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World Cup fever hits Southport SHS

Due to our strong ties with South Coast Touch, and the strength of our Touch Specialisation program, we were fortunate enough to be offered the opportunity to play against the Papua New Guinea World Cup Mens Open, Mixed Open and Womens Open teams, as well as the French Mens Open team, on Thursday 23 April at Runaway Bay Touch Fields.

I would firstly like to congratulate the following students for refereeing the high quality games: Reece Brewer, Tom Capie and Cody Vickers.  You are a testament to not only our touch specialisation program here at school, but a credit to yourselves and our school. Well done on such a fine representation of our school.

Secondly, I would like to acknowledge the following students for their efforts in demonstrating the high standard of touch football here at Southport SHS: Nick Greenwood, Greg Gallagher, Luke Kelsey-Scott, Reilly Te Amo, Josh Anderson, Blair Fenton, Lachlan Greenwood, Chase Te Amo, Wilson Groth, Zane Kimura, Cooper McCann, Andre Ratu, Taylor Fenton, Charvon Ratu, Mia Dolan, Ashlee Robba, Siena Grice, and Alyssa Kimura.  Your commitment to excellence and dedication to both touch football and our school were on display against world class teams, where you performed with pride, dignity and respect.  I am so very proud of each and every one of you.

We are very thankful to the players and management of each of the teams involved and wish them the very best of luck at the upcoming World Cup being held at Coffs Harbour. We would also like to thank Tristan Mana and Peter Topp for organising these games, and providing our students with a once in a lifetime opportunity.  We certainly couldn’t have dreamed of having such a wonderful experience.  A couple of my students proclaimed that this was the best day of their lives.  Thank you very much gentlemen.  You have left a lasting memory in the minds of us all, and for that we are eternally grateful.

After attending the World Cup, it was great to see two of the three PNG teams we played against finish with Bronze (third in the world).  Peter Topp contacted me personally to thank our students for helping the PNG teams reach their best-ever result through engaging in tough competition with teams such as ours.  So again, well done to all involved.  If you want to check out more photos of either the World Cup or our students in action, go to the World Cup Facebook​ page where we have more photos of our students.

Lee Rossow
Touch Specialisation Teacher