (Coach), Peter Shefford (Assistant Coach), Lyle Barnwell (Manager).
Amir Ayoub, Shane Beale, David Cheung, Brett Gillard, Mark Hearnden, Trevor Jolly, David Kafoa, Tim Kitchingham, David McDonald, Dean McManus, John Menegus, Leonard Ryan, John Samin, Peter Wandl, Michael Waring, Greg Young. Michael McCall (Coach), Joe Schweitzer (Assistant Coach), David Amos (Manager).
Mitch Brown, Amanda Burdett, Jamie Chan, Michelle Evans, Christian Frost, Davina Galetto, Bradley Lugg, Jay Miller, Sarah Nash, Roy Prasad, Daniel Rushworth, Melissa Sharpe, Josh Sparke, Manu Wakely, Kirstie Wakely, Michael Watson. Mick McDonald (Coach), Hamish Maclean (Assistant Coach), Dean Harris (Manager).