EXCLUSIVE: Roosevelt Collier Announces Debut Solo LP “Exit 16”, Shares Title Track With Michael League

first_img“Sacred Steel” master Roosevelt Collier, affectionately nicknamed “The Dr.”, is a wonder to witness performing live. For years, he’s been lending his signature slide sound to a variety of projects and winning over crowds through his electrifying live performances, but today, Collier is excited to enter a new chapter in his career with the coming release of his debut solo album, Exit 16, set for release on Michael League‘s (Snarky Puppy) GroundUP Music on March 9th. The album is a potent mix of blues, gospel, rock and, in Roosevelt’s words, “dirty funk swampy grime,” as overseen by League, the album’s producer and a member of the studio band. It’s also a brilliant reflection of Collier’s life–all of it. Brought up in the House of God Church in Perrine, FL, Collier built his steel guitar prowess alongside his uncles and cousins in The Lee Boys, known for their spirited, soul-shaking live performances. On his own, Collier’s become a sought-after talent both on record and on stage, performing alongside musical luminaries in the fields of rock, blues and pop, including the Allman Brothers, The String Cheese Incident, Buddy Guy, Umphrey’s McGee, Los Lobos, Robert Randolph, the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, and the Del McCoury Band, among countless others.Exit 16 was recorded over three days of marathon sessions by League and a bevy of talented sidemen, including JT Thomas on drums and Bobby Sparks on organ. “You gotta be able to trust your bandmates, and Mike knew the right guys and knows what I’m about,” says Collier. “This could have been a star-studded thing. But that would have overshadowed what we wanted to do here.”Michael League was instrumental in getting Collier to create his own album after decades as a music scene stalwart. As he beams, “Roosevelt channels something spiritual.”“He’s a reason I’m talking about this now,” says Collier about League’s contributions to the project. “I’ve had offers to make my own music before. But when Mike came along, it just felt right.” He continues, “Exit 16 is a record about me,” says Roosevelt Collier. “It’s telling a story of who I am, where I’m from, and where I’m going.” In the end, Exit 16 might serve as a beautiful summation of Collier’s life. But the guitarist thinks his album — and all of his music — also serves a higher purpose.What Collier aimed to do was encapsulate all of his influences and experiences. “I’m rooted in a lot of genres, so I’ve never really had a focus or to buckle down,” he says, laughing. So on Exit 16 you’ll find an infectious, sunny track like “Happy Feet” sitting happily nearby “Spike,” wherein Collier shreds with the spirit of Jimi Hendrix. “I actually think a song like ‘Spike’ is about my future,” says the guitarist. “My goal there was to see how we can expand this guitar, this steel.” Reflecting on his early days, “’Sun Up Sun Down’ and ‘Supernatural’ feel like joyous, spiritual workouts. Says Collier of the album, “This record is a gateway to my mission in life, which is to touch and heal people through music! That’s always been my mission, whether it’s in the church or in a club. I think people feel better about themselves after I play. That’s powerful, my man! I’ve been blessed to have that going for me. That’s my gift.”And then there’s the title track, which Collier refers to as “dump truck funk.” As he explains,: “That’s the old do-not-enter gate type of funk—it’s dangerous! Beware of dogs out there.” Today, Live For Live Music is proud to premiere the title track from Roosevelt Collier’s upcoming solo debut, Exit 16 via this live performance video featuring Michael League and more. Enjoy!:Watch the video for “Exit 16” below via groundUPmusicNYC‘s YouTube page: Hopefully, you’ll get a chance to see Collier on tour later this year in support of Exit 16—that is, if he’s not too busy going with the world music ensemble Bokanté (also with League) or his own Roosevelt Collier Trio “Jimi Meets Funk” Hendrix tribute. You can actually look at those two groups and envision Collier’s future: It was the guitarist’s work with Bokanté that won him early acclaim in Europe (along with an international agent), and the recognition of Collier’s musical prowess across the Atlantic charts a similar path to success to the one Hendrix traveled years ago.But Collier’s certainly excited to play his new music live, in any shape or form. “If I can snatch Mike for a tour for this album—well, if Mike can, he will,” says Collier, laughing. “But I’d also be excited to get some of my hometown, South Florida guys to do this with me. It’s my first record, so it’s a big thing there. I mean, it’s why I call this Exit 16—that’s literally where I’m from, off the turnpike.”You can see a full list of Roosevelt Collier’s upcoming tour dates below (more TBA). For more information, or to purchase tickets to any of the shows, head to Roosevelt’s website.Exit 16 will be available to buy/stream on March 9th. To pre-order the album, head here.Upcoming Tour Dates:Feb 10 – Miami Beach, FL – GroundUP Music FestivalFeb 22 – Richmond, VA – The National*Feb 23 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club*Feb 24 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club*Feb 28 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre*Mar 1 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel*Mar 2 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse*Mar 3 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse*Mar 7 – Akron, OH – Goodyear Theater*Mar 8 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theater*Mar 9 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre** w/ Railroad Earthlast_img read more

Sir Des secures Punchestown Gold

first_img Press Association Over on the far side Mouse Morris’ consistent First Lieutenant, a winner at Aintree, also had a chance but the 2-1 favourite Sir Des Champs held on by three-quarters of a length from Long Run, with First Lieutenant just behind in third. Willie Mullins was winning the race for the first time in 11 years since Florida Pearl took the spoils. Sir Des Champs hung on grimly in a thrilling finish to the Bet Online With thetote.com Punchestown Gold Cup as Long Run and First Lieutenant came storming home.center_img Davy Russell made a positive move down the back straight, taking up the running off Long Run at the third-last and going two lengths clear . There was not much between Sir Des Champs and Long Run at Cheltenham and yet again the pair proved they were closely matched, because as Sir Des Champs began to tire Long Run was coming hard at him after the last. last_img read more

De Gea’s career crossroads a danger to Man Utd’s revival

first_imgDavid de Gea. PHOTO via @ChampionsLeague Share on: WhatsApp Madrid have since gone onto win the Champions League for the past three seasons with Keylor Navas in goal. The Costa Rican has performed well, but is not seen as being in De Gea’s class, as evidenced by the fact Real pounced to sign Thibaut Courtois earlier this season when the Belgian also refused to extend his contract at Chelsea.– PSG, Juventus interested –As Real have reigned in Europe, United have faded. In the four seasons before De Gea signed, Alex Ferguson’s side reached three Champions League finals. In the seven seasons since, United have made the quarter-finals just once and look likely to fall short of the last eight once more.Courtois’s arrival appears to have closed the door to a move to Madrid.However, PSG and Italian champions Juventus are reportedly interested and could offer De Gea the guarantee of Champions League football — while United battle just to make the Premier League’s top four once more — as well as a better chance to compete in the latter stages unless big changes are made at Old Trafford.Solskjaer hailed De Gea as “the best goalkeeper in the world” this week as he pleaded with him to commit his future to the club.The Norwegian has lifted the mood of players, staff and fans with is affable nature off the field and much improved results on it, making him the front runner for the manager’s job on a full-time basis.A huge task remains ahead for whoever is in charge, though, not just to recruit the right players to make United contenders for titles at home and on the continent once more, but to convince one of their few truly world class talents United’s new project is worth hanging around for.center_img London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United’s solitary defeat 16 games in to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s caretaker reign in charge against Paris Saint-Germain exposed the gulf the English giants still have to bridge to become a European powerhouse once more.But that the Red Devils travel to Paris on Wednesday trailing only 2-0 from the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie is thanks to David de Gea.The Spanish number one made two brilliant stops from Kylian Mbappe and Juan Bernat three weeks ago as PSG threatened to run riot to again underline his calibre as one of the best goalkeepers in the competition.With Paul Pogba suspended for the return to his native city, De Gea is the one United player who could walk into a PSG side that has divided goalkeeping duties between 41-year-old Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon and Alphonse Areola this season.Worryingly for United that prospect is all too real with De Gea so far holding out in contract negotiations to prolong his current deal beyond the summer of 2020.According to reports, De Gea is seeking at least parity with Alexis Sanchez as the club’s highest earner.The Chilean joined United on a contract worth up to £500,000 ($660,000) a week including bonuses last January, but has not had anywhere near the desired impact, scoring just five goals in 41 appearances.By contrast, De Gea has won United’s player of the year for four of the past five seasons and believes his consistency should be rewarded.But for a matter of minutes on the final day of August in 2015, De Gea’s career could have been very different. A similar contract standoff between the player and club seemed to pave the way for a move to Real Madrid only for the fax confirming the transfer to miss the deadline.last_img read more

The Blizzard That Fizzled

first_imgBy John BurtonThe snowstorm that threatened to be a “historic blizzard” didn’t pack the kind of wallop that was initially feared but that was all right with many who were preparing for the worst.With forecasters calling for two or more feet of snow, Monday was a time for preparation and planning, ensuring that Monmouth County and local government, as well as private businesses were ready to respond and life would return to normal as quickly as possible.David Robinson, the state climatologist, at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, said on Monday the storm certainly had the potential to be a full-blown blizzard with high winds and steady, heavy snowfall, and being the most severe winter storm since December 2010.But Mother Nature played a fast one on New Jersey, giving the coastal area a mere 8 to 10 inches instead of the original forecast.“It went great!” Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas Arnone maintained unequivocally about how workers addressed the storm warning and its aftermath.Arnone, who oversees the county public works and engineering, said on Wednesday, workers had pre-treated the approximately 1,000 miles of county roadway with a brine mixture to melt ice and snow. “And that was a really big benefit post storm,” Arnone said. “As you can see most of our roads are down to the payment” cleared of snow and ice.When the storm warning was first announced, it was all hands on deck for Public Works, with other employees from departments like Division of Shade Tree and elsewhere jumping to the ready, according to Arnone.The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department increased patrols Monday night to ensure public safety in inclement weather and to enforce the travel ban enacted by Gov. Chris Christie earlier that day, according to Cynthia Scott, the department’s public information officer.Having the roads largely vacant helped county snowplows to move more effectively, Arnone said.“In general, we’ve heard no complaints,” Arnone said, and operations ran “like a machine.”“I think everybody is very pleased,” he said.Certainly Fair Haven Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli seemed pleased with response, preparation and the thankfully less ferocious storm.“By and large we were ready,” Lucarelli said. “If the 3 feet had come, we were ready and the fact that it didn’t come meant the guys had less work and we spent less overtime.”Public Works employees, using some additional part-time licensed workers had been able to keep the plows running during the storm, keeping the roads clear. Like their county counterparts, Lucarelli said, borough workers had pre-treated the roadways with a brine solution to melt ice and snow.In addition, volunteer firefighters and First Aid Squad members were on call, staying at their River Road headquarters throughout the night, in case they were needed. But there were no emergency calls, he said.“We were pretty lucky,” he contended.Red Bank officials had taken a number of steps just in case, said Mayor Pasquale Menna. They included shutting down Broad Street to vehicle traffic as of 1 a.m. Tuesday; closing municipal parking lots by 10 p.m., Monday; and notifying residents who had previously signed up by text and email about moving vehicles off of roadways to allow for snowplowing; and had employees from Red Bank Recycling available to assist Public Works if the storm warranted, Menna said.“We had everything under control. Everybody seemed to cooperate,” he observed.Menna had asked restaurants and bars to voluntarily close by 10 p.m. in hopes of getting parked cars out of the way for plows. Some of those businesses balked about the prospect of losing the night’s business, which usually happens when this occurs, Menna said. “People were upset, thinking they were going to make hundreds of thousands of dollars on a storm night,” he countered.For Sea Bright, “From the perspective of having a storm it was excellent,” offered C. Read Murphy, Sea Bright’s Office of Emergency Management manager.There were fears of coastal flooding with this storm. But Murphy said there was the usual amount, what Murphy called “minor,” on side streets for such weather.The only major disruption was having to move fire and emergency equipment to Long Branch for Monday night, in case of flooding, Murphy said.Residents adhered to the no travel ban as well as moved their vehicles off of the narrow side streets allowing the plow trucks to access the road, he said.“The 10 inches of whatever we had, we got rid of it real quick,” Murphy said, calling the storm “another non-event for Sea Bright.”SeaSteak commuter ferry, which operates terminals out of Highlands and Atlantic Highlands, starting on Monday “took a cautious approach,” ending service on Monday earlier than usual, said Brett Chamberlain, director of marketing.Ridership was down on Monday, given that some probably stayed home at the prospect of their children’s early school dismissal, he said.Service was canceled on Tuesday. “We were immediately up and back to our regular schedule Wednesday morning with no problems,” he said.Also back on the job by Wednesday morning were Comcast cable television workers. One technician said linemen have the toughest of jobs. “They’re outside and climbing to the tops of poles in this kind of weather,” he noted. “If there are ice buildups or weight on the cables they’re the ones who have to get it done.”Speaking of the weather, “Hopefully, that’ll be the end of it,” for this winter, Menna wished.Muriel Smith, correspondent, contributed to this report.John Burton can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgON-TRACK CROWD OF 21,528 COME OUT TO SEE AMERICAN PHAROAH & FOUR GRADED STAKES;SADLER & ESPINOZA EACH TASTE VICTORY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 76TH RUNNING OF GOLD CUP;ONE WINNING PICK SIX TICKET, PURCHASED IN ONTARIO, CANADA, PAYS $184,699.20 –30– ARCADIA, Calif. (June 27, 2015)–Longshot Hard Aces, with Victor Espinoza aboard, charged up the rail and won Saturday’s Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita by a nose over Hoppertunity, as the 5-year-old horse by Hard Spun got a mile and a quarter in 2:02.46.In getting his first graded stakes win, Hard Aces was far back early behind solid early splits of 23.37, 45.90, 1:10.17 and 1:35.91, and in a bit of an ironic twist, Espinoza, who appeared in the Winner’s Circle earlier in the day with Bob Baffert’s Triple Crown Champion, American Pharoah, Espinoza denied Baffert the afternoon’s biggest prize in a desperate finish before an on-track crowd of 21,528.“I lost a little ground at the start from being bumped by Batti Man, he took me out of the race a little,” said Espinoza, who was last in a field of 11 three year olds and up turning down the backside. “I decided not to encourage him early and save ground. I thought my best shot was to save ground and get through on the inside and it worked out well.”Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, Hard Aces overhauled favored Catch a Flight approaching the sixteenth pole and was fully extended to hold off Hoppertunity, who was fanned very wide turning for home. Off at 7-1, Hard Aces paid $17.80, $8.00 and $4.20. With the winner’s share of $300,000, he more than doubled his earnings to $592,145. Hard Aces improved his overall mark to 23-6-3-7.“We got a good trip,” said Sadler. “We were hoping the pace would be there. We saw 45 and change, it looked like there was a lot of speed, but it’s got to come together. Victor did a beautiful job with him. He’s ridden him a few times and he’s not an easy horse to ride. He’s a very difficult horse to ride, so Victor’s gone forward with him for two or three races.“We thought the last race (a third place finish behind Catch a Flight in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles Californian) was key. He really stepped forward with a strong race right at the end of a mile and an eighth and he got some more pace today.”Sadler said the Grade I, $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 22 would be next for Hard Aces.The second choice in the wagering at 5-2, Hoppertunity, who came off a third place run in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs June 13, finished 1 ¼ lengths in front of Catch a Flight and paid $5.60 and $3.40.Argentine-bred Catch a Flight, who came off a pair of wins in the Grade III Precisionist Stakes May 2 and the Grade II Californian, was mid-pack early, inched closer to the lead going to the far turn, put a head in front a furlong out but was third best under Gary Stevens.Off at 8-5, Catch a Flight paid $2.40 to show.“He ran a super race, he’s as honest as any horse can get,” said Stevens. “I’m disappointed we didn’t win, but he runs his race every time and he tries hard, it’s all you can ask. No real excuses, he had a good trip.”The Gold Cup, run at the now-shuttered Hollywood Park from 1938 through 2013, was contested for the second year in a row at Santa Anita and for the 76th time since its inception.Sadler and Espinoza each collected their first-ever win in one of America’s most prestigious mile and a quarter races for handicap division horses.There was one winning ticket in Saturday’s Pick Six. Purchased through a hub in Ontario, Canada, it paid $184,699.20.First post time on Sunday, closing day at Santa Anita, is at 1 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

JJ Santa Cruz strikes out 11, leads Humboldt Crabs to 6-0 win over the California Storm

first_imgArcata >> After the top of the first inning, Humboldt Crabs catcher RJ Hassey had one thing to say to manager Robin Guiver.It had to with the sheer amount of movement the ball had out of starting pitcher JJ Santa Cruz’s left hand.California Storm batters found that out quite quickly, too.Santa Cruz was simply dominant in the Crabs’ 6-0 win over the Storm on a drizzly Tuesday night at the Arcata Ball Park, allowing all of two hits and striking out 11 in seven shutout innings as he led the way …last_img read more

Watch: South African firefighters’ song and dance in Canada goes viral

first_imgAs a team of 300 firefighters from South Africa’s Working on Fire programme landed in Canada to join efforts to battle a massive wildfire raging in the country’s Alberta province, they broke into a traditional song and dance routine in the airport arrivals hall. The video of their performance has inspired Canadians – and gone viral across the world. South African firefighters from Working on Fire have headed to Canada to help extinguish wildfires in Alberta. (Image: Working on Fire) • South African firefighters well-received in Canada• Cape Town salutes its firefighting heroes• Cape Town Cycle Tour honours firefighting volunteers• Working on Fire: saving lives, changing lives• South African rescue team heading to Japan Shamin ChibbaAlmost 300 firefighters broke into song and dance shortly after landing in Edmonton, western Canada, on Sunday night. And now a video of their performance has gone viral.The team, members of South Africa’s Working on Fire programme, had arrived in the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta to join over 2 000 other firefighters currently battling a month-long wildfire threatening the town of Fort McMurray. The wildfire is expected to be Canada’s costliest natural disaster, with almost 580 000 hectares already charred by the inferno.The South Africans arrived to a warm welcome from locals. One firefighter told CBC News that singing was a way to bond with each other. “It gives us moral courage, it gives us teamwork,” she said. “If we become tired in the fire, we sing.“It’s not something you practice, it’s in the soul.”South Africa’s Working on Fire programme was begun more than a decade ago to give young people skills and employment, and pull them out of poverty. It employs more than 5 000 young men and women, all fully trained as wildfire firefighters and stationed in more than 200 bases across South Africa.This is very cool. We are all getting serenaded by the South African firefighters, who are clapping and dan… https://t.co/0LbrjP8AiN— Julia Wong (@JWongGlobalNews) May 30, 2016Get ready #YMM. These firefighters are coming your way! #YEG https://t.co/dNyTuhTkWQ— Julia Wong (@JWongGlobalNews) May 30, 2016We join all Canadians in thanking @wo_fire for sending their fire experts to #ABwildfires #ymmfire @CIFFC pic.twitter.com/FaDPyfzF9g— Air Canada (@AirCanada) May 30, 2016last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It seems everyone has a “package” that gives an extra bump in yield. Many of these packages contain micronutrients. In Ohio, because we generally have clay in our soil and reasonable levels of organic matter, we don’t regularly see a yield impact from applying micronutrients. So should we be concerned about micronutrients?Our soil tests are most reliable for pH, phosphorus and potassium. We usually use a combination of soil and tissue tests to determine micronutrient deficiencies. Soil pH can also help us know where to look for deficiencies. Table 1 outlines some situations in which to watch for these deficiencies. Table 1 Crop and soil conditions under which micronutrient deficiencies may occur. This taken from Table 23 of the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations. MicronutrientSoilCropBoron (B)Sandy soils or highly weathered soils low in organic matterAlfalfa and cloverCopper (Cu)Acid peats or mucks with pH < 5.3 and black sandsWheat, oats, cornManganese (Mn)Peats and mucks with pH > 5.8, black sands and lakebed/depressional soils with pH > 6.2Soybeans, wheat, oats, sugar beets, cornZinc (Zn)Peats, mucks and mineral soils with pH > 6.5Corn and soybeansMolybdenum(Mo)Acid prairie soilsSoybeans Typically we will see deficiencies occurring in small isolated areas of a field first. When these are noted, pull both a soil and a tissue sample. You can also consult a previous yield monitor map for losses. Nutrient deficiencies I have seen of late are potassium from the dry early conditions we had in 2012 and occasionally sulfur — neither of these are micronutrients however.Two sources for information on micronutrients are the Tri-State Fertility Recommendations for Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa (http://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/AY/AY-9-32.pdf) and the Field Guide for Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa (http://estore.osu-extension.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=2845) a for sale item. The Field Guide also has excellent pictures of deficiencies.last_img read more

The Antidote to Hope is Action

first_imgHope. The very word suggests that one believes what they want is out of their control. Something unavailable to them without divine intervention. It suggests passivity and waiting. Hope and waiting are the twin diseases of the disempowered, those who believe they lack agency.Of all the strategies one might choose to produce better results, hope should not be one of them, least of all the reliance on a luck, or chance, or circumstances to unfold in a way that is favorable to you. Any strategy that requires that one do nothing but wish for what they want is to believe that reality in some way resembles a fairy tale.The antidote for the infection or the disease called hope is massive action. Hope indicates that you know what you want, and that is an excellent place to start – something many people haven’t yet figured out. Hope suggests that you have a goal of some sort, some sort of future state that finds you in a better position than the one in which you find yourself now. In the long history of success, hope’s role has been to disappoint those who rely on it for help.If there is something that you want, it is certain someone already has it. And because someone already has what you want, the strategies, tactics, and actions necessary to create it are well-known (and with equal certainty, books and courses are available to you). To hope is to ignore the strategies and tactics, and refuse to take the actions necessary to bring what you want in life. The energy you expel hoping, and being disappointed, is better spent doing what is necessary to have whatever it is you want.Good things don’t happen to you. They happen because of you. If you want to increase the chances that Fortune occasionally smiles on you, let her see you working like you don’t need her help. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

30 Years of National Competition – part three

first_imgIn this edition, we look back at the National Championships held between 1990 through to 1993, as well as the All Stars of Touch teams selected from the events. There wasn’t a National Championships held in 1989, due to the timing and location of the 1990 National Championships, to be played in Darwin. The 1990 National Championships in Darwin were the first to be held in the Northern Territory. Ashley Macrinos from the NT News wrote in one of his stories that although the home side didn’t have much luck on the field on the first day of the competition, it wasn’t all bad news. “The Northern Territory tasted success despite not winning a game on the first day of the Asics National Touch Football Championships at the Fannie Bay fields in Darwin yesterday.”“The NT was voted the best dressed State at the Titles for the first time in the Championships ten-year history,” Macrinos wrote. The NT News also quoted ATA President, Ken Wells, who gave the venue a huge wrap.“These fields are the best in the history of the titles. The lighting is superb. It is only the second time that the titles have been played under lights,” he told the NT News.New South Wales won back the Championship title in 1990, following their loss to Queensland for the first time in the previous Championships in 1988. Queensland, however, did win the Men’s Open division. After drawing the game 3-all, Queensland took out the title due to the fact that they finished higher on the competition table. The Queenslanders also won the Women’s 27’s division in the same fashion after their nil-all draw at the conclusion of their game. New South Wales won the Women’s Open title back in 1990 with a 4-0 win over Queensland, following their loss to their arch rivals in 1988. New South Wales also claimed the Mixed Open, Men’s 30’s, Men’s 35’s and Men’s 40’s divisions. The tenth National Championships was held at Canberra’s Bruce Stadium in March, 1991. Tasmania and Victoria both did not participate in the titles, making it the first titles since 1982 where all states weren’t represented. The Championships were opened by the Federal Minister for Sport, Ros Kelly, with the march-past being held at Parliament House. The ACT Women’s Open side started off the tournament strongly, as Graham Cooke from the Canberra Times reported.“With a second-half display as bright as the autumn sunshine bathing Bruce Stadium, the ACT Women gained a historic victory over Queensland on day one of the Australian Touch Championships. Touchdowns by Laura Basford, Lisa Camden and Jenny McClung, the last coming inside the final minute of play, gave the home side a 3-2 victory, fighting back from being 0-2 down.”“The ACT got better as the game progressed and the key to its win was the standard of communication among its players,” Cooke said in his story. New South Wales took a clean sweep in the Open’s divisions, winning back the Men’s Open title with their 4-3 win over Queensland in extra time, while also taking out the Women’s and Mixed Open divisions over Queensland. New South Wales defeated the ACT in the Men’s Over 30’s division. The result of the game was nil-all at full time and New South Wales were awarded the title due to being higher on the competition table. New South Wales also had victories in the Men’s Over 35’s and Men’s Over 40’s divisions over Queensland, while Queensland won their only title when they defeated New South Wales 2-1 in extra time in the Women’s Over 27’s division.  The presentation function was held at the National Convention Centre where Australian teams to compete at the Second World Cup in Auckland later in the year were announced. The Eleventh National Championships moved back to Hobart, Tasmania in 1992 and while the weather was questionable, it failed to dampen anyone’s spirits. Peter Staples from the Hobart Mercury reported on the opening ceremony of the event. “As the band played Waltzing Matilda, the elite of Australia’s touch footballers marched along Bligh Street, Rosny, yesterday to launch the start of the Australian Touch championship to be played at Wentworth Park this week.”“Hobart last hosted the national Touch championships in 1983 but the sport has since grown enormously in popularity throughout Australia and is played competitively in New Zealand, Japan and USA,” Staples wrote in his article. Queensland’s Men’s Open team won its third title in four years in 1992, with its 3-2 win against New South Wales after the match went into extra time. New South Wales made it three successive Women’s Open titles when it defeated Queensland 3-2 with seconds left on the clock.  Queensland also won the Women’s 27’s and Men’s 35’s division 3-1 in each game, while New South Wales defeated Queensland in the Men’s 30’s and Men’s 40 division. President of the ATA, Mr Paul Jonson, praised the Hobart tournament, saying that it was the best championship in eleven years of national competition.1993 signalled the move to the Tempe Velodrome in Sydney for the twelfth National Championships. In the lead up to the event, the Sunday Telegraph’s David Vujanovic wrote a preview on the Championships, saying:“In the premier divisions of the Men and Women’s Open, competition could not be tighter. The New South Wales team should reach the final in what is expected to be the highlight (of the Championships),” Vujanovic’s said in his story. And Vujanovic was correct in his predictions, with all three Open’s divisions going right down to the wire. Queensland’s Women’s Open team and New South Wales Men’s Open team both caused upsets, defeating their respective arch rivals in the final. New South Wales and Queensland also battled it out in the Mixed Open division, with New South Wales taking the win 2-1 in a drop off. Queensland took out the Men’s 30’s division with a 1-0 win over New South Wales, while New South Wales were winners over Queensland in both the Men’s 35’s and Men’s 40’s divisions.  1990 All Stars of TouchScott Notley (QLD), Paulette Oldham (QLD), Glen Haslam (NSW), Stacey Gregory (NSW), Kerry Norman (QLD), Andy Yiangou (NSW), John Fielding (WA), Peter Buckland (QLD), Sue Dorrington (NSW), Eddie Hilaire (NSW), Joanne Van Der Griend (NSW), Adrian Lam (QLD), Michelle Clough (NSW), Jamie Thomas (NSW).Coach of the Year: Maria Arthur (SA), Manager of the Year: Narelle Thompson (NSW) Referee of the Year: Tim Freebody (QLD), Official of the Year: Bob Watts (ACT – Tour Manager). 1991 All Stars of TouchJamie Black (NSW), Katrina Maher (NSW), Stacey Gregory (NSW), Tony Howard (NSW), Garry Lawless (ACT), Mick McCall (NSW), Donald Smith (QLD), Judy Malcolm (NSW), Darryl Fry (QLD), Michelle Clough (NSW), Jamie Thomas (NSW), Amanda Baska (QLD), Darren Shelley (NSW), Garry Clarke (NSW).Coach of the Year: Peter McNeven (QLD), Manager of the Year: Ian Rogers (QLD), Referee of the Year: Greg Summers (QLD), Official of the Year: Brian Rooney (NSW – Head Coach). 1992 All Stars of TouchMark Boland (NSW), Joanne Wong (NSW), Steve Hancock (QLD), Trevor Philips (QLD), Peter Buckland (QLD), Kerry Norman (QLD), Debbie Biddolph (NSW), Renee Clark (QLD), Alex Illin (QLD), Michael McGovern (ACT), Patrick Grehan (QLD), Kobie Jones (NSW), Jamie Thomas (NSW), Scott Notley (QLD). Coach of the Year: Garry Giles (NT), Manager of the Year: Ralph Powell (QLD), Referee of the Year: Tim Freebody (QLD), Official of the Year: Graeme Murphy (ATA Development Officer).  1993 All Stars of Touch Greg Young (QLD), Andy Yiangou (NSW), Ron Chilby (NSW), Teena Jennings (ADF), Darren Shelley (NSW), Katrina Maher (NSW), Mark Boland (NSW), Sharon Williams (QLD), Jeff Bartlett (NSW), Judy Malcolm (NSW), Giselle Tirado (NSW), Peter Marsh (QLD), Angela Daley (QLD), Stacey Gregory (NSW). Coach of the Year: Peter Bell (QLD), Manager of the Year: Ian Rogers (QLD), Referee of the Year: Rick Borg (QLD), Official of the Year: Bill Ker (QLD – Executive Director). Stay tuned to the TFA website for upcoming editions on the history of the National Championships. Touch Football Australia is calling on the Touch Community far and wide to celebrate 30 years of National Championships. Have you booked your tickets to the 30 Year Celebration Breakfast to be held on Sunday, 14 March, the day after the 2010 X-Blades National Touch League? Call Touch Football Australia on (02) 6212 2800 to book your seat.last_img read more