Victorious Secret, Kickaholics Trump 2021 Taringa Winter season 🏆
Winter champions Victorious Secret have won their first division two grand final in extra time over a gallant Combat Wombats side on Tuesday night.
After running the table in division 2, the long standing Kick It team in pink secured what was a remarkable achievement.
Captain and winter season try scoring leader Nathan Cox continued his strong form crossing for four tries and tallying an assist in a player of the match performance.
Not to be outdone, teammate Hamish Pyle, piled on three tries, including the length of the field match winner in golden point.
Perhaps the try of the game was a long range effort from Sofia Madsen who showed off her speed to zipped down the left touch line to score.
The try pushed the lead out to 3-0 in the opening stages of the first half.
It was a tremendous effort by Combat Wombats who played with six players the entire game with a number of players away with work.
Best and Fairest Jake Prescott notched up a hat-trick, while teammate Matthew Bleach crossed for three of his own, including the final try in regulation to send the game to extra time.
Stalwarts Jake Harding and Ben Stevens traded time on the field and added a try and an assist combined.
In a match that had everything, we saw some fantastic tries and memorial moments.
The match was just the third time a division 2 grand final had gone to extra time at Taringa.
Well done to Victorious Secret def Combat Wombats 8-7 in the winter season grand final.
Victorious – Nathan Cox (4), Hamish Pyle (3), Sofia Madsen
Wombats – Jake Prescott (3), Matthew Bleach (3), Ben Stevens
Player of the Match – Nathan Cox
Best and Fairest – Jake Prescott
Match Moment – Sofia Madsen’s try
Kickaholics have extended their run at the top with a hard fought 4-0 win over Slap Happy in Tuesday’s final.
The team list were in and with both teams boasting full strength sides, the division one showdown was on.
We saw a first half stalemate with strong defence dominating the game as scoring opportunities minimised.
As both sides probed the edges, it was the middle third that proved to be the battleground for most of the first half.
It took 19 minutes for the game’s first try and it was through Kickaholics leading try scorer Trent Gossner (11).
The rep star got his side on the board first as he scooted through a hole from a crisp inside ball from Justin Noonan moments before halftime.
Finishing second in try assists (with 7), Corey Pocock would feature, this time with the ball in hand as he crossed for his first try off a long range kick.
Isaac Mobbs extended his side’s lead to three moments later with an individual effort through some tired defence.
Pocock’s second came off a neat ruck and spilt with Eliza Mooney on the right edge.
The match was not without drama with both sides losing key men to significant injuries.
Slap Happy duo and team try leaders Brett Coghill (9) and Aaron Fraser (8) probed early but came up empty.
Near misses to Anthony Martin, Ryan Abi and Jalen Andretta almost ticked the scoreboard over for Slap Happy.
In the end, it was the stout defence of Kickaholics and middle trio Mason Hasselmeyer, Justin Noonan and Isaac Mobbs which got them the victory.
Well done to Kickaholics def Slap Happy 4-0 in the Taringa winter division 1 final.
Kickaholics: Corey Pocock (2), Trent Gossner, Isaac Mobbs
Player of the Match: Trent Gossner
Best and Fairest: Brett Coghill
Match moment: Trent Gossner’s try
10m rule trial
The final four weeks of winter season at Taringa saw us trial a rule which has been on the radar for a number of years.
As part of the 10m rule trial, no longer can the kicker score off their own kick when inside the opponent’s 10m.
What we have seen so far is a cleaner, more skill based game with more team play while still retaining many of the benefits of kicking that make it Kick It Touch.
Throughout spring season at all venues, we will continue to trial this rule in hopes it will improve various game play aspects.
Try and Try Assist leaders – Taringa Winter
A big thank you to all players, team captains and sponsors for making this an enjoyable season.
Spring season kicks-off immediately on September 7th. Don’t miss out on what could be our final season before Christmas. Team registrations remain open.