The countdown is on for one of the most anticipated Trans Tasman Series’ in recent history. Australia will be out to reclaim the Trans Tasman trophy when the 2014 Trans Tasman Series is held at Glen Willow Stadium in Mudgee, New South Wales in just 100 days’ time (Friday, 25 April until Sunday, 27 April 2014). With the 2015 World Cup edging closer, the Trans Tasman event will be the arch rivals’ last chance to battle it out before the World Cup is held in Coffs Harbour in April and May, 2015. Last time they met (Auckland, February 2013), New Zealand claimed the series two divisions to one, with Australia winning the Women’s Open division 3-0, while the Kiwis were victors in the Men’s and Mixed divisions, two games to one. “It [the Trans-Tasman series] is vital,” Touch Football Australia CEO Colm Maguire told the Mudgee Guardian.“It is going to be very busy leading up to the World Cup and not only do we have the Trans-Tasman but there is the State of Origin series in September and the Elite Eight Series before the World Cup.“If they [the players] don’t take the opportunity they have been given, then there are plenty of other people who are pushing their case for selection.”The 2012 event saw the two nations engage with the community through ANZAC Day ceremonies as well as school visits and Touch Football clinics.Maguire says the 2014 event will have a similar feel. “We want to involve the locals as much as possible.“I think the last time it was one of the first events held at the stadium and no one really knew how it was going to go. The Anzac part of it went really well and the school involvement only came about by chance [because of a school touch tournament].“We want to involve the schools and the players of the sport, interact with everyone.”Wednesday, 15 January marks 100 days until the 2014 Trans Tasman Test Series, so what better way to kick off our coverage of the event than a 100 day countdown!Head to the ‘2014 Trans Tasman Series’ tab under ‘Tournaments’ on the top menu of the website for more information in the lead up to the Series. Stay tuned to www.austouch.com.au in the lead up to the 2014 Trans Tasman Series as we keep you up-to-date with all of the latest news and information about the event. Check out some of the highlights of the last event played in Mudgee, the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, below. Please click on the link below to read the Mudgee Guardian story: http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/2022401/maguire-promises-a-touch-of-class-at-trans-tasman/?cs=1233#slide=2 Related Links100 day countdown begins!