Carseldine played host to the fifth annual Kick It LIVIN Charity Shield a fortnight ago.
An event series that has been built around creating awareness mental health and depression did not disappoint with a fantastic turnout to finish the 2020 calendar.
Over 140 players took the field to help raise crucial funds for LIVIN’s LiveWell educational program.
With temperatures well over 30 degrees it took a special effort from the girls in the canteen to cool the players down.
Plenty of ice blocks and drinks went down a treat as all profits from the canteen went towards Diabetes Australia.
When the dust settled and a couple of cold drinks were cracked, we were all able to contribute $2,500 towards LIVIN and mental health.
A tremendous effort from all involved in trying conditions. A special mention goes out to all of our event sponsors who aided with player prizes.
We look forward to the next charity event in 2021.
It was a case of survival of the fittest as the warm conditions took a toll on many of the players.
Mens top two LGM’s and The Boods went through the pool rounds undefeated.
The pair looked potent finishing with the best attack and it showed on the try leaderboard.
Jesse Ripley (6) topped the mens try leaderboard, closely followed by teammate Dean Saxvik (5), while The Boods’ Shaun Rees (3) rounded out a prolific top three.
As the old saying goes, offence wins games, defence wins championships.
Third placed and the most inexperienced team in the top four, Livin On A Prayer finished the pool rounds with the best defence – something to hang their hat on at the end of the tournament.
However it was fourth placed Shake ‘n’ Bake that started to simmer as they flew under the radar with the second best defence through the pool rounds.
Boasting a handful of experienced Wednesday players, plus the addition of Gerard Beale and Kodi Nikorima, the grace period was over come finals.
A semi final blitz of an under-fire LGMs side delivered a comprehensive 9-0 win in the semi finals.
Nikorima equated for three assists, while Beale and David Cumming crossed for two tries each as the zippy middles tore apart LGM’s defence.
There is only so many opportunities to go up against these key figures and the boys from LGM’s will no doubt cherish the moment.
With The Boods pipping Livin On A Prayer 4-2 in the other mens semi final, it set up a classic final match.
Shake ‘n’ Bake came out locked and loaded with quick tries to Trent Gossner and Don Grahame before Ezra crossed for The Boods’ first in the 11th minute.
Bake’s main man Nikorima set up Don Grahame for his second try before Gerard Beale extended the lead to 4-1 shortly after.
A late try to Rhikki off a Caleb Holland short ball provided some late game highlights, however the result was well and truely sealed.
On the mixed side of the competition Woof, Rampage and Mystics 2.0 all finished on three wins.
For the fourth spot in the finals, Kickaholics and Nek Set scrapped it out with the former getting through on for and against.
In perhaps the most even final four to date, it was Woof and Mystics 2.0 who finished with the best attack. Woof also concluded the fixtures with the best defence.
Third place Rampage and Kickaholics remained unsettled for much of the day through injuries and late outs.
The final round of pool games repeated with Rampage going toe-to-toe with Mystics in the first semi final.
The result on this occasion was reversed with Mystics notching up a 3-2 win after losing the pool match on the final siren 4-3.
Kickaholics went one better than their pool round draw against Woof with a controversial 4-3 win over their rivals.
Fresh off their mixed victory at Taringa, Kickaholics were looking to make it two grand final wins within a week.
Long serving Charity Event team The Mystics who also boasted Beale and Nikorima reached their first grand final in five attempts.
Kickaholics got on the board first through Jared Lane before Peter King levelled up the score with a quick reply..
Beale extended Mystics’ lead shortly after with a perfectly weighted grubber.
An unlikely try on the stroke of halftime to Freddie Pipe who converted a 45m intercept opened up the game at 3-1.
The second half produced a number of end to end efforts with Kickaholics’ Trent Gossner the only beneficiary as he scooted down the wing in the 28th minute.
Some end-to-end rucking through the middle third was a staple with field possession key.
As fatigue and errors began to creep into the game, a rare spread to Eliza Mooney yielded the match winner as she put Mariah Debel over in the dying stages of the second half.
The shackles were released at Mystics began to throw the ball around but came up empty on numerous occasions.
Well done to Kickaholics and Shake n Bake on their grand final wins.
Range Brewing Assist champion.
Well done to Kodi Nikorima – Shake ‘n’ Bake (4) who registered the most try assists through the pool rounds.
Including finals, he notched up another four assists to his name.
A special mention to mens players Ben Hayes (Livin On A Prayer), Matt Stinson (Touch Rudders), Gerard Beale (Shake n Bake) and mixed Tom Primmer (Rampage) and Michael Lam (Woof) who finished second with three assist through the pool rounds.
20/10 Knockout Competition.
Well done to Josh Lauchs (Touch Rudders) on winning the 20/10 knock out competition.
It was our biggest turnout to date with well over 50 players participating. Both Josh and Shaun Rees went to a third round elimination with Josh coming out on top.
Thanks to Newstead Remedial Massage for the gift voucher.
A big thank you to everyone who was involved in the 2020 LIVIN Charity Shield.
This event always creates the reminder that nobody suffers alone. If you are suffering from mental health issues please call Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14.
You can support the cause beyond the event by purchasing your own LIVIN merch. Visit the LIVIN Shop for merchandise
Past LIVIN Highlights
Stay up to date via our website for 2021 Charity Event details.