Qatar Touch Rugby

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Qatar Touch Rugby is the official governing body for Touch and is responsible for the development and growth of the sport in Qatar. Qatar Touch Rugby an affiliate of F.I.T the international governing body for Touch and is the single controlling body and administrator of the Qatar Touch National League.

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17/03/2015

#Qatar#Beach#Touch Rugby #katara#Beach# 17th April 2015 #doha#events

17/03/2015

#Qatar#Beach#Touch Rugby confirmed Kick off 8am Beach No 4 17th April, 2015 #katara#Beach#Doha #Events

[03/15/15]   #QATAR#BEACH TOUCH RUGBY TOURNAMENT 17TH APRIL 2015 #KATARA# #Doha #events

[03/14/15]   #QATAR #TOUCH & KATARA WILL HOST THE FIRST EVER BEACH TOUCH RUGBY ON THE 17th OF APRIL 2015 #doha #events

07/02/2015

QATAR TOUCH RUGBY & THE HURRICANE STORM ARE CELEBRATING QATAR NATIONAL SPORTS DAY AT MESAIEED WITH A TOUCH RUGBY TOURNAMENT. THE EVENT IS FREE & OPEN TO ALL F.I.T RULES APPLY

Qatar Touch Rugby is taking the 2015 National Sports Day holiday very seriously. With hundreds of activities been organized for the 10th February around Doha, there is only one venue where you can play TOUCH - Mesaieed Sports Ground Complex. So bring yourself, your boots and feel the thrill!

06/02/2015

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEPALI FOOTBALL TEAM - QATAR FOR THEIR CRUSHING VICTORY OVER INDONESIA AT MESAIEED

Conditioning and fitness coach, Mr. Samuel Rico was ecstatic at the win saying, "The boys have been working hard on their fitness and skills during the last few weeks and tonight it certainly paid off. Even though there is still room for improvement, we out played them in every way."

[01/31/15]   Friday, January 23, 2015
A host of celebrities, Touch Football Australia sponsors, Australian Touch Football representatives and TFA staff and Board members took to the field before the second day of the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series to battle it out on the Sharks home ground, Remondis Stadium.

Former League star and NRL Ambassador, Ben Ross, former Bulldogs player and now Steeden Sales Manager, Luke Patten, as well as representatives from TFA sponsors, X-Blades, BLK and Steeden were a part of the day, as well as several Cronulla Sharks players who ‘coached’ the teams.

Australian representatives Jessica McCall, Scott Buckley, Leah Percy, Simon Lang and Patricia Michaelopoulos also took part in the game. Cronulla Sharks Mermaids, Lauren and Elyse were on the sidelines and also took to the field during the game, with Mermaids touchdowns resulting in four points as an incentive.

David Fifita, acting as one of the coaches, told the crowd at half-time that his team should focus on bringing the coaching staff more ice blocks in the second half, due to the warm conditions.

Nothing could separate the two teams at full-time, with game finishing at 11-all, with plenty of fun had by all.

Former Sharks player and the NRL Footy Show’s Beau Ryan also made an appearance and was a popular addition to the event, with many photo opportunities taking place with spectators and even the Australian and New Zealand teams in the lead up to the day two games.

Ryan said although he couldn’t take to the field he enjoyed the experience.

“It was pretty intense, I wish I could have been out there playing but it’s great to be back here around the guys. I’m really excited to watch Australia play New Zealand, it’s pretty full on, it’s a good day for Touch,” Ryan said on Saturday.

“I’ve got a lot of appreciation for Benji (Marshall) and the guys that used to play Touch, we used to go watch them play all the time in Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour. I do appreciate how hard it is and how fit they are. Because I can’t play League anymore, who knows maybe I can play Touch (in the future).”

Sharks player, Fa’amanu Brown was one of the several Sharks players involved on the sidelines helping out the teams and said it was fun to be a part of the day.

“It was quite exciting, there a lot of celebrities here like Ben Ross, Beau Ryan and Luke Patten, he was a legend that I used to watch when I was a bit younger.”

Australian Women’s Open representative, Leah Percy, who was also at the Youth Trans Tasman helping out the Australian Women’s 20’s team, also enjoyed her time on the field.

“It was really good fun, it was a nice friendly game and it was a bit competitive too so it was good.”

28/01/2015

WESLEY 2015 QATAR TOUCH - LION'S 7 CHAMPIONS

Untitled Album 26/01/2015

2015 Lions 7's - Qatar Touch Rugby

2015 Lions 7's - Qatar Touch Rugby

2015 QATAR TOUCH RUGBY - LIONS 7'S 26/01/2015

The Hi's the Lo's and everything in between

The Hi's the Lo's and everything in between

Untitled Album 26/01/2015

2015 QATAR TOUCH - LION'S 7

2015 QATAR TOUCH - LION'S 7

24/01/2015

2015 - LIONS & QATAR TOUCH RUGBY 7'S HIGHLIGHTS

24/01/2015

2015 - LIONS & QATAR TOUCH RUGBY 7'S HIGHLIGHTS

15/01/2015

Shaun Johnson Touch Highlights 2007 & 2008

RUGBY LEAGUE STARS THAT PLAY TOUCH RUGBY

Robbie McCormack played Rugby League for the Newcastle Knights between 1988 and 1996.

He played 154 games for the Knights, primarily at ho**er, played for NSW Country in 1993 and 1994, played State of Origin in 1993 and is playing at his first National Touch League (NTL) tournament this year.

After playing touch as a child Robbie had to give it up, as his potential in rugby league began to be fulfilled.

During his time at the Knights, he was unable to stay involved with touch footy because coaching staff believed playing an alternative form of football would teach the players bad habits and impact upon their league skills and results.

But now his rugby league days are finished and he's suited up for the Hunter-Western Hornets Mens 35 years team at this year's senior NTL's.

"I basically got asked by a mate to play for Newcastle in their Mens 35's and then ended up here. It's all another step up, the Country Cup was big, then I was blown away by the State Cup, which was even bigger and now the NTL's", he says.

"The organisation and professionalism is fantastic, but mostly I'm having a lot of fun and just really enjoying playing, it's great to see the occasional league mate out here as well."

Cliff Lyons is one of those mates who is also here at the NTL, playing Mens 40 years for the Sydney Scorpions.

After a league career spanning 1986-1999, Lyons came away with over 330 games for the Manly Sea Eagles, two premierships, two World Sevens titles, six tests for Australia, six State of Origins and the list goes on.

It's his third NTL and his team started the tournament well with an 8-2 win over Tropical Queensland Cyclones.

For players like Robbie and Cliff, the chance to compete in a National Tournament in the Senior divisions, is something incredibly worthwhile.

"It's so good to be back competing and playing for fun but also to win", says Robbie. "After having a few years off from this sort of competition, it really brings it back to you and it's great!"

"Touch football goes up and back so quickly, but thankfully a lot of the rugby league skills and training programs we've done, combined with the touch football work, give us more options during games", he says.

Cliff played touch all through his NRL career and also believes that the game of touch improved his speed and fitness, especially being six players a side, and would do the same for others.

For many young touch footballers, the attraction of playing rugby league can draw them away from the lower-profile sport of touch football.

Benji Marshall is starring for Wests Tigers in the NRL and looks like he will have a successful career.

What many sports trivia buffs may not realise is that Benji was a part of Australia's winning Mixed Open team that won last year's World Cup in Japan and he took home the International award for Player of the Series.

Enjoy your career, but don't forget touch football. That's the message from players like Cliff and Robbie.

"Go for the career and money in league, if that's what you need", says Cliff.

"But don't forget to come back to touch when you've finished, it's always here and it's a great sport", he says.

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NRL Superstar Shaun Johnson touch highlights. Shaun Johnson Touch highlights in the 2007 and 2008 season. Credit to "HalfbackCam" and "aspkiwi" Because I use...

15/01/2015

Shaun Johnson Touch Highlights 2007 & 2008

Shaun Johnson

An athlete who represented New Zealand in both touch and Australian Rules Football (AFL). He later played rugby union in his school's First XV then switched to rugby league where he turned professional playing at all levels . Check out his touch highlights that helped him explode into the rugby league world.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-zy6uK62S0 PLAYING TOUCH AT A YOUNG AGE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTuzvX_epDo PLAYING RUGBY LEAGUE TOP GRADE

NRL Superstar Shaun Johnson touch highlights. Shaun Johnson Touch highlights in the 2007 and 2008 season. Credit to "HalfbackCam" and "aspkiwi" Because I use...

[12/15/14]   COMING SOON …. TOP GRADE RUGBY LEAGUE PLAYERS WHO STARTED AND ENDED THEIR CAREERS PLAYING TOUCH!

QATAR TOUCH PRESENTS - LIONS 7'S TOUCH RUGBY 15/12/2014

It's Qatar Touch's most prestigious sporting event of the year. . . The Lions Touch Rugby 7's.

If you're serious about making an appearance at the most exclusive sporting Touch event in Doha then don't dare miss the 2015 opening tournament at Mesaieed Sports Complex.

Each year, over a 1000 players and spectators converge in Doha to play and witness the largest and most prestigious Touch trophy of the season.

Spectators, including members of Qatar's royal family, big chief executives, brand name sponsors, international referees and sporting players arrive to be apart of the famous Lions 7's tournament played out on a sunny but cool winters day.

PROUDLY BROUGHT TO YOU BY QATAR TOUCH

It's Qatar Touch's most prestigious sporting event of the year. . . The Lions Touch Rugby 7's.

If you're serious about making an appearance at the most exclusive sporting Touch event in Doha then don't dare miss the 2015 opening tournament at Mesaieed Sports Complex.

Each year, over a 1000 players and spectators converge in Doha to play and witness the largest and most prestigious Touch trophy of the season.

Spectators, including members of Qatar's royal family, big chief executives, brand name sponsors, international referees and sporting players arrive to be apart of the famous Lions 7's tournament played out on a sunny but cool winters day.

PROUDLY BROUGHT TO YOU BY QATAR TOUCH

13/12/2014

What is Beach Touch?

Beach Touch is a self officiating form of the popular year round sport - Touch RUGBY. Where applicable FIT rules do apply. Played on a reduced field 30 x 15, 3 attackers must negotiate 2 defenders to score a point (better known as a try or touchdown). Teams may have up to 5 players in a team, who can interchange at anytime.

[12/10/14]   Could touch rugby be an Olympic sport?

While many may know about touch rugby and may have even played it socially, few know of how big the game actually is.
Touch has more regular female participants worldwide (not including school participation) than any other code of rugby.
Touch has more 21+ male participants than any other code of rugby worldwide.

Touch federations in Australia and England have formal working agreements with the NRL and Premiership Rugby respectively.
Touch, is not too dissimilar to other variants of rugby in which it has its supporters and detractors.

The facts above however are clear indication of the sport’s popularity.The recent agreement between the NRL and Touch Rugby Australia will see rugby league-associated adult participation increase by almost 300 percent.

Let’s forget the RLIF’s limited capabilities as global governors of the sport. Let’s also forget that the Southern Hemisphere is well behind the RLEF in developing the sport among new nations.

What I want to focus on is the rugby league’s greater ambition to follow rugby union by having a presence in the world’s biggest multiple sports events starting with the Commonwealth Games.
I am not yet convinced that rugby sevens’ inclusion into the Olympic Games is a huge problem for rugby league. In fact I see it as an opportunity.

While non-traditional nations will receive very small grants to develop sevens programs, their appearance in the Olympics among the top 16 nations is about as likely as Australia’s chances of hosting the FIFA World Cup by 2050.

The natural progression for clubs in smaller nations is to start playing thirteen a side rather than fifteen. A version of the sport which can be argued is closer in style to sevens than union.
However, the key decision makers in league currently have their eyes set on nines being the sport of choice for global appeal. I believe that the sport of rugby league would have a greater chance of gaining worldwide appeal via touch.
This is a sport which has obvious appeal to adults not suited too or comfortable with the physical aspects of full rugby.
Furthermore, it promotes all the non-contact skills in an exciting, fast paced environment.
Perhaps the most appealing part of the sport is that it allows for mixed gender teams, a rare opportunity in contact sports and one that is reserved only for Equestrian in the Olympics.

A second mixed gender sport in the Olympics would be a welcome addition to “the Games” and a positive story for mixed gender sport.
With the official laws from the Federation of International Touch derived from league, the governing bodies of thirteen a-side would have the added benefit of promoting athletes playing ‘full contact touch’ as an almost gladiatorial pursuit, to new international markets.

If I were in the hierarchy of touch rugby right now, my target would be for the sport to gain Commonwealth Games Federation recognition before continuing with an application to Sport Accord.
Such successful applications could see the sport catapult its way to high profile international exposure.

Touch rugby in the Olympics I feel is far more a reality than rugby league nines or whatever it will be marketed as. Holding an influential position in international development of rugby league, I would firstly convince my colleagues of the benefits touch rugby can have for increased international profile and then maximise that potential before touch rugby associations realise it themselves.

09/12/2014

TOUCH BENEFITS CHILDREN

From what is known about the sport, most parents would probably not allow their children to play rugby. They might think that the extreme physical nature of the sport would be too much for their kids. Indeed, bruises and injuries are common in rugby games. There is a milder alternative, though, for children who still might want to try the sport. This variation is called touch rugby.

The basic difference between touch rugby and traditional rugby is the accepted defensive movement while the ball is in play. In traditional rugby, players on defense are allowed to tackle the opponent in possession of the ball. A lot of things can go wrong during the tackle, and the slightest inaccuracy can lead to serious injuries. On the other hand, tackles are replaced by ‘touches’ or ‘tags’ in touch rugby. Players only need to tag their opponents to indicate that they have been ‘tackled.

Touch rugby can be a productive activity for kids. Aside from the less intense movements required of the players, there are several other benefits that children can enjoy from touch rugby games.

Fun Physical Fitness

While touch rugby is a gentler version of its traditional counterpart, players still have to be in good condition to be successful in the sport. The level of activity in touch rugby promotes bone and muscle strength, as well as great body coordination. It encourages children to be physically fit, and to achieve this while enjoying themselves in their youth rugby league.

Learning the Basics

It can also be said that touch rugby serves as a primer on rugby at an advanced level of difficulty. Children are introduced to the basics of the sport in a youth rugby league. What they learn there, they can use in the future when they’re ready to pursue traditional rugby as a hobby or profession.

Positive Values

Certain positive values are also ingrained in children while playing in a youth rugby league. First, there is honesty. Since a touch is more discreet than a tackle, the players must readily admit that they have been tagged. Second, there is the value of teamwork. Touch rugby is not a one-man show. The team must pull together in order to win. Lastly, there is discipline. As with any other sport, there are rules to be followed in touch rugby, which children have to play by in the name of fairness.

If you or your school would like to learn more about Touch Rugby check out our website: www.qatartouch.qa or write to us here on FB.

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