first_imgIt was a thrilling end to a night of great Touch last night at the Woolgoolga Touch Association’s Grand Final night. The Men’s Open grand final went right down to the wire, with a drop-off in the fading light needed to determine the winners. A large crowd was gathered to watch local rugby league boys, Just Fish take on Handi-Hire in the final. Just Fish started the game well with Nathan Graham scoring a touchdown early in the match to put his team ahead 1-0. Graham then set up his team’s second touchdown when his flick pass put Michael Jeffery over the line; Just Fish were ahead 2-0. Just Fish held Handi-Hire scoreless for quite a while, with good defense on their line. There were too many mistakes and dropped balls by Handi-Hire for them to convert their hard work into touchdowns. Blake Seymour from Just Fish put his team up 3-0 and hopes were beginning to fade for Handi-Hire. When a Just Fish player was subbed, Handi-Hire’s Jason Sahdra took advantage of the situation and scored, making the score 3-1. Both teams scored two more touchdowns before half time, Just Fish ahead 5-3 going into the break. Handi-Hire came out firing in the second half, scoring the first two touchdowns, bringing the score to 5-5 and exciting the crowd. As the game intensified the touches got harder and the minutes and light began to fade. Handi-Hire’s veteran player, Basil Badhni scored a touchdown to put his team in the lead for the first time throughout the match. Handi-Hire looked as though they had their victory sealed after Taj Dosanjh scored a touchdown to make the score 7-5. But Just Fish weren’t going down without a fight. Captain Arthur Murray scored a touchdown before Cole Duncombe evened the score right on the full time siren with a length of the field touchdown. And so a drop-off began. The crowd was restless, questions were flying and the light was almost gone. When the teams got down to three players on three the crowd was calling for car headlights to be shone on the field, but this wasn’t needed as Just Fish player Cole Duncombe scored his second touchdown and claimed victory for his team. Just Fish Captain Arthur Murray was pleased with the way his team performed. “I thought we played well tonight, we’re not Touch players really, and they are, so it was good to win,” said Murray. The Men’s Open grand final was the end of a great night for Woolgoolga Touch. Grand Finals were also played in the Men’s over 35’s division and the Women’s Open division. Gelroo were victorious over Flat Top Engineering in the Men’s 35’s with touchdowns going to Phil Hopkins, Chris Seymour and Andy Muir for the Gelroo’s and Paul Chambers for Flat Top Engineering. Some great skill and promise was shown in the Women’s Open grand final with Amble Inn beating Ryan Earthmoving, 9-1. An impressive performance by Amble Inn’s Bonnie Miller-Tucker saw her score three touchdowns for her team. Julie Wales also scored two touchdowns to contribute to her team’s victory. The Australian Touch Association staff that attended the Grand Final night at Woolgoolga would like to thank Matt Wood and the other volunteers at Woolgoolga Touch and congratulate them on running a fantastic local touch association. By Lisa Plummerlast_img

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