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

2021 Australian Senior Championships Announcement

2021 Australian Senior Championships Announcement

It is with deep regret that Australian Oztag has to abandon the 2021 Senior Australian Championships.

We are all aware of the amount of rain which has fallen over the Northern rivers and the Greater Sydney basin in the last two weeks. The devastation it has caused and the impact it has had on our players, their families and friends has been enormous.

New South Wales is in a state of emergency and our thoughts are with all of those affected. We understand that their priorities must be with recovery efforts rather than playing Oztag.

Secondary to the decision to postpone the tournament, Perry Haddock attended Coffs Harbour on Tuesday morning to inspect C.ex Stadium and surrounding fields with Council Staff and the Stadium Greenkeepers.

Although the fields are starting to dry out, the long-range weather forecast indicates further rain in Coffs Harbour and across NSW next week which may prevent us from hosting an effective tournament.

Australian Oztag would like to thank Council and greenkeeping staff who did provide us with a contingency plans to use different variations of fields, however, considering the devastation right across the Sydney basin on Tuesday 8th March and the impact it has had on the Oztag community, we are abandoning the tournament. 

We understand better than anyone the impact decisions like this can have on players, families and the local Coffs Harbour community. However, by making this decision now we hope to minimize the impact and allow teams to make arrangements with accommodation & travel.

This brings me to the decision by AO to abandon the tournament rather than postponing it.

This tournament has already been postponed from November 2021.

To postpone the tournament again, in an already very busy Oztag schedule in 2022, creates more logistical problems. E.G. Weather, scheduling and hiring the venue, close to the June state cup dates, accommodation availability, referees and also consideration was given to the fact that Australian teams are not being selected from this tournament & Queensland teams were not represented.

Although this decision was not made lightly, to abandon the Senior Championships and move on to the 2022 tournaments just makes sense.

Bill Harrigan

Australian Oztag General Manager

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.  

2020 High Performance Academy Camp Deemed a Success

2020 High Performance Academy Camp Deemed a Success

On Friday December 11 2020, Oztag’s elite juniors attended the prestigious High Performance Academy (HPA) Camp at the NSW Academy of Sport in Narrabeen.

Selected from the NSW Junior City v Country tournament, these players were recognised as future prospects of our sport and granted the opportunity to learn from Oztag’s elite coaches.

The HPA Camp involved high level coaching of specific skill and conditioning drills, an introduction to tournament preparation and recovery to optimise performance, game analysis through an in-depth video session, and a fun games night.

The weekend culminated with 3 games against each other, allowing players to implement the principles and coaching provided throughout the training sessions into game situation.

AO National Coaching Director and HPA Supervisor, Michael Buettner was very pleased with the running of the Camp and the opportunities provided to the game’s up and coming elites.

“It was a huge success,” Buettner said.

“The 52 players were provided with some of the best coaching our game has to offer including the Australian Men’s Opens coach Jeff Coroneos, Australian Oztag Hall of Famer David Rose and our very own Mark Gasnier,” he said.

On Saturday, the players were welcomed by former Knights and Bulldogs NRL player, Jack Cogger who encouraged them to make the most of the opportunity and like a sponge, absorb all of the coaches advice.

Aged between 13 and 15, the squad have been commended for the wealth of skill and attentiveness they displayed throughout the duration of the Camp.

“The players should be very proud of the way they behaved and responded to the high expectations placed on them by the coaches,” Buettner said.

“It was great to see the talent on show and how quickly they picked up advanced coaching techniques and then were able to apply them to a game situation,” he said.

On Sunday afternoon, Brisbane Broncos NRLW Premiership winner Jayme Fressard presented the players with their trophies. She spoke of her career with the Broncos and competing at the Commonwealth Games in 2015 in Rugby 7’s and how Oztag helped her in developing the skills to compete at a professional level. 

The 2020 HPA Camp ensured Oztag’s future prospects headed home with a greater understanding of game specifics that will benefit them in their future endeavors.

“From what I saw the future of Australian Oztag is looking bright and I would expect to see a large percentage of the players at the HPA represent their country in the very near future,” Buettner said.

Australian Oztag thank all the parents, players, staff and coaches for their efforts over the weekend. To the NSW Academy of Sport in Narrabeen – the facilities were ideal, and a special mention to the players from the ACT who travelled 4 hours to attend the Camp.

HIGH PERFORMANCE NUMBERS

40/         Brayden Martz

41/         Grace Nicholson

44/         Caleb Hall

45/         Lara Cosgrove

46/         Harper Such

17/         Ella Carlisle

47/         Daniel Brady

48/         Raphaella Perigo

49/         Shane Wilcox

50/         Ella Koster

51/         Zaid Lehn

25/         Lily Riolo

52/         Karina Hewlett

53/         Caleb Murphy

27/         Tess Robinson

29/         Sienna Yeo

55/         Kate Goodhand

56/         Kasey Reh

57/         Josaia Delana

58/         Caley Tallon-Henniker

59/         Jaxen Edgar

60/         Indie Bostock

61/         Mitchell Woods

62/         Herewaka Pohatu

63/         Matthew Humphries

64/         Lahni Hall

65/         Riley Oitmann

66/         Talia Manassa

67/         Hudson Hatchett

68/         Amelia Whitaker

70/         Levi McGuiness

71/         Chanel Williams

72/         Eden Byrd

73/         Ava Sergis

74/         Dominic Farrugia

75/         Emily Kite

76/         Izayah Gonzales

ACT HIGH PERFORMANCE ACADEMY NUMBERS

2/            Alicia Trevethan

4/            Ebony Fitzpatrick

5/            Lachlan Warren

6/            Braydan Darmody

7/            Rok Van Dalen

8/            Riley Hamilton

10/         Nathan Lakatos

11/         Chloe Smith

12/         Mackenzie Cox