LGMs have won their second consecutive Mens competition with a 8-5 win over rivals Joeys on Wednesday night.
In perfect conditions, the defending champions were the hunted, however it was the men in purple who stuck first.
Under the weight of possession and field position, LGMs Representative star Jesse Ripley crossed first on the back of a Joeys’ error.
The momentum stayed with the title holders with Joeys giving away multiple infringements in their own half.
Captain Jackson Paton stepped through some broken defence to give his team their second try.
The theme of the first half continue with the challengers giving away cheap field possession as it put increasing pressure on their goal line.
Danger-man Dean Saxvik quickly capitalised by kicked for himself to notch up LGM’s third try.
It took until 15 minutes for Joeys to receive an attacking opportunity in their opponent’s 10m zone.
With the first touch, Mason Hasselmeyer stepped past two defenders after a ruck and split to get his side on the board.
On the stroke of halftime, LGMs wrestled back momentum with Billy Robertson putting Alex Chapman away down the left touch line to extend the lead to 4-1.
Joeys started the second half in the worst possible way, with the opening kick-off going out on the full.
On the insuring set, Billy Robertson sliced through some feeble defence to push the lead out to four.
Five minutes into the second half, LGMs gave away just their second repeat set and Ben Hayes’ Joeys took advantage.
Blues’ speedster Corey Pocock kicked through to score his side’s second. On their next possession, Jayden Turnbull dived over for his first to bring the scores to 5-3.
The final ten minutes, the game began to open up with plenty end-to-end play as the teams traded points.
Jackson Paton would get his side back on top first, kicking for himself inside Joeys’ 10.
Best and Fairest Mason Hasselmeyer spotted a tired offside defender and slid over for his second.
Jake Richards scored on the wing off a Jesse Ripley pass, while Joey’s Jayden Turnbull scooted over with the assist from Tristan Bell-Blissner.
Brayden Barrett iced the game with three minutes remaining to end a chaotic period.
LGMs secured a famous Mens victory over Joeys. Well done boys.
LGMs: Jackson Paton(2), Jesse Ripley, Dean Saxvik , Alex Chapman, Billy Robertson, Jake Richards, Brayden Barrett.
Joeys: Mason Hasselmeyer (2), Jayden Turnbull (2), Corey Pocock.
Best and Fairest: Mason Hasselmeyer.
Player of the Match: Jesse Ripley.
Ballerz overcame a fast finishing One Kick Wonders side to secure their second mixed competition win in as many seasons.
Going into the match as heavy favourites, the defending premiers put the team of green and yellow on notice early.
Ben Hayes broke through the middle defence before putting a kick in to score and get Ballerz on the board first.
Player of the match Brayden Barrett extended his side’s lead shortly after with a kick of his own.
The momentum of the match quickly changed with One Kick Wonders exploiting multiple repeat sets.
Matt Beard was prolific with the boot as he kicked for himself to score.
The same name would appear on the score sheets moments later as he repeated his first effort.
A mid-field wrestle of possession encapsulated the next period of the match with numerous end-to-end sets.
A perfectly placed chip and chase from Brayden Barrett pushed Ballerz ahead for the second time in the match.
With momentum firmly with the mixed title holders, it was only a matter of minutes before Jake Proctor sliced through to record his side’s fourth try.
Ballerz’ Jeff O’Connor gave his side an imposing 5-2 lead with 10 minutes to go after clutching a deft kick to score.
To One Kick Wonders’ credit, they drove the ball downfield on their next possession and almost scored through Corey Pocock
That man would feature heavily in his side’s next possession, following a seven touch set as he sent Nathaniel Wright over in the corner.
The match began to heat up for the challengers as they would stretch the field on their sets in possession, while Ballerz played conservatively.
One Kick’s aggressiveness in attack paid off with Corben White pounding on a loose ball in the in-goal, following a repeat sets inside Ballerz’ 20 metre zone.
For the first time in the match, the game play turned frantic.
Ballerz held a slender one-point lead and tried to shed their conservative ways, while One Kick Wonders had all the momentum as they got a sniff at victory.
Numerous long-range kicks saw some high-risk, high-reward play with neither team submitting.
On One Kick’s final possession, they drove 40 metres before throwing the ball out of play on touch four – a true summary of their performance.
Ballerz held on for their second consecutive Stafford mixed division one victory.
Ballerz: Brayden Barrett (2), Ben Hayes, Jake Proctor, Jeff O’Connor
One Kick Wonders: Matt Beard (2), Nathaniel Wright, Corben White
Best and Fairest: Mason Hasselmeyer
Player of the match: Brayden Barrett
Soup A-stars took out the mixed 2 grand final with an 8-5 win over Slappers.
Well done to our LIVIN top try scorers
Mens: Jesse Ripley (14)
Mixed Guys: Corey Pocock (16), Brayden Barrett (16)
Mixed Girls: Eliza Mooney (11), Chloe Storm (11)
Congrats to our Range Brewing Assist champions
Mens: Joe Warren (7)
Mixed: Jake Coolwell (12)
A special thanks to our grand final sponsors Arrivederci Pizzeria, Newstead Remedial Massage and GYG Chermside.
Next season kicks-off at Stafford from July 29th.
Carseldine will resume following COVID-19 on Monday, July 27th. Registrations are open for both Carseldine and Stafford competitions.
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