Beanies for Brain Cancer at the NSW Junior State Championships

Beanies for Brain Cancer at the NSW Junior State Championships

Keep warm for a good cause at the 2022 Junior State Championships in June, by purchasing a Beanie for Brain Cancer.

The Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) will be attending the NSW Junior State Championships in Coffs Harbour from June 1-5, 2022 for their annual Beanie for Brain Cancer fundraiser.

The 2022 MHF beanies will be on sale for $25 at C.ex Stadium from Wednesday June 1, which is not only the first day of competition in Coffs, but the first day of winter.

NSW Oztag encourage players, coaches, spectators and staff to purchase a beanie to help raise funds for greater research into brain cancer.

“Oztag welcomes Mark, Kirralee and their Beanies campaign, to the NSW Junior State Championships in Coffs,” Tournament Director, Bill Harrigan said.

“I urge all players and parents to buy a beanie, or just say hello and make a donation – it feels good to make a difference,” Harrigan said.

After Mark Hughes was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013, he and his wife began the non-profit, Health Promotion Charity, The Mark Hughes Foundation.

The Beanies for Brain Cancer campaign came about as many brain cancer patients wear beanies to cover scars, bandages, loss of hair and just to keep warm.

Eight years on, the MHF has now sold over 900,000 beanies, raised over $24 million and invested millions into research programs.

The Beanies for Brain Cancer campaign continues to grow every year, making a positive impact on the lives of many people affected by brain cancer.

By having the Beanies for Brain Cancer on sale at the Junior State Championships, NSW Oztag hope to raise awareness and funds that provide hope for current brain cancer patients, and those in the future.

Don’t brave the cold weather at this year’s Junior State Championships, buy a Beanie for Brain Cancer.  

2023 NSW Junior State Championships Announcement

2023 NSW Junior State Championships Announcement

NSW Oztag have released the dates for the 2023 Junior State Championships, as well as the amended tournament outline which separates the 9-10s from the 11-17s.

Following substantial revision of the Junior State Championships and its progressive increase in size, NSW Oztag have made the decision to split the tournament across two weekends and venues.

2023 NSW Junior State Championships Outline

Under 9-10s

Date: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February, 2023

Venue: The Kingsway Playing Fields, St Marys

Under 11s-17s

Date: Friday 24th – Sunday 26th February, 2023

Venue: C.ex Stadium, Coffs Harbour

Such changes will prove to resolve accommodation difficulties in Coffs Harbour, while also catering to the expansive nature of the Under 9s and 10s divisions.

Tournament Director, Bill Harrigan OAM also addressed the decision to flip the Junior State Cup schedule.

“We have listened to feedback with the scheduling of the Junior State Championships and the impact on kids just returning to the new school year,” Harrigan said.  

“Therefore, we have flipped the usual schedule, meaning the 9-10s will now play earlier in February on Saturday & Sunday only, followed by the 11-17s later in the month,”

“This ensures the older age groups have a whole month back at school before taking time off to come to Coffs,” Harrigan said.

NSW Oztag wish to thank Coffs Harbour Council for their ongoing support and look forward to the upcoming 2022 Junior State Championships, set to be held from June 1-5 on Coffs Coast.

2022 Australian Teams Announced

2022 Australian Teams Announced

Australian Oztag is proud to announce the Australian Tagaroos teams that will compete at the International Tag Series in August 2022 at Coffs Harbour.

In what has been unprecedented times for not only the Game of Oztag but the world itself with the COVID 19 virus having such a massive impact, it has meant the Tagaroos have not been able to compete since 2019 and as such players and officials have been waiting for this opportunity to represent their country again.

There is no doubt representing your country is a huge honour and each and every one of the players and officials selected today should be extremely proud of their achievements.

The International Tag Series will have almost 30 Nations represented with the Australian Tagaroos fielding 16 teams ranging from the Boys and Girls 18’s through to the Mens 60’s which will have 2 teams representing that division.

“It has been a long time coming, but the wait will definitely be worth it as players and officials get the opportunity to wear the Green and Gold of Australia again,” Oztag Founder, Perry Haddock said.

“There is no doubt this is a big 12 months in the world of Oztag with the National Championships in November being the selection process for the 2023 World Cup in Limerick, Ireland,”

“This should be something that all players in our Game should be aspiring to compete in,” Haddock said.

Players selected for the Australian teams did so after having trialled at the Tagaroos Selection Day last Sunday at Waterworth Park, Earlwood with over 350 players vying for a spot in the Tagaroos teams.

AO would like to congratulate all the players and officials for their selection and wish them all the very best at the upcoming International Tag Series.

OFFICIAL TEAM LISTS

Junior Australian Championships: FINALS WRAP

Junior Australian Championships: FINALS WRAP

The 2021 Junior National Champions have been crowned following an action-packed weekend of Oztag on the Coffs Coast.

For the first time since 2019, the country’s elite juniors travelled to Coffs Harbour to represent their region at the 2021 Junior Australian Championships.

The prestigious event kicked off on Friday 12 February, with 153 teams determined to take out their respective championship title.

The atmosphere was electric as spectators crowded the sidelines at both C.ex International Stadium and Geoff King Motors Oval.

Sunday’s Finals proved the magnitude of the game’s growth over the years, as numerous qualifiers resulted in a one-point difference or came down to an exhilarating extra time drop off.

The skill, speed and sheer talent among the young players filtering through our Junior systems is promising and makes for very entertaining games of Oztag.

For the first time, the Under 9s, 10s and Girls 11s played the new rules at representative level, which saw the game open up and create opportunities for these age groups.

The race for the 2021 Junior Region Champions title came down to the wire; but with nine teams qualifying for Grand Finals and five taking home gold, it was Central Coast Force who were crowned winners.

The West Sydney Tigers trailed closely in second, while the East Coast Orcas finished in third.  

Below are the Grand Final results for each division. Congratulations to all 2021 Junior National Champions.

  • Boys 9s: Tigers defeated Orcas 4 – 3
  • Girls 9s: Orcas defeated Stingrays 2 – 1
  • Boys 10s: Miners defeated Central Coast 4 – 2
  • Girls 10s: Tigers defeated Orcas 4 – 1
  • Boys 11s: Stingrays defeated Tigers 5 – 0
  • Girls 11s: Orcas defeated Tigers 3 – 2
  • Boys 12s: Central Coast defeated Tigers 3 – 2
  • Girls 12s: Stingrays defeated Central Coast 2 – 1
  • Boys 13s: Central Coast defeated Tigers 6 – 2
  • Girls 13s: Tigers defeated Vipers 3 – 2
  • Boys 14s: Central Coast defeated Vipers 5 – 2
  • Girls 14s: Tigers defeated Central Coast 3 – 2
  • Boys 15s: Stingrays defeated Orcas 4 – 2
  • Girls 15s: Vipers defeated Orcas 4 – 2
  • Boys 16s: Orcas defeated Central Coast 4 – 3
  • Girls 16s: Central Coast defeated Vipers 6 – 2
  • Boys 17s: Central Coast defeated Stingrays 4 – 1
  • Girls 17s: ACT defeated Stingrays 5 – 2

For all tournament results, visit the Australian Oztag website or Sportfix.

To re-watch the Finals Day livestream, head to the Australian Oztag Facebook page.

The team at AO would like to thank everyone for making the 2021 Junior Australian Championships an enjoyable tournament for all involved.

Congratulations to all teams on your hard work and preparation.

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Junior Australian Championships: DAY 2 WRAP

Junior Australian Championships: DAY 2 WRAP

The stakes were raised on day two of the 2021 Junior Australian Championships, as players laid it all on the line to secure their position in Sunday’s Finals.

Day two of the Junior Australian Championships saw our up-and-coming talents take their game to the next level.

The wet conditions did not interfere with the exhibition of speed, skill, and endurance – proving testament to the preparation of all teams.

The number of close games throughout the tournament suggests that we are in store for some quality finals tomorrow.

The following teams still sit undefeated heading into Sunday’s Finals:

  • Boys 9s TIGERS (+23 differential)
  • Girls 11s ORCAS (+45 differential)
  • Boys 12s TIGERS (+20 differential)
  • Girls 12s STINGRAYS (+28 differential)
  • Girls 13s VIPERS (+25 differential)
  • Boys 14s TIGERS (+35 differential)
  • Girls 14s TIGERS (+35 differential)
  • Boys 15s ORCAS (+30 differential)
  • Boys 16s CENTRAL COAST (+44 differential)
  • Girls 16s CENTRAL COAST (+53 differential)
  • Girls 17s ACT (+32 differential)

The West Sydney Tigers have taken the lead ahead of the East Coast Orcas, with the most undefeated teams (four).

Keep up to date with all live results and fixtures via website or Sportfix.

To tune into Finals Day Livestream, head to the Australian Oztag Facebook page.

Coverage will kick off at 8.30am on Field 2 with the Boys 9s Quarter Final, which will see the Stingrays take on the Warriors.

AO look forward to crowning the 2021 Junior Australian Champions, in what we hope to be clearer conditions.

Junior Australian Championships: DAY 1 WRAP

Junior Australian Championships: DAY 1 WRAP

Day one of the much-anticipated Junior Australian Championships has come to a successful conclusion, with the East Coast Orcas sitting as current front runners for region champions.   

It was a great first day here at the Junior Australian Championships – marking the first National event since 2019.

This weekend, Australian Oztag welcome 11 regions, 153 teams and over 2000 players to the beautiful Coffs Harbour.

With unlimited spectators in attendance, the tournament atmosphere sure felt like it did prior to Covid restrictions.

In near perfect conditions, players took to the field with great excitement and were quick to apply their months of preparation in what were spectacular games of Oztag.

At the conclusion of day one, the East Coast Orcas continue their 2019 reign as the most dominate region, with seven undefeated teams across the 18 divisions. Tigers trail closely behind, with six.

The following teams all sit undefeated, putting them in a promising position heading into day two of the tournament.

  • Boys 9s Tigers
  • Girls 9s Orcas
  • Boys 10s Miners
  • Girls 10s Tigers
  • Boys 11s Miners
  • Girls 11s Orcas
  • Girls 11s Stingrays
  • Boys 12s Tigers
  • Girls 12s Stingrays
  • Boys 13s Orcas
  • Girls 13s Vipers
  • Boys 14s Tigers
  • Girls 14s Orcas
  • Girls 14s Tigers
  • Boys 15s Stingrays
  • Boys 15s Orcas
  • Girls 15s ACT
  • Girls 15s Orcas
  • Girls 15s Tigers
  • Boys 16s Central Coast
  • Boys 16s ACT
  • Girls 16s Stingrays
  • Girls 16s Central Coast
  • Girls 17s ACT
  • Girls 17s Orcas

Keep up to date with all live results and fixtures via our website or Sportfix.

Players will return tomorrow to lay it all on the line for their remaining round games before Finals commence on Sunday.

Congratulations to all on a sensational first day. AO look forward to seeing what Day Two has in store.