Shaw Road Tuesdays (Grill’d Tuesdays) Season 2 (Winter), 2012
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Grand Final Results:
TRL would like to congratulate the following teams for their Grand Final wins:
Mens 1: Chafe - Prizes: Trophy + Medallions + $125 OFF next season + Grill’d Chermside Voucher
Mixed : Wall to Wall – Prizes: Trophy + Medallions + $125 OFF next season + Grill’d Chermside Voucher
Mens 2: Wii Not Fit - Prizes: Medallions + $100 OFF next season
Mens 3: Go Yourself - Prizes: Medallions + $100 OFF next season
RESULTS: Week 11 (18.09.2012) Grand Finals and 2nd Week Wildcard
*Scores in Wildcard Games have been doubled
Shaw Rd Tuesday End of Season Write – Up
The mixed division was a tough assignment this season but again one of the all-time great TRL mixed sides was able to get their name on the perpetual trophy. Wall to Wall have now got 5 premierships in a row to their name and deservedly are able to claim the title as one of the most successful mixed teams in the game. Benny and the guys just know how to win a game and their ability to keep mentally in-check even in the tight spots is what sees them get home more often than not. They had some good competition this season and were probably pushed more than they have been before in a GF. The one title they are yet to add to the cabinet is a Champions League Trophy but having almost progressed to the GF in August’s edition, I think next time around they could be able to claim it.
The Tropics had been the one team all season to really threaten the Wall to Wall throne and so it transpired again in the GF where Trav and the guys were downed by only a single try in a game that delivered on its considerable hype. The Tropics are an extremely accomplished outfit and having taken out a Div. 2 title last season on the Monday night competition, were in good form all season. Their strength is definitely in their team cohesion and having a consistent line-up week in week out certainly helps their cause. With some returning superstars freed up from footy duties over summer, I suspect they will press their case next season.
Goose Step are one of the most consistent Mixed sides getting around and having made yet another semi-final at the Shaw Rd venue, it proves they can compete in any competition. Rob and the guys really took it to the Tropics in the semi-final encounter and a 6-8 score line against a team that has played at a high level for multiple seasons is a massive achievement. While they just feel short this season, I think that there is so much potential in this team that they could definitely be a threat to Wall to Wall over summer.
Sofa King Fast had easily their best season to date this winter and up against some good teams they definitely held their own. Having debuted over autumn, they definitely learnt a thing or two that season and were able to really step up this winter. They didn’t quite bring their A-game to the semi-final and against the reigning premiers any mistakes were always going to be punished. For Kym and the guys it was definitely a breakthrough season and one which I have little doubt will be a turning point for the team.
For the second season in a row the Continental Mushrooms finished only a couple of points off the vital top 4 spot to be denied a chance at playing semi-finals TRL. For such a seasoned team, these guys really deserve to take out a title however with the lineup of teams in the competition this winter, they had a tough task. Curtis and the guys are strong TRL players and with some uniform points and a consistent line up over summer, who knows what they might be able to do in the upcoming season!
Debut team the 406ers were the pick of the first time teams having produced some really good performances and showing signs of big things to come. Their ability to stay in the game with the more experienced teams showed plenty of ticker and I think this winter season will show to have been a great introduction to the game.
Having shifted to the greener pastures of the Shaw Rd venue, the Touché team was definitely in great spirits over the course of the winter season despite some heavy losses against some really top TRL teams. Flo and the guys are definitely improving season upon season and I think that the determination these guys show is a real credit. With the competition looking really healthy for the summer season, I think these guys will definitely benefit from a split of the division and coming into their third season they will be one of the form teams in a lower division.
The Roosters, one of the cornerstones of the Tuesday competition, again put in some solid performances but were outgunned at times by the faster and more agile top tier teams. With their vocal skipper Gary calling the shots, they were also well led on the park by Harrison and some of the younger kids showed plenty of footy skills. These guys are always one of the best dressed teams at the venue and they love their TRL fix.
The Anaconda Plan was competitive all season but just couldn’t get across the line enough times to finish higher up the ladder at the end of the regular season. Never a team to be deterred though, they really rebounded in the Wildcard games and had some close results. Luke and the team really take to the social aspect of the game and their mid-week fix of TRL compliments a busy sporting week for these guys. I think that over the summer season they will definitely appreciate the more varied amount of oppositions and could do really well in a lower division.
After a shock extra time Grand Final loss in the autumn season to the AC Boys, Chafe were out to make amends this season and the guys were on the hunt from the opening game of the season. They put together an impressive regular season despite footy taking its toll on the playing group but such is the depth of their squad they still did enough to top the ladder heading into semi-finals. The GF saw them record a solid 7-4 victory over the Weapons team in a game that they looked to be comfortable in from the outset. They have now got their name on the trophy 4 times and will be looking to go a fifth time in summer.
Weapons really deserved their chance at the Div. 1 title with Adam and the boys were one of the standout new teams to the Tuesday night competition. These guys, a regular Monday night team in the past, definitely brought all their experience with them and were looking like throwing down the gauntlet to Chafe from the outset. With a quick team across the paddock and plenty of guys running strong lines, their game plan is a certain way to win plenty of games. While they were able to topple the might of Chafe this season they certainly sent a warning shot across Chafe’s proverbial bow for the coming summer season where the rivalry will be as warm as the weather.
Below the Salary Cap came into the competition with plenty of expectation, boasting an extremely experienced TRL squad that had taken out Div. 1 premierships at other venues. Jakey led the guys around the park well and with some of the team also playing in the mixed team on the same night, they were certainly TRL fit heading into the semi-finals. They came up against a very inform Weapons in the semi though and were quite simply shell shocked by some quick tries in the opening exchanges. From there they just weren’t able to get back into the game. Still a good season from these guys and with the team looking to reform, they will again be up there over summer.
The 6 Seeds were definitely one of the standouts of the Div. 1 competition after making their maiden semi-final. Playing in only their second TRL season, they definitely stepped up this winter and pushed hard all season culminating in a well-earned semi. Their lack of bit game experienced was definitely exploited by Chafe in the big game though and they suffered their heaviest loss of the season. That said though they will be better for it and come back stronger over summer.
After taking out the title last season in a classic encounter with Chafe, the AC Boys failed to recreate the same winning culture this season and were bundled out of contention of a semi-final spot in the last round game of the season. Mark and the guys just lacked that x-factor this season that saw them take it out over autumn but I think with other winter sports wrapped up for the year, they will be back at full strength for summer.
FiveBro and Pork Hunts were new to the venue this season but both their squads had played at various venues in the past. The FiveBro team had played both mixed and men’s at Kedron/Wavell Thursdays and the Pork Hunts have kicked around the Sunday competition in the past. Both teams put in good efforts and had some really good results against top teams but were unable to secure enough points to play semi-finals. Mitch and the FiveBro team were narrowly ahead of Andy and the Pork Hunts squad and with both teams pretty good mates they played a really well spirited Wildcard games where FiveBro were just able to pip the Pork Hunts by a try. There was plenty to like about both these teams and they are definitely teams of the future.
Playing in the Div. 1 competition again this season but probably just a bit off the pace, the Pumas really gave it their all in every game they played and they certainly pushed some of the top teams over the course of the season. Paul and the lads are stalwarts of the Tuesday competition and I think a move down a division would definitely see them be a major chance for a title as they have developed plenty of TRL experience over the seasons.
Wii Not Fit was the overwhelming favorites heading in the finals series and they cruised through the semi-final against Minimal Effort to set up a showdown with Old Skool. Having really dominated the competition over the regular season, it was looking like they might also cruise through the GF but it turned out to be one of the games of the night in a pulsating affair. Brodie and the Old Skool squad, who are TRL veterans having played heaps of seasons around the traps, put up a hell of a fight to set up a tense second half in which the result was not certain until close to full time. In the end it was Wii Not Fit who just got the title edging out a determined Old Skool 5-4 in a classic encounter. This could develop into a great rivalry down the track in a similar mold to the Melbourne-Manly encounters of late. Big things ahead for these two teams.
The Fresh Footy People and Minimal Impact, both new teams to the competition did extremely well to secure enough good results over the regular season to make sure they were playing finals footy this season. There was a lot to like about these two teams and while both teams suffered some reality checks in their semi-finals against more in-form teams, they showed plenty of potential. I think both these teams, now with a season under their belt, should come back bigger and better in the coming summer season.
Touching Cloth was only a couple of points off making it into the semi-finals when things were done and dusted. Ryan and the boys definitely re-grouped though and put together two of their best games of the season in order to record the best for and against over the Wildcard rounds. This was just rewards for the guys and I think it will provide plenty of incentive to go even better over summer!
Last Night’s Curry had a tough time of it in the second tier division against some teams that possessed a fair bit more speed and agility then they did. Having previously played in Div. 1 at other venues, these guys certainly tried everything to keep up to speed with the competition but just fell a bit short on occasions. A move down a division over the summer season is definitely on the cards for these guys and if they are able to recapture that spirit from a couple of seasons ago, I’m sure they will be back on top in no time.
The extremely impressive Go Yourself squad capped off an undefeated regular season with a great Grand Final victory to take out the Mens 3 title. These guys have been around the traps for numerous seasons on a Tuesday night and they really deserved to take out the title this season. For a ‘mature’ team they guys show really good speed and stamina and their passing game is one of the best getting around. And they know how to celebrate a GF win with the traditional soaking of their captain/coach Nat one of the highlights of the night. The summer season will provide them with plenty of fresh challenges.
Under the leadership of Graham, the Harten Up squad was easily the main challenger to take down the Go Yourself squad and they came within a whisker of achieving what would have been a huge upset. Playing their first season together, it was great to see these guys go as well as they did as they are one of the most enthusiastic teams at the venue. I think with the experience they will take out of this season, there is little doubt that they will be back up their challenging again.
Close But No Cigar definitely found a home in the Shaw Rd Tuesday competition with Matty Peters once again getting the boys fired up week in week out to take on the competition. They easily had some of their best results in a couple of seasons and playing semi-finals was a fitting end to their really good run this winter season. I think they have found their range in this division and showing plenty of promise, summer could be good to them again.
The other semi-finalist was the Greenhornes team led by Dean. These guys had learnt plenty of the tricks of the TRL game last season and were definitely fired up for a big season this winter. They had some really good results in the round games as well and their semi-final against an unbeaten Go Yourself definitely sent shockwaves through the eventual winners. While they couldn’t quite get past GO Yourself in the semi to progress to the GF, I think this will prove to be a watershed season for the guys and they will only get better for summer.
The Gallahs and QGC rounded out the division and while they really gave it a crack, they probably just lacked a bit of straight line speed to compete against the other teams in the division. With a potential move of nights for Nick and the Gallahs, they could certainly go on to improve in a lower division on a Monday night and there is plenty to like about the way they played right through to the end. Similarly for the QGC and amalgamation with their Monday team could prove fruitful for AJ and the boys. I liked the way the QGC squad was able to get a healthy number of players to the venue each week and with this sort of enthusiasm, they will only get better.
|Below the Salary Cap||2||14||12||2|
|Close But No Cigar||2||14||12||2|
|Sofa King Fast||2||13||17||-4|
|The Anaconda Plan||2||10||16||-6|
|The Fresh Footy People||2||8||14||-6|
|Last Nights Curry||2||6||14||-8|