Notley’s Knowledge Critical To Australian Success

first_imgThe 2010 Masters Trans Tasman Test Series will be Notley’s sixth Trans Tasman Series, in what has been a stellar career. This has also included four World Cups and numerous achievements. He is a member of the Touch Football Australia (TFA) Hall of Fame, part of the TFA All Star 30 side and has represented Australia since 1987.Notley played his first Trans Tasman in 1988, and he can’t wait to take on New Zealand later on this week. “I was a bit quicker and fitter in those days. I’m just looking forward to playing the kiwi’s again. I haven’t played them in some time,” Notley said. Notley has been one of the greats of the sport over the years, but is humble when asked how it feels to be one of the most capped players in the history of Touch. “It makes me feel old, I think that’s all that means,” he said. The Men’s 40’s division will see two of the greats battle it out against each other, with Notley and New Zealand’s Peter Walters going head to head once again. They have played against each other many times during their illustrious careers, and Notley says that his side needs to watch out for the man known as ‘Mr Touch’.“He’ll certainly be one of the danger players but there’s no doubt he’s a bit older now and a bit slower than he was so hopefully we’ll manage him better than we have in the past,” Notley said.  As for the Australian team, Notley and three of his 2010 National Touch League winning South Queensland Sharks teammates will take to the field with him in the Men’s 40’s division. There is also one of his Sharks teammates lining up against the Australian side.“There were five Sharks in the Australian team but one of them pulled out. There’s also a Sharks member in the New Zealand team, that’s Bruce McDonald. He’s quite good so it’s a bit of a shame that he’s not representing Australia. He knows all of our secrets!” he said. Notley says that last month’s training camp went well, and that the team is looking forward to taking to the field in two days time. “(It was) quite good. We had to iron out a few little things and I think everyone left there pretty happy with the way things went. “It’s hard to say (how we’ll go). I haven’t played a lot of 40’s. We’ve had one player pull out who was a bit of a loss for us in Dave Raper, but I do think we have other strengths defensively and with our go forward, both of them look pretty good.” The 2010 Masters Trans Tasman Test Series will be played from Friday, 11 June to Sunday, 13 June 2010 at Townsville’s Queens Park. To keep up to date with all of the latest Masters Trans Tasman Test Series news, please visit the following website: www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=6460&pID=14last_img

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