Australian Teams In Camp This Weekend

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first_imgThe Australian Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open teams will use the weekend as an opportunity to train and play trial games in a training camp environment before they travel to Mudgee on Tuesday. With the Australian teams chosen following a camp in Sydney three weeks ago, this weekend’s camp is the perfect opportunity for the sides to train after teams were announced earlier this month. The Australian Women’s Open team will see six debutants take to the field in the series, with coach Peter Bell saying this weekend will be a great opportunity for the team to gel before travelling to Mudgee.“I don’t think we’ve ever had half the Australian team turnover from one tournament to another so it’s exciting that we’ve got a lot of young girls coming through and we’re having to blood a lot of new people but I think the positive side of it is that we’re doing it so early in the cycle,” Bell said. “Everyone is just thrilled to be a part of it, there’s a really good feeling in the Women’s team.”Nine players will debut for the Australian Mixed Open team at an Open level in Mudgee and coach Micheal Lovett says this weekend is very important for his side in the lead up to next week’s event. “We looked at some of the fringe players in the Men’s and Women’s Open teams to play Mixed which we did, we took four players back, two from the Men’s and two from the Women’s which means some of the work we had done at the initial camp three weeks ago has to be rehashed,” Lovett said. “At the end of the day when you get an opportunity to represent your country it is all about what you can do. It doesn’t matter what the lead in is you are wearing your nation’s crest on your chest and that’s what’s important.”With 12 players out of his World Cup winning side returning for the event in Mudgee, Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad, says this weekend’s camp will be a good opportunity to finish off their preparation. “We’ve been together a while now, it’s just about polishing off our combinations again and just refresh our memories on our policies and playing together and those kinds of things. All I want is to get some familiarity about our game and some consistency about our game, I’ll be happy with that,” Trad said. Robert Nakhla returns to the Men’s Open team after his debut in 2009, while 2011 World Cup Mixed Open representative, Troy Malcolm and 2007 World Cup Mixed Open representative, Matt Tope, have also been named in the side. The only debutant in the team is Sydney’s Daniel Barton, with Trad saying that all four have fit into the team really well. “A couple of them have been around for a while…they are very, very happy that they have taken that final step and of course, we’ve got young Daniel Barton, this is his first time ever at an international level and he hasn’t even played Origin. He’s a bit of a kid in a candy store at the moment, eyes wide open, big smile on his face and he looks like he’s enjoying every moment of it,” Trad said. “That’s really good, not just for him obviously it’s very exciting for him, but for the rest of the team to see the enjoyment and excitement that people still get from making Touch Football representation at this level.” Stay tuned to the website for previews of the Trans Tasman with each of the Australian coaches in the lead up to the 2012 Trans Tasman Test Series in Mudgee, New South Wales from Thursday, April 26 until Saturday, April 28 2012. There are plenty of ways to keep in touch with the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, which will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Thursday, 26 April to Saturday, 28 April 2012, including in the following ways:Websites:www.austouch.com.auhttp://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-6460-0-0-0 Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #transtasman2012 in your tweets)YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img

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