The SWQ Events Calendar for 2018 has been added to the website:

There are quite a few exciting changes to the calendar – it seems like it’s been changing daily for the last few months! We are entering a new chapter in the region, one which we hope will provide new opportunities for development and growth within all of our affiliates.

There has been a lot of discussion around the Titans Tri-series and for a number of reasons, unfortunately the series will not continue. The change of format of some events and the addition of an event to make a Quad -Series has proven problematic for our affiliates and as a region, we understand the issues around your continued attendance at these events. During negotiations we did our best to advocate for a product that would work for all affiliates in our region. We’d like to acknowledge and thank QTF and the NRL Titans for their support in the process. Due to the changes to the Tri-series we have decided to put the Swans Junior Cup in recess for 2018 and undertake a new selection process for players to attend Junior State Champs which is our main focus for regional level junior players.

We encourage our affiliate representative teams to continue to access the Gold Coast, Redlands and Palm Beach tournaments where possible, as they will provide a good level of competition which is an important part of multi-phased process for player development in the lead up to Junior State Cup. It appears that Gold Coast may be a one day tournament, and we expect a decision regarding the Mustangs Cup and/ or Broncos Cup in the next week or so. We’re sure that through your planning for next year’s rep season, you will come up with options that maximise the development opportunities for your players. We as a region through our partnerships with TFQ, TFA and Titans will be providing ongoing opportunities for player and coach development during 2018 and beyond.

Congratulations to Roma, Toowoomba and Ipswich on taking the opportunity to initiate affiliate based tournaments within the region. We’re certain that they will be high quality events and look forward to advocating for and assisting in the growth and development of these tournaments.

The current situation provides SWQ with exciting opportunities to assess what we do, why and how we do it, and whether or not these practices contribute to the overall development of touch football in the region. In 2018, we have decided to change the format of our selection of these teams, holding trials for teams to represent SWQ at Junior State Championships as opposed to selecting at an event. This remains the pathway for SWQ and QTF talent identification and selection in QTF junior representative teams.

In closing, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the warm welcome you have extended to me this year. I’ve found my new role to be both rewarding and challenging, I’ve learnt so much in the last 6 months! It has been a pleasure meeting with those of you that I’ve had a chance to catch up with, and working with you. I look forward to working with you all in 2018, to continue to grow and develop our sport for the benefit of all of our affiliates, members and supporters of the SWQTA.

Have a safe and happy Christmas and all the best for 2018!

Regional Administrator