first_imgRelated Filesamanda_bourne_player_profile_2-doc The 2007 National Touch League is Australia’s most prestigious touch football tournament. Throughout the tournament Touch Football Australia will be profiling some of the biggest names in the game who are in action at the showcase event. Todays spotlight is on current Australian Mixed 30s player, and Rustlers Women’s 30s gun, Amanda Bourne.Amanda “Blissy” Bourne is amongst the most talented Touch players competing in the Women’s 30s division at the 2007 Senior NTL.Originally from Toowoomba in South West Queensland ‘the blister’ has built an impressive reresentative history in the sport.The former St. Saviour’s College student was a Queensland and Australian Open Schoolgirl, a Queensland Under 20, Open Mixed, and Open Women’s representative in the early 1990s. She won an SEQTL Premiership with Crushers in Brisbane and played with the Oakey Bears and later Roosters in the Toowoomba Touch Association winning numerous Player of the Year awards.She was a member of the Australian Mixed Open National Training squad from 1993-1995, and won a National Open Women’s title with Queensland in 1993.A career move to Sydney with the Police Force saw the industrious middle link up with Canterbury and she made every post a winner in a long and decorated  career with the blue and whites.During her time in Sydney, Amanda represented Mets at NTL level, most notably with the Mets Open Mixed team.Amanda married her school yard sweetheart Steven Bourne who has coached and managed teams at NTL level himself.The likeable couple have two children, Brianna four, and two and a half year old Harry.A move back home to Queensland in the last few years saw Amanda and her family take up residence on the Sunshine Coast where she has again represented her original NTL Permit area of Rustlers.In 2006 she played State of Origin for Queensland Women’s 30s, and in 2007 was selected to represent Australia in the Mixed 30s at the 2007 FIT World Cup in Stellenbosch, South Africa.Renowned for her ball skills and courage under fire, the passionate team player has always been a well liked member of any team she has been a part of. Ever smiling, and always supportive “Blister” is the sort of player you’d love beside you in the trenches. Her honesty, committment, determination and loyalty is never in question, and if she can’t win, she’ll leave it all on the field trying.Despite her competitiveness, once the contest is over, regardless of the result, opponents always receive a wide grin and a handshake from the wholehearted champion.The humble Bourne has a truck full of Players’ Player Awards over a long and distinguised career and is revered by team mates for her selflessness and ability to dig deep for her team mates when the pressure escalates.Blessed with a larrikin streak and tremendous ability to enjoy herself off the field, there are a million stories the Touch communities in Queensland and New South Wales could share about ‘Blissy’s’ legendary form on night’s out – just not too many are printable!Bourne goes into today’s finals series as her team’s leading player. Rustlers are second in the standings and will need her intelligent ball playing, leadership and will to win today if they are to win through to the Grand Final, and take the title.It’s a big ask, but one ‘the blister’ is sure to welcome with a big smile and steely determination on a day made for a player with such exceptional qualities.Open the attached file as we put the Queensland Country Rustlers Amanda Bourne “Under the NTL Spotlight”last_img read more

National Indigenous teams impress in New Zealand

first_imgThe Indigenous Men’s team played Tonga on Saturday morning, and won the game 9-6 to progress through to the final against New Zealand Maori. Both teams were undefeated heading into the final, and the crowd was assured of a quality match after the teams drew 6-6 when they met in the round games. The Maori team started strongly to take a 4-1 lead at half time, but the Australian’s didn’t give up and ended up losing the game by one touchdown, 5-4. Cody Green was awarded the Player’s Player award, while Luke Norford received the Coaches award. Other standouts for the Men’s team included Jesse Green, Jamie Adams, Dan Munro, Edrick Lee, Peter Stoddart and Roy Pearce. The Australian team missed out on playing in the final of the Women’s division, after finishing third on the ladder behind New Zealand Maori and Ao Teaora Invitational.  The team improved consistently throughout the tournament, and given a chance to play semi finals, could well have caused an upset. The Australian team met Pasifika Invitational in the play off for the plate final, and were comprehensive winners, 20-0.Jordan Ah Sam was named Player’s Player for the Women’s team, while Mel Ingram was awarded the Coaches award. Coach John Singh also gave encouragement awards to Caitlyn Costello, Kayla Faulkner and Jaylene Bonson, while Bo De La Cruz and Simone Smith were also stand outs for the Women’s team. The tour was dedicated to the memory of Anthony ‘Anno’ Avery, who passed away last year from bowel cancer. The inaugural Anthony Avery memorial medal was awarded to Arthur Ramirez. Touch Football Australia congratulates the Indigenous teams for their performance in the World Indigenous Touch Tournament. Stay tuned to the TFA website for highlights of the tournament.last_img read more