FINALS AT THE SENIORS NTL

FINALS AT THE SENIORS NTL

first_imgIt was finals day at the 2005 Asics Seniors NTL today and thankfully the sun was out. Any of the seniors are looking like the walking wounded, but they’re still out there running, stepping, diving over the line and the finals promised plenty of top class action. A big congratulations to the Crusaders Womens 30’s, who claimed their division and a history making title for the Crusaders! (Pictured here.) Here is a summary of each division’s play-offs, semi finals and grand finals: MENS 30’s: The Crusaders recorded an easy 9-4 win over the Cyclones in their play-off for 8th and 9th and will go through to the play off for 7th-8th against the Warriors. They then continued on to beat the Warriors 10-8 in a high scoring and exciting affair, claiming 7th position. The Southern Suns finished 5th after a 5-4 win over the Rustlers in a drop-off. In the semi finals the Scorpions and Mets played out an absolutely amazing all-Sydney affair. Down 6-3 the Scorpions looked lost, until a second half comeback saw them tie the scores at 6-6. Unfortunately for the Scorpions, the 9-8 final score saw them just short of the grand final berth. The Mets will face the South Queensland Sharks in the grand final, who ran all over their Queensland opponents, the Brisbane City Cobras 11-1. The grand final started with a bang, the Sharks scoring through Andrew Willet on their first set of six touches, before the Mets hit straight back on their first set to even the game at 1-1 after just one and a half minutes. It then became 2-1 as Mets’ Captain, Garry Sonda, dived past two Sharks’ defenders to score for his side. Just before half time Willet struck again for the Queenslanders to take it to 2-2, before the Mets struck back for a 3-2 half time lead. The Mets pulled away in the second half, winning 7-4 and winning their third title in a row. Grand Final: Sydney Mets (7) def South Queensland Sharks (4) Scorers: Mets (Sonda 2, Danswan, Farhat, Ryan, Burnard, McLeod) Sharks (Willet 2, Hope, Foster) Player of the Final: Garry Sonda (Mets) Player of the Series: Jason Yee (Mets) MENS 35′: The Warriors qualified for the play off for 7th, after a 7-2 win over the Rustlers in the 8th-9th play off and will now face the Suns. The grand final for the Mens 35’s will be between traditional rivals the Sydney Mets and the Sydney Scorpions, who both qualified for the grand final after comfortable semi final victories. The Scorpions beat the North Queensland Cyclones 8-4 and the Mets held off the Sharks 7-3. The Sydney Mets and Sydney Scorpions have contested the past three grand finals with 2002 and 2004 going to the Scorpions. The Mets won in 2003 and repeated that this year, when they defeated the Scorpions 6-5 in today’s final. The Scorpions were 6-3 down with just over five minutes to go, but fought back to bring the score to 6-5 and gave themselves a chance to win but were unable to cross the Mets’ line again for the game saving score. Grand Final: Sydney Mets (6) def Sydney Scorpions (5) Scorers: Mets (Latoa, Velo, Hatti, Moujalli, Negus, Ferro) Scorpions (Biskup 2, Duguid, Stergio, Mahony) Player of the Final: Paul Forbes (Mets) Player of the Series: Andrew Yiangou (Mets) MENS 40’s: The Rustlers qualified for the play off for 7th-8th after a 7-3 win over the Warriors. The semi finals in the Mens 40’s were both fairly comfortable, the Scorpions recording a 6-2 win over defending Champions the Northern Eagles and the Sharks running in a 10-4 win over the Southern Suns. The Sydney Scorpions, led by ex-NRL legend Cliff Lyons, the Sorpions grabbed an early lead, with the Sharks quick to respond. There was no more than two touchdowns separating the sides at any time and it was often scored on a one for one basis. The final score was 5-4, a win for the Scorpions to erase the memories of their runner up finish in 2004. Grand Final: Sydney Scorpions (5) def South Queensland Sharks (4) Scorers: Scorpions (Cheung 2, Collins, Gillard, Meuller) Sharks (Shaw 2, Womersley, Groth) Player of the Final: Jeff Cheung (Scorpions) Player of the Series: Wayne Moore (Sharks) MENS 45’s: The ACT Men made it through to the play off for 7th after beating the Sharks 4-3 in a drop off. In the semi finals of the Mens 45’s, the Sydney Mets and Scorpions fought their match right into a drop off, the Mets emerging eventual winners 5-4. They will face the Cobras, who scraped through to the grand final 3-2 over the Northern Eagles. With both semi finals being so close, it is obvious the Mens 45’s has been one of the toughest divisions at the 2005 NTL. The Brisbane Cobras have been the side to beat in the Mens 45’s all week. They only allowed seven touchdowns to be scored against them in the round matches. However, in the grand final they jumped to a quick lead against the Mets and held on for a 6-3 win. Grand Final: Brisbane City Cobras (6) def Sydney Mets (3) Scorers: Cobras (Young 4, Thoars, Baartz) Mets (Brennan 2, Snook) Player of the Final: Bill McLean (Cobras) Player of the Series: Gary Simmons (Scorpions) MENS 50’s: In the Mens 50’s the Southern Suns finished 7th and the Cyclones 8th after a 6-5 win in their play off. The Rustlers claimed 5th spot, leaving the Cobras in 6th spot after a close 3-2 win in their play off. The Mets will face the Hornets in the grand final, after the Hornets won 4-1 over the local Northern Eagles and the Mets had a close 7-5 win over the South Queensland Sharks. Grand Final: Hunter Western Hornets (4) def Sydney Mets (1) Scorers: Hornets (Wondergem, Flowers, Healey, Grant) Mets (Foxe) Player of the Final: Len Blakeney (Hornets) Player of the Series: Michael Gallagher (Hornets) WOMENS 30’s: In the Womens 30’s, the Suns and Mets qualified for the semi finals after beating the Cobras and Rustlers in the qualifying finals. The Crusaders qualified for the grand final after a 6-4 win over the Southern Suns and the Scorpions will be their opponents after a 3-1 win over the Mets. The Crusaders and Scorpions drew in the round matches and it will surely be a cracker of a grand final. After taking an early 2-0 lead, the Scorpions found themselves on the back foot, down 4-2 just after half time. With the scores at 5-3, the Scorpions gave everything to bring it back to 5-4 before the Crusaders survived the final onslaught to hold onto the title. A history making effort for the Crusaders! Grand Final: Crusaders (5) def Scorpions (4) Scorers: Crusaders (Lang, Field, Dracup, Briscoe, Savvoudis) Scorpions (Collins 2, Hornery, Steinhardt) Player of the Final: Tracey Frith (Crusaders) Player of the Series: Jody English (Scorpions) WOMENS 35’s: The Hornets and Southern Suns are through to the grand final after the Hornets ended the run of the Cyclones 7-2 and the Suns beat the Sharks 3-0. The Hunter Western Hornets made it two titles for the Hornets cheer squad, after winning the Mens 50’s they followed it up with a 3-1 victory over the Southern Suns. They scored inside the first two minutes and had control of the match from there on in. Grand Final: Hunter Western Hornets (3) def Southern Suns (1) Scorers: Hornets (Howard, Ross, Allard) Suns (Mounsey) Player of the Final: Debbie Potts (Hornets) Player of the Series: Debbie Potts (Hornets) WOMENS 40’s: In the play off for 5th the Hornets easily accounted for the Rustlers 8-0 and it will be a Scorpions v Cyclones grand final after the Scorpions had a 7-1 in over the Cobras, while the Cyclones won a close match 3-2 over the Northern Eagles. It was a disappointing end for the Eagles, 2004 runners up. First time grand finalists the Cyclones faced defending champions the Scorpions in the Womens 40’s grand final. Unfortunately for the Cyclones, they were not strong enough to match the defending champions, losing 4-1. The Cyclones evened the scores at 1-1 mid way through the first half but were unable to match them in the second half. Grand Final: Sydney Scorpions (4) def North Queensland Cyclones (1) Scorers: Scorpions (Forlonge 2, Patterson, Rose) Cyclones (Wilcox) Player of the Final: Carol Forlonge (Sydney Scorpions) Player of the Series: Michelle Smidt (Sydney Scorpions) By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img

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