The new event, that has replaced the Victorian State Team Titles, showcased local talent and attracted some of the biggest names in the game who travelled to Sale for the Inaugural tournament that proved to be a massive hit with the Victorian Touch Football community.New Zealand’s “Mr. Touch” Peter Walters made the trek from across the ditch to conduct a skills clinic for junior players and to play in the event along with 2007 Australian World Cup Open Mixed star Matthew Tope and Australian Mixed 30s lynchpin Manu Wakely. A host of National Touch League, State representatives, and local legends took to the fields to test themselves against the best the State had to offer and vie for the crown of Sale Knockout champions for 2007.Touch Football Australia’s Victorian Branch Manager Mr. David Brady was impressed by the standard of game play, sportsmanship and spirit on display from all participants, and all aspects of the organisation of the tournament.“Sale & District Touch Association put on a great tournament, and did a marvellous job as they have always done when hosting events. The participants repaid them with hours and hours of exciting touch played in true spirit. Players, referees, and officials were fantastic and we can look to 2008 with great anticipation of it being an even bigger and better tournament for Touch Football in Victoria.” Mr. Brady said.David Regenspurger was awarded the Inaugural “Laurie Smyth Mixed Trophy”, recognising a participant in the event who embodies the positive qualities of participation in the game.The award is named in honour of Laurie Smyth, a hard working and long serving member of the Sale & District Touch Association who has been the backbone of his association for over twenty years.Laurie was a founding member of the association and was awarded life membership of the Sale & District Touch Association in 1998.Next year’s event will be conducted again at the East Gippsland Fields on the weekend 5-6 April 2008, for more information please contact the TFA-Victoria office on 03 9206 6755.Results for the Sale Knckout are listed below and a comprehensive wrap of the tournament has been provided by Peter Shefford.Please click on the attachment for Peter’s full report.SALE KNOCKOUT 2007 – ResultsA Women’s FinalSynergy 4 defeated Screaming Yellow Zonkers 3B Women’s FinalHands Off 1 defeated Bra Town 0 with drop off.Women’s Most Valuable PlayerStacey Avery (Hot Ice)A Men’s FinalMaori Saiyans 4 defeated Vipers 3 with a drop off.B Men’s FinalTMR 3 defeated Tornadoes 2 with a drop off.Men’s Most Valuable Player Tim Booth (Ballarat)Mixed Social Plate FinalNagle jets 3 defeated SBFDTC 2 in a drop offMixed Social FinalKnapsack straps 8 defeated Three Free Throws 2Mixed Open FinalGremlins 5 defeated Sydney Rebels 4Most valuable players:Mixed Social Male: Lano Fonua (Knapsack Strap)Mixed Social Female: Samantha Spiers (Knapsack Straps)Mixed Open Male: Manu Wakely (Sydney Rebels)Mixed Open Female: Toni Breeze (Vipers)Related Files2007_sale_knockout_tournament_report-doc Touch Football Australia’s Victorian branch and the Sale & District Touch Association recently hosted the Inaugural Sale Knockout tournament which attracted 35 teams across seven divisions on the weekend of 14-15 April 2007.