Posted on Saturday 20th July, 2019

2019 was a mammoth year for junior representative touch football. With the affiliate rep season beginning in November 2018, talent-identification (TID) quickly began, and final selections were made in early 2019, followed by three High Performance Camps. 

Once reaching the Junior Regionals in Orange, not many expected what came next… snow!

HORNETS WIN: Hornets’ Jesse Walker clashes with Rebels try-scorer Ethan Swindle as the snow piles on at the 2019 JRC. Photo: MAX STAINAMPH


Team Results

G18: Runners-Up. Grand Final (vs. Sydney Scorpions) (Lost 3-0)

B18: PREMIERS. Grand Final (vs. Sydney Mets) (Won 6-1)

G16: Runners-Up. Grand Final (vs. Sydney Scorpions) (Lost 4-2)

B16: Runners-Up. Grand Final (vs. Sydney Mets) (Lost 3-5)

G14: Semi Finalists. Semi Final (vs. Sydney Rebels) (Lost 2-1)

B14: Semi Finalists. Semi Final (vs. Sydney Mets) (Lost 6-5)

G12: Runners-Up. Grand Final (vs. Sydney Scorpions) (Lost 2-0)

B12: PREMIERS. Grand Final (vs. Sydney Scorps) (Won 4-3)


Hornets were fierce throughout the tournament, with many other regions dreading the time-slot they played us!

In the end, the Sydney Scorpions claimed four of the eight divisions on offer. Whilst the Scorpions were dominant they were pushed to the limits yet again by our ever-improving Hunter Western Hornets, who also participated in six finals and claimed two titles in Boys 12’s and Boy’s 18 divisions. Sydney Mets also claimed the  16’s and Girls 14’s divisions.


All Grand Final Results

12 Girls

Sydney Scorpions 2 def Hunter Western Hornets 0

Player of the Final: Tian Matthews Sydney Scorpions

12 Boys

Hunter Western Hornets 4 def Sydney Scorpions 3

Player of the Final:  Ethan Jarmain Hunter Western Hornets

14 Girls

Sydney Mets 2 def Sydney Rebels 1

Player of the Final: Faitala Moleka Sydney Mets

14 Boys

Sydney Scorpions 3 def Sydney Mets 2

Player of the Final: Tylan Black-Berryman Sydney Scorpions

16 Girls

Sydney Scorpions 4 def Hunter Western Hornets 2

Player of the Final: Emily Smith Sydney Scorpions

16 Boys

Sydney Mets 5 def Hunter Western Hornets 3

Player of the Final: Zachery Hunter Sydney Mets

18 Girls

Sydney Scorpions 3 def Hunter Western Hornets 0

Player of the Final: Lucy McDonald Sydney Scorpions

18 Boys

Hunter Western Hornets 6 def Sydney Mets 1

Player of the Final: Kurt Donoghue Hunter Western Hornets


2019 Good Sports Team

Scorpions Girls 18s


Regional Championships

1st Sydney Scorpions 91pts

2nd Hunter Western Hornets 84pts

3rd Sydney Mets 78pts



Merit Teams

At the 2019 Junior Regionals, the NSW Touch Football Selectors identified the merit teams for each of the 6 divisions. Each team comprises of 5 Middles, 5 Links, 3 Wingers, and a Utility player. These positions are selected on the basis of where players played for their team across the event.

Hornets Touch would like to congratulate the following players selected from our region;


12 Girls NSW Touch Football Merit Team

Middles: Lily CLARKE

Links: Ava COLE, Ella KNOWLES

Wingers: Anika McCARTHY, 


12 Boys NSW Touch Football Merit Team

Links: Ethan JARMAIN, Toby WINTER, 

Wingers: Toby McDONALD, 

Utility: Jai CALLAGHAN


14 Girls NSW Touch Football Merit Team

Middles: Ava OSLAND, 

Links: Lailani MONTGOMERY, 

Wingers: Ella CARLISLE


14 Boys NSW Touch Football Merit Team

Middles: Kieran DIAMOND, Riley BURKE,


16 Girls NSW Touch Football Merit Team

Links: Lucy DILLON, 

Wingers: Tyla BROWN

Utility: Kyah WATTERS


16 Boys NSW Touch Football Merit Team

Middles: Lachlan FITZHENRY, 

Links: Jack COLE, Owen FLAHERTY, Bayley RAE

Wingers: Jacob FRENCH, 


NSW Touch Football does not select merit teams from the 18’s divisions. Players are instead identified as potential squad members for the NSWTA Development Teams which participate at the National Youth Championships in September. The final squads of these are completed post-State School Team selections (CCC, CHS & CIS) and will be announced July 20


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