Kedron/Wavell Hts Fixtures (Thursdays) Season 2 (Winter), 2012
- Key Contact: Tim Swan – 0403 604 190
- Registration: Only registered players are eligble for Finals.
- Mens 1: There is currently an odd number of teams in the Mens 1. The team that plays twice can take the better of results towards the Wildcard.
- Weeks 10 and 11: ALL TEAMS HAVE GAMES IN WEEKS 10 & 11. Teams that are not playing in finals this week will play off for the Wildcard (see below).
TRL would like to congratulate the following teams for their Grand Final wins:
Mens 1: Northstar Badgers- Prizes: Trophy + Medallions + $125 OFF next season
Mens 2: Rev 7.3 - Prizes: Medallions + $100 OFF next season
Mixed 1: Rock Lobsters- Prizes: Trophy + Medallions + $125 OFF next season
Mixed 2: The Barracudas- Prizes: Medallions + $100 OFF next season
Congratulations to Touch Is Life for their Wildcard win. They receive $100 next season.
Fixtures: Week 11 (4.10.2012) Grand-Finals and 2nd Week Wildcard
*Gamescores have been doubled in games other than Grand-Finals
Kedron/Wavell Thursday End of Season Write-Up
In one of the most anticipated Grand-Finals at the venue, long time Mens 1 stalwarts The Northstar Badgers finally managed to get their name on the perpetual trophy. These guys looked primed from the start of the season and Chris, Justin and the rest of the boys quite simply looked like they wanted it more than their opposition on the night. A blistering start saw them two tries up in a matter of minutes and while they leaked a couple of tries early in the second half, they were able to put the result away with time to savor the moment. They will be back over summer to defend their title and possibly to 2 in a row.
The Ninjas were the standout team in the division and eased their way into the big match. There is a great rivalry developing between the Ninjas and the Badgers and the grand-final was a fitting reflection. While they Ninjas were pretty stunned by two early kick-chase-pass tries to the Badgers in the first 5 mins of the game, they held their nerve and really got back into it with some good tries of their own. In all honesty though they looked a bit flat for a GF and weren’t using their trademark flare to get around the Northstar Badgers. Richie and the guys will no doubt regroup and be ready to try again for the premiership over summer.
The Allstars, a new team to the venue and the TRL game, looked completely at home in the Div 1 competition this season and the amount of skills they showed was phenomenal. Wade and the guys have a really strong touch background and they were able to implement the kick aspect into their game effectively towards the back end of the season. They nearly beat the Ninjas in a round game and pushed the Northstar Badgers in the semi which leads me to believe this team is definitely in the mix as a top contender for the summer season.
The Cunning Stunts scraped into the semi-finals on the back of some good wins late in their season. While they might have had a good old fashion ‘touch up’ in their semi-final with the Ninjas, I really think that Henry and the guys could be a top TRL team if their most experienced players turn up every week. They move to a Tuesday night will no doubt help with personnel issues and I suspect that the Shaw Rd venue will treat them well.
The 86ers narrowly missed out on a semi-final spot after getting out of the blocks better than any other team in the division. They were sitting pretty three weeks into the round games but had probably their worst ever run to the finals where they weren’t able to secure any wins and missed out on some crucial competition points. Will and the guys are a team that always puts in though and the way they rebounded in their two wildcard games is promising for the upcoming summer season where they again will no doubt be a team that everyone keeps their eye out for.
Nek Minutes had a bit of a rocky start to their debut season in the top flight division but are one of those teams that really likes to challenge themselves. Alex and the boys, while not getting wins against the top teams, certainly weren’t out of their depth and really took it to every team they played. Their nemesis is definitely their good mates the Allstars (whom they all know quite well) and they almost got the wood over them when they met a couple of times during the season. With a new kit for the summer season, I suspect the Nek Minutes will be once again looking for big things.
One of the most intense teams in the division, the Bloods were probably a bit unlucky not to get more wins this season. Matty C and the guys are always giving it their 100% and with some die-hard TRL devotees in the squad, are always up for it. It was a bit of a changed lineup this season with Roundsey and Moggsey out of action but they were still competitive. A name change could be just the ticket for these guys to get back into the winners circle.
The Rev 7.3 team put together by far and away the most consistent season and culminated in a well-deserved Grand-Final win. Mick and the guys, who boasted experienced campaigners in the form of Dale and Rizo amongst their rank, were definitely the favorites heading into the GF and didn’t disappoint a big support crew with a polished performance. They definitely have a heap of potential to step it up over summer and no doubt the guys will be looking to go that one better when they kick off their campaign shortly.
The Wolfpack did extremely well to make the GF in the Mens 2 competition this season. These guys are really starting to develop their TRL skills and the fact they have now made 2 GF in a row is definitely testament to that. I think with the same squad over summer they will definitely be pushing for top honor again and there is no reason why third time couldn’t be lucky for these guys.
Wii Not Fit had one of their best seasons to date with some really good results and a semi-final appearance. These guys are one of the most consistent and enthusiastic teams and they always show up in big numbers week in week out. They were outclassed by a stronger team in the form of Rev 7.3 in their semi-final but still managed to sneak in some tries against the eventual premiers. These guys are just starting to hit some solid form so should definitely be looking to get amongst it over summer.
The Cereal Killers were denied a shot at the GF in one of the closest semi-finals in the division for a while with the game going almost all the way to the time limit before the Wolfpack downed them close to the line. The Cereal Killers are easily one of the standout teams in the division and have been close to taking out the title on a couple of occasions now. They have sometimes struggled to get a full contingent to the venue but with a concerted recruitment drive I have little doubt that skipper Toddy M will pick up some good signings for the summer season.
Border Insecurity had hands-down their most productive season this winter getting some genuinely big wins to their name. For a team that has often been close to cracking consecutive wins but just falling short, these guys really turned it around this season and more than just competed but dominated at various points through the season. Now playing in at least their 5th consecutive season, the guys are lining up again for the summer and I’m sure the likes of Andy, Matty and T-Rex will be looking forward to their traditional opening game against Wolfpack!
TSA were solid this season but still have some things to work on in terms of picking up the tactics of the TRL format. That said though they were definitely getting the hang of it in the latter half of the season and when they were able to string some passing together really looked like a good prospect for summer.
The Rock Lobsters managed to take out the title yet again this summer season making it an extraordinary 6 titles in a row at the Kedron/Wavell venue. In fact some complete is their dominance of the competition that they are the only team with their name on the perpetual trophy (see photo on TRL Facebook Fan page). Coming up against their almost traditional GF opponent Touchy Subject, they were definitely made to work for it. With the score almost level late in the second half, only some brilliant follow up play and a girl try saw them kick clear and from there it was some icing on the cake for Benny and the crew. If they could make it 7 in a row and add a Champions League Trophy to their cabinet, this team could almost be a shoe in for ‘Immortal’ status.
The Touchy Subject crew again came as close as they could to taking out the title but with the Rock Lobsters standing in their way, they fell one game short of getting their name on the trophy they so desperately desire. After missing out on the GF last season, they were determined to get back into the t a top two spot this winter and they well and truly were back to their best. Their GF re-match with the Rock Lobsters was closer this time around than ever before and I really believe they are right on the cusp. With some new teams in the competition this summer, they might even feature in a GF without their long term rivals…
The Mac All Night team massively stepped it up a gear this season after making the GF of the Mixed 2 competition last season and produced some great footy over the round games to make an unprecedented Div 1 semi-final. It was always going to be a big ask against one of the all-time great teams and they were somewhat outgunned but still played to the final whistle. They definitely backed up in the last game of the season to record a really strong win over the Inappropriate Touches which I’m sure will give Josh and the guys plenty of confidence heading into summer.
Touch is Life had a great season and really deserved their semi-final spot this winter season. Chris and the guys have been getting better each and every season and this winter season could prove to be a real watershed season for them. With the recruitment of some handy players from the Monday night connection, if they have a similar squad to the one that took the field over the last few weeks of the competition they could definitely be a contender for top honors over summer. Lobsters beware…
Both the Inappropriate Touches and Wolfpack were probably a little bit out of their depth against some good quality oppositions this winter. For a first time team, Inappropriate Touches got dealt some pretty heavy results but to their absolute credit, they definitely took the right approach and tried to learn from some of the best teams getting around. I think a bigger competition will suit Rich and the guys next season and there is little doubt that with this season’s experience, they are going to be a much more potent team over summer. The Wolfpack just struggled to find that X-factor this season and while they had some good exchanges with the Inappropriate Touches and Mac All night, they never really looked in it with the other teams in the competition. However Lachie and the guys are real devotees of the game and they will be back again to take on the competition potentially in a lower division.
The Barracudas put together the perfect season going through undefeated and taking out the premiership to ice the proverbial cake. These guys were extremely enthusiastic from the get go and they always turned up with a full complement of subs. With a mix of TRL first timers and some blokes who have played in various other teams, it all just seemed to gel for them. With a short turnaround, they will no doubt be looking strong again in the summer season.
The Dirty Dogs did extremely well to make the GF in their first season and were unlucky not to go all the way. Their GF match against Barracudas was a pretty tight affair and some small things were the only separating factor between the teams. With a bit more consistent team over the summer season, there would be no reason that these guys couldn’t make it back to a similar level and maybe go one better.
The Touchy Feely and Everytime We Touch squads both did really well to make it through to semi-finals this season. It was only a matter of time before the Touchy Feely squad made it this far after a really strong start last season. They have some really handy TRL players in their squad and Steveo is doing a great job of getting a consistent squad there each week. For 1st timers Everytime We Touch to make a semi-final in your first season is a great achievement. Matty B got together a really good outfit and they play in the right spirit which I’m sure will see them win plenty of games and fans in future seasons.
Cricoid Pressure and Aesthetics crew just missed out on semi-final but both looked to be having a really good time of it throughout the course of the season. Jash and the Aesthetics Crew aren’t new to the venue having played multiple seasons now and having seen them pretty close a couple of times this seas from behind the whistle just looked to be pushing the last pass on too many occasions this season. With a bit more of a relaxed attitude towards their attack I think they’ll get across the line more often this summer and with a strong defense again could well be back in semi-finals territory. For the Cricoid Pressure team they certainly picked up the game well for their first season and by the end were looking like they definitely have the makings of a strong team in a similar division. Claire will be keen to keep the same squad to retain as much experience as possible.
Bill Cosby +10 and K – Mutter Kids made their TRL debuts this season and both teams looked to be having a great time despite not getting all that many wins to their name. I liked the ways both of these teams never struggled to get big squads down to the venue each week which suggests that there is plenty of enthusiasm amongst the teams for the forthcoming season. With a host of new teams coming through, there is no reason that either of these teams couldn’t use the experience they have from this season to really dictate terms in a similar division next season.
|Touch is Life||2||27||7||20|
|Wii Not fit||2||11||16||-5|
|Mac All Night||2||12||18||-6|
|Everytime We Touch||2||10||16||-6|
|Bill Cosby + 10||2||5||20||-15|