Beau Newell

Beau has been heavily involved within Hornets for over 15 years now. He has previously held the positions of Assistant Regional Director, Regional Media Manager and Regional Director of Referees. He has also been a part of the Regional Referees panel for several years. Beau is a previous employee of NSW Touch Association, and currently is the Executive Director of NSW Sport and Event Management. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the management committee and is always ready to help in all aspects of the organisation.


Wayne Goodchild

Wayne has been involved in touch football for several years, and his appointment to the Assistant Regional Director is heightened through his extensive involvement in touch football at a park level. Also the Hornets previous Junior Director, Wayne has been very involved through the juniors at Newcastle City for some time, and his expertise in the arm have been proven by the success of our junior Hornets sides in the 2011 and 2012 representative seasons. He brings a wealth of experience to the junior’s role, and in conjunction with his western counterparts are steaming towards more successes in the future.


Karen Davies

Karen’s involvement within the Hornets has been instrumental in her short time as an Executive Board member. She has been a member of the Regional Referees Panel for several years, and has shown her skills through various roles at park level, including being a former President of Nelson Bay Touch Association. Karen’s role as Technical Director has seen the region benifit from a more professional and organised approach to the coaching, selecting and referee arms of our sport. Karen is a valued member of the Hornets team.


Robert White


Karley Banks

Karley Banks has been a dual international for Australia in Touch Football & Rugby League and has represented Queensland in 5 sports at Open age level: Touch Football, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Indoor Cricket & Field Cricket in a 30 year involvement with sport.

She is a hard working member of our management team who prides herself on her preparation aspects of performance and shows creative and innovative aspects in her work ethic. Karly was initially appointed into this role in 2015.


Don Green

Don Green has been a stalwart for the sport of touch football in NSW and beyond. To date, Don is the longest serving member of the Hornets Management, closely followed by Beau Newell. His service to western NSW touch football has been instrumental, and is considered one of the best selectors in the country, with a mass of experience in selecting from local club, CHS, regional, state and national selections during his time with the sport. Don is a life member of the Hornets, and was recognised for his dedication to junior touch football in western NSW, by having the Hornets Western Junior Championships named in his honour. Now known as the Don Green Western Junior Championships, of which he still plays a vital role in the events success. Don is an extremely valued member of our region.


Melinda Walls

Melinda is the newest member to the Hornets management team, but comes with a wealth of knowledge of our sport. She is currently the President of Maitland Touch Association, and has strong involvement with developing junior skills at grass roots touch. Her success in this area was highlighted in 2012, when her affiliate (Maitland) ran the second largest Primary Schools Touch Footy Gala Day, for schools all around the Hunter region with almost 1000 participants. She is a very welcome member of our team.


Joel Begnell

Joel is the newest member of the Hornets Management Committee, coming to the table with a wide range of experience on and off the field. Joel is currently a Board Member of the City of Orange Touch Association, holding a great deal of love for the game. In recent years, COTA has seen an increase in junior representative development, thanks in part to Joel’s efforts. His voice for junior participants in the western part of our region is his most valuable asset. He continues to advocate for western affiliates and players, and is a valued member of our team.


Jay Miller

Jay comes to this role as a keen advocate for players having their voice heard in the strategic planning of our future. Among Jay’s accomplishments he has represented Hornets, NSW and Australia ad various events, and has held several representative coaching roles with Hornets Touch.  Jay is a valued member of our Management Committee and will represent your interest in all relevant matters. (Contact Jay via our ‘Contact Us’ page to share your views and opinions).


Riley Sohier


Julie Wiseman