Ballers have re-gained the Stafford Mixed title with an emphatic 11-2 win over Too Out Of Touch on Wednesday night.
Sitting on top of the table after the fixture rounds, Ballers were faced with an uphill battle with the absence of their captain and Queensland Origin representative Jess Sleep. Those fears were put to rest early as her side raced to an early 5-0 lead.
Middle men Jake Coolwell and Vanni Lettieri ensured the scoreboard ticked over regularly as the pair combined for six tries and three try assists.
Queensland star Brayden Barrett grabbed two of his own in the final hit out before the July 17th Origin match.
Jake Coolwell opened the scoring by stepping through some feeble defence in the opening two minutes. His trademark step would be on full display as he put on Brayden Barrett’s second try and Adriano Gaile’s first, late in the second half.
Player of the match Vanni Lettieri scored two of his own off the boot, before putting in a lovely kick down the sideline for Brayden Barrett to race away and score.
A chip and chase on the siren yielded Lettieri a first half hat-trick and killed off any momentum Too Out Of Touch had heading into the break.
Coming off an upset win over second placed Slappers in last week’s semi-final, Too Out Of Touch had nothing to lose heading into the second half.
Jack Newton drew first blood after pouncing on a ricocheted kick in the in-goal by Chris Honnery.
The joy with short-lived with Lettieri notching up his fourth try of the match, before a near-length of the field effort from Ben Hayes blew the score out once again.
Queensland debutant Chris Honnery would stem the flow touching down off a crisp short ball from Shannyn Hermann.
The result was sealed moments later when Jake Coolwell latched onto errant pass and ran 45 metres score, followed by a Zac Jane try assist to send Brad McKinlay over for his first try of the season.
Ballers defeated Too Out Of Touch 11-2
Ballers: Vanni Lettieri (4), Brayden Barrett (2), Jake Coolwell (2), Ben Hayes, Adriano Gaile, Brad McKinley
Too Out Of Touch: Jack Newton, Chris Honnery.
Player of the Match: Vanni Lettieri
Best and Fairest: Chris Honnery
Soup A-Stars have won their maiden mixed two shield on the back of a starring four-try performance from winger Mel Dyson.
The match against Kickin’ Wing shaped as a high scoring contest and it delivered with 16 points scored when the clock hit zero.
New South Wales Origin star Corey Pocock continued his fine form with three tries and two try assists, while team captain Cam Webb and Phil Sue each got one of their own.
Kickin’ Wing top try scorer Emmaus Wartovo racked up his second hat-trick of the season, including an impressive run away intercept try.
Reni Wilcock crossed for a consolation try late in the game, his fourth of the season.
The match belonged to Mel Dyson who scored eight points of her own to single handedly secure her side’s victory. Her four tries is the most by a single girl in any division two or division three final in Kick It history.
Soup A-Stars defeated Kickin’ Wing 12-4
Soup A-Stars: Mel Dyson (4), Corey Pocock (3), Cam Webb, Phil Sue
Kickin’ Wing: Emmaus Wartovo (3), Reni Wilcock
Player of the Match: Mel Dyson
Well down to our mixed LIVIN top try scorers Chris Honnery (10), Cam Webb (10) and Jess Sleep (12).
Well done to Isaac Toohey (9) who became the new Mixed Range Brewing Try Assist Champion. Full leaderboards.
A special thank you to our grand final sponsors Arrivederci Pizzeria and Newstead Remedial Massage for their player/team prizes.
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