BMTA in conjunction with TFQ and TFA, are holding a fundraiser for our Touch friend in NQ affected by Cyclone Larry. For all the info check out this story and make sure you check out BMTA’s website or our website tomorrow for nomination forms for the event. CYCLONE LARRY FUNDRAISER. This is a great idea and a fantastic way to support NQ Touchies. If you’re in the ACT and taking part in the winter competition, the draws have been released and can be found at www.acttouch.com.au. You’re a braver person than I to be facing the ice cold temperatures of a Canberra winter. To assist new coaches and officials in their role, the Australian Sports Commission, in conjunction with State Departments of Sport and Recreation, have developed a series of new web pages – ‘Tools and Tips for New Coaches and Officials’. To check out what’s there to help and encourage coaches, just visit www.ausport.gov.au/coachofficial Remember, if you have any news for 60 Seconds in Touch just email it to firstname.lastname@example.org Toowoomba Touch have recently updated their website, it looks fantastic and is a great example of how affiliates can communicate with their members regularly and easily. Check it out at www.toowoombatouch.com Touch Football Australia has revised their course procedure for affiliates wanting to run referees training courses. The affiliates now need to contact Chris Tarlinton on 1800 654 951 or (02) 6285 2703 or email@example.com to have the resources sent out to them. Course request and procedure forms will be available to download on the TFA website towards the end of this week. The level 1 referee resource pack has also been updated and contains a signals CD, rules book, updated printed manual and certificate. Melbourne University Touch Club (Parkville Touch) are set to kick off a new winter Touch competition…so if you’re in Melbourne and looking for somewhere to play this winter, check out www.victouch.com.au. Welcome to the latest edition of 60 Seconds in Touch, we’re already into May, the fifth month of the year and before you know it I’ll be spouting Christmas carols and getting ready for the holidays…The year is certainly flying by and here’s the latest edition in all the news from around Australia…Well, it was certainly a dramatic weekend in the tipping competition, with some close matches in both the NRL and AFL and the odd controversial result here and there…‘jjj’ is holding sway in the AFL, one point ahead of three tippers on 25 points each. In the NRL the leaders are creeping away, with ‘Rattler’ looking dangerous on 39 points. Next week will certainly pose some interesting questions as tippers place their votes in the Touch Football Australia tipping competition. NSW Touch have announced their award winners for 2005, a full description of the winners can be found at www.nswtouch.com.au, but here are the winners:2005 Affiliate of the Year: Wagga Wagga Touch Association2005 Administrator of the Year: Graham Goodwin, Taree Touch Association2005 Coach of the Year: Tony Trad, Western Suburbs Touch Association2005 Player of the Year: Jason Stanton, UNSW Bullets2005 Junior Player of the Year: Ricky Morris, Kempsey Touch AssociationThis weekend is a huge weekend for meetings, with the NSW Annual General Meeting being held in Sydney, the TFA Board of Management also meeting in Sydney and the Federation of International Touch (FIT) meeting in Sydney. Stay tuned next week for any information that comes from those meetings. In news out of Victoria, the ‘New Zealand’ teams put some punch back into the Touch Victoria Trans Tasman Challenge yesterday, taking revenge on the Aussies and stealing a 2-1 series win in each division … after a number of nail-biting drop-offs throughout the day. To read the full story click here: VIC TRANS TASMAN NEWS If you’re interested in doing a referees course at North Woolooware in NSW, check out www.nswtouch.com.au for information on level 1, 2 and 3 courses being held in May and June.