A touch player displays their speed during the Ipswich Touch Super 8's competition.
A touch player displays their speed during the Ipswich Touch Super 8's competition.

Ipswich Super 8's series in national spotlight

ATTENTION to detail and a sense of purpose are two thoughts that come to mind when viewing the extravaganza that the Super 8s has become.

Ipswich Super 8 architects Toni Notley and Melita Creedy have left no stone unturned when organising this year's event.

From the visually striking and sponsored uniforms to the pre-arranged team photos and sponsor advertising boards, the Ipswich Super 8s is leaving an indelible mark on the Ipswich sporting calendar and now the sport's governing body.

Such is the attention to detail that the Ipswich Super 8s has been acknowledged by Touch Football Australia in their research project titled "Our Value Proposition''.

The TFA are looking to the future and are focussed on their strategic plan for the sport and what it has to offer its customers.

This 18-month study has undertaken a significant body of research by analysing what is happening within the affiliated associations around the country. The Super 8s has gained respect for the value it offers its participants.

An event such as the Super 8s requires the collaborative efforts of numerous parties for it to transpire.

The Ipswich City Council maintains the playing surface and ensures that the lights are operational.

The event is then backed by the Ipswich Touch Football Association whose executive play a key role in liaising with the council, managing the website and are the conduit between the Super 8s committee and the referee's association.

Very importantly, there's the band of willing volunteers who cook the barbecue, operate the canteen, mark the playing fields, take the enquiries and keep track of the scorecards.

With all that in mind, the players can simply do what they know best and that is playing an exciting brand of touch football.

"The number of people working behind the scene allows for great quality touch football,” said Ipswich referee Ash Pedley, when reflecting on the level of organisation leading to Friday's games.

"We even had a drone filming one of the men's games; the footage then becomes a great analytical tool for teams when assessing their plays.”

Tonight's fixtures didn't disappoint with a number of close games.

In the men's division, the Cobras had to fight tooth and nail to overcome a determined Hurricanes outfit 10 tries to nine.

The Hurricanes' ranks have been bolstered by the inclusion of Intrust Super Cup premiership winning Ipswich Jets captain Keiron Lander and one of Australia's prominent touch footballing family members, Sam Pierce.

Pierce's father Craig played for Australia and his brother Lachlan is a current member of the Australian team. Sam is joined at this tournament by his sister Georgia.

In the following round, the Cobras were defeated by the Saints 12-9 which keeps the Saints on top of the table after they easily accounted for the Natives 13-0 in their opening game.

Mark Cecil scored three tries while Michael Baartz and Tim Mouritz both crossed for doubles. Cecil then went on to cross the white line four more times in the late game against the Cobras.

The Swans also remain undefeated after four rounds.

In the women's draw, Force drew 3-all with early favourites, Cobras 2.

Ipswich players featured prominently for the Force with Tayla Rosin and Kristy Reynolds each crossing the paint for tries. This result leaves Cobras unbeaten after four games. However, they sit one point adrift of competition leaders, the Saints, who enjoyed two comfortable victories.

The action heads into week three of the competition tonight with teams hoping to secure their positions on the points' ladder.

Latest results

Men's Round 3: Swans d Odoyle 11-0, Saints d Natives 13-0, Cobras d Hurricanes 10-9, Warriors d Titans 5-3.

Men's Round 4: Saints d Cobras 12-9, Odoyle d Natives 7-4, Swans d Titans 10-2, Hurricanes d Warriors 9-3.

Women's Round 3: Force drew Cobras (2) 3-3, Swans d IGGS 15-0, Brothers d Falcons 6-2, Cobras d Warriors 10-5.

Women's Round 4: Swans d Falcons 7-1, Cobras (2) d IGS 6-1, Force d Warriors 3-2, Cobras d Brothers 6-3.

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