Rusty has secured their first mens title with an emphatic 5-3 win to end spring season at Carseldine.
The Monday night hopefuls took on old foe Let’s Get A Tag in the grand final for the second consecutive season, this time however, the result was much different.
Taking the field in trying conditions, one hour after a storm blew through, a strong emphasis was on ball control and forward momentum.
Rusty was the first to lock down the game plan with part-time player Craig weaving through some loose defence to score their first points.
Their main-man was at it once again, this time setting up Andrew Claybourne who slipped through a small hole.
Short passes were key in greasy, humid conditions and the first long balls Rusty threw was intercepted by Tag’s captain Mitch Singleton.
The length of the field effort saved what was a lacklustre first half, albeit without a number of influential players.
Fatigue crept into the game much earlier than anticipated with the speed players the key.
Enter Michael Spargo who skipped around some tired outside defenders to push the lead out to 3-1.
A fortuitous bounce on the kick-off landed straight back into the hands of Rusty to who scored on the next touch through captain Brett McAleese.
Player of the Match, Craig notched up his second try dancing over in the centres.
Down 5-1, Let’s Get A Tag began to play their best football of the game.
The errors dried up and they marched down the field with ease.
Zippy try scorer Matt Hockey was next to cross before Bryan slide over to cap a 3-minute try flurry.
Too little too late as time expired with Rusty gasping the shield.
Rusty 5 : Craig (2), Michael, Andrew, Brett
Let’s Get A Tag 3 : Mitch, Matt, Bryan.
Player of the Match: Craig
Troopers have claimed the Monday mixed grand final with a big win over Flickers Mixed.
The two sole surviving mixed teams pre-covid at Carseldine played off in their very first final to close out spring season.
Leading try scorer Chloe Storm (13) lead the way with a hat-trick, while Cole Leniu and Cameron Webb each posted first half doubles.
Harley Mason crossed for his first try in a month, while representative lady Amanda Chilcott made it a two-point try delight with one of her own.
Cole and Harley led the way with two try assists, while Chloe notched up one.
While Flickers’ remained scoreless, there were plenty of positive signs with key players Cole Phillips, Cassidy Payne and Shaun Reynoldson featuring through the middle.
Young girls Adyson and Savannah Musgrave-Paea performed well in their first full season combining for 12 tries.
School boys, Oliver and Patrick shone in their first season and have a bright future.
Well done to Troopers on their Grand Final win
Troopers 12 : Chloe Storm (3), Cam Webb (2), Cole Leniu (2), Harley Mason, Amanda Chilcott
Flickers 0 :
Players of the Match : Cole Leniu & Chloe Storm
Congratulations to our LIVIN top try scorers!
Rusty’s Jeff May (12) topped the mens competition for the first time, while Troopers’ Chloe Storm (13) crushed the mixed competition.
Thanks to all our event partners, players and teams on a fantastic Monday season.
We will resume at Carseldine (following field maintenance) in mid-January.