Super Trans Tasman A Family Affair

first_imgNot many opportunities arise in sport where families can represent Australia at the same time, but the creation of the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series will see several families in the Australian contingent get to share the honour together. One of the families sharing the experience are the Gillards, with Brett representing Australia in the Men’s 50’s side and son Josh wearing the green and gold for the first time from Tuesday in the 20’s Boys team. The Gillards are just one of many family combinations that are in the Australian contingent for the Super Trans Tasman, which include twins Amy and Holly Smith, marriages including Dylan and Emily Hennessey and Erin and Dean Taylor and sisters Sarah and Laura Peattie, just to name a few. We caught up with the Gillards in the lead up to the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series about sharing the experience together and how much it means to wear the green and gold jersey. Congratulations to both of you for making your respective Australian teams, how much are you looking forward to the Super Trans Tasman Series?Brett: Enormously, it’s always a great opportunity when you play for Australia and it’s extra special to have Josh there, I’m filled with a lot of pride to watch him play, that’ll be really special. Josh: I’m stoked, it’s a pretty big honour to represent your country and like Dad said it’s pretty special that I get to be over there with him. Was it ever a thought that maybe one day you could represent Australia at the same time?Brett: I had always hoped that we may end up somewhere like that, only a couple of years ago we were both playing in the same Premier League side, so that was nice to reach that level. I sort of figured that it wasn’t going to happen at a New South Wales level, we both played State of Origin this year and to back it up with this is really good and quite exciting.What have you told Josh about playing at an Australian level?Brett: Not that much, he only needs to focus on his own game and he knows that, he certainly knows enough to perform at that level. He’s had so many years under his belt of Premier League now, he’ll find it, not easy, but he’ll cope with it quite well. It won’t be the daunting prospect of such a large leap for him. Other than that, he’s only got to focus on his own game and getting that right and I think he’s pretty much there. Josh, what can you tell us about the 20’s Boys team?Josh: We’ve got a really good attacking side, we’ve just got to make sure our defence is good, we’re going to score plenty of touchdowns. It looks like the team has a lot of fun together and gets along very well?Josh: It’s good fun, the coaches are legends, they are good fun to be around. There’s plenty of banter. Brett: They’ve got an enormous boost having Sam Brisby back in the team. That gives them a lot of experience. He played a World Cup in 2011, so he’ll bring a lot to the team. Brett, can you please tell us a bit about your Men’s 50’s side?Brett: We’ve got a plethora of experience, players with enormous ability, three Hall of Famers, Tim Kitchingham, Dave Cheung and Garry Lawless. We’ve got Mick McCall as our assistant coach and Bruce Ager (as coach), he’s quite experienced at this level now. We’ve got a lot of blokes with a lot of experience, there’s only three debutants and the three of them are very strong players. We should do very well. How good is it that you can continue to still play at this level and have similar teams each time?Brett: It’s very good, it’s great to still be able to play around with mates at this level. It shows the benefit of Touch, where Josh and I are still able to play the game and at this level, it is the family game. It is underappreciated for that. How nice is it that you can actually be there to cheer each other on in New Zealand?Brett: It makes it very special, I hope that Josh relishes the moment and enjoys every bit of it but knows he’s got that level of support there with him. It really makes it special, and the reverse for me, it’s nice to know that he’s sitting in the stands watching. Josh, how much has your Dad helped you over the years?Josh: An unbelievable amount, he’s put in plenty hours on and off the Touch field, he would have spent at least three years with me and all of our younger friends developing us, making us better players. And just the one-on-one stuff with me, we spend two or three days a week at least over at the park practicing individual skills.And it must be nice to see a lot of the younger Manly players coming through and representing Australia in those age groups?Brett: That started with Josh’s age group, with Sam Brisby and Simon Lang, that was the group that started the development, Daniel Chiddy was a part of that too. To recognise there was a need there and that’s when we got serious about it and really started to develop those guys and we’ve kicked it on since there and that’s been the bonus for Manly, a lot of that development has gone on and developed into Scorpions.  There are plenty of ways that you can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results from the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series, which is taking place in Auckland from Tuesday, 5 February until Sunday, 10 February 2013. Touch Football Australia will be reporting live during the games on its social media pages, which can be found by clicking on the links below:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the #transtasman2013 hashtag)Instagram – Search for ‘Touch Football Australia’The www.austouch.com.au and www.transtasman.mytouchfooty.com websites will have all of the latest news, information, stories and match reports uploaded to the sites. Highlights from the series will also be uploaded to the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel throughout the event – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus. Be sure to also send in your message of support to the Australian teams in the lead up to the series, which will then be posted on the www.austouch.com.au website in the lead up to and during the series. You can do this through any of our social media sites or send an email to media@austouch.com.au with your message.Related LinksSTT A Family Affairlast_img

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