Five in a row for Next-Gen Untouchables
A late try from Anthony Martin has capped off a history making night with Next-Gen Untouchables becoming the first Kick It team to win five grand finals in a row.
The win places them above other polarising teams such as Swoop, Pink Bits, Mother Ruckers, Yeah Yeah Nah and Hi-5.
Down a number of regulars, Untouchables relied on their experience with crucial tries to Tim Christie and player of the match Luke Dougall to secure a 4-3 victory.
With just 8 minutes remaining, the scores drew level following a pin-point cross kick from Todd Snowden to Burners’ South Brisbane representative Ryan Mason-Cox.
Burners showcased their strong rucking skills and gained the upper hand early in the second half with some swift moves from captain Camilla Williams and Aaron Tomoana. The pair would assist Blues Origin captain Joe Flannery and ‘best and fairest’ Todd Snowden with a pair of linebreaks to play the field position game.
Moments before half time a crafty grubber from Anthony Martin gave Untouchables a 3-2 lead.
A 16th minute try to Tim Christie after an error in judgement from two Burners defenders saw the long-time player ground the ball just centimetres inside the dead ball line.
South Brisbane star Aaron Tomoana combined with former LIVIN top try scorer Charlene Hanley to give Burners a 2-1 after 10 minutes.
An early try to Luke Dougall, who skipped past some would-be defenders to plant the ball down off an Anthony Martin kick was enough to give his side the first points of the match.
Next-Gen Untouchables | Anthony Martin (2), Luke Dougall, Tim Christie.
Burners | Charlene, Ryan.
Player of the match: Luke Dougall.
Best and Fairest: Todd Snowden.
Dugongs notched up their third division two title since 2016 with an emphatic second half display down Multiple Scoregasms 5-3.
Player of the Match Tim Mitchell backed up his strong Queensland Origin performance and starred for the ‘Gongs’ with an impressive two-try effort.
A first half stalemate saw both teams locked up at 0-0 heading into halftime. The scoreless first half was the first in a grand final at Taringa in over six years.
The points were poised to flow in the second half with both teams combining for 43 tries in the weeks leading up.
It look just two minutes for the deadlock to be broken with a smart grubber from Tim Mitchell to score.
The rebound was swift as Julian scooped up a loose ball and scooted 40 metres to score on the ensuing set.
A lovely inside ball from Tim Mitchell in the 25th minute sent Harry Elms over untouched.
The scores were tied up just minutes later when Jacob McMahon pounced on a grubber. Team captain David Sercombe fell on a fortunate cross-kick to extend the lead after a horrific bounce fooled two Dugongs defenders.
Some solid rucking and field possession from captain Dave Shaw and Ben Walker put their side in an attacking position before a perfect set piece that went through five sets of hands to send Renaee Roach over in the corner for a two-point girl try.
A late consolation try to Tim Mitchell put the game beyond doubt with just seconds remaining.
Dugongs: Tim Mitchell (2), Harry Elms, Renaee Roach.
Multiple Scoregasms: Julian, Jacob McMahon, David Sercombe.
Player of the Match: Tim Mitchell.
Congratulations to the 2018 Taringa Winter LIVIN top try scorers!
Mixed Guys – Matt McIver | Next-Gen Untouchables (14).
Mixed Girls – Tammy Haydock | Next-Gen Untouchables (8).
Congratulations to the 2018 Taringa Winter Range Brewing try assist champion!
Daniel Waters | Cattledogs (10).
A special thanks to our season sponsors Arrivederci Pizzeria, LIVIN, Grill’d Toowong and Range Brewing.
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