The fourth annual LIVIN Charity Event was a huge success from start to finish. We saw 14 teams battle it out through the day until we crowned a mens and mixed champion in the evening.
It was a day for everyone with a strong community feel uniting for one common goal – raising awareness and funds for mental health and depression. A special thanks to all our sponsors who contributed and/or donated prizes to our players and teams. The commitment shared by all those involved helped us raise $1,500 for charity.
2018 Mens champions Dodgers returned for their second stint, while long standing Kick It mens teams Beau Knows and Unstoppable Force reunited in what would be a highly competitive division. New teams Banter and Don’t Grubber It made their LIVIN Charity Shield debut, with the latter having the last laugh by sun down.
Don’t Grubber It went undefeated throughout the day, drawing only to Unstoppable Force in the final pool match. Shane Satterly and captain Kaleb Lerch combined for eight of their side’s 13 tries. Satterly would rack up two try assists to lead his team and be outright second for assists in the mens division.
Beau Knows performed well throughout the event disposing of their 2018 nemesis Dodgers in the first round of fixtures before dismantling Banter and Unstoppable Force later on. Awesome-foursome Corey Pocock (5), Dylan Bone (3), Steve Taylor (2) and captain Ben Hayes (2) all combined for 12 of Beau Knows 14 tries, while Tristan Bell-Blissner notched up three try assists to lead the mens division.
Unstoppable Force showed their strong attack posting the most tries (15) of any team through the pool rounds. LIVIN top try scorer Sam Ferrell scored six, while Jai Lockrey (3) and Jake Harding (2) combined for another five. A late draw with Don’t Grubber It ensured a all-Kick It semi final between Beau Knows and Unstoppable Force.
Dodgers returned to defend their crown in this year’s event. After matching it with the best in 2018, the boys in Blue got off the bottom of the table with a draw against Unstoppable Force in their second match. Dodgers would go on to hammer Banter in their final pool match with a 8-2 win. Five players scored all Dodgers’ 13 points, lead by Lachy Creevy with three.
The pink brigade that was Banter tried their hand at Kick It for the first time. The social group of boys were able to have a laugh while playing with their mates. While they went winless throughout the day, they were the real winner with a handful of vouchers thanks to our event sponsors.
Beau Knows def Unstoppable Force 3-2
Don’t Grubber It def Dodgers 3-1
Don’t Grubber It secured their first Charity Shield crown after defeating Beau Knows 3-1 in a tense grand final. Two intercept tries to Shane Satterly iced the game and earned him player of the match honours. Don’t Grubber It received a $300 Arrivederci Pizzeria voucher, while Joeys took home a Grill’d Everton Park & Newstead Remedial Massage voucher pack.
Mens LIVIN Top Try Scorers
Sam Ferrell | Unstoppable Force (6)
Corey Pocock | Beau Knows (5)
Shane Satterly | Don’t Grubber It (5)
Range Brewing Try Assist Leaders
Tristan Bell-Blisser | Beau Knows (3)
Shane Satterly | Don’t Grubber It (2)
Sam Sch | Unstoppable Force (2)
A big thanks to all the teams, referees, volunteers and sponsors who participated in the 2019 Autumn Charity Shield event. Keep an eye out at the end of the year for our next Charity event. Sponsorship opportunities are available.