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first_imgRobbie McCormack played Rugby League for the Newcastle Knights between 1988 and 1996. He played 154 games for the Knights, primarily at hooker, played for NSW Country in 1993 and 1994, played State of Origin in 1993 and is playing at his first National Touch League (NTL) tournament this year. After playing touch as a child Robbie had to give it up, as his potential in rugby league began to be fulfilled. During his time at the Knights, he was unable to stay involved with touch footy because coaching staff believed playing an alternative form of football would teach the players bad habits and impact upon their league skills and results. But now his rugby league days are finished and he’s suited up for the Hunter-Western Hornets Mens 35 years team at this year’s senior NTL’s. “I basically got asked by a mate to play for Newcastle in their Mens 35’s and then ended up here. It’s all another step up, the Country Cup was big, then I was blown away by the State Cup, which was even bigger and now the NTL’s”, he says. “The organisation and professionalism is fantastic, but mostly I’m having a lot of fun and just really enjoying playing, it’s great to see the occasional league mate out here as well.” Cliff Lyons is one of those mates who is also here at the NTL, playing Mens 40 years for the Sydney Scorpions. After a league career spanning 1986-1999, Lyons came away with over 330 games for the Manly Sea Eagles, two premierships, two World Sevens titles, six tests for Australia, six State of Origins and the list goes on. It’s his third NTL and his team started the tournament well with an 8-2 win over Tropical Queensland Cyclones. For players like Robbie and Cliff, the chance to compete in a National Tournament in the Senior divisions, is something incredibly worthwhile. “It’s so good to be back competing and playing for fun but also to win”, says Robbie. “After having a few years off from this sort of competition, it really brings it back to you and it’s great!” “Touch football goes up and back so quickly, but thankfully a lot of the rugby league skills and training programs we’ve done, combined with the touch football work, give us more options during games”, he says. Cliff played touch all through his NRL career and also believes that the game of touch improved his speed and fitness, especially being six players a side, and would do the same for others. For many young touch footballers, the attraction of playing rugby league can draw them away from the lower-profile sport of touch football. Benji Marshall is starring for Wests Tigers in the NRL and looks like he will have a successful career. What many sports trivia buffs may not realise is that Benji was a part of Australia’s winning Mixed Open team that won last year’s World Cup in Japan and he took home the International award for Player of the Series. Enjoy your career, but don’t forget touch football. That’s the message from players like Cliff and Robbie. “Go for the career and money in league, if that’s what you need”, says Cliff. “But don’t forget to come back to touch when you’ve finished, it’s always here and it’s a great sport”, he says. “Events like the NTL’s are great, I just keep enjoying myself and coming back each year.” Media contact: Rachel Moyle, 0422233165last_img

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