The Graduates – Nathan Norford

The Graduates – Nathan Norford

first_imgIn the fourth edition of The Graduates, austouch.com.au caught up with former Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) player, Nathan Norford, who played for the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones at the 2010 X-Blades National Youth Championships. After two years playing for QSST, Nathan Norford’s final National Youth Championships was a chance to play for his permit, North Queensland, for the first time at the NYC level.And it turned out to be an impressive performance from the Tropical Cyclones 18’s Boys team, making it to the semi finals of the event. Norford hopes that his experience and leadership at this year’s NYC helps the side for years to come and hopes he can continue to help the side in other roles in the future. “Further down the track I’d love to coach these boys and mentor them. I’ve got my little brother playing in the side and he played really well and all the young boys, it’s a good chance for them to play on a bigger stage,” he said. Norford had his chance to play against QSST on day one of the NYC, and says that he was ‘a bit nervous’ but enjoyed playing against his former team.  “We played them early in the tournament, we came out and matched them for close to 10 to 15 minutes and then Queensland kept their same intensity and we couldn’t match it for the whole game I guess,” Norford said. “It’s the first time I’ve ever played for Cyclones, everyone likes to play for their region. At the same time, you’ve got a little bit of rivalry between the New South Wales and the Queensland teams. It’s a little bit of pressure on yourself to stand up to that.”Norford has plenty of fond memories of his time at the National Youth Championships over the past three years and says that he is ‘pretty disappointed’ that it has all come to an end, but knows there is plenty to look forward to in the future. “You always love coming away to these championships, and it’s a good way to test out your ability but there’s still 20’s and there’s still Open’s, so there’s a lot to look forward to.”“Probably the biggest thing I enjoy about Youth Champs is playing a good standard of Touch. Week in, week out we probably don’t get that as much in Townsville or North Queensland compared to the southern areas. (I also enjoy) meeting new people, seeing some many people, and you’re all here for the same passion.”last_img

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