Family always in good touch

 The Faulks family, of North Taieri, (from left) Hamish (9), Angus (11), Jessica (13) and Mackenzie (15), are all members of Otago touch teams. Photo by Linda Robertson.
The Faulks family, of North Taieri, (from left) Hamish (9), Angus (11), Jessica (13) and Mackenzie (15), are all members of Otago touch teams. Photo by Linda Robertson.

Touch and the Faulks family go hand and hand.

The four children of Andrea and John Faulks, of North Taieri, have all been selected in Otago touch teams.

Mackenzie (15), has been named in the under-17 boys' side, Jessica (13) is in the under-15 girls' team, Angus (11) has been picked for the under-13 boys while Hamish (9) is in the under-11 boys' team.

Andrea Faulks admits it can get hectic in her house to get everyone to practice and games.

Each child encouraged the other in their play and that helped everyone improve. The family play touch during the week at Mosgiel and also in Dunedin.

Hamish and Angus attend Elmgrove School in Mosgiel, Jessica is a pupil at St Hilda's Collegiate and Mackenzie is at Otago Boys' High School.

Jessica will represent St Hilda's Collegiate at the New Zealand Secondary Schools touch tournament in Auckland this week, the only year 9 pupil in the team.

Mackenzie was injured at the time of the Otago trials but made it into the boys' team following some top performances in the Otago mixed side at the national championships in March.

He has been picked for the New Zealand touch academy after his impressive efforts in March.

Touch has changed markedly in the past few years and has a style of its own, a long way from a pick-up game for rugby, as it was when the sport started.

All four of the Faulks children fit into the ''smart attacker'' profile.

Touch on the Taieri is in good heart in the junior ranks, with 32 of the 140 junior Otago representative players this season coming from Taieri. Five of the management team also come from Taieri.

The Otago sides had dominant wins over their Southland counterparts over the past couple of weeks and are now focused on preparing for the South Island championships in Christchurch on December 14-15.

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