After a very successful inaugural Mixed Champions’ League in Winter, the concept has gone to another level for Spring. There is glut of talent that has descended on Shaw Park at Kedron with several high profile teams making the trek to test their might against the best.

With the inclusion of the Moreton Bay Bugs, Halfcut Mixed, and the Top Decks to the North Brisbane scene, the competition has gone up a notch. Many of the teams are using this as an opportunity to train before Australian Championships. Indeed, Lewis Burrows who runs the TRL Moreton Bay Region had this to say: “It is great to be able to put our Mixed Rep side into such a competitive competition. The players can’t wait to hone their skills and we are proud to be part of this concept.”

What has impressed me over the last 18 months is the level of interest we have for competitive TRL. What is still primarily a social sport, TRL is developing into an avenue for elite sportsmen and sportswomen to test their ability. We now have teams which train for these Competitions and who themselves, have developed their own name and reputation within the wider TRL community.

Finally, we cannot forget to mention the glamour Mixed club, Str8Up, who will be looking to defend their title this Spring. Despite their reputation as the Harlem Globetrotters of TRL, the strength of this competition has even toned down their confidence somewhat. Terry Rodgers (Captain-Coach of Str8Up) had this to say: “We were like butter last season baby!…on a roll. But we know we will have to be on our game to win again. We love our TRL and can’t wait for the competition to start.”

Tom Longworth