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Beaches brigade in fine touch

Competing for the fourth consecutive year as a new representative team, Northern Beaches Touch Renegades emulated their performance of 12 months ago with a runner-up placing in the Club Championships table at the NSW Touch Junior State Cup in Port Macquarie.

“We headed north with a team in every age group, from Under-10 boys and girls to Under-18 boys and girls,” recapped club president Jim Randall.

There were 1237 games played over three huge days of competition from teams all over the state – it was great fun and our squad of participants did us proud.”

NBT tallied a combined 100 points, placing behind the strong Manly club (139 points) and ahead of western Sydney pow-erhouse Parramatta (94 points) who finished third overall.

“Every one of our teams, from -10s through to -18s contributed to the club points,” Jim said.

“All teams made it to a round of 16, with three teams going into a grand final and three teams getting to semi-finals – which is a huge achievement considering the size of the event and the large number of teams competing.”

Special mention went to the club’s biggest achievers, the youngest of the ‘tribe’ – the Under-10 girls who, under the guidance of long-serving coach Peter Smyth emerged as premiers, convincingly winning their decider against the strongly fancied Singleton girls.

“Peter has been in this position from the very start of Ren-egades,” said Jim. “Every year he has proved to be successful and there’s a reason why – ask any of these girls how hard they trained for this event and I’m sure they will tell you ‘very hard!’… their fitness sessions at trainings would put the Under-18s to shame!”

The Renegades’ Under-10 boys, coached by Joel Maguire, also made it to the Grand Final, only to be defeated by an out-standing Wests Magpies team.

“The Northern Beaches is a melting pot of talent with a bunch of kids who have their hand in every sport,” Jim said.

We’re always after new players and if you want to make touch football your sport, or add it to your list of pastimes, don’t miss out on our representative trials which will be held within the first two weeks of the new competition starting.”

For information on reps and registrations visit northernbeachestouch.com

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