TOUCH FOOTBALL: The Trans-Tasman Touch Football Test Series is in full flight on the Sunshine Coast.

The event proper got under-way on Friday, when Australia edged New Zealand 9-6 in the opening match.

Australia's mixed team member Leah Percy was delighted to start the campaign with a victory.

"It was really good to get the first win. We've still got a lot to work on, a lot to prove, but it was really great to get a win under our belt."

"I thought our debutants did really well. There's a lot of nerves before going into your first Test match so I thought they did really well and we just combined really well as a team."

TOUCHFOOTBALL: Trans tasmen test match, Australian v New Zealand mixed open round 1. Australian's captain Cameron Nicholls goes in for the touch against New Zealand's Wiremu Takerei.
TOUCHFOOTBALL: Trans tasmen test match, Australian v New Zealand mixed open round 1. Australian's captain Cameron Nicholls goes in for the touch against New Zealand's Wiremu Takerei. Patrick Woods

Australia and New Zealand also collided in men's and women's matches on Friday night.

The Aussies won those matches 5-2 and 10-3 respectively to take command of the series.

The teams will meet again on Saturday and on Sunday.

The carnival also welcomed Japan for warm-up games on Wednesday and Thursday.



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