Mary Ellen Avery M.D.

first_imgDr. Mary Ellen Avery died on December 4, 2011 at the age of 84.  She was best known to the world for her ground breaking research on the cause of hyaline membrane disease (later called Respiratory Distress Syndrome), an illness that claimed the lives of an estimated 10,000 infants in the United States each year.  That discovery catapulted her to leadership positions in the United States and Canada and to the highest honors offered by national societies.Following her residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, she came to Boston in 1957 as a research fellow in neonatology with Dr. Clement Smith, Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and with Dr. Jere Mead, a professor of physiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.  While carrying out a literature search she had come upon an article by Dr. John Clements who was studying the effect of war gases on the lung.  He had developed an instrument that measured surface tension in the lung.  When he suggested that surface tension is inversely correlated with surface area, she noted that the lungs of the sick premature infants she was caring for were collapsed and unable to retain air.  Returning to Boston from a visit with Clements in Maryland, she built a similar device to measure surface tension.  She found that aspirates from the lungs of these premature infants who died with hyaline membrane disease lacked the ability to lower surface tension and inferred the relevance of this observation to the clinical disease. Contrasting the lungs of these infants with healthy animals, she discerned that the former lacked the critical foamy substance, surfactant, that maintained the lungs in an expanded state.   Thus she determined that hyaline membrane disease was caused, in large measure, by a deficiency in surfactant due to immaturity of the lungs at birth. This work was published in a landmark paper in the American Journal of Diseases of Childhood in 1959.  She continued to work in the area and with others defined the timecourse of surfactant appearance during late gestation and the factors that could slow or accelerate its appearance in the fetal lung.  Building upon the observation that glucocorticoids administration in premature sheep led to normal respiration, she and Liggins in New Zealand established prenatal steroid administration as the standard of obstetric care when mothers risked delivering a baby at high risk of Hyaline Membrane Disease.  Avery’s surfactant work was finally translated into clinical practice by a Japanese pediatrician, Dr. Tetsuro Fujiwara, who developed a surfactant replacement made from the lungs of cows.  Avery encouraged Ross Laboratories to produce a clinically available surfactant modeled on the Japanese product.  Following the advent of the widespread use of surfactant therapy, by the year 2000 fewer than 1,000 prematures were dying yearly from this dreaded disease.Dr. Avery was born in Camden and raised in Moorestown, New Jersey.  She attended the Moorestown Friends School where an intense curiosity about biology and the human body were first evident.  But it was at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, majoring in Chemistry under her professor, friend and ultimately biographer, Bojan Jennings, that the fires were ignited and her great talent recognized.  Johns Hopkins Medical School admitted women and Harvard did not and she thus joined three other women in a class of 90.  Graduation was followed by an internship and residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, only to be interrupted by tuberculosis, convalescence at the Trudeau Sanitarium in Saranac, New York, and an awakening of a lifelong interest in the lung.  She then came to Boston as a research fellow and her remarkable discovery at the very young age of 32.On returning to Johns Hopkins Hospital she became Pediatrician-in-Charge of the Newborn Nurseries and rose rapidly becoming the Eudowood Associate Professor of Pulmonary Disease of Children.  In 1969 she was called to be Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at McGill University and Physician-in-Chief at Montreal Children’s Hospital.  In Montreal, she initiated new programs in developmental pharmacology and neonatal circulatory physiology and developed an outstanding neonatology research group.  While at McGill, she also observed the new Canadian programs in health care.  Noting an opportunity to initiate new initiatives, she helped introduce genetics on a universal basis into health care in the form of the Quebec Network of Genetic Medicine.  Finally, she developed a strong medical interest in the Inuit Eskimo children in the Arctic Circle and travelled to the north on many occasions over her five years in Montreal.Harvard had tried to entice Dr. Avery to come to Boston to develop the program in neonatology, but after careful reflection she decided not to accept the invitation.  Harvard succeeded shortly thereafter when she became a candidate to replace Dr. Charles A. Janeway.  When she was selected in September 1973 by the search committee, she became the 7th Thomas Morgan Rotch Professor of Pediatrics and the first woman to lead a major clinical department at Harvard Medical School.  As Physician-in-Chief at Children’s Hospital, she was also the first woman to lead that department.Dr. Avery served as chairwoman from 1974 to 1985.  During that time she greatly strengthened the hospital’s capabilities in neonatology by establishing the Joint Program in Neonatology, led by Dr. William Taeusch, uniting the neonatal services at the Children’s, the Brigham and Women’s and the Beth Israel Hospitals.   She fostered the rapid growth of the Divisions of General Pediatrics, Pulmonary Medicine and Genetics and greatly augmented the department’s research and financial base.Over her ten years of leadership, the Department underwent spectacular growth reaching in 1984, 200 full time faculty, 100 part time faculty, 120 fellows and 68 pediatric house-officers.  The research budget increased three fold over the same period of time, from four million in 1974 to thirteen million in 1984, remarkably funding 2/3rds of all faculty salaries. Patient care volume showed a concomitant though less spectacular growth with admissions increasing from 7,800 in 1977 to 8,800 in 1984 and outpatient department visits increasing from 45,000 each year in 1975 to 67,000 in 1984.  The emergency department saw a steady growth as well from 31,000 in 1975 to 43,000 in 1984.In the area of undergraduate and graduate education Dr. Avery left a significant legacy.  Pediatrics became a much sought after specialty for Harvard Medical students with 8 to 10 students or 1/3 of a given class filling the internship positions at the Children’s Hospital.   The residency grew in size and in academic orientation.  Dr. Avery strongly encouraged residents with scientific interests to pursue the American Board of Pediatrics Special Alternative Research Pathway in pediatrics.  Eighty to 85% of a given senior class pursued fellowship training in pediatrics each year with her subspecialty of neonatology leading the list.  The number of women in the residency increased from 20% in 1974 to 40% in 1985.   A remarkably large number of national leaders in pediatrics came out of her residency classes including fourteen departmental chairs, two medical school deans, and two hospital presidents as well as a number of national leaders at the NIH, NICHD and the CDC.Mary Ellen Avery was an avid investigator.  She loved science and research.  She talked about science whenever there was an audience to listen.  She was fearless in asking questions for the sake of learning.  Her work with hyaline membrane disease, neonatology and neonatal intensive care defined her.  She was also at her core a pediatrician and neonatologist.  She loved clinical medicine and her patients and she set an example of dedicated and compassionate care.  Her innate exuberance, humor and zest for discovery was the basis of her greatness as a teacher.  She was fun to be around and attracted hordes of students, residents and fellows.  She also attracted untold numbers of women into pediatrics.  She took great pride in their achievements and strove to help them break their own glass ceilings, but insisted on all being part of a meritocracy.  Her trainees today fill positions of leadership throughout the U.S. and internationally.   Once asked what was most important in her professional life she answered: “the most important event, the discovery of surfactant deficiency; the most important thing, the people with whom I have worked.”Her awards were many including the E. Mead Johnson Award from the Academy of Pediatrics in 1969, the Chadwick Medal from the Massachusetts Thoracic Society in 1982, The Trudeau Medal from the American Lung Association in 1984, the Virginia Apgar Award from the Academy of Pediatrics in 1991, the National Medal of Science in 1991, the Philipson Prize in Pediatric Medicine from the Nobel Committee in 1998 and the most prestigious award in academic pediatrics, the Howland Medal, from the American Pediatric Society in 2005.  She was the recipient of 14 honorary degrees including degrees from her alma maters, Wheaton College and Johns Hopkins University as well as Radcliffe College.  Hers was a life of firsts: the first woman to be selected as President of the Society for Pediatric Research, among a very few women to be President of the American Pediatric Society and the first pediatrician to lead the American Association for the Advancement of Science.Most, however, will remember Dr. Avery as an immensely human, human being.  Images of her ability to connect abound – residents at their final senior dinner surrounding her as she explored with each their future careers or probing or critiquing a research presentation by a fellow or showing as much interest in the janitor who cleaned her office as those in the highest positions of authority.   People loved and enjoyed her company whether the conversation was professional or social.   Finally her loves ran deep, love of her institutions, Wheaton, Johns Hopkins and Harvard, affection and respect for her lifelong mentor, Clement Smith and love of her sister Jane, her brother-in-law Carl, and her nieces Sue and Jennifer and her nephew Bill.   The human qualities shown through like a clarion and galvanized her success:  strongly held beliefs, the highest professional standards, remarkable courage and a profound passion for her work.Over the library at Wheaton College is the inscription, “That they may have life and have it abundantly.”  Dr. Avery lived out her college motto to its fullest; most assuredly her life was abundantly lived.Respectfully Submitted,Frederick H. Lovejoy, Jr., M.D., ChairpersonJohn F. Crigler, Jr., M.D.Stella Kourembanas, M.D.Marie McCormack, M.D.Lynne M. Reid, M.D.Charles R. Scriver, M.D.H. William Taeusch, M.D.last_img read more

Figueroa blow for Latics

first_img Martinez said: “We have had real negative news with Maynor Figueroa. “He came off in the game really early and the scans have confirmed our worst fears. “He is going to be out for the rest of the season and probably a longer period.” Figueroa has missed only two other games this season, one in the Capital One Cup and another, through suspension, in the Premier League. The latest news has not made for a happy 30th birthday this week. Martinez said: “He is Mr Reliable, someone who has never missed any sort of time during the time he has been at Wigan Athletic. “Unfortunately he is now going to miss the most important period in a season.” Press Association The FA Cup finalists had feared the worst after the Honduras international was carried off on a stretcher during the draw with Tottenham in the Barclays Premier League last weekend. The 30-year-old will now miss relegation-threatened Wigan’s vital last four Premier League games as well as the cup final against Manchester City. center_img Wigan defender Maynor Figueroa has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a groin injury, manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed.last_img read more

McIlroy maintains Palm Beach lead

first_imgRory McIlroy continued to head the field midway through the Honda Classic, with a second-round 66 maintaining his one-shot lead over the chasing pack. Press Association Behind Henley were two Britons on seven under, England’s Lee Westwood and Russell Knox of Scotland, with Welshman Jamie Donaldson one of three men on six under. McIlroy was struggling for form this time last year and hit a real low point at Palm Beach when he withdrew midway through his second round complaining of fatigue. “It’s a different end of the spectrum I guess,” McIlroy told pgatour.com. “I wasn’t quite comfortable with my golf swing. I was still tinkering with equipment. I just wasn’t feeling in control of, you know, what I needed to be in control of. “This year is obviously a lot different.” McIlroy put his improved form in Florida this time around down to regaining his confidence. “When you hit a few good shots, your confidence can go up quite quickly but then you hit one bad one, it can sort of go down again and that’s where I was sort of most of last year,” he said. “Now I feel I’m happy with where my swing is, and even if I do hit a loose shot, I can get over it much quicker and much easier because I have the confidence in what I’m doing.” De Jonge, who carded eight birdies in his six-under 64, could have been level with McIlroy but for a bogey on his final hole, the par-four ninth. Knox was blemish-free as he sunk seven birdies in his 63, which matched the best of the day, while Westwood carded six birdies against a single bogey for a 65. Luke Donald kept up a good day for the British contingent as he moved into a share of ninth on five under with a 68, while further down the leaderboard compatriot Paul Casey just made the cut at level par, as did Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia. Among those falling just the wrong side of the line were Phil Mickeson and Angel Cabrera, with Padraig Harrington, David Lynn, Darren Clarke and 2013 champion Michael Thompson also among those who missed out. Among the early starters in Palm Beach on day two, the Northern Irishman recovered from two bogeys in his opening three holes to sink six birdies and move to 11 under for the tournament. That saw McIlroy, who held a one-shot lead at the end of the opening day, maintain his advantage, with Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge the nearest challenger on 10 under, two clear of Russell Henley. last_img read more

British racecourses delighted with Colossus bets as new pool betting partner

first_imgShare StumbleUpon British racecourses and Colossus bets has announced a partnership that aims to enhance the future pool betting offering on British Racing.This arrangement between the Project Steering Board and Colossus Bets will ensure that customers have access to an innovative portfolio of bets, including cash out opportunities, access to the ‘Syndicates’ platform provided by Colossus Bets and six and seven figure minimum guaranteed prize pools. The team currently representing 54 racecourses will now work with Colossus Bets to finalise the range of bets to be offered. The bets will be owned by British racecourses, but will be delivered using Colossus Bets’ technology. Nigel Roddis, Managing Director of the British Racecourses pool betting project, said: “This arrangement gives us access to the most advanced and flexible pool betting platform available, so I am delighted that we have been able to partner with Colossus Bets. “Innovation is a key aim as we want to offer customers an improved service and ensure pool betting is at the heart of the bets available on racing. We think that the opportunities provided by this initiative will go a long way towards us achieving that goal.”Roddis added: “I am particularly excited by the possibilities provided by the Syndicates feature which will enable the crowd funding of tickets into racing pools. Syndicates will allow punters to very publicly advertise their opinions and to encourage others to join in their bets. “Syndicate tickets could be created by a recognised pundit, racing personality or just a regular punter. It will be exciting and fun and should provide our Racing TV channels with compelling content.“I’m also convinced that pool betting and cash out opportunities are made for each other. Many of us can point to times when we have been four or five legs in only to have the final leg let us down. “We will provide customers with an opportunity to decide whether to take that final leg risk or bank some profits early. It will add to the drama and provide outlets for discussion on social media and more traditional media channels.”David O’Reilly, COO of Colossus Bets said: “Pool betting on horseracing is a sleeping giant and we look forward to working with British Racing to bring cutting edge features and technology to racing punters, with life-changing prize pools.”More details on the product offering will be provided in due course. The bets will be available on-course, via a remote betting platform to be offered by the racecourse consortium and via third party betting operators including Colossus Bets and its existing network of partner operators.  Want to find out more about pool betting? Nigel Roddis will be speaking on the future of pool betting session at Betting on Sports 2017, held from 12-15 September at the Olympia Conference Centre. For conference tickets, click here. Khalid Ali, IBIA: Tackling sports betting corruption December 18, 2019 The Tote, Jockey Club Racecourses and Britbet launch ‘Tote Guarantee’ March 4, 2020 Ben Keith, Star Sports: racing must be diverse, fun, and welcoming January 22, 2020 Submit Share Related Articleslast_img read more

Beware the Tall Grasses! Or, Death of a Battery

first_img“Hey there Southern Hemisphere! This is the Northern Hemisphere calling. How’re things? It’s about the third week of May, and…well, we’d like our summer back.”  Depending on what part of the world you’re in, the latitudinal phone call that happens around the fifth month of the year signals the start to another summer of geocaching. The longer days, the warmer air, the leafier hiding spots…It’s a season so ideal for geocaching it’s hard to imagine spending your time doing anything else.Though not to the degree of winter, even summer can have the pesky habit of preventing you from getting to GZ and finding a cache safely, effectively, and enjoyably. We’ve got some tips that will get you from working at cross-purposes with summer to working in tandem with it. (Assuming that is a thing.)1) Make peace with your batteryRemember how we mentioned those longer summer days? They’re very good for longer sojourns into the wild, increasing your per-day find count…and draining your phone battery. Consider borrowing or purchasing a portable charger similar to this one available in Geocaching Shop, or this one on Amazon, to keep your phone from puttering to a halt at exactly the wrong moment. Compatibility with several types of devices is an especially useful trait when you’re geocaching with a group. 3) Sunscreen is kingThe sun’s rays may have a pleasing effect on the hue of your skin or the shade of your hair, but don’t make that a reason to forget the sunscreen on your geocaching adventure. Even if in the end you DNF, always protect yourself with SPF, preferably 15 or higher.What tips do you have for ensuring an excellent summer geocaching experience? “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” -John Steinbeck This geocacher reached GZ happy, healthy, and totally tick-free. Share with your Friends:Morecenter_img 2) Ticks are not your friendsBees, mosquitoes, thistles, and poison ivy are common culprits of summertime discomfort, but ticks should equally be on your radar. Although only a few of the many species of ticks found around the world can bite and transmit diseases to humans, those that do can really ruin your day. Here are some tips to avoid them: Check out a tick distribution map for your area, like this one for Europe and this one for the United States.To be extra vigilant, invest in a bottle of tick repellent.Since it’s not always possible to avoid the high grass or bushes when you’re searching for that cache, dress with ticks in mind. Geocaching HQ’er Heather suggests, “Tuck your pants into your socks to keep the ticks from crawling up your legs. You’ll look really cool, and you’ll be tick-safe.”Conduct a tick-check of yourself, your gear, and your pets after coming back inside.Tick-removal is an art. Know the correct technique. SharePrint Relatedlast_img read more

5 Must-Know Tips for Working on Set

first_imgFilm Riot shares 5 tips for working as a grip that will land you more work on set.All images via Film Riot.Whether you’re just starting out or looking to move up in the film industry, helping out a friend or a local production is an excellent way to broaden your experience. Film Riot’s latest tutorial can help you land more gigs with tips for almost any job on set. Courtesy FlagAs Connolly puts it, one of the foremost duties of a grip is to make sure the DP, AC, or director is comfortable and that they can see the shot, monitor, and setup clearly. A courtesy flag is a great way to do this. The most common flag you’ll run into is a 4X solid or a “floppy.” If you’re dealing with wind, always clamp the flag so it doesn’t smack your DP. (You can also use the clamps to connect two flags for your video village setup.) Remember, your job is to make the lives of your DP and AC much easier.Operator SupportOffering support for your camera operator is one of the most important duties you’ll have on a shoot. After you’ve brought the apple box for your operator, making sure they are comfortable is the next step. Whether you use a stadium seat, a happy butt, or a yoga mat, make the camera op’s knees and back a top priority.Silence your DiffusionOne of the biggest issues if the DP decides to use opal diffusion is the sound caused by rough wind. Two avoid this, grab two styrofoam cups from crafty and tape them facedown on the diffusion. This will silence the disruption and make the audio recorder’s life much easier.Know Your FernyA sound blanket, furniture pad, or ferny can serve many purposes on set — it’s up to you how to use it. As the tutorial demonstrates, you can roll it up to help support your camera operator, lay it down to silence loud shoes, or block out unwanted light — among other things. Knowing all the different ways you can use a ferny will speed up production.Picking the Right ClampIf you’re working grips and electric, C-47s (simply a wooden clothespin) are common, but they break pretty easily. However, having a few zero clamps on hand will always improve your lighting setups and cable management. Virtually the same size as a C-47, the zero is the smaller version of a number 2 clamp. If you are in a rush and can’t find a zero clamp in time, little binder clips will get the job done as well, and they are more durable than C-47s.The duties of a grip change with each production. However, the goal will remain the same, no matter the size of the operation.Do you have tips for working on set? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

SET OF SIX – VOLUME THIRTY-ONE

first_imgTouch Football Australia brings you the latest edition of “A Set of Six” with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s “A Set of Six” – Volume Thirty-One.VICTORIA (VIC)Play # 1 VT Touch League Finals this weekendThe Inaugural season of the VT Touch League culminated with a thrilling day of Finals action on Saturday 1 December 2007 at the Port Melbourne Soccer Club.Victoria’s Elite players turned on the magic in front of 300 spectators including the Victorian Minister for Sport Mr. James Merlino MP, the Chairman of Touch Football Australia (TFA) Mr. Peter Rooney, and TFA Chief Executive Officer Mr. Colm Maguire who settled in for an afternoon of quality Touch Football in perfect summer conditions.A close round of semi-final matches in the afternoon in the Men’s and Women’s Open divisions was a fitting entrée for fans of the VT League, before two nail biting Grand Finals were served up to spoil the crowd with an absolute smorgasbord of fast and furious Grand final action in the evening.  Melbourne City Lions won the Women’s Open championship over the Bayside Vipers after an epic 3 on 3 drop off was required to split the combatants after scores were locked at 4-4 at full time. Highly credentialed Victorian stalwart Karen Jones was the hero for the Lions snaring the winning touchdown to secure the Inaugural title for her franchise.In the Men’s Open Grand Final, warm favourites and Minor premiers Casey Cougars went on with the job in the decider, but did not have it all their own way, needing to dig deep to overcome a gutsy Bayside combination to claim the crown.  The Cougars had to pull out all stops against the structured Vipers and relied on a pinpoint long ball from their ringmaster Jason “JK” Kaiwai to break a 3-3 deadlock in the closing minutes of the game.Between the Semi finals and Grand Finals, a Touch Football Victoria Community Development game was held, which showcased members of Victoria’s U15 development squad.  This game gave the audience a taste of some of the potential future talent who could grace the VT League. Also in the interval the Minister for Sport, Mr. James Merlino made presentations to the Casey Cougars for the Licence Championships and to the University Blues Women’s team for the first ever “Fair Play” team AwardThanks to all TFA-Victoria office staff, Referees, Volunteers, the Port Melbourne Sharks Soccer club and all other VT League venues for their support of the Inaugural event.A full wrap of Finals day can be accessed by visiting the TFA – Victoria website.Results and Award Winners of the 2007 VT League:Semi FinalsMen: Casey 10 d Melbourne City 7; Bayside 4 d University 3Women: Melbourne City 4 d Casey 3 (AET); Bayside 7 University 3Grand FinalsMen: Casey 4 d Bayside 3Women: Melbourne City 5 d Bayside 4Other awards include:Fair Play Award – University Blues Women’sMost Influential Player Women – Anne Bright (University Blues)Most Influential Player Men – Elias El Charr (Melbourne City Lions)Best and Fairest Women – Leah Percy (Melbourne City Lions)Best and Fairest Men – Terry Beazley (Casey Cougars)Other Events: The Box Hill touch competition has begun, with 10 teams pulling on the boots every Tuesday night at Sparkes Reserve on the corner of Middleborough and Canterbury Rd, Box Hill. In the Mixed competition a team of local teachers are playing against some of their students, making for some interesting classroom exchanges…The Victorian Touch website: www.victouch.com.auSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play # 2South Australia’s State League off to a Great StartThe first round of the 2007 Touch Football SA State League began on Sunday 2 Dec 2007 at the Greenhill Rd Playing Fields.The 10th year of the State League commenced with the four franchise teams Wolves (Yellow), Stingrays (Red), Vipers (Navy) and Scorpions (Orange) looking the goods in their new Kooga uniforms. In Round One action in the Women’s Open Scorpions got off to a cracking start to the season with a 12-0 shut out of Wolves, and Stingrays got home in a thriller 6-5 over Vipers.In the Men’s Open Scorpions and Wolves played out a thrilling 7-7 draw, whilst Stingrays had a comfortable 7-3 win over Vipers.Full Results Round 1 – Touch Football SA State League:WomenScorpions 12 d Wolves 0Stingrays 6 d Vipers 5MenScorpions 7 drew Wolves 7Stingrays 7 d Vipers 3 MixedMixedScorpions 5 ft Wolves 0Stingrays 3 d Vipers 6Other events: Damien Carlson, Sean Judge and Chris Denison-Smith conducted a level One Referees Course on Sunday 2 December 2007.Amongst the participants were 4 junior state representative players.The Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auPlay: # 3NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Exciting clashes complete Darwin Touch Competition Final RoundThe final round of the Darwin Touch competition produced some exciting games with Crocs ruining Dream Teams perfect season with a tit for tat 3 all draw in the Men’s Open division.Bundy Bears preparation for the finals couldn’t have been better with a 17-2 win over Honkers.In the Women’s Open competition, Palmerston Bulls defeated Divas 10-1 to sail into the finals as red-hot premiership favourites.Scorpions fought out a 5-3 win over Crocs who only fielded six players, but were more than a match for the second placed Scorpions.All About Us had the bye.Other news: Darwin Semi-final action this week features Palmerston Bulls and Scorpions in the First semi-final in the Women’s Open division. In the second semi-final final Crocs take on All About Us. In the Men’s finals Dream team confront Crocs in the First semi-final, with the winner advancing to the Grand Final. Palmerston Bulls and Bundy Bears play the Minor semi-final.The Northern Territory website: www.touchnt.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play # 4WA Super League Round Six Wrap The Western Australia Super League Series returned to Rosalie for Round 6. Affiliates wished to do well not only for their Super League Series aspirations, but to familiarize themselves on the ground that will host the 2008 WA State Championships.Northern Women’s continued their recent good form with a win over Tompkins Park.It was a high scoring contest with a 10-9 result to Northern in the end. The teams’ first clash was a draw Northern will be aiming to avoid Tomkins Park who are looming as dark horses come semi-final time.Southern Men’s had a strong 11-1 victory over hosts Rosalie. Their superior for and against pushes them in front of Brothers into first position. The return Brothers v Southern clash in Round 8 is eagerly anticipated between the two top guns of the competition. Southern are now top of the tree in both Men’s and Women’s Open divisions.In other results:Women’sSouthern 11 defeated Rosalie 2Perth Brothers 7 defeated Fremantle 3Men’s Perth Brothers 9 defeated FremantleOther Events: TouchWest has purchased some new domain names to aid in members getting to our event and services websites. So rather than going through links from the TouchWest website, you can go straight to the WA AusTouch site from www.waaustouch.com.au Other quick links include:Be Active State Touch Championships – www.statechamps.com.auBe Active Junior State Championships – www.juniorstatechamps.com.auBe Active TouchWest Junior League – www.touchjuniorleague.com.auTouchWest School Tournaments – www.schoolstouch.com.auBe Active TouchWest Super League Series – www.superleagueseries.com.auBeach Touch – www.beachtouch.com.auWA Referees – www.watouchrefs.com.auWA Touch @ Lunch – www.touchatlunch.com.auThe Western Australian Touch Association website: www.touchwest.comQUEENSLAND (QLD)PLAY # 5Queensland Squads get Origin campaign off to a cracking startQueensland’s 13 State of Origin squads got their 2008 Origin campaigns off to a flying start with the first compulsory training camp conducted at the Caboolture Touch Association on the weekend in sweltering conditions.The 13 teams were put through their paces in a hectic weekend of fitness assessments, skill development, and game play under the watchful gaze of the respective coaching staff of each division.Queensland Touch State Branch Manager Jon Pratt, Queensland State Council members, the Queensland Touch Coach Management Team, and various mentors and technical personnel were on hand to assist the squads complete the first of three compulsory camps that are aimed towards maximizing preparation time and quality training experiences.Queensland Touch would like to congratulate host affiliate Caboolture and their tireless volunteer army for their outstanding efforts in providing excellent facilities and assistance in ensuring all needs of teams and players were met during a busy few days.The next compulsory camp for Senior Divisions and 20s teams will be 2 and 3 February 2008 at Caboolture.A Women’s Open Squad Camp will also be conducted on 2 and 3 February 2008 in Brisbane.The next compulsory camp for Open Teams will be 5 and 6 April 2008 after Queensland Men’s and Women’s Open teams are finalized following the 2008 National Touch League in Coffs Harbour on 12-15 March 2008.Other News: The Brisbane City Touch Association conducted the Inaugural Brisbane Junior Touch Championships on Sunday 2 December 2008.14 teams contested the Boys and Girls 14 and 16 Years age divisions at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Venue at the Kedron AFL club, Kedron.The one day tournament was designed as a fun day for club  / school teams that wanted to participate in a friendly series between South side and North side junior teams. Cobras Junior Representative training squads will be compiled from players who competed at the Brisbane Junior Championships.It has been the first Junior tournament that Brisbane City have conducted in some time and the success of this first event has prompted the Brisbane City Touch Association to plan another Junior Championships for April 2008.BCTA Junior Championships Results: 14 Boys: 1st – Redbacks, 2nd– Bring It, 3rd – SRU Magpies16 Boys 1st – Nudgee College, 2nd – Untouchables, 3rd – Steelers, 4th MacGregor SHS, 5th – Redcliffe Boys14 Girls 1st – Ravens, 2nd – Southern Storm Bratz16 Girls 1st – Tigers Roar, 2nd – Crushers, 3rd – Tigers Girls, 4th – Redcliffe The Queensland Touch website: www.qldtouch.com.au Play # 6AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)Big Numbers for Level One Referees CourseThe Australian Capital Territory web-site in conjunction with the ACT Touch Referees Association has recruited 35 Level One referee course candidates for a Level 1 course on 4 and 5 December 2007. There are a large proportion of youth candidates for the course who will be welcome additions to the ACT junior competitions, which have experienced significant growth in the past twelve months and are in need of a few more whistleblowers.“The accreditation of an additional 35 officials is a great step towards the continued servicing of our ever expanding competition schedules,” ACT State Manager Matt Mc Kerrow said yesterday. Other events: ACTTA will be hosting a Referees and Volunteers Xmas BBQ on 14 December 2007 with food and refreshments provided as a big thank you to the many people who selflessly give of their time to ensure that our Association runs smoothly. A Very social game of touch is also planned. To mark the end of the Super League season, approximately 70 players, referees and volunteers attended the Super Legue Presentation evening held at Mckellar Soccer Club on 1 December 2007. Congratulations to all award recipients. The Australian Capital Territory website: www.acttouch.com.auThat’s it for this week’s edition of “a Set of Six”.Please be sure to check out each State’s website for all the latest information, news, and views in Touch Football from around the nation. Congratulations to Woden Eagles who defeated the UC Otters 8-4 in the Men’s Open Grand Final of the Super League competition on December 1. Congratulations also to Canberra City who took out the Women’s Open title defeating Woden Eagles 5-4 in a very close (and wet!) affair.last_img read more

Harvey Norman Promotion

first_imgNRL Touch Football’s major partner, Harvey Norman, has a great deal for members through the TFA website and newsletter. The Fitbit Charge is now just $96! The Fitbit Charge Activity and Sleep Wrist Monitor features all-day activity tracking, real-time stats and Caller ID notifications to help you reach your fitness goals and stay connected.For more information or to purchase your Fitbit Charge, please click here. Stay tuned to the TFA website and newsletter for more great Connected Health and Fitness deals from Harvey Norman. Related LinksHarvey Norman Promotionlast_img read more