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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.

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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

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Message of Appreciation

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Representative Season 2015

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With the regular season now complete, attention turns to the representative calendar with the Youth Trans-Tasman, Elite 8 Championships and Touch World Cup all coming up within the next few months.  The Youth Trans-Tasman takes place in Cronulla during January 2015 with our Australian representatives listed below.  This is followed by the Elite 8 Championships which are to be held in Coffs Harbour during March 2015.  The Sea Eagles once again have a large presence in the NSW Scorpions and are the undefeated reigning champions.  However following the success of the NSW Scorpions and the Manly Women’s programme the talent is now spread amongst a number of the Elite 8 permits.  Congratulations to all players on their selection in the following teams and good luck to players pending selections in the Australian Mixed & Women’s Opens & New Zealand Women’s Opens teams for the 2015 Touch World Cup.

Australian 18 Girls: Shellie Davis, Tayla Clifford, Steph Maiolo, Zara Nicholas. Assistant Coach: Anthony Dudeck
Australian 20 Girls:
Sam Rodgers, Danni Davis, Laura Peattie, Yasmin Meakes, Hannah Dyball. Assistant Coach: Barry Gibson

NSW Scorpions: Danni Davis, Elesha Dougal, Hannah Dyball, Jenna Hitch, Laura Peatte, Nicky Albery, Sarah Peattie, Steph Maiolo, Yasmin Meakes, Zara Nicholas.  Coach: Barry Gibson
NSW Rebels: Sam Rodgers
NSW Mets: Shellie Davis, Tayla Clifford
NSW Country Mavericks: Chloe Cheney
Alliance: Bec Beath

State Cup 2014 Premier League Review

State Cup 2014 got underway with the Sea Eagles in Pool B up against the Berkeley Vale Panthers, Parramatta Eels and Dubbo Devils. The top two teams from the pool would be promoted to the Championship series which would take place commencing on the Saturday. Game one was against the Berkeley Vale Panthers – a team that did very well in their first season in Premier League at Vawdon Cup. The Sea Eagles got their campaign off to a great start with a solid 10-0 win. Berkeley Vale were missing a number of their stronger players, however Manly did the job with two double touchdowns to Sam Rodgers and Hannah Dyball. Game two was up against the Parramatta Eels on the Stadium – a match that the Sea Eagles always look forward to against their Scorpions counterparts. Once again Manly put in a strong performance with Yasmin Meakes getting a hat-trick of touchdowns to help secure a 9-0 win.   The final game of the day was a scrappy 7-1 victory over the Dubbo Devils, with the main objective being getting through the game without injuries and trying to conserve some energy in the Port Macquarie heat. Three wins on day one meant that the Sea Eagles moved onto the Championship series with Sarah Peattie and Elesha Dougal both putting in pleasing performances for the team.

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State Cup 2014 Women’s 20’s Champions

Another season has come and gone and many congratulations to our Manly Women’s 20’s who have won back to back State Cup titles after defeating the highly fancied Murwillumbah Mavericks by 4-3.  The Sea Eagles raced to a 3-0 lead and managed to hold off a fast finishing Mavericks to give Coaches Jamie Clifford & Keith Smith their second State Cup title in successive years.  For the Sea Eagles there were many stand out performances through-out the tournament including Players Player award winners Kasey Dragisic & Laura Coleman and Brittney Clifford who was named Player of the Final.  Emma Williams and Abbey Steanes were also amongst the best.

State Cup 2014 Women’s 20’s: Aaliyah Paki, Abbey Steanes, Britt Clifford, Chloe Scranage, Emma Crerar, Emma Williams, Jess Fowler, Jorja McDonald, Kasey Dragisic, Kristie Leonard, Laura Coleman, Maddison Hartman, Sinead McNamara, Tully Marr. Shadow: Paige French

2014 State & Vawdon Cup Awards
State Cup Women’s Premier League Players Player: Jenna Hitch
State Cup Women’s Premier League Coaches Awards: Jenna Hitch & Jenna Hitch
State Cup Women’s 20’s Players Player: Kasey Dragisic & Laura Coleman
State Cup Women’s 20’s Coaches Awards: Abbey Steanes & Emma Williams
State Cup Women’s 20’s NSWTA Player of The Final: Brittney Clifford
Vawdon Cup Women’s Premier League Player of the Season: Laura Peattie
Vawdon Cup Women’s Smith Medal Winner: Laura Peattie
Vawdon Cup Women’s Division 1 Player of the Season: Rachael Cleave
Vawdon Cup Women’s Division 2 Player of the Season: Gloria Berryman
Women’s Premier League & 20’s Rising Star Award: Yasmin Meakes
Barry Gibson Perpetual Trophy: Laura Peattie
Club Person of the Year – Anthony Dudeck Perpetual Trophy: Keith Smith


Vawdon Cup 2014 Results

The Vawdon Cup 2014 season has now finished with the Manly Sea Eagles Premier League finishing runners-up for the second successive year.  The Bulldogs won the title after defeating the Sea Eagles by 3-2.  It was a frustrating result for Manly after going through the season undefeated and only falling at the final hurdle.  In Division One the Wallsend Wolves got the win over the Sea Eagles by 5-3.  Manly did have reason to celebrate in the Division 2 competition with the ladies winning in a tense drop-off by 4-3 against Campbelltown.  Attention now turns to State Cup at Port Macquarie which takes place on 5-7 December.

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Elite 8 Champions 2014

The 2014 Elite 8 & National Touch League has taken place in Coffs Harbour with the NSW Scorpions Women’s taking out the prestigious Elite 8 title going 9 games undefeated. The team boasted 11 Manly Sea Eagles players, with coaches Barry Gibson and Anthony Dudeck also at the helm.   In the Women’s T-League NTL division coaches Jamie Clifford and Keith Smith saw the team make it to the semi final only to go down 2-1.  The Elite 8 Final has been described as the best game of the tournament with NSW Scorpions ending NSW Mets domination in the Women’s division by claiming the Elite Eight title in a thriller.   Continue Reading