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Australian teams arrive in New Zealand

first_imgIt’s been a busy week for the Australian Men’s Open, Women’s Open and Mixed teams, commencing on Saturday with a training camp at Tempe, NSW. Touch Football Australia’s High Performance Manager Wayne Grant says that he was impressed with the performance of the teams at the camp. “All three teams trained at Tempe, they trained all day Saturday and Sunday. They had some trial games that went really well.“Everyone is really excited to get out there and have a run. They are all jumping out of their skins to play, I think that’s because we have a fair few new ones and young ones, they bring a little bit more energy to the teams,” Grant said. All three Australian teams have a number of debutants for the Series, which begins on Friday.“They’re looking really good. The new ones look like they are fitting in quite well and they’ve got some good speed, they’re looking really fast. I just hope we can put it out on the field now, they all just want to get out there on the field.” The teams arrived in Auckland on Tuesday night, and while the Mixed team used Wednesday as a rest day, the other two teams spent the day training.“The Men’s and the Women’s teams went and trained at the Auckland Domain this morning, just had a light run to get their legs moving. The Men are off to somewhere in South Auckland for a trial game and the Women are off the other way to North Auckland, to play a trial game against North Harbour(on Wednesday afternoon).“Tomorrow we do a few of the official things, we do our jersey presentation, we have that around lunchtime…We have a walk around the stadium to have a look at the venue and some more training in the afternoon and the official civic reception is on Thursday night,” Grant said.  The New Zealand Warriors’ Steve Price will be the guest speaker at Thursday night’s pre-match dinner. Grant is hoping that the Australian teams will be able to repeat 2009’s Trans Tasman Series whitewash in the final encounter between the two teams before next year’s World Cup in Scotland. “I’m quietly confident. This one is going to be a challenge due to the changeover in the teams and obviously playing New Zealand on their home soil, this one’s going to be a much bigger challenge. “They (New Zealanders) tend to support their teams pretty well, we are expecting some big crowds out there,” Grant said.Stay tuned to the TFA website for all of the Trans Tasman news including Tour Diary entries from members of the Australian teams. To view the 2010 Trans Tasman Series website, please click on the following link:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-6976-0-0-0&sID=155406last_img

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