Nek Set have taken out the 2018 Carseldine Winter mixed competition with a nail biting 12-10 victory over two-time champions The Ballerz.
A try in extra time to LIVIN top try scorer Chloe Storm secured her team’s maiden win in what was the highest scoring grand final in Kick It history.
A five-try performance from Nek Set’s Shaun Rees helped the long-serving team hold the lead from the get-go. It was a Shaun Rees break that would set Chloe up for the first try of the match.
Shaun would reply with a try of his own to blow the lead out to 3-0 within the first five minutes.
Best and Fairest Jayden Turnbull pounced on a fortunate chip kick from Zac Jane to register Ballerz’ first points of the match. The joy was short lived with Cole Leniu grasping a pin-point kick from Rob Paese followed by a textbook show-and-go from Corey Storm to push the lead out to 5-1.
Ballerz responded with Queensland Origin representative Brayden Barrett scooting down the sideline off a perfectly worked piece with Jayden Turnbull.
A series of strong rucks saw Nek Set’s James Arundel set up Shaun Rees with a basketball pass over the winger to extend the lead minutes later.
Shaun would score his third of the half with a crisp grubber in the 19th minute.
Brayden Barrett would scoop up a downfield kick to score his second right on halftime to cut the lead to 7-3.
With the reigning mixed champions under the pump, captain Jess Sleep would score the first of three second half tries to get her side back in the game in the 24th minute.
Quick tries to James Arundel and Shaun Rees kept Ballerz at arms length while Zac Jane crossed for a try of his own against some tired outside defence.
Jayden Turnbull notched up his third try assist of the game as he put Jess Sleep over in the corner to cut the lead to just one with 4 minutes remaining. A cheeky grubber to Shaun Rees appeared to ice the game with just seconds left on the clock.
In the final moments, Ballerz drove the ball down to their opponent’s goal line before a nifty dump and split from Jess to level the scores on the final play on the game.
In one of the wildest grand finals in Kick It history, congratulations to Nek Set on their 12-10 victory in extra time.
Player of the Match: Shaun Rees
Best and Fairest: Jayden Turnbull
Nek Set: Shaun Rees (5), Chloe Storm (2), James Arundel, Cole Leniu, Corey Storm.
The Ballerz: Jess Sleep (3), Brayden Barrett (2), Zac Jane, Jayden Turnbull.
Mens champions P-Dub go back to back with an emphatic win over the experienced Joeys side.
Player of the match and P-Dub captain Joe Warren sealed the 4-1 victory with a hat-trick early into the second half before a 40 metre show-and-go from Brenton Biddle iced the game with minutes remaining.
North Brisbane pairing Sam and Jayden Turnbull looked likely for Joeys combining for their side’s only points of the game.
Some deft kicking and support play from Joe Warren negated any comeback with tries in the 10th, 18th and 28th minute.
Best and Fairness Tristan Bell-Blissner defended well on much quicker men and kept his team in the game throughout the second half. It was the best defensive team in the competition that had the last laugh as they held firm to win their third mens title in four seasons.
Player of the Match: Joe Warren
Best and Fairness: Tristan Bell-Blissner
P-Dub: Joe Warren (3), Brenton Biddle (1)
Joeys: Jayden Turnbull.
Congratulations to Larrikins who defeated Balls of Fury 7-1 in the second mixed grand final.
In a battle of the newest mixed competition teams, Larrikins excelled with a pin-point kicking game to take out their first grand final.
Player of the match Nathan set up two tries and scored two of his own in a match-defining performance.
Player of the match: Nathan
Best and Fairnest: Jai Lockrey
Larrikins: Nathan (2), Ben (2), Brent Wiltshire, Dane Seymour, Damien Robertson
Balls of Fury: Isaac Toohey
Well done to our LIVIN 2018 Carseldine winter top try scorers!
Mens – Jayden Turnbull (14)
Mixed Guys – Shaun Rees (15)
Mixed Girls – Chloe Storm (13)
A special mention goes to Shaun Wickham who took out the inaugural Range Brewing try assist leaderboard with 11 try assists throughout the fixture rounds.
Thanks to our event sponsors, teams, captains and players for a fantastic winter season at Carseldine. Spring season kicks-off on Wednesday, September 12th.