Champions League, Summer 2012 Saturday December 8
Champions League games will be played at J F O’Grady Memorial Park
Mens: Get It In Ya – Prizes: Perpetual Trophy & $1000 Cash
Mixed: HSD – Prizes: Perpetual Trophy & $1000 Cash
The 5th TRL Champions League tournament was held under almost perfect summer conditions at the JF O’Grady Memorial Oval on December 8th with 8 Mens and 8 Mixed teams lining up to battle it out for $1000 prize money each.
The competition was as hot on the field as the conditions were with the best teams in TRL going toe to toe with a massive prize on the line. On the Mens side of the competition there was only two teams that had previously competed in a Champions League so the format and physical challenge was new to the majority of competitors. After the first couple of rounds some clear favorites started to emerge in the form of Get It in Ya, No Reserves, Bacon & On the Hunt. Of these four teams who would eventually go on to make semi-finals, only On the Hunt had been there before with the being new to the format but coming off the back off of exceptional performances in the Winter Season.
As the day progressed the Get it In Ya boys definitely started to firm as the team to beat as they racked up some big wins against some of the lesser prepared teams including an incredible 11 try win in the round games. Eventually making it through to the GF where they met the other standout team No Reserves, the scene was set for a big showdown. The No Reserves guys had actually come through the competition undefeated and had fought out a tough semi-against On The Hunt to earn their spot in the big game. In the end though the disciplined defense and extremely efficient attack from Reece and his boys was the difference and they comfortably held on for their maiden Champions League Title.
Commendable efforts were also made by the Penetrators, Allstars, Hendo’s Heroes and Josef Fritzl who all played in terrific spirit in steamy conditions.
The Mixed competition saw a higher number of teams with Champions League Experience than the Mens competition with the Rock Lobsters, HSD and Tropics all having gotten a taste for the tough competition that a day like this involves. The other contestants included both Ambassadors squads, as well as the Queefs, Seagulls and Football Friends.
In some really close pool games HSD, Rock Lobsters, Ambassadors 1 and Tropics were looking impressive and these 4 teams ended up battling it out in the semi-finals. Pre-Tournament, The Ambassadors were one of the favorites for the title as they have been absolutely dominating the Shaw Rd venue for some time so when news came through that they had been beaten in the semi-final by Rock Lobsters it was definitely a surprise. In the other semi-final HSD was able to account for a valiant Tropics who definitely stepped it up a gear this time around from a bit of a lack luster performance last Champs League.
The Grand-Final to a degree was one way traffic with HSD being able to show more stamina than a fatigued Rock Lobsters. It was still a great effort by the Rock Lobsters who are one of the most successful teams in TRL history winning a combined total of close to 10 premierships. The Champions League trophy still eludes them but they are definitely closing in on it. For HSD it was just rewards for a team that has been up against some of the cream of the crop at Shaw Rd for many seasons now.
To be invited to the Champions League means that you are one of the top teams getting around and while they might not have taken out the Champs League trophy Seagulls, Ambassadors 2, Football Friends and Queefs are all well and truly in with a shot in their respective competitions this season.