The Townsville Saints Representative Programme encompasses both junior and senior representative teams, which compete at various representative events at regional, state, and national level.
The programme is guided by the TTF Representative Committe, a sub-committee appointed by the TTF Management Committee to oversee the representative arm of the organisation and overseen by the TTF Representative Coordinator.
Born in 2022 out of a desire to develop our junior touch footy stars of tomorrow, the Townsville Saints Junior Representative Programme now sees Townsville Touch Football entering Townsville Saints sides into regional and state level representative events, the NQ Junior State Cup North (JSCN) and QLD Junior State Cup (QJSC).
All players in the Saints programme compete in one of several Townsville Saints teams at the NQ Junior State Cup North (JSCN) event each April, where they will then be considered for selection into the Townsville Saints sides to attend the QLD Junior State Cup (QJSC) in July.
Townsville Touch Football enter as many teams into each age division at the JSCN event as possible, in order to give as many players as possible the experience of playing in a guided representative programme. One or two teams (at most) are then selected in each age division to attend the QJSC.
Teams for the QJSC event in July will only be selected from those who participate in the Saints programme. Players wishing to be considered for selection into Townsville Saints teams to compete at the QJSC (July) MUST play for Townsville at the JSCN (April) event in the same year. Players who are also eligible to play for other associations that choose not to join the Saints programme are not eligible for selection.
To be considered for selection into the programme, a player must:
- Play in either the current or most recent Townsville Touch Football season (Colliers Shield, weeknight competitions, junior competitions);
- Complete the online EOI process; and then
- Attend the Selection Muster on the advertised date.
The senior representative programme is currently under review by Townsville Touch Football, as a result of changes to Touch Football Australia's National Touch League.
Townsville teams have regularly competed at regional and state level competitions, and with the recent changes to NTL, Townsville is now able to enter representative teams directly into the national-level event.
Currently, there is no regional-level representative event, so the Townsville Saints representative programme focuses on state and national level representation.
At state level, Townsville Saints teams compete at the QLD State Cup annually in November. Teams are selected in September after an "Expression of Interest" process is completed, with all age groups and divisions being called.
Teams are also given the opportunity to compete at the National Touch League in March of the following year. An additional "Expression of Interest" process may be used to recruit new teams or players to tour.
The Saints Representative Programme is managed by a sub-committee, appointed by the Board of Townsville Touch Football.
The current sub-committee members are:
|Representative Coordinator (Chair):
|TTF Technical Director:
|TTF Coaching Coordinator:
|TTF Referee Coordinator: