Stafford Mixed: Out Of Touch Too Strong For Slappers
Too Out Of Touch have beaten Slappers 5-4 to claim their maiden Mixed championship at Stafford.
The inexperienced mixed side out classed and outplayed the veteran side in pink.
Representative stars Chris Honnery and Eliza Mooney shored up the middle third in defence while new acquisition Matt Genero put in a player of the match performance in his first grand final.
Tiffany Hodson opened the scoring from a well worked blindside play from Slappers captain Jason West.
Too Out Of Touch hit back moments later with Ex-Taringa player Jack Newton crossing in similar fashion off a Matt Genero pass.
West would kick his side further ahead on the back of three repeat sets on the goal line. Slappers had all the running in the first 12 minutes and capitalised.
The tide of possession quickly changed when Leon Taylor scooped up a loose ball to run the length of the field and score.
Some shaky goal line defence gifted a two-point try to Eliza Mooney to give Too Out Of Touch their first lead of the match.
A 4-3 lead to Too Out Of Touch provided a much needed injection of confidence as the traditional post-half time grind kicked in.
South Brisbane Tigers’ playmaker Isaac Toohey got his side on the board first with a short grubber on the goal line.
Fatigue started to creep into the game as Slappers made some uncharacteristic errors from some of their most experienced men.
It took a slashing run by Angus Webster to bring the game alive inside the final five minutes.
Three sets of possession proved not enough as Too Out Of Touch held strong in the final stages.
Chris Honnery’s team managed to hold on to a gutsy 5-4 mixed win!
Too Out Of Touch: Jack Newton, Leon Taylor, Eliza Mooney, Isaac Toohey.
Slappers: Tiffany Hodson, Jason West, Angus Webster.
Player of the Match: Matt Genero.
Ballerz cruised to an emphatic mixed 2 win, crushing top four hopefuls Soup A-Stars 16-4 on Wednesday.
One season ago, Ballerz were top of the mixed division, only to fall five spots and finish in the mixed 2 finals bracket.
With a number of key absentees throughout the season, Ballerz finished fast after sitting outside the top 8 earlier in the season.
Winter top try scorers Corey Pocock (mens, 18) and Mason Hasselmeyer (14) tried in vain however could only muster one try and a try assist between them. Soup A-Stars captain Cam Webb chipped in with a game-high three tries.
It was Ballerz with all the running and never looked headed as they piled on the points, including three girl tries and eight points in the first half.
The try off the match came late in the second half through player of the match Ben Hayes.
The North Brisbane Shark broke the line and evaded four would-be defenders, before throwing a magical inside ball to send team mate Jake Proctor over.
Well done to Ballerz on a triumphant mixed 2 final win!
Ballerz: Adriano Gaile (2), Ben Hayes (2), Jake Proctor (2), Jess Sleep (2), Jeff O’Connor (2), Zac Jane, Jake Coolwell.
Soup A-Stars: Cameron Webb (3), Corey Pocock.
Player of the Match: Bennett Hayes.
Thank you to all the captains and players for a fantastic Winter season at Stafford. A special mention to all our venue sponsors for their outstanding player prizes throughout the competition.
2019 Representative Tournament will take place this Sunday at Taringa! Cheer on your region in the ultimate game of supremacy.