Bushfire Appeal – $1,500 Donated, Champions Crowned

Taringa played host to the 2020 Bushfire Appeal Charity Tournament which drew over 150 players, spectators and sponsors last Saturday.

The plan was hatched just three weeks ago to organise an event to help raise vital funds for those in need following a brutal couple of months with bushfires affecting much of Australia.

While many of us may not be in a position to throw large sums of money at the relief effort, we are in a position to bound together, unite as one and help support those in need.

When the dust settled, we were able to donate $1,500 to the disaster relief effort.

Without your amazing support, this wouldn’t of been possible. Thank you.

A special mention to all our event sponsors who donated players/team vouchers or their own time. Thank you.

Players of the Tournament
Bushfire Appeal players of the tournament.
The event featured some outstanding touch footy by some classy players of different backgrounds.

For the first time in Kick It Tournament history the top try scores in Mens and Mixed (guys and girls), also topped the list with most assists.

It came as no surprise the trio were named as the players of the tournament. A special thanks to Newstead Remedial Massage for the player prizes.

Nate Wood led the charge in mens with seven tries and three assists, helping Skittles stay undefeated in the pool matches. Many of Nate’s tries were splits on the goal line.

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Chloe Storm scores a try for Nek Set.

Nek Set’s Chloe Storm lead the charge for the girls with three tries of her own, while notching up two try assists for her second team Guns & Hoses.

The New South Wales Blues representative has crossed for 12 tries at Kick It Tournaments over the last 12 months.

Antony Tatkovic was the star for Rampaging Cattledogs with six tries and three assists, including a match-winning final pass in his side’s golden point win in the semi final.


Mixed Division

Congratulations to Guns & Hoses on taking out the Mixed division over a fast-finishing Rampaging Cattledogs on Saturday.

Featuring eight representative players, the team in black and white failed to drop a game throughout the pool rounds, before cruising to victory in the final.

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Eliza Mooney passes to Kirk Barber

A 7-1 win over Nek Set on the back of a two-try effort by Jacob McMahon and Eliza Mooney stamped their side’s ticket to the grand final.

Rampaging Cattledogs did it the hard way against Taringa’s own New Kicks On The Block.

With the scores tried up at 2-2 after 20-minutes, the match went to extra time.

New Kicks would score on their first possession, only for Antony Tatkovic star once again and send Shannon Weaver over for a two-point girl try to end the match.

A red-hot Guns & Hoses outfit ended New Kicks’ finals aspirations with a clinical 5-2 win.


Mens Division

In a hotly contested mens division, it was Skittles who walked away triumphant.

Boasting two former Kick It representative studs and a handful of traditional touch players, Skittles dissected their opposition’s defence with plenty of moves attacking inside the 10 metres.

John | Skittles
Averaging over five tries per game, Skittles were able to pile on the points early and often. Many of their tries were through the hands which was a spectacle to watch.

Beau Knows provided the most resistance with a number of Rep players on the books.

Led by captain Ben Hayes and Jayden Turnbull, the pair combined for nine of their team’s 14 tries and a 20/10.

The boys in purple reached the grand final following two tough one-point victories over OK Boomers earlier in the day.

Ben/Jayden | Bushfire Appeal
Ben Hayes shaping to kick for Jayden Turnbull.

A visibly fatigued Beau Knows outfit were off the pace early in the final with a handful of missed opportunities with the ball.

Skittles capitalised running in three early tries with Nate Wood, Damien Gehrke and John Hamstra featuring once again.

Some questionable goal-line defence saw successive backline movements leading to points, blowing the lead out to 5-0.

Beau Knows got on the board in the final minutes, before Skittles iced their victory with a try in the dying moments.

Thanks to Arrivederci Pizzeria and Newstead Remedial Massage for their grand final team prizes. A special mention goes to GYG Toowong/Indooroopilly, LIVIN and Range Brewing for donating some individual prizes on the day.

Full results/leaderboards
Team Photos

There are plenty of action shots to be released via our social media channels over the next couple of weeks.
Stay turned for our next charity event with LIVIN in May.


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