2016 NTL Grand Final Coverage

first_imgBy Eden RichardsMen’s T LeagueThe South Queensland Sharks may not be able to fit all their trophies onto the plane home as they claimed another title – defeating the Central Queensland Bulls (A) in a thriller. A Central Queensland fightback just fell short as the Sharks (A) claimed an 8-7 victory. The Bulls trailed 5-2 at halftime but five touchdowns in the second half from Central Queensland levelled the scores at 7-7. It was not enough, with doubles from Marcus Holm, Kingston Lamberg and Tyler Ward guiding the Sharks to another win. SOUTH QUEENSLAND SHARKS (A) 8 (Marcus Holm 2, Kingston Lamberg 2, Tyler Ward 2, Coen Fielding, James Sharp touchdowns) def. CENTRAL QUEENSLAND BULLS (A) 7 (Daniel Gill, Harrison Griffin, Connor Harvey, Brandon Hegarty, Jack Leonard, Jacob Vanzanden, Alex Western touchdowns).Referees: Smith, Calahria, Schwerdt.Men’s 40’sThe Hunter Western Hornets defeated the Brisbane City Cobras 7-4 in a comfortable win. A 5-5 draw between the two teams in the regular season pointed to the final being a thriller but this was not the case.The Hornets were quick to assert themselves on the game and take control – leading 4-3 at the break. They then turned on the defence in the second half as they continually denied the Cobras any scoring chances. A double from Calvin Mitchell cemented the victory in what was a complete 40-minute performance from the Hornets. HUNTER WESTERN HORNETS 7 (Calvin Mitchell 2, Ifthcah Ahmad, Patrick Doyle, Wayne Gleeson, Matthew Stanton, Dean Wilbow touchdowns) def. BRISBANE CITY COBRAS 4 (Adrian Lam, Gerard O’Keefe, Steele Tallon, Ben Warren touchdowns).Referees: McNamara, Frost, Taylor. Women’s T LeagueVictoria have caused a huge upset in the Women’s T League Grand Final by defeating the Hunter Western Hornets in a last minute thriller. Victoria crossed the line in the dying seconds to clinch a dramatic 7-6 victory in front of a packed Coffs Harbour crowd. The Hornets had not lost a Women’s T League match since 2014 but that streak is now broken. Victoria trailed 4-3 at halftime and fought back courageously to take the title in the final 30 seconds of the game. VICTORIA 7 (Annie Buntine 2, Rachel Davine, Tamia De Araujo, Isabel Kahan, Lachsley Parton, Eliza West touchdowns) def. HUNTER WESTERN HORNETS 6 (Victoria Aoake, Pihuka Duff, Natasha Hall, Rachel Jeffs, Charmayne Nathan, Aalyah Paki touchdowns).Referees: Saldern, Littlefield, Maruta. Men’s 50’sThe South Queensland Sharks continued their dominance in this year’s NTL by claiming another title.The Sharks dismantled the Sunshine Coast Pineapples 8-1 in what was a dominant display.The game was all but over at halftime as the Sharks stretched out to a 5-1 lead.Peter Sheppard and captain Steven Green scored doubles. Michael Boyd put on a performance of a lifetime to finish with a great hat trick. SOUTH QUEENSLAND SHARKS 8 (Michael Boyd 3, Steven Green 2, Peter Sheppard 2, Brett Allen touchdowns) def. SUNSHINE COAST PINEAPPLES 1 (Stuart MacArthur touchdowns).Referees: McKee, Muller, Murray. Senior MixedThe Senior Mixed competition came down to the wire as the South Queensland Sharks (A) defeated the Southern Suns 11-10. Defence went out the window in what was a free-flowing encounter.It was close throughout with the Sharks hitting a 6-5 lead at the interval. James Harrington ran a riot – scoring four tries in what was a clinical performance that sealed the win for the Sharks. South Queensland have well and truly asserted themselves as the dominant region for touch football in Australia with a very successful 2016 NTL campaign. SOUTH QUEENSLAND SHARKS (A) 11 (James Harrington 4, Kylie Bellingham, Jasmine Best, Riki Best, Helen Bower, Daniel Brown, Scott Mulligan, Stefan Te Amo touchdowns) def. SOUTHERN SUNS 10 (Krystal Ward 3, Brad Elbourne 2, Tim Robinson 2, Hayley McDonald, Darren Reynoldson, Karen Short touchdowns).Referees: Searston, O’Donohue, Connolly. Women’s 40’sThe 2016 NTL has been one to savour for the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones as they added another title to their list. The Tropical Cyclones defeated the South West Queensland Swans 5-3 in a topsy-turvy match.The game looked over at half time as the Tropical Cyclones hit a 4-1 lead. The Swans didn’t give up however, scoring two of their own in the second half to give the Tropical Cyclones a real scare.Vicki Dodd crossed for a double for the Swans as she tried her best to guide her team to victory but it wasn’t enough.It was a great team performance for the North Queensland team with five different players crossing the line. NORTH QUEENSLAND TROPICAL CYCLONES 5 (Robyn Campbell, Kelly Condon, Teresa Chaillon, Lee Nolan, Paulina Raitilave touchdowns) def. SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND SWANS 3 (Vickie Dodd 2, Kaye Broadfoot touchdowns).Referees: Garner, Quinn and Sullivan. Men’s 55The North Queensland Tropical Cyclones have gone back to back in the Men’s 55’s division. They defeated the Sydney Mets 5-1 in a one-sided affair.It was a team effort by the Tropical Cyclones with the highlight being Allan Jenkins crucial double touchdown effort. At halftime the game was locked tightly at 2-1 but the Tropical Cyclones hit another gear in the second half as they crossed the line three times to seal victory. NORTH QUEENSLAND TROPICAL CYCLONES 5 (Allan Jenkins 2, Ray Downes, Tony Phillips, Graham Telfer) def. SYDNEY METS 1 (Mick Pearsall touchdowns).Referees: Kidd, Myers, Walters.Men’s 30’sThe South Queensland Sharks made it three titles for the day with a resounding 11-6 victory over the Sydney Scorpions. It is now three Men’s 30’s titles in a row for the Sharks as they assert their dominance onto the competition. The Scorpions were the victims of an attacking master class as the Sharks led 6-3 at half time. A hat trick to Willie Bishop was the only highlight for the Scorpions.Troy Nichols of the Sharks cancelled out Bishop’s efforts as he scored a hat trick of his own and led his team to victory.  SOUTH QUEENSLAND SHARKS 11 (Troy Nichols 3, Leon Skinner 2, Robert Brehaut, Remus Anthony Gentles, Brag Griffin, James O’Neill, Darren Robson, Ty Russell) def. SYDNEY SCORPIONS 6 (Willie Bishop 3, Paul MacPherson, Jason Scharenguivel, Adrian Vallelonga touchdowns).Referees: Blechynden, Pearson, J.Taylor. Men’s 45’s The South Queensland Sharks have added a second title to their 2016 NTL campaign with a 7-5 win over the Sydney Scorpions. The Sharks dished out revenge for last year’s 8-4 loss to the Scorpions to make it an even sweeter victory. A 5-2 first half lead laid the platform for the win as the Sharks came out ready to play. Andrew Willett starred for the Sharks – scoring a grand final hat trick. A double from Scorpion Brandon Grant McDonald wasn’t enough to see his side home. SOUTH QUEENSLAND SHARKS 7 (Andrew Willett 3, Ian Jordan, Bruce McDonald, Scott Notley, Brent Saddler touchdowns) def. SYDNEY SCORPIONS 5 (Brandon Grant McDonald 2, Jeffrey Cheung, Scott Collins, Alex Ferro touchdowns).Referees: Chan, Couper and EdmondsonWomen’s 27’sThe South Queensland Sharks have defeated the Sydney Rebels in the Women’s 27’s grand final.The top two teams at the end of regular fixtures put on a tight contest with the Sharks scoring a late touchdown in the first half to lead 2-1 at the break. The game began to open up in the second half and that benefited the Sharks team greatly. The girls from South Queensland put their foot down to run out 5-3 winners in what is their first title in the division. SOUTH QUEENSLAND SHARKS 5 (Tamara Duggan, Krystel Joyce, Shilo Monland, Katie Shaw, Rachelle Waetford touchdowns) def. SYDNEY REBELS 3 (Brienna Anderson, Alexandra Mecham, Kelly Stewart touchdowns).Referees: Marsh, R. Ward and Leung.Women’s 35’sThe Hunter Western Hornets are champions of the Women’s 35’s after defeating last year’s champions, the Sunshine Coast Pineapples, 4-1 in a hard fought defensive encounter. Runners-up in 2013, three touchdowns from Janine Law sealed the Hornets their first title in the 35’s competition. 3-1 at the break – the Hornets shut out any chance of a Pineapples comeback in the second half. The Pineapples couldn’t put it together in attack, with Ann-Marie Duncan scoring their only touchdown. HUNTER WESTERN HORNETS 4 (Janine Law 3, Amanda Hollis touchdowns) def. SUNSHINE COAST PINEAPPLES 1 (Ann-Marie Duncan touchdowns).Referees: Miller, Weier and Kent.Related LinksNTL Grand Finalslast_img

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