All posts in Uncategorized

Vawdon Cup 2017

Fixture results and Player of the Season points after the first five rounds of the 2017 Vawdon Cup.

Premier League – VC Round 5
Manly Sea Eagles 14 defeated Easts Roosters 5
Touchdowns: Sam Rodgers 5, Steph Maiolo 4, Shellie Davis 2, Hannah Dyball, Nicky Albery, Laura Peattie
Player of Season Points: 3 Tayla Clifford 2 Sam Rodgers 1 Chloe Cheney

Division 1 – VC Round 5
Manly Sea Eagles 2 defeated by UNSW Bullets 6
Touchdowns: Alysse Cooper, Billie Taylor
Player of Season Points: 3 Sariah Paki 2 Mia Wilson 1 Tina Clancy

Youth League Div 1 – VC Round
Manly Sea Eagles 6 defeated Easts Roosters 2
Touchdowns: Bella Geros 2, Tia Young 2, Millie Durdevic, Maddie McGrath.
Player of Season Points: 3 Kiiahla Duff 2 Caitlin Hickey 1 Tia Young

Youth League Div 2 – VC Round 5
Manly Sea Eagles 3 defeated Northern Suburbs Bears 2
Touchdowns: Charlie Scott, Georgie Forrest, Jordan McMahon
Player of Season Points: 3 Maddie Binding 2 Sailor Perrett 1 Kiana Kipa

Premier League – VC Round 4
Manly Sea Eagles 3 defeated by Wests Magpies 4
Touchdowns: Laura Peattie, Shellie Davis, Sam Rodgers
Player of Season Points: 3 Laura Peattie 2 Zara Nicholas 1 Steph Maiolo

Division 1 – VC Round 4
Manly Sea Eagles 2 defeated Wests Magpies 1
Touchdowns: Kate Ryan, Mia Wilson
Player of Season Points: 3 Kate Ryan 2 Billie Taylor 1 Tianah Geros

Youth League Div 1 – VC Round 4
Manly Sea Eagles 12 defeated Balmain Tigers 2
Touchdowns: Bella Geros 3, Anna Forrest 2, Brearna Nathan, Audrey Little, Caitlin Hickey, Tayla Browne, Millie Durdevic, Macy Carrothers, Kiiahla Duff
Player of Season Points: 3 Bella Geros 2 Breanna Nathan 1 Kiiahla Duff

Youth League Div 2 – VC Round 4
Manly Sea Eagles 3 defeated by Carlingford Cyclones 5
Touchdowns: Sabrina Zochling, Georgie Forrest, Ollie Wood
Player of Season Points: 3 Georgie Forrest 2 Sabrina Zochling 1 Sara Ryan

Premier League – VC Round 3
Manly Sea Eagles 9 defeated Penrith Panthers 1
Touchdowns: Pihuka Duff 2, Bec Beath, Brittney Clifford, Danni Davis, Lucy McDonald, Nicky Albery, Yasmin Meakes, Zara Nicholas
Player of Season Points: 3 Yasmin Meakes 2 Zara Nicholas 1 Tayla Clifford

Division 1 – VC Round 3
Manly Sea Eagles 11 defeated Penrith Panthers 2
Touchdowns: Faith Nathan 3, Tina Clancy 3, Mia Wilson 2, Jennaya Wiggins, Kate Ryan, Amelia Suters
Player of Season Points: 3 Faith Nathan 2 Sariah Paki 1 Emma Williams

Youth League Div 1 – VC Round 3
Manly Sea Eagles 8 defeated Penrith Panthers 1
Touchdowns: Anna Forrest 3, Brearna Nathan 2, Audrey Little, Caitlin Hickey, Isabella Geros
Player of Season Points: 3 Maddi McGrath 2 Anna Forrest 1 Francesca Curtin

Youth League Div 2 – VC Round 3
Manly Sea Eagles 3 defeated Hills Hornets 0
Touchdowns: Macy Carrothers, Georgie Forest, Josie Carlile
Player of Season Points: 3 Macy Carrothers 2 Charlie Scott 1 Malayika Russell

Premier League – VC Round 2
Manly Sea Eagles 11 defeated Northern Beaches Renegades 2
Touchdowns: Emma Williams 3, Lucy McDonald 2, Steph Maiolo 2, Shellie Davis, Chloe Cheney, Danni Davis, Laura Peattie
Player of Season Points: 3 Shellie Davis 2 Sam Rodgers 1 Lucy McDonald

Division 1 – VC Round 2
Manly Sea Eagles 8 defeated Sydney University Stingers 1
Touchdowns: Sariah Paki 2, Mia Wilson 2, Amelia Suters 2, Pihuka Duff, Tianah Geros
Player of Season Points: 3 Pihuka Duff 2 Sariah Paki 1 Billie Taylor

Youth League Div 1 – VC Round 2
Manly Sea Eagles 6 defeated Northern Beaches Renegades 2
Touchdowns: Kate Ryan 3, Teagan Long 2, Faith Nathan
Player of Season Points: 3 Teagan Long 2 Caitlin Hickey 1 Kate Ryan

Youth League Div 2 – VC Round 2
Manly Sea Eagles 0 defeated by Central Coast Dolphins 5
Touchdowns: Nil
Player of Season Points: 3 Sailor Perrett 2 Hannah Lovlin 1 Sara Ryan

Premier League – VC Round 1
Manly Sea Eagles 10 defeated Northern Suburbs Bears 1
Touchdowns: Sam Rodgers 2, Yasmin Meakes 2, Danni Davis 2, Laura Peattie 2, Steph Maiolo, Lucy McDonald
Player of the Season: 3 Steph Maiolo 2 Danni Davis 1 Nicky Albery

Division 1 – VC Round 1
Manly Sea Eagles 5 defeated Easts Roosters 1
Touchdowns: Sariah Paki 2, Claudia Mete, Pihuka Duff, Teagan Long
Player of theSeason: 3 Pihuka Duff 2 Faith Nathan 1 Sariah Paki

Youth League Div 2 – VC Round 1
Manly Sea Eagles 4 defeated Wests Magpies 2
Touchdowns: Lily Masters, Charlie Scott, Maddie Binding, Ollie Woods
Player of the Season: 3 Ollie Woods 2 Lily Masters 1 Jordan McMahon


NSW Scorpions Elite 8 Champions

Saturday 11 March 2017

The New South Wales Scorpions have made history in the Women’s Elite Eight grand final, defeating the Queensland Broncos 8-5 in an entertaining affair at the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour.   The Broncos were aiming for three titles in a row, but it wasn’t to be, outplayed from start to finish by a highly talented Scorpions side.  In a very rare feat that is unliklely to be repeated all 16 of the NSW Scorpions players come from the Manly Warringah club.

Hat-tricks to Scorpions stars Yasmin Meakes and Samantha Rodgers capped off a great tournament for both.

Despite the comfortable three-touchdown win, the Scorpions did not always look comfortable.  The Broncos had all the momentum after the half-time break and they used this to their advantage, scoring through Rebecca Lapraik just minutes into the second half to make the score 4-3.   Lapraik’s touchdown cut the margin to one and the Broncos’ appeared to have all the legs heading towards the last 15 minutes of play.

But after five minutes of great defence, the Scorpions hit back, scoring in the left corner through hat-trick hero Rodgers.  The score quickly became 6-3 to the Scorpions, with Yasmin Meakes grabbing her first of the afternoon with ten minutes to play.  Meakes then grabbed her second in the 33rd minute, all but icing the game for the Scorpions as they stretched their lead to four touchdowns.

Paige Parker hit back in the 35th minute for the Broncos to give them some hope, but as the minutes ticked by it became clear that it was going to be the Scorpions year.  Meakes capped a great tournament for herself in the 38th minute, scoring her third touchdown to kick-off the celebrations for the Scorpions team.  The Broncos managed a consolation touchdown in the 39th minute, with Catherine Sargent adding some respectability to the scoreboard to make it 8-5 in favour of the Scorpions.

The Scorpions were deserved winners, leading from the outset after opening the scoring in the 7th minute. They did that through Rodgers who found open space on the right wing to stroll over for a touchdown after some lazy defence.  She doubled her tally just a minute later in an almost identical play, and it soon became clear that the Scorpions would look to target the Broncos’ left-side defence.

The Broncos were always going to hit back and they did so through Emily Hennessey just seconds after the Scorpions last score. The match was beginning to open up and with the game on the line it was either teams to win.  In the 15th minute, the Scorpions regained their two-touchdown lead, with Zara Nicholas crossing in the left corner after a slick team play to make it 3-1.  The Broncos defence were caught napping by Stephanie Maiolo in the 18th minute and the Scorpions suddenly hit a 4-1 lead.  But the Broncos regained some momentum heading into half-time through the handy work of Sargent who crossed just seconds before the hooter to make the score 4-2 at the break.  It wasn’t enough, with the Scorpions going on with it in the second half to take the 2017 title.

New South Wales Scorpions 8 (Meakes 3, Rodgers 3, Nicholas, Maiolo touchdowns)
Queensland Broncos 5 (Sargent 2, Parker, Hennessey, Lapraik touchdowns)
Player of the Final – Laura Peattie

State Cup 2016 Champions

State Cup Grand Final Results:

Premier League: Manly Sea Eagles 2 defeated Canterbury Bulldogs 1
Touchdowns: Nicky Albery, Sam Rodgers
NSWTA Player of the Final: Steph Maiolo

Women’s Open B: Manly Sea Eagles 9 defeated Taree Flames 2
NSWTA Player of the Final: Bec Beath

Women’s 20’s: Murwillumbah Mavericks 6 defeated Manly Sea Eagles 5

 2016 State & Vawdon Cup Awards:

State Cup Women’s Premier League Players Player:  Shellie Davis & Aaliyah Paki
State Cup Women’s Premier League Coaches Awards:  Zara Nicholas, Aaliyah Paki, Steph Maiolo
State Cup Women’s 20’s Players Player: Faith Nathan
State Cup Women’s 20’s Coaches Awards: Sariah Paki, Lucy McDonald, Pihuka Duff, Isabella Geros, Caitlin Hickey
State Cup  Women’s Premier League NSWTA Player of The Final: Steph Maiolo
State Cup  Women’s Open B NSWTA Player of The Final: Bec Beath
Vawdon Cup Women’s Premier League Player of the Season: Yasmin Meakes & Hannah Dyball
Vawdon Cup Women’s Division One Player of the Season: Brittney McLeod
Vawdon Cup Women’s Youth League Player of the Season: Sariah Paki
Women’s Premier League & 20’s Rising Star Award:  Brittney Clifford
Barry Gibson Perpetual Trophy: Hannah Dyball
Club Person of the Year – Anthony Dudeck Perpetual Trophy: Sarah Peattie
Keith Smith Perpetual Trophy: Keith Smith (Inaugural Recipient)
Presentation of Barry Gibson Shield to Barry Gibson



NSWTA Blues Awards Dinner

Congratulations to everyone involved in what was a huge evening with Manly taking out many awards on the night.

NSWTA Coach of the Year 2015/16
Barry Gibson – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
(Barry Gibson also nominated for Junior Coach of the Year)

NSWTA Open Female Player of the Year 2015/16
Danni Davis – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
(Sam Rodgers also nominated)

NSWTA Junior Female Player of the Year 2015/16
Brittney Clifford – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
(Pihuka Duff also nominated)

NSWTA Team of the Year 2015/16
Manly Warringah Women’s Open

NSWTA Affiliate of the Year 2015/16
Manly Warringah Touch Association

Vawdon Cup Round 2 Results

Vawdon Cup Round 2 Results & Player of the Season Points:

Premier League:  Manly Sea Eagles 8 defeated Northern Beaches 0
Touchdowns:  Yasmin Meakes 2, Sam Rodgers 2, Steph Maiolo, Shellie Davis, Sarah Peattie, Laura Peattie
Player of the Season: 3 Danni Davis 2 Yasmin Meakes 1 Hannah Dyball

Division One:  Manly Sea Eagles 8 defeated UNSW 3
Touchdowns: Abbey Steanes 2, Kerrie Doyle 2, Lynda Robertson, Kimberley Grant, Indi Angel-Auld, Aaliyah Paki
Player of the Season: 3 Aaliyah Paki 2 Kimberley Grant 1 Emma Crerar

Youth League Match Report:  Manly Sea Eagles vs. Northern Beaches Renegades

With half a dozen Vawdon Cup debutants, there were plenty of nerves before the tap off. Having some strike power unavailable this week, the focus was on keeping our defensive structure intact and protecting our line at all costs. We started with intensity and energy as we warmed into the game. Even after four penalties in a row the girls held tight and scrambled well with a special mention to the commitment of Caitlin Hickey. On the back of some great driving by newcomers Maddi McGrath and Sascha Taurins, it was a length of the field team effort that resulted in a touchdown finished off by Jade Geros on the far side of the field. It was a real arm wrestle up and down the paddock with the penalty count against as our girls were asked to repel raid after raid from the Renegades after receiving 10-0 penalties in the first half. A very pleasing first half effort with the score 1-0 at the break. At the restart the Renegades managed a runaway touchdown to even score to 1-1. Jordie McMahon scored a great sneaky individual touchdown to take Manly to a 2-1 lead. The Renegades with some speed to burn hit back to level again at 2-2.

Some great driving again found us in good field position and allowed the girls to show what they can do with the ball as they put it through 5 sets of hands to go ahead 3-2 after Anna Forest crossed over in the corner. After a combination of refereeing decisions which baffled all those watching the Renegades were able to level once more at 3-3. Some nice combinations began to form with Jade Geros and the ever passionate Teagan Long, allowing her to dive over and give the Sea Eagles the lead and final touchdown of the game ensuring they came away with the 3 points. With a handful of minutes remaining and a Renegades side giving everything they had as they were desperate to beat their northern beaches rivals two things stood out: 1. This team of girls were willing to put their bodies on the line for each other to protect their lead and win this game. 2. The maturity and composure they showed to put their heads down and just drive the ball off our line late in the second half so as not to give the Renegades an opportunity was amazing. Positive attitudes win games and these girls have an abundance of it. The girls were lead around nicely by the senior girls Mia a Wilson and Tayla Browne while our debutants Caitlin, Maddi, Sascha, Georgia and Jordy were fantastic in defence. Our wingers Bailee Radford, Olivia Mills and Anna Forrest repelled try after try in a great display.

Youth League:  Manly Sea Eagles 4 defeated Northern Beaches 3
Touchdowns: Jade Geros, Jordie McMahon, Anna Forrest, Teagan Long
Player of the Season: 3 Caitlin Hickey 2 Jade Geros 1 Maddi McGrath

NRL Rookie – Sam Rodgers

Manly Sea Eagles Sammy Rodgers & Sam Brisby are set to appear on the NRL Rookie.

In a clandestine operation late-2015, six of Australia’s best Touch Football athletes quietly exited the country with a covert mission on their mind.  Following instructions from TFA and with boots and passports packed, work leave approved and the GPS coordinates set to a remote Beach near Auckland, our intrepid Aussie reps were primed, programmed and ready to perform upon landing.  Destination? The black sands of Piha Beach on the beautiful but wild, west coast of New Zealand. The mission? Take on to their knowledge an undisclosed team of potential NRL stars in a game of Beach Touch, all looking for a shot at an NRL contract and the big time. Status?  Fast forward nine months and six of our Australian representatives will finally get to reveal their sublime skills on next week’s episode of the popular Channel Nine/GO production, ‘The NRL Rookie’.

Episode five of the popular 10-part series will be broadcast on Tuesday, 28 June 7.30pm and replayed throughout next week; tune in to see which team prevails.  Does the superior fitness and strength of the NRL Rookies see them through? Or, is it the guile, speed and deception of the Touch stars that leaves the Rookies and the Piha Beach sands in their wake?

The TFA All Stars team features some of the best Touch Football talent ever assembled in a ‘Mixed’ format. The team demonstrates the distinct family connection, which embodies the social side and highlights the inclusive nature of the sport and strong participation numbers Australia-wide.  And, serving further notice to the NRL Rookies is the fact that each of the Touch Football stars love the feel of sand between their toes: they all reside, cut their teeth and compete regularly near a beach traversing the East Coast of Australia.

Touch Football Australia and BLK Ambassadors Sam Brisby, Samantha Rodgers, husband and wife team of Dylan and Emily Hennessey, Peter Norman and Kylie Hilder all travelled to New Zealand late last year to film the segment. For those playing at home, The NRL Rookie is the new reality show on Channel Nine/Gem offering a guaranteed NRL contract to the lucky amateur player who can prove to the respective judges he has what it takes to perform at the highest level and secure a lucrative contract.

Australian Women’s Open representative, Samantha Rodgers and partner of the other Sam (Brisby, right), thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  “It was so exciting to be a part of the series and being able to play the NRL boys in their Rookie quest and adventure,” Rodgers said.  “It was a great experience to go over there and not only witness the program but also be a part of it; so that was pretty amazing,” she added. “I think it will be pretty funny – there will be some good highlights and some good Touch Footy on show. It was in the sand so it was pretty tough!”

You can watch The NRL Rookie at the following times and can also watch online at

  • Premiere – Tuesday (28 June) – GO! 7.30PM (SYD/MEL/BRIS)
  • Encore 1 – Wednesday – CH9 10.30PM (SYD/BRIS)
  • Encore 2 – Saturday – CH9 1PM (BRIS)
  • Encore 3 – Sunday – CH9 2.30PM (SYD)
  • Encore 4– Monday – GO! 11.30PM (SYD/MEL/BRIS/ADE/PER).

SH2382 Jun. 23 13.08

2016 NSW State of Origin Teams

The 2016 NSW Women’s Open team has been announced with the Manly Sea Eagles having eight representatives that will take on Queensland in Sydney during September 2016.  Extremely pleasing is the successful return from injury of Sarah Peattie. Seven players who represented the Australian Women’s Open team at the Trans-Tasman in Auckland last month have gained selection along with Sarah Peattie.  Barry Gibson is also involved as Assistant Coach. Zara Nicholas will be representing NSW Mixed Open and in the Women’s 30’s so will Chloe Butcher. In the Women’s 20’s similar to the Open team Manly have eight representatives with young players Brittney Clifford, Pihuka Duff, Faith Nathan, Aaliyah Paki and Elise Wilson all making their debut for NSW at this level.  Good luck to all involved – Go the Blues!

NSW Women’s Open: Sarah Peattie, Laura Peattie, Tayla Clifford, Danielle Davis, Rachelle Davis, Hannah Dyball, Yasmin Meakes, Samantha Rodgers
NSW Women’s Open: Zara Nicholas
NSW Women’s 20’s: Chloe Cheney, Brittney Clifford, Kasey Dragisic, Pihuka Duff, Stephanie Maiolo, Faith Nathan, Aaliyah Paki, Elise Wilson
NSW Women’s 30’s: Chloe Butcher

Vawdon Cup 2016

Manly Warringah Touch is pleased to announce their 2016 Vawdon Cup Women’s coaches.

Women’s Premier League – Barry Gibson – Coach, Anthony Dudeck & Brett Gillard, Assistant Coaches
Women’s Division 1 – Roha Paki – Coach, Kalani Duff – Assistant Coach
Youth League – Christian Browne – Coach, Keith Smith, Roha Paki & Barry Gibson – Assistant Coaches

After the implementation of the Youth League in 2015 NSW Touch Football have advised these categories will continue for the 2016 event. Players need to be aged from 14yrs to 17yrs to play in the Youth League. i.e. born between 1999 and 2002. If they wish to participate in the Open’s categories need to be born in 2000 or earlier.  Vawdon Cup commences earlier this season on Friday 22 July 2016.

Manly Women’s Youth League Squad (19 players): Anna Forrest, Bailee Radford, Billie Taylor, Caitlin Hickey, Georgia O’Neill, Isabella Geros, Jade Geros, Jordan McMahon, Kate Ryan, Lucy McDonald, Maddi McGrath, Mia Wilson, Olivia Mills, Sariah Paki, Sascha Taurins, Sophie Wickham, Tayla Browne, Teagan Long, Tianah Geros.

Manly Women’s Division 1 Squad (13 players + PL): Abbey Steanes, Alysse Cooper,  Britney Avery, Chloe Donovan, Elise Wilson, Emma Crerar, Indi Angel-Auld, Jennaya Wiggins, Jorja McDonald, Kristie Leonard, Lynda Robertson, Tamara Cochrane, Tina Clancy.

Manly Women’s Premier League Squad (20 players): Aaliyah Paki, Bec Beath, Brittney Clifford, Brittney McLeod, Chloe Cheney, Chloe Scranage, Danni Davis, Elesha Dougal, Emma Williams, Hannah Dyball, Laura Peattie, Kimberley Grant, Nicky Albery, Shellie Davis, Sarah Peattie, Sam Rodgers, Steph Maiolo, Tayla Clifford, Yasmin Meakes, Zara Nicholas.

PL & Division 1 (Opens)
– Born 2000 or before
Youth League – Born between 1999 and 2002

2016 Vawdon Cup Dates:
Round 1 – Friday 22 July
Round 2 – Friday 29 July
Round 3 – Friday 5 August
Round 4 – Friday 12 August
Round 5 – Friday 19 August
Round 6 – Friday 26 August
No Games during State of Origin 2-3 September
Round 7 & 8 – Sunday 11 September
No Games during the National Youth Championships 14-17 September
Round 9 – Friday 23 September
Round 10 – Friday 30 September
Round 11 & 12 – Sunday 9 October
Semi Final Week 1 – Friday 14 October
Semi Final Week 2 – Friday 21 October
Grand Final – Saturday 29 October

N.B In the case of washouts NSW Touch Football will endeavour to reply games on Sundays.

SH2561 Jul. 15 17.47

SH2562 Jul. 15 17.48

SH2563 Jul. 15 17.49

2016 Trans Tasman Champions

Congratulations to all eight of our Manly players that were part of the successful Australia Women’s & Mixed Open teams that have taken out the 2016 Trans Tasman series in a clean-sweep of all divisions. Fresh on the back of Manly taking out the 2015 Vawdon & State Cup championship double, in the Australia Women’s teams the Sea Eagles players made up all of the NSW representatives with the remaining nine players from Queensland. In the Mixed Open Zara Nicholas was our sole representative. This is a monumental accomplishment from all the players selected as well as everyone involved in the Manly Warringah Women’s program and the club itself. Special congratulations to Shellie Davis, Tayla Clifford and Zara Nicholas who all made their successful Australia Open debut in New Zealand and Yasmin Meakes who made her debut for the Women’s Opens after coming through the Mixed Opens ranks.  Congratulations to Danni Davis and Hannah Dyball for winning their team awards.

Australia Women’s Open:
Player’s Player – Danielle Davis
Coaches Award – Hannah Dyball

Australia Women’s Open: Hannah Dyball, Laura Peattie, Yasmin Meakes, Sam Rodgers, Danni Davis, Shellie Davis, Tayla Clifford.   Australia Mixed Open: Zara Nicholas

Photo’s from the tournament are here.
Story on Yasmin Meakes is here.
Story on Shellie & Danni Davis is here.


NSW State of Origin Squads

Congratulations to our players that have been selected in the 2016 NSW state of origin squads.  Teams will be finalised over coming weeks with the series against Queensland to take place in Sydney on 2-3 September, 2016.

Women’s Open:  Tayla Clifford, Danielle Davis, Shellie Davis,  Hannah Dyball, Brittney McLeod, Yasmin Meakes, Zara Nicholas, Laura Peattie, Sarah Peattie, Samantha Rodgers,  Assistant Coach: Barry Gibson
Women’s 20’s:  Chloe Cheney, Brittany Clifford, Tayla Clifford, Kasey Dragisic, Pihuka Duff, Stephanie Maiolo, Faith Nathan, Aaliyah Paki, Emma Williams, Elise Wilson
Women’s 30’s: Chloe Butcher, Rachel Cleave, Holly Miller

More info via

Message of Appreciation

SH1049 Dec. 14 15.10

Message of Appreciation from Anthony Dudeck, Barry Gibson, Jamie Clifford, Keith Smith & Sarah Peattie

Season 2015 has been an incredible year for Manly Women’s Premier League, taking out the Vawdon Cup in early November and then a few weeks later winning the State Cup undefeated.  The season started with a number of experienced players unavailable including Sarah Peattie, Elesha Dougal, Brittney McLeod and Jenna Hitch.  As an extra challenge for State Cup both Sam Rodgers and Zara Nicholas were ruled out due to illness. However the team was not flustered and rose to the challenge winning both tournaments with the team average age of just 19 years. These 2015 fantastic club achievements plus regional, state and international honours have been through hard work and dedication over a number of years and we would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank some of the people that have assisted us on our journey.

Firstly many thanks must go to the Manly Warringah Touch Association Executive and Management committee, including those that have supported us so well in the past.  Great appreciation to Graham Knights, Stuart Edgley, Stuart Geros, Jenny Swain, Keri Vicini, Jill Zochling, Ian Kalms and the one and only Brandon McDonald. Special mention to Sue Jones who was there at the start, your support over many years is not forgotten and will always be appreciated. Additional thanks to Caren Friend and Tony Suters who have always looked to support the team with referees for training and trial games.

Continue Reading

State Cup Champions 2015

The Manly Sea Eagles have topped off a magical season taking out the 2015 NSWTA Women’s Opens A State Cup title in Port Macquarie.  The team went through 11 games undefeated winning the Grand Final by 5-2 over the Western Suburbs Magpies.  Manly Women’s Premier Leagues appearances have been updated following the completion of the 2015 season. Special congratulations to Danni Davis who has now over 100 appearances (104 games), also Nicky Albery (58 games) & Bec Beath (50 games) who are now over 50 Premier League appearances. Special mention to Laura Peattie, Nicky Albery & Emma Williams who all played the most games this season at 25 each. 

All the photos from the tournament can be found here.  Match highlights and the full match replay available via YouTube

2015 NSWTA State & Vawdon Cup Awards

State Cup Women’s Premier League Players Player:   Steph Maiolo
State Cup Women’s Premier League Coaches Awards:   Steph Maiolo, Kasey Dragisic, Nicky Albery, Chloe Cheney, Yasmin Meakes
State Cup Women’s Premier League NSWTA Player of The Final: Danni Davis
State Cup Women’s 20’s Players Player:  Lucy McDonald
State Cup Women’s 20’s Coaches Awards: Pihuka Duff, Paige French, Maddie Hartman
Vawdon Cup Women’s Premier League Player of the Season: Danni Davis
Vawdon Cup Women’s Premier League NSWTA Player of The Final: Tayla Clifford
Vawdon Cup Women’s Youth League Player of the Season: Kristie Leonard
Women’s Premier League & 20’s Rising Star Award:  Zara Nicholas
Barry Gibson Perpetual Trophy: Shellie Davis
Club Person of the Year – Anthony Dudeck Perpetual Trophy: Sandra Dyball

NSWTA State Cup Review

After the success of the 2015 Vawdon Cup the team were full of confidence going into yet another State Cup campaign.  Unfortunately Sam Rodgers and Zara Nicholas were both unavailable due to illness and into the team came the ever reliable Brittney McLeod and young player of the future Brittney Clifford.  Laura Peattie was once again Captain with Nicky Albery awarded the Vice Captaincy role.  The format of this year’s competition was the toughest available with one pool of ten teams, everyone to play each other once and then the top four teams in a Semi and Grand Final series.  This season Stuart Edgley from the MWTA Executive presented the playing shirts to the team with three debutants to the Manly Women’s Premier League State Cup team in Kasey Dragisic, Brittney Clifford and Emma Williams.

Continue Reading

Vawdon Cup Champions 2015


Full game available via YouTube.  Photos are available here.


NSWTA Vawdon Cup Grand Final Review – Sea Eagles vs Roosters

Vawdon Cup Grand Final day had arrived with the Manly Sea Eagles up against the Eastern Suburbs Roosters in the Women’s Premier League division. When they last met two years ago in the 2013 Vawdon Cup Grand Final the Roosters got the win by a single touchdown. This season after a slow start and three losses, the Roosters had some of their senior players return and since that time were undefeated, capped off with a semi-final win over the highly fancied Bulldogs last week. The Sea Eagles were on a high themselves by beating the Magpies 5-4 in their semi-final.

So with the stage set the Sea Eagles tapped off with some exciting touch keeping the ball alive early in the game. The Davis sisters combined in the middle of the park with Danni Davis holding off defenders with a number of dummies and neat footwork to score an individual diving touchdown. It was the perfect start for Manly 1-0.  The Roosters hit back and were next to score when Maddie Studdon broke through from acting half resulting in a nice touchdown. Manly were not to be out done and shorty after a nice out ball by Bec Beath found Laura Peattie who turned the Roosters defender inside out to score a classy diving touchdown.

Continue Reading

Sea Eagles Player Recognition

Season 2015 has been yet another huge year for Sea Eagles captain Laura Peattie. Laura is once again nominated for the NSWTA Female Player of the Year which is awarded at the upcoming annual NSWTA Blues Awards night. This nomination is once again well-deserved for Laura after successfully captaining her country in the Girls 20’s Youth Trans-Tasman series in January and then backing up for the Australian Women’s Opens at the World Cup in April.

Additionally the final rounds of this seasons Vawdon Cup are to be played this weekend with Laura on the verge of a very special club achievement. Currently sitting on 119 Premier League appearances, Laura will equal the record of 120 when the Sea Eagles play Norths in the first of the double header games. Currently Rachael Cleave and Sarah Peattie are joint leaders on 120 appearances. Later that afternoon when Laura leads the Manly team against Newcastle City she will climb to the top of the leader board with 121 Premier League appearances. Congratulations Laura on a great achievement.

Also congratulations to Hannah Dyball and Shellie Davis who are both nominated for the NSWTA Junior Female Player of the Year. Hannah won the award last year and is an excellent chance to repeat this once again after her successful debut for the Australian Women’s Opens at the recent World Cup – all at the age of just 17. Shellie Davis successfully captained the Australian Girls 18’s at the recent Youth Trans-Tasman series and this season has cemented her position as a Manly Premier League regular. Finally, congratulations to Roha Paki who has been nominated for the NSWTA Junior Coach of the Year. Roha has had many years of success at junior level and this year is coaching our Women’s 20’s State Cup team.

SH613 Oct. 07 14.19

GenNext Junior Eagles

Manly Women’s Touch is pleased to announce the first of our 2015 GenNext Junior Eagles Development sessions. These will take place on Friday 24th & 31st of July at Narrabeen Sports High All Weather Field. Manly Coaches and players on hand to assist will include NSW & Australian representatives. Cost will be $20 for the two sessions, paid on the night and this will be used to assist in the field hire costs. GenNext Youth & Vawdon Cup squads will be training at the same venue from 6.30pm-8.30pm.

2015 GenNext Junior Eagles Sessions:

Dates: Fri 24 July & Fri 31 July 5.45pm-6.45pm @ Narrabeen Sports High All Weather Field
Venue: Narrabeen Sports High @ 10 Namona St, North Narrabeen 2101
RSVP: No need to RSVP just turn up on the night in your Manly colours!

The current GenNext Junior Eagles squad can be found here.

ManlyWomens PL Sea Eagle Logo - Gennext

Vawdon Cup 2015

Vawdon Cup Premier League Squad (18 players): Bec Beath, Brittney McLeod, Charlotte Caslick, Chloe Cheney, Danni Davis, Emma Crerar, Emma Williams, Hannah Dyball, Jess Fowler, Kasey Dragisic, Laura Peattie, Nicky Albery, Sam Rodgers, Shellie Davis, Steph Maiolo, Tayla Clifford, Yasmin Meakes, Zara Nicholas.

Vawdon Cup Youth Squad (21 players): Abbey Steanes, Anna Forrest, Bailee Radford, Brittney Clifford, Chloe Scranage, Claudia Mete, Francesca Curtin, Gemma Wickham, Isabella Beach, Jade Geros, Jessie Purvis, Kate Ryan, Kristie Leonard, Lucy McDonald, Maddison Hartmann, Madielyn Nolan, Mia Wilson, Paige French, Rachel Fear, Tayla Browne, Tully Marr.

Women’s Premier League:  Head Coaches – Barry Gibson & Anthony Dudeck   Assistant Coach – Jamie Clifford  Manager – Sandra Dyball
Women’s Youth Division: Head Coach –  Christian Browne  Assistant Coaches – Keith Smith, Brandon McDonald, Elesha Dougal & Brittney McLeod  Manager – Belinda Geros
GenNext Coaches: Keith Smith, Brandon McDonald, Barry Gibson, Anthony Dudeck, Jamie Clifford, Sarah Peattie

Manly Women’s Touch would like to announce their updated GenNext squads found here.  Due to the popularity of this programme we now have two squads, those being GenNext Youth & GenNext Junior Eagles.  This is a similar concept that we have used with success in previous years, which is explained below.

GenNext Youth Squad – This includes our Vawdon Cup Youth team plus girls that played U14’s Junior State Cup in 2015.  The squad will train together as part of our Youth team Vawdon Cup training sessions which take place on Tuesday evenings through the year and Friday evenings in July.  Any eligible player that wishes to be added to the squad can do so via
GenNext Junior Eagles – This includes girls that turned 12  this year and played U12’s Junior State Cup, plus any younger U12’s by request.  A number of development training sessions will be held during the year, with details published on our website and via the MWTA Facebook page. This squad will not be training each week with the Vawdon Cup squads.  Any eligible player that wishes to be added to the squad can do so via

ManlyWomens PL Sea Eagle Logo - Gennext



Junior Development Day

Many thanks to all the parents and kids that supported our Manly Touch School Holidays Development Day which was a huge success today. Special thanks to Luke Heckendorf, Quinn Witika & Pat Batiste from NSWTA for their excellent support!  Next year we will be holding a similar event on Thursday 14 April, 2016.  Photos from the day can all be found via the Manly Warringah Touch Facebook page and will be added here soon.


Youth Trans Tasman 2015

Australia has successfully retained the Youth Trans-Tasman trophy and in the process nine of our Sea Eagles players got the opportunity to represent their country and wear the green and gold on home soil.  A massive well done to Touch Football Australia on hosting such a professional and well run tournament. The facilities at Remondis Stadium were first-class and sensational weather made it truly unforgettable.  Laura Peattie received the honour of being the Australian Female Flag Bearer (Ron Hanson Award), as well as being the Australian 20’s Girls Captain and Players Player.  Yasmin Meakes was the Australian 20’s Girls Vice Captain and once again had an outstanding tournament, with herself and Sam Rodgers both playing on the wing the entire tournament without an interchange.  In the 18’s Girls Shellie Davis was awarded the Captaincy – a just reward for her proven successful leadership over many years with Manly & Sydney Scorpions at numerous junior tournaments.  Hannah Dyball continued her amazing rise up the ranks being awarded the Roxy Winder Award. This is a very prestigious honour and award presented to a certain individual for overall outstanding achievement and contribution to the Touch Football National Youth Program.  The players now turn their focus onto Elite 8 as well as the Australian Women’s and Mixed Opens squad camps in preparation for the 2015 World Cup in April with teams named in the coming weeks.  Full Youth Trans-Tasman scores and video links can be found below with photos here now.

Continue Reading