The Mens Australian Outback Development Team travelled to Tahiti to participate in the first Tahitian Football Festival hosted by the Fédération Tahitienne Football Américain (FTFA). The purpose of this trip was to assist Tahiti with the development of their very first National Team. American Samoa were also invited to the festival which is also aimed at assisting the growth of the sport in the Oceania Region.
Australia played 2 games during the 12 day trip with some great results.
Game 1 was held on Wednesday 27 July 2016. The Australian Outback Development team defeated American Samoa 40-14. Touchdowns by: Mark Shoebridge (QB), Josh Taylor (WR), Conor Foley (RB), Max Nina (WR), Jacob Kerin (WR) and Ben Gough (RB) Punt Return. Kicker Aaron McEvoy kicked 4/6
Game 2 was held on Saturday 30 July 2016. Australia defeated Tahiti 82-6. Touchdowns by: 3 x Liam Bennett, 3 x Ben Gough, 2 x Ben Raglione, Brad Ferguson, Mark Shoebridge, Brad Ebdon and John Leilua. 9/11 kick conversion by Aaron McEvoy with 1 unsuccessful run through and 1 x safety.
Game Film – Both games have been loaded into our YouTube Channel and can be watched here:
Photos – Some photos of the event can be viewed in our Facebook Album
Finally, we would like to thank the Fédération Tahitienne Football Américain FTFA for the opportunity to travel to Tahiti, we thank the federation for their hospitality and we hope to see them again very soon!
The Junior Australian Outback National Team will be competing in Harbin, China in the IFAF U19 World Cup which is the world championship of American Football for players under the age of 19 organised by the International Federation of the American Football (IFAF).
Keep up to date with the 2016 IFAF U19 Junior World Championships here: http://www.ifaf2016u19.com/