Introducing the Australian Invitational Challenge

Introducing the Australian Invitational Challenge

Australian Oztag have updated the International Tournament Calendar, with the addition of the Australian Invitational Challenge.

The 2024 Australian teams to be announced in the coming week extend an invitation to countries and recognized ITF entities, to participate in the Australian Invitational Challenge (AIC) in August 2024 in Coffs Harbour.

On the back of a very successful International Tag Series in 2022, Australian Oztag will cater for the ever-increasing demand for more international tag. Therefore, the AIC will replace the formerly known Big 4 tournament.

The AIC Opening ceremony will be held on Thursday 1st August, with games to be played Friday, Saturday & Sunday (2-4 August). 

Nominations for competing teams open February, 2024.

After a review of the International tournament calendar, the following events have been put in place:

August 2024: Australian Invitational Challenge – the 2024 Australian teams will invite countries and entities to take on the might of the Aussie teams.

March/April 2025: Trans Tasman Tour – the 2025 Australian teams to tour New Zealand.

August 2025: International Tag Series (ITS) – Countries & ITF sanctioned Entities to compete in Coffs Harbour, without the inclusion of Australian teams. The creation of this tournament gives others an opportunity without the Aussie teams, which have dominated the international scene.

2026: Tag World Cup – Venue & Date TBA.

REPEAT above sequence.

2027: AIC

2028: Trans Tasman Tour & ITS

2029: Tag World Cup

State of Origin Returns in 2024

State of Origin Returns in 2024

Oztag’s State of Origin is set to make its long-awaited return in September, 2024.

The biggest rivalry in Australian sporting history is back on the Oztag calendar for 2024 – prepare as New South Wales take on Queensland in Oztag’s State of Origin.

C.ex Stadium, Coffs Harbour will play host to the two-day tournament, kicking off on Saturday 21 September, 2024.

For the first time in seven years, players from New South Wales and Queensland have the opportunity to represent their state amongst the best of the best.

From the Under 11s to the over 60s, players will be selected from their respective 2024 State Cup tournaments.

“It’s great to finally have State of Origin back on the Oztag calendar!” Tournament Director, Bill Harrigan said.

“The difference this time around, is the juniors and seniors will play over the one weekend, whereas in the past they played on separate days,”

“They’ll all be there, the best of the best from each state… You want to be a part of this one,” Harrigan said.

2024 State of Origin

Dates: Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September, 2024

Location: C.ex Stadium, Coffs Harbour NSW

Divisions: Under 11s – Over 60s

Senior Australian Championships: FINALS WRAP

Senior Australian Championships: FINALS WRAP

The 2023 Senior National Champions have been crowned following an action-packed weekend in Coffs Harbour.

The highly-anticipated Senior Australian Championships kicked off on Friday 3 November in Coffs Harbour, with 148 teams from across the country set on claiming the National title.

Sunday’s Finals saw players rise to the occasion in what were unforgiving weather conditions. As the rain set in, skills were tested and it became a game of defense and field position.

With Australian selection on the table, teams grew even more determined to leave nothing in the tank – the atmosphere electric as numerous qualifiers went into extra-time.

The East Coast Dolphins Mens 50s won heir fourth consecutive title, while the Central Coast Mens Opens and Dolphins Mens 20s made it three in row.

Going back-to-back was Queensland’s Storm Mixed Opens and Central Coast Womens 37s.

The race for Region Champions came down to the wire, with only three points separating first and second place.

Australian Oztag are pleased to announce the 2023 Senior Region Champions, on 76 points, the East Coast Dolphins.

Across the 16 divisions, the back-to-back Champions had 11 of their 15 teams qualify for Semis. Six of these progressed to the Grand Final, and three took home gold.

Hot on their heels in second place were Central Coast on 73 points, while West Tigers finished in third on 47 points. 

The East Coast Dolphins will receive a $2000 prize for taking out the Championship title – $1000 for their region and $1000 for their chosen charity. 

Below are the 2023 Senior Australian Championships Grand Final results. Congratulations to all crowned Champions.

Womens 20s: East Coast Dolphins defeated Illawarra Steelers 3-0

Mens 20s: East Coast Dolphins defeated Central Coast 2-1

Mixed 20s: Storm defeated Wolves 4-3

Womens Opens: Warriors defeated Central Coast 3-2

Mens Opens: Central Coast defeated Illawarra Steelers 5-2

Mixed Opens: Storm defeated East Coast Dolphins 4-2

Womens 27s: ACT defeated East Coast Dolphins 3-1

Men’s 30s: Warriors defeated West Tigers 3-0

Senior Mixed: West Tigers defeated Marlins 3-2

Mens 35s: West Tigers defeated Warriors 6-2

Womens 37s: Central Coast defeated ACT 4-0

Mens 40s: Warriors defeated Central Coast 1-0

Mens 45s: Patriots defeated Central Coast 2-1

Mens 50s: East Coast Dolphins defeated Mariners 1-0

Mens 55s: Marlins defeated Illawarra Steelers 3-2

Mens 60s: Central Coast defeated East Coast Dolphins Green 1-0

For all tournament results, visit Sportfix.

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

AO would like to thank everybody in attendance for making the 2023 Senior Australian Championships an exceptional tournament.

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Senior Australian Championships: DAY 2 WRAP

Senior Australian Championships: DAY 2 WRAP

The 2023 Senior Australian Championships is well underway in Coffs Harbour, with the East Coast Dolphins leading the race for Region Champions.

Day two of the Senior Australian Championships was nothing short of exhilarating as teams took their game to another level ahead of Sunday’s Finals.

The standard of Oztag on display and the number of tight games over the course of the weekend suggests that we are in store for some quality finals tomorrow.

The East Coast Dolphins sit as current front runners for the Region Championship, while Central Coast trail closely in second.

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

Mens 20s

  • East Coast Dolphins
  • Central Coast

Womens 20s

  • East Coast Dolphins

Mixed 20s

  • East Coast Dolphins

Mens Opens

  • Central Coast

Womens Opens

  • Steelers
  • Central Coast

Mixed Opens

  • East Coast Dolphins
  • Southern Storm

Womens 27s

  • East Coast Dolphins

Mens 35s

  • West Sydney Tigers

Mens 40s

  • Warriors

Mens 45s

  • Patriots

Womens 37s

  • Central Coast
  • West Sydney Tigers

Mens 50s

  • East Coast Dolphins

Mens 55s

  • Marlins

Mens 60s

  • Central Coast

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

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

Livestream coverage, courtesy of Power Productions will kick off at 8.30am on Field 1 with the Womens 37s Quarter Final, which will see the Mariners take on the Northern Rangers. 

AO look forward to crowning the 2023 Senior National Champions tomorrow and wish all competing teams the best of luck.

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Countdown to the 2023 Senior Australian Championships

Countdown to the 2023 Senior Australian Championships

The 2023 Senior Australian Championships is set to kick off in Coffs Harbour, which will see 148 teams battle it out for the National title.

Australian Oztag (AO) are set to welcome over 2,300 players to C.ex Stadium, as the most prestigious senior tournament on the calendar kicks off this Friday, 3rd November.

The Senior Australian Championships will see a total of 20 regions represented, 17 from across Australia (NSW, QLD, WA) and three International regions.

Games will no doubt be taken to another level this weekend as Australian-based teams strive for selection in their respective 2024 Tagaroos squads.

This year will see the East Coast Dolphins chase back-to-back Region Championships, but it will be no easy feat with the standard of talent across the board.

AO look forward to an action-packed weekend of Oztag, and wish everybody safe travels in the meantime.

Games will commence at 9.30am Friday with live fixtures and results via SportFix.

Head to the Australian Oztag Instagram page for all tournament highlights and updates.

Teams are encouraged to book in for their official team photograph with IB Images via their online booking system, which will place them in the priority system for action shots.

Finals Day Livestream, courtesy of Power Productions will kick off at 8.30am on Sunday via the Australian Oztag Facebook page.

Junior Australian Championships: FINALS WRAP

Junior Australian Championships: FINALS WRAP

The 2023 Junior National Champions have been crowned following a spectacular three days of Oztag in Coffs Harbour. 

The Junior Australian Championships kicked off on Friday 14 October which saw 198 teams across 18 divisions determined to take home the National title.

The intensity, skill-level and sportsmanship on show made for an awesome atmosphere for everybody in attendance.

Sunday’s Finals proved to be one of the most entertaining displays of Junior Oztag in recent years. With numerous sudden-death clashes sent into extra-time, it showcased just how exceptional our junior talent is across the country.

The Tigers Girls 15s and Girls 16’s secured their spot in the history books as they won their sixth consecutive national title.

The Orcas Girls 13s made it four in a row, while the Tigers Boys 11s also continued their winning streak (three in a row).

Australian Oztag are pleased to announce the 2023 Junior Region Champions – on an ground-breaking 152 points, the West Sydney Tigercubs.

Now back-to-back champions, the Tigercubs proved to dominate Finals day – qualifying for semis in all 18 divisions.

Of these, 13 teams advanced to the Grand Final and a remarkable 12 took home gold – cementing them as the region to beat.

In second place was Central Coast, on 84 points and Stingrays trailed closely in third on 78 points.

The West Sydney Tigercubs will receive a $2000 prize for taking out the Championship title – $1000 for their region and $1000 for their chosen charity.

Below are the 2023 Junior Australian Championships Grand Final results. Congratulations to all crowned Champions.

Boys 9s: Wolverines defeated Tigers 3 – 0

Girls 9s: Tigers defeated ACT 4 – 3

Boys 10s: Tigers defeated Central Coast 6 – 2

Girls 10s: Stingrays defeated Central Coast 6 – 3

Boys 11s: Tigers defeated Central Coast 5 – 0

Girls 11s: Wolverines defeated Central Coast 7 – 4

Boys 12s: Tigers defeated Stingrays 8 – 3

Girls 12s: Tigers defeated Steelers 4 – 3

Boys 13s: Stingrays defeated Storm 6 – 3

Girls 13s: Orcas defeated Stingrays 3 – 1

Boys 14s: Storm defeated Steelers 6 – 2

Girls 14s: Tigers defeated Stingrays 4 – 0

Boys 15s: Tigers defeated Stingrays 2 – 1

Girls 15s: Tigers defeated Steelers 1 – 0

Boys 16s: Tigers defeated Central Coast 3 – 2

Girls 16s: Tigers defeated Central Coast 8 – 0

Boys 17s: Tigers defeated Orcas 5 – 2

Girls 17s: Tigers defeated Central Coast 4 – 3

For all tournament results, visit Sportfix.

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

AO would like to thank everybody in attendance for making the 2023 Junior Australian Championships an exceptional tournament.

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