DAY THREE AND FINALS SUMMARY- AUSTRALIA CUP 2004

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first_imgDAY 3 AND FINALS SUMMARY- Well, it’s still a little chilly and the wind is still making my nose run, but at least it’s not raining. The finals were on and despite the cold weather, a good crowd turned out for the last day of competition. Competition in all divisions was tight and left no doubt that not only is touch improving in the Cup states but that 2004 was an enjoyable tournament for all. Both staff and players seemed to disappear throughout the day, reminded that `their vote does count’, as they headed for the nearest polling booth. As a side note, a muscley bald-headed champion Olympic swimmer called Michael Klim was seen jogging around the touch fields early last evening, maybe he should give touch a go? ATA staff have certainly enjoyed the trip to Melbourne, both for the tournament and Melbourne’s bevy of wonderful restaurant, massive pub meals, Italian, Vietnamese and the most delicious gelati just to name a few. SENIORS: The Senior Womens play-off for the title continued with the Victoria 30’s and NSW Country Seniors through to the final with wins over the EPTA (Elwood Park Touch Association) Senior side. The grand final saw NSW Country continue their good form with an easy 8-1 win over Victoria 30’s. NSW’s Doreen Kearney scored three touchdowns in their win. In the Mens Seniors division the Victoria 30’s were straight through to the grand final after finishing first in the Seniors division. Club side, the EPTA Seniors, also qualified for the Mens Seniors grand final after a tense 5-4 win over NSW Country. EPTA looked like they were about to cause an upset against their Victorian 30’s opposition, but the Victorian 30’s managed to hold on for a tense 5-4 win. OPEN WOMENS: After the completion of the round matches, the Womens quarter finals kicked off in style. NSW 23’s showed that being young is no hindrance in their quest for the Women’s title with a 4-1 win over Tasmania in their quarter final. NSW Open also gave their state the chance of making it an all NSW grand final as they progressed through to the semis with a 6-1 win over the Victorian 23’s. Last year’s champions, Victoria, defeated the ACT 23’s 6-0 and look strong as they go through to their semi against NSW Open, sure to be one of the matches of the tournament. SA made it a double loss for the ACT, all hope now resting on their men, as the ACT Womens Open lost 7-2 to SA. The Womens semi finals were expected to be tight, with the young NSW 23’s facing SA and NSW Open facing defending champions Victoria. NSW 23’s started well, leading 2-0 before SA answered with two quick touchdowns after half time to level the score. The NSW 23’s were able to match the physical nature of the SA game and managed to take the semi 4-2 in a great match of touch. NSW Open made it an all-NSW Womens grand final, after stopping defending champions Victoria 4-1 in their semi final. The battle between the 23’s and the Opens was sure to be entertaining! In the play-off for 7th Tasmania easily accounted for Victoria 23’s, while the ACT 23’s claimed 5th position with a 4-0 win over their ACT Open counterparts. The NSW Opens women led narrowly 3-2 at half time in a tight see-sawing half. After half time the Opens women showed their guile & experience with a convincing half of dominating Touch punctuated with another five unanswered touchdowns. They finished strongly with an 8-2 bottom line. OPEN MENS: The Mens semi finals were also decided after the completion of the round matches, with defending champions, the ACT, facing SA and Tasmania facing Victoria. After a tight first half the ACT kicked away to win 6-2, giving them a chance to defend their 2003 title from Adelaide. Victoria and Tasmania were also locked 2-2 at half time, before winning their place in the grand final 7-4. The ACT Men took a 5-2 lead into half time of the Mens final, which was a great display of touch football to finish the Mens competition. A 6-4 final score was an entertaining game with plenty of touch highlights for the crowd in Melbourne. A final congratulations to the ACT men and NSW women for taking the Open divisions titles and the Victoria 30’s men and NSW Country women for claiming the Seniors 2004 titles. By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.aulast_img

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