70’s

Conditions of Play 1973

  • Brisbane Touch Football Association formed
  • Jim Schaumberg (President)
  • —10 teams — First games at Corbett Park and Davies Park —
  • BTFA play representative game against Sydney

Points of Interest 1973

  • —BTFA – Age Limit to play, 25 years and over (2 x 23 year olds allowed with medical certificate) —
  • Registered players of any code of football not allowed to play touch football
  • Played for Melbourne Cup, followed by BBQ and free drinks donated by Gary Balkin, licensee of Melbourne Hotel and Patron of BTFRA
  • Representative team visit to Sydney coincided with attendance at Sydney Rugby League Grand Final

More Interesting Info 1973

  • —One season a year – winter Most players played in bare feet, with games commencing at 7.45 am
  • Striking for the ball by the marker at the ruck was banned
  • No scrummaging was allowed —
  • First budget of BTFA included income of $181 and expenditure of $111 – profit of $70!
  • —BTFA applied to affiliate with the Brisbane Rugby League

1974

  • —South Queensland Touch Football Association formed (later renamed Metropolitan Touch Football Association) —
  • Russell Mowles (Secretary)
  • —8 teams
  • —First competition at Balmoral High School
  • —Basically same rules as BTFA
  • —Allowed players under 25 years to play

1978

  • —Australian Touch Association formed —
  • South East Queensland Touch Association (Region including Brisbane, Ipswich and Toowoomba), later becomes Brisbane City
  • —SQTFA Referees Association formed(President Col Clark)

 

80’s

1981

  • First BTFA womens competition—
  • Normanettes (Coach Bob McWhirter)
  • —Sue, Maria and Alison McWhirter —
  • Won BTFA womens premiership for first 5 years (1981-85)

1984

  • —All touch associations except BTFA change to 7-a-side, half field —
  • MTFA change name to Metropolitan Touch Association —
  • MTA introduce Junior Touch

1987

  • —Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association —
  • 155 teams —
  • Peter Ridgewell (President) —
  • Reg Barr (Vice President)
  • —Vince Morrison (Secretary)
  • —Morey Creed (Administrator)
  • —First games at Whites Hill in 1988

 

2013

  • 13 playing fields at Whites Hill —
  • 6 playing fields at Fairfield —
  • 900 teams a year (300 junior teams) —
  • 10,000 affiliated players annually
  • —Fixtures 5 nights a week, two seasons a year —
  • Special events – All Schools (350 teams), First Contact Sports Festival (largest indigenous event in Australia), State of Origin Touch, National Championships (U12, U14, U16,U18,U20), Queensland Touch Championships (Schools and Adults), World Masters Games (Touch)