Meet the Coaches – Phil Gyemore

first_imgIn the lead up to the 2016 All Stars weekend, we’ve caught up with both coaches to get their thoughts in the lead up to the event. Join us as we hear from TFA Indigenous All Stars coach, Phil Gyemore about how much he is looking forward to the 2016 event and what it means to take part in the weekend. Having coached as part of TFA’s first involvement in the All Stars event in 2015, what does it mean to you to have this opportunity again?It means that we have opportunity to showcase our great sport on the big stage. The NRL All Stars event showcases Rugby League around the world so it’s great to highlight the sport of Touch Football to a captive audience.  We are proud indigenous people and we are excited to be able to represent all indigenous people in this special event.How do you see Touch Football Australia and the NRL’s partnership, in regards to the opportunities like this it is presenting our athletes?We have seen numerous opportunities due to the NRL and TFA partnership and the All Stars event is a clear example of this. Both sports can share and promote knowledge and experiences that have been successful. I’m sure that we have only touched the surface of how we can both take our sports to the next level.Our players have the chance to share the stage and so many of our players have gone on to become the stars of the NRL.  Players like Benji Marshall, Matt Moylan, Shaun Johnson and Ashley Taylor have honed their skills in our great game.What are you looking forward to most about the 2016 All Stars events?Being able to walk onto Suncorp Stadium will be amazing. We have all seen the Queensland dominance against New South Wales in the Rugby League State of Origin series at Suncorp Stadium. To see first-hand the surface and get a small taste of the atmosphere at one of the world’s best arenas will be something that I’ll never forget.  The Mixed format of the game is a prime example of the inclusive nature of Touch Football, what else makes this form of the game so important to the sport?Mixed Touch Football is unique in the fact that we rely on all players that need to trust one another regardless of whether they are male or female.  No player takes a backwards step and all players are treated equally.The All Stars event is about recognising and showcasing the amazing talent within Touch Football and Rugby League community, including those of Indigenous heritage. As a coach, if you could have any indigenous player in your team who would it be? And why?This is a really good question. If I could choose any indigenous player it would have to be Matt Bowen, the North Queensland Cowboys and Queensland Maroons star.  His amazing turn of speed, footwork and finishing ability would be an amazing asset in any Touch Football team.  2015 was a huge year for the sport, including a victorious World Cup campaign, what has been your highlight?It has been a great year for Touch Football but one of the highlights for me would have been watching Peter Bell going out a true winner in the Women’s Open World Cup Final against New Zealand.  Seeing his face in the latter stages of the game and the joy on his face during the team photo after being presented the World Cup medal was special. We had to establish a game plan that was going to prove effective and the girls executed it perfectly.What is your prediction for the result on Saturday, 13 February? TFA or Indigenous All Stars to take out the title for 2016?The Mick Lovett-coached TFA All Stars will be clear favourites however like last year we won’t be holding anything back.  We will win 8-7. Stay tuned to the TFA website and social media channels in the lead up to the 2016 All Stars event for all of the latest news and information:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksMeet The Coacheslast_img

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