Sarah Spacie starred for the Australian Open Women’s touch team last weekend.
Sarah Spacie starred for the Australian Open Women’s touch team last weekend. Glen Eaton

Spacie’s in fine touch

TOUCH FOOTBALL: Former Gympie woman Sarah Spacie has played a crucial part in Australia winning back the touch football Trans-Tasman Cup, after being part of the victorious women's national side that travelled across the ditch to play over the Anzac long weekend.

Spacie arrived in Mudgee last Tuesday for pre-tour training, along with the national men's and mixed sides, with Australia keen to win back the trophy after losing the last series in Auckland.

After the men's and mixed teams started off the campaign with wins on Anzac Day, Spacie scored a try in the women's 8-6 victory.

She then scored again on Saturday in the women's hard-fought 6-4 loss, meaning they needed to beat the Kiwis on Sunday to win the women's series.

Meanwhile, the men's and mixed teams had both won their second matches, and their respective series, meaning Australia had won back the Trans-Tasman Cup.

The pressure was on for the women's last match on Sunday, as Australia had never lost the women's series.

But they came out firing, and a 6-4 victory gave them the 2-1 series win, and Australia a 3-0 Trans-Tasman whitewash.

It was the last time the two countries will square off until next year's World Cup in Coffs Harbour.

Spacie was a member of the mixed team at last year's World Cup, and will no doubt play a big part again in April.

The PE teacher and personal trainer played in Gympie for several years before moving to Brisbane after finishing university.

Gympie Times


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