The fourth instalment of the LIVIN Charity Shield was hugely successful as 14 teams fought it out as we helped raise vital funds and awareness for mental health and depression. By late evening we were able to crown our new Mixed LIVIN Charity Shield champion.
Teams were the beneficiary of some great player prizes thanks to our event sponsors. Motto Motto Japanese Restaurant, Grill’d and Newstead Remedial Massage each provided over 100 vouchers, while our grand final seasonal sponsor Arrivederci Pizzeria assisted with the major prize. A special thanks to Power Station Co who served coffee throughout the event and Share Story for filming the action.
Mixed Division – Pool Rounds
Last year’s mixed champions Nek Set were arguably the most impressive team on the day as they didn’t drop a game throughout the pool matches. LIVIN top try scorer Corey Pocock scored 11 of Nek Set’s 18 tries to easily lead the mixed division. Rob Paese lead the event with 4 try assists, three of which lead to Pocock tries. Their only hiccup would come with a 4-4 draw to Troopers in the third pool game, however they still stood atop pool B.
Kickaholics Anonymous carried their strong form at Taringa into the LIVIN event going through undefeated. The best defensive team in pool A prospered on the back of Womens Top Try Scorer Eliza Mooney (4) and Trent Gossner (4) who combined for 12 of Kickaholics’ 18 points. The Taringa team would stroll into the finals at the top of their pool.
Woof had an indifferent day scoring two crucial early wins against The Farnhams and Bailey’s Disciples, while falling to Wu Tag Clan and Kickaholics to end the pool rounds. Woof, who consisted of many ex-Kick It players managed to creep into second in pool A on for and against. Micheal Lam, Steve Taylor and Jason Mitchell equated for 11 of Woof’s 16 tries.
Long serving Northside team Troopers put in a hurculean performance after losing four players before kick-off. A combined seven tries to Matthew Allen (4) and Shaun Tupou (3) helped their side to two wins and a draw. A win against Rampage in the final pool match of the day punched their semi-final ticket.
Stafford representatives Wu Tag Clan had a mixed morning, winning one of their first three matches before losing one of their best players to a broken leg. An inspiring late win against Woof in the final pool game wasn’t enough as they were pipped in the finals race by their opponent.
Rampage boasted the equal-best attack throughout the pool rounds scoring 20 points (on par with Nek Set). Tries to Ben Schofield (3), Funcho (3) and Annaleis Tatkovic (2) equated for half their side’s points, while Tom Primmer and Joseph O’Brien tallied 2 try assists each. An injury delay throughout the middle of the day postponed their final match with Troopers until 3:55pm. The match would seal the fate of both teams with the winner moving through to finals. A special thanks to team captain Clancy Tickner for assisting with the Charity day BBQ.
The Farnham’s returned after a 24-month hiatus at the annual Kick It event. Featuring some former representative star players, Farnham’s got on the board early with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Wu Tag Clan. Shane Kelly (3) lead his side’s scoring, while Tegan Spicer scored one of the tries of the day.
Bailey’s Disciples continued their involvement in the Charity Shield concept after being runners up at last year’s event. It took until the fourth pool game, but Bailey’s got on the board with an impressive 3-1 win over The Farnhams. Jacob Navybox (3) lead his team’s scoring, while Lachlan Saunders chipped in with two tries. A special thanks to team captain Don Grahame for assisting with the Charity day BBQ.
Cobras entered the day as one of the most experienced teams given they made their Kick It debut in 2009. Plenty of laughs were had by the group who donned bright pink attire. Mark Pilgram racked up three tries while team captain Zach Caruana grabbed a couple of try assists.
Kickaholics Anonymous def Troopers 6-1
Woof def Nek Set 7-5
Woof secured their maiden Charity Shield win with a gutsy 4-1 victory over Kickaholics Anonymous. Tries to player of the match Michael Lam, Steve Taylor, Kurt Bramley and Jason Mitchell locked up the game. Woof received a $300 Arrivederci Pizzeria voucher, while Kickaholics Anonymous took home a Motto Motto and Newstead Remedial Massage gift pack.
Mixed LIVIN Top Try Scorers
Corey Pocock | Nek Set (11)
Michael Lam | Woof (5)
Trent Gossner | Kickaholics Anonymous (4)
Eliza Mooney | Kickaholics Anonymous (4)
Kelly Leaver | Nek Set (2)
Annaleis Tatkovic | Rampage (2)
Range Brewing Mixed Try Assist Leaders
Rob Paese | Nek Set (4)
Zach Caruana | Cobras (2)
Nick Gilliland | Nek Set (2)
Joseph O’Brien | Rampage (2)
Tom Primmer | Rampage (2)
Clint Wicks | Troopers (2)
A big thanks to all the teams, referees, volunteers and sponsors who participated in the 2019 Charity Shield event. With your involvement we have been able to donate $1,500 to mental health and depression.