Kedron / Shaw Rd Fixtures (B105 Massive Mondays) Season 2, 2012
Fields 1-4: Games are played on the Norths Rugby Union side of Shaw Road.
Fields 5-7: Hockey side of Shaw Road (opposite Norths Rugby).
- Key Contact: Tim Swan – 0403 604 190
Grand Final Results:
TRL would like to congratulate the following teams for their Grand Final wins:
Mens 1: Dare Devils - Prizes: Trophy + Medallions + $150 OFF next season
Mixed 1: Ambassadors 2 - Prizes: Trophy + Medallions + $150 OFF next season
Mixed 2: Gamblers- Prizes: Medallions + $100 OFF next season
Mixed 3: – Bridesmaids - Prizes: Medallions + $100 OFF next season
Mixed 4: – The Garys – Prizes: Medallions + $100 OFF next season
Mens 2: - Custodians – Prizes: Medallions + $100 OFF next season
Mens 3: – Footroters - Prizes Medallions + $100 OFF next season
Mens 4: – Woop Woop – Prizes: Medallions + $100 OFF next season
Mens 5: – Spruce Moose - Prizes: Medallions + $100 OFF next season
Congratulations to the Pietown Panthers on their Wildcard result. The receive $150 OFF next season.
RESULTS: Week 11 (17.09.2012) Grand Finals and 2nd Week Wildcard
*SCORES IN WC GAMES HAVE BEEN DOUBLED
END OF SEASON WRITE – UP
Getting their name back on the perpetual trophy this winter season is one of the most capped TRL teams the Dare Devils. These guys have dominated the Mens 1 competition in the past but after a couple of bleak seasons, they were determined to get back on top. Timmy and the boys didn’t have it all their way in the GF and a resolute Dollar One team made them work all the way to the final hooter. They will now be looking to go back to back as they have done in past seasons.
A Dollar One was a standout team in the Mens 1 competition this winter season with McKendry leading a crack TRL squad up against some of the best competition getting around Brisbane. They produced and outstanding regular season only narrowly losing a couple of times but scoring the most tries of any team in the division. A team that builds on obvious rugby talent, they played to their strengths and scored some incredibly good tries in the GF. They now know what it’s like to make the big stage and I have little doubt that with Murdo firing next season, they’ll be hard to stop.
The Top Guns once again made the semi-finals but couldn’t quite get across the line after coming up against an in-form Dollar One squad. With their superstar taking a mid-week holiday to the southern state, the boys were always going to have a tough time of it but started well against the team they had dominated at the start of the season. Tommy and the boys just couldn’t hold onto the ball for long enough periods of the second half though and were eventually shut of the game in a good old fashioned grinding game of TRL. The Top Guns were one of the most consistent teams in the division this season and I have little doubt will be back up there again in summer.
The Penetrators made a great comeback season to the Shaw Rd venue and managed to secure a spot in yet another semi-final. Sam and the boys were a constant threat in the division and pushed every team they played. Their ability to stick with the more dominant teams saw them earn some good draws which if they had of managed to win might have seen them with an easier task in the semis. As it was they ended up being outclassed by eventual winner Dare Devils but their first season for a while would still be considered solid.
For Grammace and Debbie Does Mahi it was a tough ask in a strong division this winter season but both teams were able to salvage some good performances. Jacko and the Grammace squad are one of the most competitive crews around and they always work hard to keep the ball alive and use their considerable speed wide. While they probably didn’t exploit some of the more percentage plays and didn’t get the ball over the line enough times, they still gave it 110%. Similarly Levi and the Debbie Does Mahi squad were probably a bit outgunned in the top flight division but still put in a solid season and one which I’m sure they will take a lot from. These guys are a solid TRL team and having dominated Mens 2 last season, were definitely up the standard. Over summer though the opportunity might arise to play back a division which I’m sure could see these guys win plenty of games.
Taking out the Mens 2 title for the first time was The Custodians. Stepping up a division after a solid showing in Div 3 last season, they really proved that they are a class team and the speed that they have around the park with the likes of Kershaw make them a potential Div 1 team of the future. Their GF against Doghouse was an epic encounter that had a bit of everything for the fans. With a similar line up over summer, these guys could do big things.
The Doghouse boys were looking to take out the Div 2 title and after really turning it on in the semi-final against Got Nothin’ (who had trounced them only a week before) were looking good heading into the GF. With Sam ‘lightning bolt’ Bella twinkle toeing down the sideline, they were always going to put up a good fight in the GF and it went right down to the wire. Only being denied by a try at the death, these guys were really unlucky not to cap off one of their best season. I have little doubt the Rohan and the boys will be as good as ever over summer.
Got Nothin’ was solid enough again this season to make it into yet another semi-final. Playing Doghouse for the second time in two weeks they weren’t able to get the wood over them two times in a row in the game that really counted to get through to the GF. Kev and the boys, who have played plenty of seasons at the Shaw Rd venue, are one of the most consistent teams getting around and if they are able to get the same squad together next season, would be almost a shoe in to make another final.
The Renos had a somewhat up and down season after starting off in the Mens 1 division and ending up playing semi-finals in the mens 2 division. They really gave the Mens 1 division a crack but up against some far more experienced teams just came up a bit short and were re-graded at the halfway point. They then proceeded to put in some good performances and were able to turn their fortunes around to make the semifinals. Up against eventual winner The Custodians the guys were only shut out late in the second half. This is definitely their level and over summer I’m sure they could really be a force in a similar division.
The Cubs were once again on the cusp of a semi-final and played some good TRL to get as close as they did. This team has some real talent and as they showed in their final game of the season they know how to get the ball over the line. While they probably lack that bit of pace that some of the younger teams in the division seem to have in abundance, their ball skills are what makes them such an attacking team. Over summer, Darren and the boys will look to purse a maiden title at the venue.
The Blues Brothers put in a good first season at the venue but were probably a little bit hampered by injuries due to the footy season. These guys moved to the venue after taking out a similar division at the Kedron/Wavell venue over autumn and on paper were one of the form teams heading into the season. With the footy season now concluded, I suspect that a revamped team over summer will get a few more wins under their belt and really push for big things.
For the Cozifas and Mustangs it wasn’t quite the season they had both probably planned. The Mustangs, in a simlary vein to the Renos, started in the top flight division but were relegated after some heavy losses. Timmy D and the boys, who have been solid performer in the top flight division at the Graceville venue, weren’t really up to scratch against the faster and more hardened teams at the Shaw Rd venue. Having dropped back to the Div 2 they struggled to regroup which given their experience was somewhat of a surprise. These guys are a class footy team though and with the league season now over, should be looking to really keep the fitness levels up over summer. The Cozifas were playing their first TRL season at the venue and they definitely were not overwhelmed by the challenge of div 2. While they might not have got over the line enough times to secure all that many wins, they certainly weren’t an easy win for any team. I think Steele and the guys would be a really handy lower division team over summer and they should definitely be looking to maintain the current experience in the squad.
The Mens 3 produced a really close competition this winter season.
It was fitting that the two teams (Bustards and Footroters) who had really been the most solid all season, were there in the GF and played out an epic game. When the full time buzzer sounded it was the classy Footroters who ended up taking the prize. Mick and the guys did an outstanding job to knock off the Bustards who were easily the favorites heading into the contest. I like the way these guys were able to really hang on their when the pressure was on (and the Bustards know how to apply it) and counter strike when the opportunity arises. They will have to defend their title over summer and the target will definitely be on their back.
The Bustards really gave it their all in the GF and having come so close were cruelly shut out in the dying stages of the game. For a team that has a pretty mature demographic, they are one of the quickest teams in the division and some of their switch plays would like bamboozle even higher grade defenses. I think that the closeness of the loss in the GF will really drive these guys over the summer season and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see them take out a title over summer.
Slow and the Furious were again good enough to achieve yet another showing in the semi-finals. Having taken out a premiership in the autumn season, they weren’t quite able to replicate the success in the higher div 3 competition. Matty and the boys know how to use the different TRL dynamics and have really play to their strengths in the kicking department. With their faster guys putting on the chase, they are able to pin oppositions in the red zone, the sign of a good TRL team.
WWWW were once again just off the pace at the conclusion of the regular season and narrowly missed out on the semis. Zeth and the guys started off really strongly but some losses at the wrong times of the season saw them with a tough ask heading into the final weeks of the competition. They rebounded though in the Wildcard games and produced a big win to push them pretty high on the Wildcard ladder. Over summer I’m sure these guys will feature in plenty of tight wins.
Lead Feet were unable to make the semi-finals this season but did really well to play all the way to the final week of the competition despite losing some key personnel earlier in the season. When the final standings were decided in the regular season, these guys were only a bonus point win off the pace which was a true sign of how close things were. These guys could well be a real force in a similar division and when Sula brings the Taki Mai connection along, they could definitely take out this division over winter.
Dirty Jack and the Boiz had a bit of a rocky start to the season after showing heaps of promise in the first couple of grading games. These guys are a really youthful squad and they definitely showed plenty of enthusiasm despite the opening couple of round games where they got the proverbial TRL master class. These guys have a heap of talent and while they came up against some really strong competition, there is no reason why they couldn’t dominate a lower division now they have the required know-how to play the game.
No Man’s Land just couldn’t quite cut it in the Mens 3 competition but such is their determination, they never let up on the competition despite being out of the finals race early in the second half of the season. A large part of their misfiring this season had to do with a consistent squad and while they had some big name players lined up in the first couple of weeks, getting the same squad week in week out proved a challenge. With Timmy and the boys, including TRL workhorse R.Angell playing next season, I think these boys will be back to their best.
The Mens 4 saw some good competition and the Woop Woop squad were able to erase the memories of last season’s GF loss in a similar division. Zabell and the boys had gone so close last season where they were downed by Slow and the Furious in a nail biting GF and it was obvious from the start of the season that the boys had plenty of motivation to go one better. Moving into next season these guys will be keen for another challenge and with the same lineup will be strong once more.
Cen10 Boys put up a great effort against the Woop Woop squad but were pretty flat on the night and just couldn’t quite take it to a resolute opposition. Tori and the guys are really building up their TRL skills and with a squad that includes a couple of blokes that play at least twice a week, they were always a good chance to make the GF. The guys are moving closer to the west this coming summer season and they will need to maintain as much as the personnel from this season to take on some handy teams over there.
Young Thugs came incredibly close to making the big game and were only denied by a try in the semi-final against the team that would eventually become the premiers. Michael and the guys, who between them have seen a few seasons worth of TRL now, really finished strongly in the last part of the season and watching the semi-final, if they had of gone through probably would could have taken it out. It wasn’t to be however and they will no doubt re-group for the summer.
The Hutchinson Builders put in a great effort and almost made it to the GF if not for a determined Cen10 Boys in the semi-final. Sammy M put together a good squad and while they may have lacked some of the all-out pace of the younger teams in the division, they made up for it with good defense and structure offense. I think the key for these guys next season will be to utilize the kick a bit more often and really try to turn around opposing teams. If they can work on some other small parts of their game they will again be a solid outfit.
The Big Ezy definitely deserved to be playing semi-finals footy and having lost two games by only a try and getting plenty of bonus points as well, their season could have been that much better. I really liked the way these guys took to the kicking aspect and when that option wasn’t working they also were able to keep the ball alive. Tom and the guys should definitely be looking to follow on from their good efforts this season and will definitely be a gun team next season.
Pineapple Express put in some good performances over the course of the winter season but having had a season off over autumn, they were perhaps a little bit slow in returning to their best over the opening weeks. While Cam and the boys only ended up with 2 wins in the regular season, they were competitive against the teams that went on to play semis and only really let a single game get away from them. These guys are always enthusiastic and often turn up a slot early to make sure they get warmed up. And with a pretty funky kit they also look the part! This division suits them and I think with some promotions they will be a real force in a similar division next season.
Matty and the Big Hounds crew were certainly a force in the competition when they had the right squad on the park and put together a couple of good efforts to highlight the fact. On a couple of occasions they were unlucky to have gone down by only a try on a couple of occasions. These guys are a pretty social bunch but when they want to can get their competitive edge on this division really suits their style of play. They will be looking good next season especially if they are able to get the Meerkat connection along.
Notorious TAG showed plenty of promise in their second season and while they weren’t able to get enough wins in the first part of the season to push for semi-finals, I think with another season under their belt they are really starting to show plenty of promise. Lawrence and guys played with plenty of determination and while they were at times a bit outgunned by some quicker and more experienced teams, they really never let a game get away from them. Their ultimate game of the season saw them produce a good win and I’m sure it will give them some momentum for summer.
It was a great GF between the two form teams of the Mens 5 division Spruce Moose and Postmen. Spruce Moose was definitely a deserving winner and having charged into the GF from 4th spot at the end of the regular season, they definitely had all the momentum leading into the game. Kicking clear with some early tries, these guys were really dominant in the big game and with a host of talented players, I think they are definitely a top team in the making. They will no doubt be looking for a challenge next season and promotion up a division will definitely provide them with it.
While the really impressive Spruce Moose were able to deny them from delivering on the day, the Postmen still had a great debut season with plenty more wins than losses. Andrew and the guys looked comfortable with the TRL format from the outset and it wasn’t a big surprise to see these guys go as far as they did. With a good set of hands on all their players, they will definitely be strong in the summer season now that they have that season worth of experience.
Your Mum’s Your Dad were easily the form team heading into the semifinals but as they described themselves they were a “9 week team” this season and were bundled out in their semi against eventual winners Spruce Moose. While there might be a bit of comfort in the fact that they lost to the GF winner, I think these boys will be really champing at the bit to go one further next season and Neale and the boys definitely have the squad to do it.
Well what a season! The B105 Massive Mondays Mixed comp was absolutely huge with more mixed teams competing than ever before. In the division 1 competition, the standard was sensational and in my opinion, almost every div 1 team would have taken out most other competitions around Brisbane. Leading from the front were TRL royalty – HSD – who have played 9 seasons now on the trot. They have featured in the finals in every season contested and whilst they got off to a slowish start, were always going to make the top 4.
Jostling alongside them were the might of the Metre Eaters – a Jack Stevenson special. A name like Metre Eaters makes me think of the Webckes, Troncs, Ciconicievas of this world…solid, hard working, toiling types. However, this team is blessed with immense speed and skill and they too finished in the top 4 facing off against HSD in the semis. This was always going to be a hard game for both sides and in the end, the Metre Eaters edged them out, 7-6 advancing to the GF.
In the other semi, we saw two new sides – Ambassadors 1 & Ambassadors 2 – slug it out in what could be described as a Family Affair given the number of siblings in each team. Before detailing the result of this game, it is important to appreciate how good these two teams are. They both joined the comp in week 3 and usually it takes a team a few weeks to get the hang of the rules, tactics etc. However, these guys were in the double figures (try-wise) after their first week of playing. The winner of this game was always going to be hard to beat. In the end, the Ambassadors 2 lineup got over the top of the Ambassadors 1 side 11-10 in an absolute try fest. As a result, Ambassadors 2 advanced to play the Metre Eaters.
The Metre Eaters certainly put in a fantastic effort and the scores were quite close at the halfway mark but the second half belonged to the Ambassadors 2 side who quite simply, dominated. It was a fantastic season for both sides but I think we may have uncovered our next superstar team/s in the Ambassadors 1 & 2 entities!
\Making up the division were iTouch and Midgets with Crewcuts. Now iTouch was leading this competition with 3 rounds to play but such was the closeness of this competition, a few late losses saw them just drop out of the top 4. This team is genuinely very good. Trent leads them well from the front – the bloke is about 7 foot tall but surprisingly elusive. The Arkell siblings complement him well and then there is plenty of pace out wide! They are the complete package and really, when you look at the results, they were very much right in the thick of it all season and could have won this comp with a bit more luck.
For the Midgets, they were up and down at times like a Yo-Yo. After a very strong start to the season yielding 4 straight wins, we jumped them into div 1 but unfortunately, they struggled from that point. They certainly were (as every other team was) up against it when they played the Ambassadors but in my opinion, were adequately equipped to match it with the other sides. Given their lowly ranking, they will definitely be dropped down next season but I think in time, we will see this team back towards the top. The experience will do them a world of good.
Given the changing nature of Div 1 Mixed through the season, the makeup of the teams in Div 2 did fluctuate but a shining light of consistency all season was Prime Time who after a win down the grades in the Autumn Season, came in to battle it out in Div 2. I knew they would be competitive but did not expect them to make the GF in their first taste of such a high grade. They hit that prediction for 6 and cruised into the GF to face off against TRL stalwarts the mighty Gamblers.
The Gamblers after a shellacking at the hands of the Ambassadors in Div 1 – 17-0 – were dropped down into Div 2 and we gave them a very hard road to make it into the semis having to win all of their games with bonus points to make it through. They did enough to make it through and then again in the semis to progress to the GF. From there, you always got the feeling that they would have enough big game experience in their ranks to take it out but they got one hell of a fright and only edged out Prime Time by one try, 5-4.
The Gamblers – along with teams like the Randoms, HSD, Dare Devils, Grammace, Top Guns, Dog House, Touchy Subject, HCF to name a few – have played just about every season every contested at Shaw Road and given their success, it would be fair to say the Wong Brothers are creating a dynasty out there.
The other two semi-final combatants – HCF & Touchy Subject – have also been around for years and it is very rare that these two sides do not make a finals appearance. For HCF, they went down 5-4 to the Gamblers in what could only be described as a close and nail-biting affair. There is certainly a bit of rivalry building between these two sides – HCF & the Gamblers – who faced off in last season’s Div 2 Grand Final. Again, it was a great season for HCF and that elusive premiership ring is not far away!
For Touchy Subject, they get another crack in the Thursday comp over the next few weeks but in terms of Shaw Rd, they will be disappointed as they would have backed themselves to take it out. To lose 3-2 in the semis would have been heartbreaking but they will be back over the Summer to try to regain their place at the top.
Tommy Gardiner’s Sloppy Seconds were there or there abouts all season and when you look at the lineup, it is hard to fathom why they did not make the top 4. The nucleus of the boys in the lineup come from the undefeated Div 1 Mens Premiers from Autumn, Kony’s VI, and the girls are some of the best around. However, I am confident that the team has the goods for Grand Final glory in the seasons to come and even one day, a stint in Div 1 such is the talent in this team.
The Meerkats were competitive throughout and in my opinion, not far off something special. They have been around for years and it shows in the way they play out there. Louw and the Van Rooyen sisters are certainly the cornerstone of the team and they always play in good spirits. They look like they have recruited a few new players this season and these combinations will only get better with time.
We’ve Got Gas were given the same task as the Gamblers to make the top 4 but unfortunately were unable to produce the goods and found themselves slugging it out for 7th in week 10. They took that game comfortably and given their stature as a Div 1 regular, would have been disappointed at not being able to win Div 2. For captain/coach Melitta, it will be the last season for the moment with players having other commitments. We wish you and the team all the best.
Bull’s Company – after a whirlwind first season – were thrust into div 2 and for the most part of the season, really thrived in the environment. In the end, they did not quite do enough to make the finals but were competitive throughout and with a season of “hard-edged” TRL under their belts, I am confident they will come back bigger and better next season.
Purcell’s Spearo Mates had a lot of fun during the season but they could have been anything – even div 1 finalists – had their best team turned up week-in, week-out. In the end, they found themselves towards the bottom of div 2 but the side has skill and speed across the park. With a season under their belts and a fresh attitude for the summer, I am predicting big things from these guys.
Last but not least are the Kents who certainly struggled at times to find a consistent lineup. This hurt their continuity and it was disappointing to see given this side has at times dominated this division in seasons gone by. If they can get their best side on the field more regularly, I am anticipating big things from these guys over the summer.
The Moves and Bridesmaids were arguably always destined for a GF showdown. For the Moves – who had moved down from Div 2 – they would have been quietly confident having dusted the ‘Maids earlier in the season….but the Bridesmaids had some very big motivation in the form of Clare Kenny and her imminent retirement from the Brisbane competition. Clare has played a whopping 8 Grand Finals for 7 different sides but until now had not won any of these.
This game was arguably the most exciting of the night. It was a see-sawing battle that went into extra time and in the end, the Bridesmaids just got over the top of them with a grinding try 3 minutes into the period. It was absolute glory and euphoria for the Bridesmaids but the absolute opposite for the Moves. After the loss, it was clear the team was gutted. I am sure they will use that as motivation moving forward.
The Misfits just keep getting better and better! To make the semis in this division after finishing second last in div 4 just two seasons ago, is testament to this. Unfortunately they did not put together their best game and got comfortably beaten by the ‘Maids but it was still a fantastic effort from the side to get as far as they did given the standard of this division. Well done!
Touched for the very first time (great name!) were new to TRL this season so to taste finals glory in their first season was truly a sensational effort. Their season had plenty of highlights and I think with a season now under their belts, they are primed for some big things in the summer! Give this side a few seasons and you will see them dominating Div 3 and potentially figuring in Div 2.
Seeing Red were again very competitive this season. One of our longest serving teams, they don the red and white with plenty of pride and passion. They had plenty of highlights this season but in the end were just short of a finals appearance. They are back for the summer and I expect we will see them once again be in finals action at the business end next season. Premiership success is not far away.
The B105 Touch Courage side were extremely dominant at times but in other parts of the season, were struggling to put a team on the park. Pete and Casey are the spiritual leaders of the team and I think they will be primed and ready for an assault on the title next season after a few near misses. They will be hoping star recruit Andrew Greig has recovered from his ankle injury.
The Garys and Random Touchers were standout performers this season and predictably faced off against one in another in the GF. For the Random Touchers, this was their 12th season in a row and they looked set to finally break their Premiership virginity with a thumping semi final victory. The Garys though were also convincing in their semi final win and the GF was certainly a game contested by two in-form sides.
The Garys came out firing and the Randoms simply struggled to contain their attacking flair. Whilst it was not the Randoms best performance of the season, the Garys played like a team possessed and really with a performance like that, could easily have won the Div 3 Grand Final. It was a great season for both sides and whilst the Garys will look ahead to next season and a possible berth in Div 3, the Randoms will no doubt come out firing for another assault at that elusive Div 4 flag.
The Hard Contacts were new to the set up this season but by week 10, were anything but novices. They would often turn up a good 30-40 minutes early to run some basic drills and it certainly helped with them often getting off to cracking starts. Whilst they bowed out in the semis, with a season now under their belts, I am sure Anthony will have the troops firing on all cylinders for the summer comp.
For the Unknowns, this was one of their most successful seasons. A team that began at Mt Gravatt, they look like they have found a home at Shaw Road this season. They arguably saved their worst on-field performance for the semis but there was an absolute showreel of highlights through the season and I think they will rediscover their premiership winning ways very shortly.
The Pietown Panthers were another new team to TRL this season but performed admirably from start to finish and ended up coming 5th in their division. One of the more bemusing team names in the competition, I wonder if Pies were on the menu for their end of season breakup. Regardless, they certainly did not look like “Pie-Men” out there on the field often scoring tries at will. They need to sure up their defence though if they are to make a run at the flag next season.
The Benchwarmers did not quite reach the heights of last season but they weren’t far off another semi final spot. With risk of sounding like a broken record, the team has improved a hell of a lot since the early days about a year ago and today are genuine title contenders in this division. There was plenty to like about their attack and it was good to see the kick used more this season. They still need to work on their defence though…as the saying goes, it is defence that wins premierships.
BSL are a great team to have in the competition. They play in fantastic spirits and never question a decision nor argue with the opposition. This is quite ironic given they represent a law firm. The season might not have finished up in a glamorous GF win but boy there were some highlights including a flick pass by Sean Russell in week 8 that capped off arguably the try of the season at this venue. However, they need to get some “mongrel” into their defence and tighten up in this regard if they are to truly push for GF glory in seasons to come.
Mitch Spencer’s Tenacity are certainly a tenacious mob that on their day, could have beaten anyone in their division. However, for Mitch, getting that same team on the paddock week in-week out was an issue at times and they struggled to build consistent attack as a result. Still, you can see that the losses do hurt the side and I am sure they will use this as motivation moving forward into future seasons!
Tim Swan & Tom Longworth
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