Touch Football Australia presents the second edition of “A Set of Six” for 2008 with the latest rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around Australia. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s “A Set of Six” – Volume Two for 2008.NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) Play # 1Darwin Touch Competition serves up exciting clashesThe second week of the new Darwin Touch competition will be punctuated by several exciting match-ups.Men’s Open Premiers Crocs will face off against Palmerston Bulls in what should be a highly competitive clash with both sides having started the season off with losses and looking to claim their first victory of the New Year.Dream Team will confront the unknown quantities of the competition, Honkers. Honkers forfeited their first game due to a lack of numbers, but have since recruited well and should surprise a few teams once they get into the swing of things.Bundy Bears started the season off with a bang when they defeated Palmerston Bulls in the first round and will be keen to continue on their winning way when they come up against T.C.U Incredibles.The Women’s competition has started off well, with new team Legless Emu’s coming up against All About Us in what shapes as an even money bet for the punters.The game of the round sees Palmerston Bulls take on Premiers Scorpions.Both teams started the season off with wins, so this game should be a very fast paced, high scoring game.Crocs play Divas in the last scheduled game of the round, and the Young Divas side will be looking to keep their good form going, but should be tested by the experienced Crocs outfit.Other Events: The Darwin Junior Mixed Competition will commence on the 20th February 2008. Northern Territory Touch is calling for Team nominations in Under 13 and Under 16 divisions. Nominations close 15th February 2008. Please contact NT Touch for more information 08-89368132 or on e-mail firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Northern Territory website: www.nttouch.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA) Play # 2 Be Active 2008 State ChampionshipsAffiliates are getting excited about the 2008 Be Active State Championships that are scheduled to be played in just under three weeks time. 38 teams have entered in 7 divisions with a massive 85 referee nominations from 11 different affiliates.The event will be taking place at Rosalie in the heart of Subiaco on the WA March long weekend. The weekend is not just about playing Touch Football, with a Volunteer Breakfast being organized to recognise some of WA’s worthy volunteers on the Saturday morning. A Dash for Cash Saturday lunchtime, and a Sunday night after-party at nightclub, the Sapphire Bar is also on the agenda for WA’s showcase event of the year.On the Touch side of things, Perth Brothers will be going for their fourth straight Men’s Open title. Standing in their way will be the Southern Stars who recently prevented Brothers fourth straight Super League title in January.In the Women’s division, Perth Brothers will be hoping to add the State Championships trophy to their Super League crown. They will face stern opposition from defending champions Northern Spirit, as well as Southern Stars, Fremantle, and Tompkins Park who are all capable of winning on their day in what should prove to be a very close division.You can keep track of all the action by visiting the State Championships website – www.statechamps.com.au Other Events: WA players as always will be looking forward to the National Touch League in March. Normally they jump straight on a plane for Coffs Harbour after an exhaustive State Championships, but this year an extra weeks’ recovery will hopefully assist the preparation of the Men’s and Women’s Open. The Men’s Open was Plate winners last year, whilst the Women’s Open will be looking to improve on an impressive semi-final finish in 2007.The TouchWest website: www.touchwest.comSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play # 3Touch Football South Australia Affiliate Finals Action heating upAll South Australian Affiliates competitions are starting to heat up with a few top of the table clashes in a race for the finals in the Adelaide University Touch Club being highlighted this week.Little Mermaids (1st) vs. Reschke Bulls (2nd)Botanics TA – Fossils (3rd) v Sharks (1st)Mt Gambier TA– Tiki Roos (1st) v AKA (2nd)Other Events: South Australia’s NTL Crusaders representative players have organized a Games Night Fundraiser for Saturday 16 February 2008. A $10 entry fee includes a Barbeque and games all night. The Barbeque commences at 6:30 pm, with games kicking off at 7:30pm.For tickets please contact Sean Owens on email@example.comThe Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auQUEENSLAND (QLD) Play # 4SQBD and Brisbane City Planning Days Queensland Touch regions Brisbane City (BC) and South Queensland and Border Districts (SQBD) conducted their respective Planning days for the year ahead on the weekend of 2-3 February 2008. The Planning days for the two heavyweights located in the South East Queensland corner was an opportunity for all affiliates to prioritize and plot events and service objectives and outcomes for the upcoming twelve months.Brisbane City Administrator Gary Madders, QTA Branch Manager John Pratt, and Queensland Touch Game Development Officer (GDO) Glenn Hayes attended the Brisbane City meeting with affiliates Redcliffe and Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association.In Sharkie territory, SQBD General Manager Garry Shephard, GDO’s Mark Jansen, and Bernie Hutton, and SQBD Board member Daryl Madge were on hand to guide SQBD’s affiliates through strategic and operational planning aspects for both the immediate and long term future of the region.Other Events: Queensland’s intrepid GDO Glenn Hayes is on a week long development mission in Cairns, whilst fellow GDO Amber Gilchrist will attend the Sunshine Coast Open and 15 Years School trials in Noosa, and the North Burnett School trials in Gayndah this week.The Queensland Touch Association website: www.qldtouch.com.auVICTORIA (VIC) Play # 5Albert Park Summer Season Grand Finals round upAfter 14 weeks of intense competition in one of Victoria’s driest summer on record, eighteen Summer season championship teams were crowned after four nights of excellent Touch action. The most pleasing aspect of the finals was the fact that 6 of the 18 championship winning outfits contained a majority of first season players who thoroughly enjoyed their first foray into the game of Touch Football. Experienced observers and referees commented on the excellent athleticism and skill displayed by these new players as well as improvement across the board from all participants. The grand final results and in depth match reports can be found at www.albertparktouch.com.auOther Events: Royal Park Affiliate wrapped up their season with a finals afternoon last Wednesday that saw six Premiership deciders on the menu. State Council Chairman Steve Cullen and State Manager David Brady was present to witness a great evening of Touch Football played at the Northern side of the City of Melbourne. For the grand final scores, go to http://www.royalparktouch.com/category/results The Touch Football Victoria website: www.victouch.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERROTORY (ACT)Play # 6ACT Winter Competition Nominations Now OpenThe ACTTA 2008 Winter Season will commence on 7 April 2008. Nominations are now open. To download a nomination form, please visit the ACTTA website. There are several great pricing incentives so don’t hesitate – nominate a team today.Enquiries should be directed to ACT Touch Association on (02) 6212 2880 or firstname.lastname@example.orgOther Events: Semi Finals for the ACTTA Summer 07/08 Competition are in full swing! In further news, a drought reprieve has been received with Level 4 Water Restrictions delayed even further to September 2008 for the ACT. That’s it for this week’s edition of “a Set of Six”.Please be sure to check out each State’s website for all the latest information, news, and views in Touch Football from around the nation.