TOUCH DOWN: Australia's Tim Glazebrook dives to score a try during the mixed match against New Zealand at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Sunday.
TOUCH DOWN: Australia's Tim Glazebrook dives to score a try during the mixed match against New Zealand at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Sunday. Warren Lynam

Clean sweep for Aussies in Trans-Tasman touch series

TOUCH FOOTBALL: Australia reaffirmed its dominance over New Zealand with another clean sweep of victories in the Trans Tasman Touch Football Series at Sunshine Coast Stadium, but only after a scare or two during the three-day campaign.

The hosts went into the nine-game format as strong favourites after a perfect display in 2016.

And they made sure of things again this time around, beating their rivals across three men's, three women's and three mixed matches.

But the Touch Blacks appear to be closing the gap, with several close encounters.

Australian men's captain Nick Good said it was a "special" experience to win on home soil but he also praised the visitors for their determination.

His side only just won its three matches, with one match forced to an overtime drop-off.

"They're a class act," Good said of the New Zealand men's team after the final game of the carnival on Sunday.

"I've been sating it all series. I think they came over as a bunch of boys but they've proven they're all men, especially at that level."

Touch Blacks men's captain Mita Graham congratulated the Australian team but is already looking forward to the next series.

"We have a self belief and confidence about us which has grown each game.

"For the Aussie boys to win the last two Tests by one try is promising signs for touch between the two countries and it's really exciting for the next series."

Australia sealed overall honours in this year's edition on Saturday, after the women's second match.

Captain Elizabeth Campbell said she felt "absolutely amazing" after her side bagged a tough 9-6 win.

"There was a lot of pressure on us...so I'm really proud of the girls and ecstatic."


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