Eight Straight For Next-Gen Champs
Next-Gen Untouchables have made it eight Taringa mixed titles in a row after an emphatic 8-4 win against Dugongs on Tuesday night.
Despite trailing early, the reigning champions would pile on six unanswered points to take a 6-1 lead at the break.
Dugongs drew first blood with a lovely worked numbers play by Floyd Hill to send Tim Mitchell over untouched between the middle and link defenders.
The quick lead lasted a matter of minutes after a perfect cross kick by Anthony Martin put Caitlin Spanner over in the corner.
Some up-and-in defence put the Dugongs attack under all sorts of pressure and Anthony Martin capitalised with a 40 metre intercept try to push the lead out to 3-1 by the eighth minute.
Range Brewing try assist champion Gerard Martin would score a try off a short kick from his brother, while Anthony crossed for his second off a Matt McIver grubber.
The onslaught continued into the final minute of the first half with Gerard Martin putting in a pin-point cross kick to Matt McIver to score in the corner and extend the lead to 6-1 at the break.
A momentum switch to start the second half as Dugongs captain Dave Shaw latched onto an errant pass and ran 30 metres to score.
Poised to open up once again, the match switched gears with a heavy dose of rucking in the middle third of the field.
It took a further eight minutes before Matt McIver would grubber his way to the try line for his side’s first points of the half.
Dugongs import Dan Ebert hit back on Dugongs’ next possession with a grubber of his own to make it 7-3.
The pair scored once more in identical fashion with Matt grounding the ball centimetres inside the dead ball line, while Dan Ebert jumped on a Tim Mitchell kick on the final siren.
Well done to Next-Gen Untouchables on claiming their eighth Taringa mixed crown on the trot.
Next-Gen def Dugongs 8-4.
Next-Gen Untouchables: Matt McIver (3), Anthony Martin (2), Caitlin Spanner, Gerard Martin.
Dugongs: Dan Ebert (2), Tim Mitchell, Dave Shaw.
Player of the Match: Anthony Martin (2 tries, 2 try assists).
Ball Fondlers have won their first Taringa mixed two title since their inception in 2018.
A hard fought match between red rivals Rampage set up an enthralling finish after trailing for most of the match. Player of the match Robbie Mazlin was the hero with two late tries to seal the victory.
Rampage were first on the board when Ben Schofield scooted around the outside defence to score in the corner inside two minutes.
Ball Fondlers’ captain Lachlan Cuffe levelled the scores moments later with a show-and-go followed by a short grubber to catch the Rampage defenders napping.
Some quality end-to-end footy ensued until South Brisbane Rep star Antony Tatkovic broke the deadlock by skipping down the sideline to score.
Holding a 2-1 lead at half time, Rampage held all the momentum.
Some quick thinking by Ball Fondlers’ middle man Lindsay Blair, picked up a loose ball to run 30 metres to tie up the scores.
Long serving Taringa player Drew MacDonald extended Ball Fondlers’ lead two possessions later after pouncing on a grubber that pulled up in the in-goal.
The comeback was well and truely on next set with Ross Newton grabbing a Lindsay Blair cross kick to blow the score out to 4-2 within the first five minutes of the second half.
Ben Schofield stopped the flurry of points with a nifty grubber to bring Rampage back within one point.
While playing in the middle for most of the match, Robbie Mazlin found himself on an edge for the final five minutes of the match. He made it count scoring in the left corner before a ruck and split with Drew MacDonald sent him over in the right corner to ice the game.
Well done to Ball Fondlers on the first mixed two championship.
Ball Fondlers def Rampage 6-3.
Ball Fondlers: Robbie Mazlin (2), Lachlan Cuffe, Lindsay Blair, Ross Newton, Drew MacDonald.
Rampage: Ben Schofield (2), Antony Tatkovic.
Player of the Match: Robbie Mazlin (two tries).
Well done to Joel and Eliza on become our new LIVIN top try scorers during Autumn season at Taringa.
Mixed Guys/Girls champions.
Joel Pham | Free Ballin (14).
Eliza Mooney | Kickaholics Anonymous (6).
Congratulations to our Range Brewing try assist leaders Gerard and Todd who both finished with eight assists throughout Autumn season!
Mixed try assist champions
Gerard Martin | Next-Gen Untouchables (8)
Todd Snowden | Burners (8)
For a full list of tries and try assists, visit the Taringa venue page.