Info/News: Japanese star lends locals a hand – Taipei Times
Last Saturday was the 2014 Chinese Taipei Touch Tournament. One of the players, playing for Taipei’s Team Hukit, was Hide Nara. Hide is a member of the Japan national team, and is currently living the dream – traveling the world playing touch.
Having Hide (or Hitch, as he is also known) at the tournament was a huge boost to Touch in Taiwan. Not only did he wow us with his skills and steps, but Hitch was also selfless in sharing his knowledge of the game with anyone who asked. When he wasn’t playing or refereeing, Hitch could be seen teaching plays to team mates, helping others improve their passing and catching skills, or simply pass on small little pointers that certainly helped to boost the level of everyone’s game.
There was an article published on the tournament in yesterday’s Taipei Times Newspaper. You can also follow Hide’s travels at his blog (in Japanese only) www.narahide.com.
Upcoming Event: Taipei Touch League 2.0 臺北觸球聯賽2.0
It’s been a long time coming, but finally the Taipei Touch League is back to finish 2013 with a bang! Games will be played fortnightly on Saturday morning at Bailing. The league is open to everyone, so tell your friends, family, colleagues, classmates! League details below:
Dates: Nov 9th, Nov 23rd, Dec 7, Dec 21.
Time: 11:00 – 14:00
Fees: $ 300/person.
Please make sure you register for the League. Please use the link below to fill in your details:
日期: 11月9號, 11月23號, 12月7號, 12月21號.
時間: 11:00 – 14:00
Upcoming Event: Chian Kuo High School Touch 建國高中觸球營!!
Chian Kuo High School just started a Touch group and have invited CTTA to come help out, and play some Touch afterwards!
10.01 Tuesday Night Touch (TNT)
Don’t forget, Tuesday night means Touch Night! Come down to the Taipei Arena running track for lots of fun!!
Starts 7:30pm – Running shoes ONLY.
2012 Kaohsiung Sevens Tournament
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Chinese Taipei Touch Association was honored to be invited by Kaohsiung Rugby Union to participate in the annual Kaohsiung City Sevens Tournament, held at the world class facilities, The National Stadium (formerly known as World Games Stadium). With a capacity of 55,000 people, The National Stadium is the largest stadium in Taiwan.
This year, 46 teams entered in the 10 categories: Junior High Sevens, University Sevens, Club Sevens, OB Sevens, Elementary Flag, Junior High Flag x 2, Junior High Girls flag, Women Flag & Touch which was played over three days.
Chinese Taipei Touch Association臺灣觸球協會很榮幸的被邀請到2013年的高雄市七人制欖球競標賽。由高雄市橄欖球委員會在世界一流的設施、國家體育場（前身為世運主場館）舉辦的高雄市七人制欖球競標賽，今年吸引了46支球隊報名。國家體育場可容納55,000人，是台灣容納多大的體育場，也是台灣最壯觀體育場之一。
On behalf of Chinese Taipei Touch Association, a huge “Thank You” must go out to Kaohsiung Rugby Union for inviting CTTA. Especially Chairman Ming-Shan Huang , 主委黃明山), Director-General Zhi-Jian Ding (總幹事丁志堅), numerous volunteers for their thankless task of organizing such an amazing tournament which was played at one of the best stadiums in Taiwan. Thank you to all the coaches, managers, referees (Grant Dexter, Andrew Donnelly, James Chang, Matt Small, Dwayne Smith, Kenny Yip, Ho Ting Fung Anthony, Paul Rose, Jacob Curran and anyone else we’ve missed out!) and Eric Li for brining over the Hong Kong Galaxy.
We look forward to return to Kaohsiung in 2014!
Photos Courtesy of Grant Dexter, Jane Chuang, Judy Fung, 高雄市橄欖球委員會 and many others!
Touch Boot Camp – Taichung Sept 2013
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On a beautiful & sunny Sunday in Taichung, Taichung Touch Rugby lead by Jake Curran, Dwayne Smith & Co., pulled off Another Touching Moment.
The intercity competition between 4 Taichung teams, 2 Kaohsiung teams and 1 Taipei team saw two Taichung teams go through to the final. However, we will never know which Taichung Team will hold the bragging rights as the match was not played due to lack of daylight.
The final match was the prized Zhong Bei Ball. An elegant hand-crafted trophy that will keep Touch thriving in Taiwan as it is contested between the cities of Taichung & Taipei.
After an intense battle which saw neither team giving an inch, Taipei came out victorious and can bring the Zhong Bei Ball back to Taipei until the next challenge.
From Chinese Taipei Touch Association 臺灣觸球協會，a massive thank you must go out towards Jake Curran and the crew at TTR for the thankless task of organizing the Boot Camp after the initial postponement. Thank you to the players from Kaohsiung Mituo HS Team, Mituo OB Team, Taichung Caterpillars, Taichungler, Juggernauts, Beefeater and Taipei for making this day happen!
Photos Courtesy of Taichung Caterpillars Junior Rugby’s Yu-Chin Huang & Taipei’s Danny Kuo
Taipei City Mayoral Sevens 102年臺北市市長盃7人制橄欖球錦標賽
There is Sevens Rugby, junior flag and TOUCH!
The Tournament will run over two days with the Touch Tournament held on Sunday, in between Rugby SEVENS tournament of various divisions. This event will take place at Shilin Bailing Rugby Fields The tournament is Organized by the Taipei City Sports Council, Taipei Sports Association, Taipei Sports Association & Chinese Taipei Touch Association
有橄欖球Sevens, 帶式，以及觸球哦！！ 各種球類的報名註冊如下！！！
Registration to play in the event is closed, but everyone is welcome to come down to Bailing to watch, cheer & enjoy! 現在不可能報名參加比賽，可是歡迎您去百齡橄欖球場看看！
More information at: http://tinyurl.com/l5seqh9
2013 Chinese Taipei Touch Tournament
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A HUGE THANK YOU to all the organizers (Grant Dexter, Paul Rose, Team HUKIT, Chairman Max Murphy), sponsors Brass Monkey, Mr. Sausage, Taipei Baboons Rugby Club, volunteers, coaches, captains, players, cameramen, referees (Andrew Vicars, Kelvin, Spencer Jemelka, Wayne Ku, Judy Fung, Connor M, Jacob Curran, Dwayne Smith, James Chang, Matthew McGill, Oliver Silsby, James Miller and anyone else I missed), Taiwan Junior Rugby Union, Taiwan Rugby Union, Chinese Taipei Rugby Football Union, parents and friends of participants (too many to name individually) who entered the 2013 Chinese Taipei Touch Tournament.
This year, well over 200 people participated in the 2013 Chinese Taipei Touch Tournament with 12 teams entering the Open Mixed Division and 4 teams in the Junior Mixed Division.