Posted: March 7, 2013 by Blackie in General, Opinion, Touch
Tags: amateur, professional, sport, touch
Okay, here is blog post number two! Following on from the last one, I just have a few points to raise regarding what can – and might one day – go into professionalising the sport from a team’s point of view.
To cover the above, players/teams are often required to pay a registration fee. (So for any number of reasons, this can vary a great deal. A membership/affiliation cost to the event organisers is thus not perhaps unreasonable.)
Team administration may mirror event administration for a number of things, such as Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 26, 2013 by Blackie in General, Opinion, Touch
Tags: amateur, professional, touch, touch footy
New writer Liam Wantenaar:
So here begins a stab at this weblog thing, or ‘blogging’. You know, voicing an opinion on the interwebs. Well, there is often a lot to say on any given topic, so I’m going to try to tackle one or two topics with a stab of intelligence. They’ll be broken up into greater or lesser segments. The first topic covered in next few posts produced by this little blogger machine are going to be on touch rugby and the amateur/professionalism divide in South Africa.
Amateur sport vs. Professional sport
So, ‘professionalism’ implies money. But money for what and whom? A professional athlete gets paid to play, paid to perform. And all games/sports obviously do not happen without participants, or players right? BUT, to get to the point at which a game actually happens, the match has to be prepared for and the teams playing in it have to be organised. This all has to happen before anyone sets Read the rest of this entry »
So the 2013 edition of the Trans-Tasman Touch series between Australia and New Zealand recently drew to a close, having provided us with some incredibly close games and ground-breaking touch.
It would be somewhat naive for us, as fervent touch junkies, not to acknowledge that this is where Touch is at it’s cutting edge, and for us not to share some of the highlights with you.
Seeing as Touch was born as a sport in it’s own right in Australia in 1968 by the South Sydney Touch Football Club’s Bob Dyke and Ray Vawdon, it is no surprise that Australia (and their fiercely competitive, fast-twitch-muscle-fibre neighbours, New Zealand) are leading the way on a global level.
This is further evidenced Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 5, 2013 by Blackie in Online, Touch, Website
Tags: online, touch, website
It turns out were not the only touch website out there, but we do believe that we are the only touch blog. As I’m sure many of you know by now we are trying our best to document our life’s as touch players but more importantly to get the word of touch out there. Below are a list of websites which we found while browsing the world-wide web. Feel free to randomly click on them and get their views up, or actually read all the information on their pages.
Official South Africa Touch Association Website – www.sata.co.za
Other websites where you can get involved or find a league, or get news and updates.
South African Provincial Associations:
There are more association Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 1, 2013 by Blackie in IPT, Seniors, SIPT13, Training, WP Touch
Tags: fitness, SIPT13, touch, training
If there’s one thing that is essential for touch, and even more so if you are going to enjoy it, it is to be fit and able to concentrate while tired. Some sort of fitness is needed on a physical and mental level. You’ll find that the mental fitness or rather the lack of mental fatiguing is the one that will cost the tries and ultimately the game. I am currently working on both.
As an amateur sport touch players don’t have the incentive to continue training through the holidays and the majority of us would rather spend our days relaxing and becoming acquainted with as much good food as possible. This, however, poses a problem
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Posted: January 26, 2013 by Blackie in General
After a year of not blogging and focusing on other things in life we have finally decided to give blogging another go (“give him another chance”) and get some blog posts up and hopefully spread the word of touch, anyway we can. We going to be blogging about all things touch.
If we were to tell you that we had taken a 1-year hiatus from the sport we so dearly love, that wouldn’t be a lie but it would be far from the truth. Dare I say the dormant beast has a awoken. 2011 was a hectic year in our touch calendar with the Touch World Cup in June, all the training that was necessary for it and all the other social touch that went on. 2012 we decided to take it easy and focus on other things such as varsity, friends, family and what ever else you can conjure up. On that note, congrats to Plimmy who graduated and is now officially a big boy. We still played social touch and competed in the Senior Inter-Provincial Tournament and social leagues around the Cape Town area.
2013 is the year of touch, there is a Senior IPT around the corner and at that IPT the squad for the 2015 Touch World Cup will be selected. We will be taking you on the journey of getting fit and ready for the tournament and we will be sure to blog about all things touch.
We going to keep this one short and sweet because we’ve pretty much forgot how to write a witty well-worded body of text. One thing is for sure we’ll be putting fun, informative and entertaining blogs up.
Touch is Life.
Posted: January 24, 2012 by Blackie in IPT, WP Touch
Tags: SIPT12, touch, touchstars
The 10th of January saw the first regathering of Western Province Touch of 2012, the year in which the world is meant to meet its demise in some form or another. Bearing this absurd notion in mind, we will be wanting to squeeze in as much delectably competitive touch as we can early on.
For this very reason, the tour of Pretoria’s Touch Stars so early on in the year was more than welcomed by all of those involved in WP Touch. The Stars are a very competitive touch rugby club based in Pretoria, completely Read the rest of this entry »