first_imgBeach Volleyball Olympic Gold Medallist Natalie Cook will join forces with Touch Football Queensland (TFQ) to launch the Maroons State of Origin Touch Football campaign for 2006 and also Brisbane’s first affiliated Beach Touch competition.Queensland’s best Touch Football players will converge on Sandstorm Beach Club’s “The Beach” at QSAC at 11.00am on Friday June 9 to play an exhibition game promoting Sandstorm’s Beach Touch Come and Try day on Sunday July 23, 2006 and the Queensland Origin Campaign.The Sandstorm complex already boasts Beach Volleyball and Beach Soccer at its QSAC venue and is now adding Beach Touch, one of the biggest participant sports in the country, to its list of popular sand based sports.The speed, agility, skill level, teamwork, and non-stop action of Touch are sure to be a winner with both the social and elite player in the new beach format.Sandstorm Director Natalie Cook, fresh from a hectic overseas stint on the FIVB World Tour, will be presented with the TFQ # 1 supporter’s jersey by Queensland and Australian Women’s Open Touch Captain Sharyn “Billy” Williams.Williams, one of Australia’s most capped female players, will lead the Maroons into battle in the State of Origin Touch series against a white-hot NSW side. The State of Origin and Interstate Challenge series is being held at Brisbane’s Whites Hill complex at Holland Park on the 4 -5 August 2006. The last time the two states met was in Sydney in 2004 and it was NSW who claimed victory, winning all three of the State of Origin divisions (Mens, Womens and Mixed Open) and also seven of the ten Interstate Challenge divisions (Under 20’s and Senior divisions).Keep an eye on the TFA website for all of the news in the lead up to the 2006 event and remember to head to the beach this Friday at 11am for Queensland’s launch!last_img

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