Kickaholics Anonymous have ended the two-year reign of Next-Gen Untouchables with a come from behind win on Tuesday night.
The former mixed champions had footing for the majority of the match before a classy tip-on from Jacob McMahon sent Emily Collison-Bell over in the corner to ice the game with just seconds remaining.
The shock loss was Untouchables’ first since March 2018 and Kickaholics’ first over the juggernaut team.
The hunter has now become the hunted…
Next-Gen Untouchables were the first to score via the boot of former Tigers Rep player Luke Dudgell in the 10th minute.
The frantic nature of Kickaholics attack gave plenty of opportunity to Untouchables who capitalised moments later through the experience of Tim Christie.
A rare direct rucking set produced Kickaholics’ first points with Joel Pham breaking the line to send speedster Trent Gossner pouring past the fullback.
All the good work was undone soon after with Lincoln Redgen nabbing an intercept and running 40 metres extend his side’s lead to 3-1 before the break.
A more composed Kickaholics side emerged from the break and it didn’t take long before they capitalised through Tiff Hodson.
Two repeat sets on the goal line provided enough opportunity for Isaac Toohey to grubber into the in-goal before handing off to Hodson for a two-point try.
Trent Gossner put his side in front for the first time in the match with a brilliant solo length of the field effort.
With Untouchables in unchartered territory and without their two biggest names, the green machine looked a little edgy.
A confidence boosting trio of repeat sets put their opponents’ goal line defence to the test. Untouchables levelled the scores with Lincoln Redgen pouncing on a short kick in the in-goal.
Tim Christie would cross for his second two minutes later, grounding a contested loose ball.
With Next-Gen out of the doldrums, Kickaholics reverted to their first half ways. A number of missed opportunities on the back of some frantic and often high-risk expansive play.
Back to back sets on the goal line in the final minute carried the trend of the game and proved to be the achillies heel of both sides, finishing with Untouchables.
In the end, it was Emily Collison-Bell who came away with the spoils.
Well done to Kickaholics Anonymous who defeated Next-Gen Untouchables 6-5.
Kickaholics: Trent Gossner (2), Tiff Hodson, Emily Collison-Bell
Next-Gen: Lincoln Redgen (2), Tim Christie (2), Luke Dudgell
Player of the Match: Tim Christie.
Best and Fairest: Trent Gossner.
Congratulations to Skittles who defeated Rampage 6-3 in a hotly contested mixed two grand final on Tuesday.
The newcomers endured a much tougher task to make the finals after a semi-final extra-time replay against Slap Happy.
The Skittles would prevail after winning 2-1 across both extra time periods.
Rampage made it to the final dance for the second season in a row. Last season’s opposition, Dugongs put a dent to their grand final aspirations – a move that was repeated by Skittles.
It wasn’t all one way traffic as Rampage opened the scoring through South Brisbane rep players Antony Tatkovic and Tom Primmer.
Skittles captain Seigo Tanaka levelled the scores shortly after with a kick up the sideline. His partner in crime SJ Siva dove over soon after to give his side the lead.
End to end footy showcased some of the best talent on display with scores locked up at 2-1 heading into halftime.
A revitalised Skittles outfit returned to their traditional touch footy ways, driving the ball into enemy territory with ease and shoring up the middle third in defence. SJ Siva put Ani Bhardwaj over for his first with a ruck and split inside the 10.
SJ crossed for the second on the next possession by planting down a grubber from his captain.
Rampage was dealt a triple blow in quick succession with Ani Bhardwaj crossing for his second to extend the lead to 5-1.
Before the game could fall into a lull in the final quarter, multiple players were sin binned for bringing the game into disrepute.
Winger Brett Coghill scooped up a grubber of his own to ice the game, before a late consolation try to Annaleis Tatkovic who fed off a Anthony Tatkovic, kept the scores close.
Well done to Skittles on their first Kick It Grand Final win!
Skittles: SJ Siva (2), Ani Bhardwaj (2), Seigo Tanaka, Brett Coghill
Rampage: Tom Primmer, Annaleis Tatkovic
Player of the Match: Ani Bhardwaj.
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