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Ballerz, LGMs Sublime in Stafford Spring

Ballers, LGMs Stafford Spring Season
LGMs have captured their first Stafford Mens premiership with an enthralling 4-1 victory over Beer Pressure on Wednesday night.

The win capped off an outstanding 2019 with LGMs finishing on top of the mens table in consecutive seasons.

Guarded by plenty of friends and family, the boys in purple took the field with a point to prove after being bundled out of last season’s semi-final in straight sets by summer champions P-Dub.

They didn’t have to wait long with LGM’s captain Jackson Paton pouncing on a short grubber to give his side their first points.

With scoreboard pressure applied, it was Beer Pressure who was able to wrestle back the momentum.

It was the same methodology that defeated autumn and winter mens champions Joeys in last week’s semi final.

A trademark backline move inside their opponents’ 15m came up with the goods with Luke Whitney crossing untouched in the corner.

Not through lack of trying, as each team had a flurry of try scoring chances and near misses.

Past and present Rep stars Will O’Keefe, Shaun O’Keefe, Jessie Ripley and Jackson Paton all lead the charge however came up empty handed at the break.

Beer Pressure - Ballerz, LGMs Sublime Stafford Spring

The halftime team chat to start fast and score first worked for one team.

It took just 30 seconds for LGMs to post the first points of the second half and it came through Jesse Ripley.

The North Brisbane Sharks speedster grabbed a short kick-off, before evading three men to score.

In trying conditions and with a gusty breeze, short kick-offs and high kicks where the order of the game, however second attempt by Jackson Paton failed to reap the rewards of the opening kick.

Despite this, the momentum was well and truely with LGMs as the boys were strong without the ball, generating superb line speed and regularly rolling subs.

Best and Fairest Will O’Keefe looked most likely with his side’s only two line breaks of the second half.

But it was Jesse Ripley who made a line break of his own to score his second and extend his side’s lead to 3-1 with 10 minutes to go.

Billy Robertson put the icing on the cake minutes later with a great solo try to seal the impressive victory.

A special thanks to our grand final team sponsors Arrivederci Pizzeria and Newstead Remedial Massage.

LGM’s will dine at Brisbane’s number one voted pizza while the boys from Beer Pressure each received a $30 gift card to ease the aches and pains.

Results
LGMs 4: Jesse Ripley (2), Jackson Paton, Billy Robertson
Beer Pressure 1: Luke Whitney
Best and Fairest – Will O’Keefe
Player of the Match – Jesse Ripley


LIVIN top try scorers - Ballerz, LGMs Sublime Stafford Spring
Well done to our LIVIN top try scorers!

Each of our winners received some cool LIVIN merchandise.

Mens – Corey Pocock (23)
Mixed Div 1 – Adriano Gaile (17)
Mixed Div 2 – Corey Pocock (26)
Mixed Womens – Eliza Mooney (12)

A special mention to Corey Pocock who has won the mens top try scorer award for the third consecutive season. During this time he has amassed 54 tries, the most of any mens player in a calendar year.

Eliza Mooney has also gone back-to-back with the mixed womens top try scorer award. Over the past two seasons she has tallied 30 tries.

Adriano Gaile comes away with his first top try scorer honour, equating for 27% of Ballerz’ tries this season.

2019 Try Leaderboard
Mens
Corey Pocock | Joeys (54)
Sam Gadsby | P-Dub (47)
Dean Saxvik | LGMs (40)
Jessie Ripley | LGMs (32)
Jack Woodbridge | P-Dub (31)

Mixed Guys
Cameron Webb | Soup A-Stars (39)
Jake Harding | Balls Of Fury (35)
Adriano Gaile | Ballerz (33)
Chris Honnery | Too Out Of Touch (30)
Dan Nystrom | Balls Deep (30)

Mixed Womens
2019 Mixed Womens Try Leaderboard - Ballerz, LGMs Sublime Stafford Spring


Ballerz have reclaimed the division one mixed title in a hard fought 6-2 win over winter champions Too Out Of Touch.

The victory marks the second time in three seasons Ballerz have taken home the top mixed honour and the fifth time in six matches they have defeated their rival.

Two of the most evenly matched mixed teams did not disappoint early with some quality end to end footy.

Sharks Rep player Brayden Barrett proved the difference as he ran in three tries and set up another in a dominant player of the match performance.

But, It was Too Out Of Touch who would strike first off the boot of Isaac Toohey to send Hayden Evans across in the corner.

Two possessions later, Ballerz stuck with Brayden Barrett slicing through some feeble defence off a Zac Jane pass to draw the scores level.

A carbon copy of the first try ensured with Brayden once again doing the leg work before handing the ball off to Jess Sleep for a two point try before the break.

The halftime message from both teams was clear, defence.

The opening five minutes were rock solid by both teams as a stalemate ensured.
Out of Touch - Ballerz, LGMs Sublime Stafford Spring
Cometh the hour, cometh the man – it was Brayden Barrett who would split the Too Out Of Touch defence a third time and cross for his second try.

A series of close tries by Eliza Mooney, Isaac Toohey and Chris Honnery went begging as Ballerz communicated well when defending inside their own 10 metres.

Jake Coolwell put the nail into the coffin moments later with a trademark chip over the top of the defence for Brayden Barrett to grab and race away for this third.

Matt Genero finally broke through with a short kick of his own to bring the scores to 5-2 before Coolwell scooted away to ice the game.

A big thanks to our finals sponsors Arrivederci Pizzera and Newstead Remedial Massage. Both teams will need plenty of recovery time after a face-paced match in humid conditions.

Results
Ballerz 6: Brayden Barrett (3), Jess Sleep, Jake Coolwell
Too Out Of Touch 2: Isaac Toohey, Matt Genero
Best and Fairest – Matt Genero
Player of the Match – Brayden Barrett


Range Brewing try assist champs - Ballerz, LGMs Sublime Stafford Spring

Congratulations to our Range Brewing try assist champions Joe Warren and Jake Coolwell.

This is the second consecutive season Jake has topped the mixed assist leaderboard. He has nabbed 27 assists over the past two seasons.

He sits a top the most try assists in the mixed competition in 2019 with 33.

2019 Assists Leaderboard
Mens
Joe Warren | P-Dub (15)
Ben Hayes | Joeys (13)
Matt O’Brien | P-Dub (11)
Luke Murray | P-Dub (11)
Jayden Turnbull | Joeys (10)
Matthew Allen | Joeys (10)
Jason West | Joeys (10)

Mixed
2019 Mixed Mens Assist Leaderboard - Ballerz, LGMs Sublime Stafford Spring


One Kick Wonders have taken out the Stafford mixed division two with a gripping 7-5 win over Soup A-Stars.

The game plan for Soup A-Stars was simple, limit Corey Pocock.

One Kick Wonders’ captain scored 26 tries in eight fixture matches to lead his team to a blemish-free record throughout the fixture rounds.

In the final, he did not disappoint with three tries, two of whom were from long range as he showcased his stellar speed.

Two quick tries put his team on the board early with a third to Allan Hebbard off a Matt Beard short ball.

Soup A-Stars hit back shortly after with a nifty grubber from Ryan Rose to give his side their first points

Mason Hasselmeyer replied in kind to extend One Kick Wonders’ the lead to 4-1 moments before halftime.

One Kick Wonders - Ballerz, LGMs Sublime Stafford Spring

The opening five minutes started much the same as the first half with Steven Cox breaking the line and racing away for his first try.

Soup A-Stars captain Cam Webb zipped around some would-be goal line defence to post the first points of the second half.

Rob Hunt sent Ryan Rose over for his second try as they wrestled momentum from One Kick Wonders.

An ultra-quick reply from Corey Pocock saw the Representative ace score his third to break the hearts of his opponent.

Mason Hasselmeyer crossed for this second shortly after by scooting through some fragile edge defence.

Amanda Chilcott crossed for a late consolation try after chasing her own kick.

Results
One Kick Wonders 7: Corey Pocock (3), Mason Hasselmeyer (2), Allan Hebbard, Steven Cox
Soup A-Stars 5: Ryan Rose (2), Cam Webb, Amanda Chilcott
Best and Fairest – Rob Hunt
Player of the Match – Rachel Toohey

Titans Sweep 2019 Rep Tournament

Toowoomba Titans. Rep 19
Toowoomba Titans have snared the double at the 2019 Kick It Representative Tournament at Taringa on Sunday.

The reigning mens champions cruised to victory, while the Titans mixed side re-claimed the title from the North Brisbane Sharks in their respective finals.

The clean sweep marks the second time the Toowoomba team has taken the honour and the third occasion it has been done in the tournament’s history.

Toowoomba is tipped to host the 2020 tournament following recent success.


Titans mens ran the table once again to claim their third successive mens championship, defeating North Brisbane Sharks in a hotly contested final.

Representative player Beau Hess was once again the star scoring twice and saving just as many as the Titans ran in five tries to one.

Tries to captain Ben Burstow, Roderick Robertson and Jono Graff sealed the famous win over a gutsy, but fading Sharks outfit.

P-Dub speedster Sam Gadsby scored his sides lone try as the North Brisbane representatives made their first final since 2012.

LGM’s Jackson Patton (3) and Jesse Ripley (3) helped guide their side into the finals, while Joey’s top try scorer Corey Pocock also chipped in with three tries.

The South Brisbane Tigers failed to make the finals for the first time in the competition history.

An early 2-2 draw against the Storm was all in vain as the Titans and Sharks ran in 10 tries to sink their finals hopes. It was the Tigers worst defensive performance to date.

New South Wales Blues representative Jacob McMahon lead his side in scoring with two tries.

Toowoomba Storm brought up the rear and performed admirably baring a heavy defeat to the Titans in the final pool game.

Lead by Martin Baldo, the Storm captain ran in three tries to top his side’s points scoring.

North Brisbane Sharks. Toowoomba Titans.

LIVIN top try scorer – Nicholas Edwards | Toowoomba Titans (6).
Most try assists – Ben Burstow | Toowoomba Titans (2)


Titans mixed secured their second Representative Tournament championship with a fast-finishing 9-4 victory over former mixed titleholders the Sharks.

Boasting a handful of key personnel from their 2018 squad, the Titans ran in six tries to four including three girl tries.

Their path to the finals wasn’t has clear-cut as the mens side.

Two draws in the opening two matches against the Sharks and Tigers aided in their plight to reach the finals.

A 13-2 victory against adversaries the Storm, rubber-stamped their finals spot.

Similarly, the Sharks overcame a gallant Tigers’ side in the final must-win pool game to process to the last dance for the fourth consecutive tournament.

Sam Carmody continued his strong form throughout the day to set up two tries and score two of his own in the final.

Sarah Breydon crossed for two, while the talented Jemma Whitney also scored late to seal the victory.

Early Shark tries to David Cumming and Jake Coolwell were not enough as the Titans overcame the deficit.

LIVIN Top try scorer – Mixed Guys: Isaac Toohey | Tigers (4)
LIVIN Top try scorer – Mixed Girls: Chloe Storm | Sharks (5)
Most try assists: Sam Carmody (3)

Rep 19 Mixed Table. Toowoomba Titans.


Historic LIVIN Legends matches

For the first time the Rep Tournament hosted seperate mens and womens LIVIN Legends matches.

The matches are to create awareness for mental health and depression, while showcasing some of the best players at Kick It.

The Titans and Storm formed the LIVIN Legends Toowoomba side, while the Tigers and Sharks bounded together for Brisbane.

Brisbane Women ran out 3-0 victors over the Toowoomba ladies with two tries to reigning Taringa and Stafford top try scorer Eliza Mooney and Rampage’s Annaleis Tatkovic.

The Toowoomba men faired much better with the boys from the range notching up five tries to one. Beau Hess (2), Ben Burstow Josh Brunner and Alick Gaske all crossed to close out a memorable event.

A special thanks to LIVIN for once again getting involved. All players in the two matches will receive some LIVIN gear. Highlights and videos to come thanks to Share Story.

Rep results and leaderboards
History: 2018 Highlights

 

Stafford Mens: Joeys Go Back To Back

Joeys
Stafford Mens team Joeys have won their second consecutive title for the first time in the side’s history, discarding of P-Dub in the final on Wednesday.

In honour of the late Joe King and lead by captain Ben Hayes, the boys in purple came out motivated and eager to prove a point after finishing second during the fixture rounds.

Player of the match Dave Webster proved the difference with two tries and a clutch try assist to guide his side to victory.

Mens top try scorer Corey Pocock got his team on the board first with a trademark short grubber to beat P-Dub’s sliding middle defence.

Jason West capitalised on their next possession with a kick of his own to touch down.

A shell-shocked P-Dub outfit managed to get on the board after forcing two repeat sets and wrestling back momentum.

On the back of possession, North Brisbane Shark Jack Woodbridge sliced through some would-be defence for his team’s first points.

The joy was short-lived with Dave Webster collecting the first of his two tries, scooting down the sideline to score in the corner.

Sam Collins hit back shortly after, pouring through gaping hole down the left edge.

It was an unwanted halftime break with the Padua Old Boys looking dangerous to close out the half. Joeys lead 3-2.

P-Dub. 2019 Stafford Winter, Joeys def P-Dub 7-5

P-Dub opened the scoring on their second possession with Sam Gadsby creating a 3-on-2 for Matt O’Brien to kick and score.

A ruck infringement gifted Joeys great field position and was capped off by an outstanding inside ball from Dave Webster to Matthew Allen on the last touch.

Leading mixed try scorer Mason Hasselmeyer would extend Joey’s lead three minutes later, crashing over from short range.

Against the run of play, Jack Woodbridge showcased his blistering speed down the sideline to bring the scores to within two points.

A number of errors and repeat sets saw Dave Webster cross for his second, while Amit Larioya continued the trend of scoring in finals matches to blow Joey’s lead out to 7-4.

P-Dub’s Sam Collins skipped over for a late consolation try off a crisp short ball from captain Joe Warren in the first four minutes.

Joeys would hang on for their second consecutive Stafford Mens championship. Well done boys!

Range Brewing Try Assist Champion. Joeys.
Joeys:
Dave Webster (2), Corey Pocock, Jason West, Matthew Allen, Mason Hasselmeyer, Amit Laroiya.
P-Dub: Jack Woodbridge (2), Sam Collins (2), Matt O’Brien.
Player Of The Match: Dave Webster.

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.

Next season kicks off October 2nd. Visit the Stafford venue page to re-register and season details.

Grand final team photos are now available via Facebook.

2019 Representative Tournament will take place this Sunday at Taringa! Cheer on your region in the ultimate game of supremacy.

Stafford Mixed: Out Of Touch Too Strong For Slappers

Too Out Of Touch
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.

Slappers def by Too Out Of Touch

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. 2019 Stafford Winter. Too Out Of Touch.
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.

Soup A-Stars. Ballerz. 2019 Stafford Winter. Too Out Of Touch.

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.

Next season kicks off October 2nd. Visit the Stafford venue page to re-register and season details.
Grand final team photos are now available via Facebook.

2019 Representative Tournament will take place this Sunday at Taringa! Cheer on your region in the ultimate game of supremacy.

2019 Rep Teams Announced!

Rep Tournament 2019

The 2019 Kick It Touch Representative Tournament teams have been finalised for the September 29th event at Jack Cook Park, Taringa.

The fourth Rep instalment will feature some of the game’s very best with North Brisbane Sharks Mixed and Toowoomba Titans mens set to defend their titles.

North Brisbane will boast just four faces to the side went undefeated in last year’s mixed bracket with a number of forced changes and departures.

Lead by New South Wales Blues stars Shaun Tupou and Chloe Storm, the Sharks will be looking to make it three Rep victories in four tournaments.

Keys to victory: Attacking focus with girls.
Last year the Sharks girls tallied nine girl tries in the three pool matches lead by Tarni Stabe and Jess Sleep.
Kiara Garbuio and Tiff Hodson will need to fill the void left by Tarni Stabe.

North Brisbane Sharks Rep 19 North Brisbane Sharks Rep 19
The Sharks mens team will be aiming to reach the finals for the first time in three years.

Not since 2012 have they won the mens side of the Rep draw with Joey’s Matthew Allen the lone survivor from the Shaw Road event.

Featuring five new faces from the top four mens sides at the Stafford, their side is in-form and ready to go.

Key to victory: Attack the edges.
Jayden Turnbull and Sam Turnbull combined for four tries and three try assists rucking on the edge, while Jack Woodbridge and Corey Pocock found success using their speed on the wing.
Without Sam Turnbull, they will need to find someone else to carry out this successful formula.


South Brisbane Tigers have seen the highest turnover of players with just eight representative stars from last year’s tournament available for selection.

A whopping 15 players will make their Rep debut with two returning from the 2017 event including mixed captain and reigning leading try scorer at Taringa and Stafford, Eliza Mooney.

New Taringa champions Kickaholics Anonymous dominate selections (with five) including reigning mixed top try scorer Trent Gossner and try assist leader Isaac Toohey.

Key to victory: Rely on team combos.
Nine of the listed 13 players have played in the same team at some point throughout 2019, none more so than Isaac Toohey and Trent Gossner who combined for 21 tries and 20 try assists last season.

South Brisbane Rep 19South Brisbane Rep 19

Returning Tiger Jason West will play his third Representative Tournament after making his debut back in 2012, while Corey Smith, Antony Tatkovic and Aaron Tomoana mark the only others to return from last year.

Captain Chris Honnery will make the switch from mixed to mens and lead out the Tigers who have made the mens grand final in the last two years. Aaron Tomoana will vice captain the side for the second time.

Jacob McMahon will look to continue his strong form after making his Blues debut earlier this year.

John Kerr is the only other player with Rep experience after making an appearance in the 2012 State Of Origin for Queensland.

Key to victory: Improve Defence.
The Tigers have allowed 29 tries in their past 8 matches (including grand finals), while scoring just over 3 tries per game.


Toowoomba Titans will look to make it a three-peat in this year’s event after running the table in 2018.

After defeating the South Brisbane Tigers in the previous two grand finals, the experienced Titans’ boys will be ready for the fresh-faced Brisbane teams.

Lead by Queensland Representative Ben Burstow and Jono Graf, they lead an experienced side to Taringa.

Key to victory: Stout Defence. The Titans allowed just 8 tries in last year’s event (which included the grand final). It was a similar result in 2017 with 10 tries allowed.
Strong communication and team combos will once again be on display.

Toowoomba Titans Rep 19

Titans Mixed will be seeking redemption after going down to the Sharks in a hotly contested mixed grand final last year.

Starring a host of long-serving players, they will be lead by Queensland Origin Representatives Kohen Mathiesen and Jasmin Lucas. Kevin Platz and Reegan McCarthy will once again be the focus points with the pair combing for four tries last year’s event.

Key to victory: With up to six new faces, the Titans will be relying on their middles and edges to be in-sync. The return of Jamie Thorburn will help shore up the edges and will assist the girls in scoring some tries.


The Toowoomba Storm will run out onto Jack Cook Park with a much improved side to 2018.

Lead by experienced duo of Martin Baldo and Josh Brunner, their side will be looking to get a win early against the South Brisbane Titans.

Locky Stephson will be the focus point of the Storm attack after starring for the Titans in last years event.

Key to victory: Manufacture points.
The Storm mens side averaged just two tries per game in 2018 with nobody scoring more than one try.
This should be aided with the inclusion of Locky Stephson, who lead the mens competition with three tries throughout the pool matches.

Toowoomba Storm Rep 19 Toowoomba Storm Rep 19

Rachael Parker will lead out the Storm in what will be a do-or-die match against the Tigers in the first pool match.

Featuring eight new faces, including experienced vice captain Robbie Halliday, the mixed team will need to gel early if they are to make an impact in this year’s event.

Key to victory: Shore up the edge defence.
The Storm mixed side allowed 32 points in three pool games last week, almost half of which were to girl tries.
Take away the easy girl tries and they’re in with a chance.

Stay up to date via the 2019 Representative tournament page.
Re-live the Sharks Mixed and Titans Mens outstanding victories in 2018

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