2020 High Performance Academy squad announced

2020 High Performance Academy squad announced

Australian Oztag is proud to announce the players selected for the 2020 High Performance Academy, a prestigious opportunity that see’s the development of Oztag’s junior elites.

Selected from the NSW Junior City v Country Tournament held last weekend in Wollongong, these players have been identified as having the potential to be the next generation of superstars.

The High Performance Academy (HPA) targets the 14 and 15 year-old age groups, providing them the opportunity to be coached by some of Oztag’s elite coaches.

The following players will attend the HPA Camp which will take place at the NSW Academy of Sport in Narrabeen from December 11 to December 13, 2020.

Introduced in 2019, the inaugural HPA was deemed a major success. Players came from across the nation to learn from the best and enhance their game.

HPA Coach, Stephen Butler

Due to Covid-19, Australian Oztag (AO) unfortunately could not invite QLD players to this year’s HPA Camp. ACT’s players were however nominated by the association, with a few extra talents selected at this year’s Junior City v Country.

Oztag Founder, Perry Haddock gave insight into his confidence in the program and is eager to work with this selected squad of elite juniors.

 “We’ve compiled some great coaches to work at the elite Oztag High Performance Academy and we have no doubt that the players will have a lot of fun and improve their Oztag skills,” Haddock said.

“Congratulations to each and every one of the players on their selection and we look forward to welcoming you to the Narrabeen Sports Academy in December,” he said.

From outlining the specifics of player roles and positions, to maximizing athletic performance and partaking in a variety of skill and conditioning drills, the squad will be treated like elite athletes.

The focus of the camp is to encourage the transfer of knowledge into game situations among the future prospects of our sport.  

All players selected will receive full HPA kit allocation, accommodation and meals, covered by Australian Oztag for the duration of the camp.

AO congratulate all 52 players on their selection in 2020’s eminent HPA squad.

Junior Australian Championships Cancelled

Junior Australian Championships Cancelled

Junior Australian Championships

Today, the NSW Government have released further public health recommendations to community sport which impact on sports running representative competitions.

‘Sports are to cease activities that result in the mixing of participants and staff from different regions, eg. By ceasing zone, regional or state championships or competitions.’

NSW Government Public Health Recommendation 

As a result, Australian Oztag has to cancel the 2020 Junior Australian Championships.

The new restrictions have been implemented for the next 6 weeks & then to be further reviewed.  With this uncertainty AO has made the decision to completely cancel the event rather than postpone.  The timing of this decision is before uniform cut-off therefore families are not placed with any financial burden.


Senior State Championships

The SSC is currently scheduled 4 weeks after the review giving us time to hold off on any immediate decision.

The SSC is different to the juniors as players have already received their uniforms and paid registration.  Because players have been training for several months & are ready to play, it is AO’s intention to do everything it can to play this tournament.

AO will continually monitor Governments decisions and inform players asap.


City v Country

The Junior City v Country are in a similar position to the SSC players having paid registration and received their uniforms.  They are ready to play and the tournament is now scheduled for Sunday 15th November.  Therefore, allowing plenty of time for the governments review before a definitive decision is needed by AO.

A copy of the Governments Letter is attached.

UPDATE: Australian Junior Championships and NSW Senior State Cup

UPDATE: Australian Junior Championships and NSW Senior State Cup

Australian Oztag has submitted contingency plans to Coffs Council.

The plans have been formulated to adhere to Public Health Orders re: Covid-19 restrictions.

AO and Coffs Council are now working through the logistics in attempt to ensure the tournaments can go ahead in the safest way possible.

A decision is expected very soon.

AO will update the public with necessary information once conclusions have been made.