Mt Gravatt Fixtures (Wednesdays) Season 2 (Winter), 2012
- Key Contact: Tim Swan – 0403 604 190
- FINALS: Only registered players are eligble for Finals.
TRL would like to congratulate the following teams for their Grand Final wins:
Mens 1: Josef Fritzl Experience - Prizes: Trophy + Medallions + $125 OFF next season
Mens 2: Tropic Thunder - Prizes: Medallions + $100 OFF next season
Mens 3: Vipers - Prizes: Medallions + $100 OFF next season
Mixed 1: Seagulls – Prizes: Trophy + Medallions + $125 OFF next season
Mixed 2: Can’t Touch This - Prizes: Medallions + $100 OFF next season
Congratulations to H.A.M for their Wildcard win. They receive $100 next season.
Results: Week 11 (10.10.2012) Grand-Finals and 2nd Week
*Scores have been doubled in non Grand-Final games
End of Season Write-Up
Josef Fritzl Experience saved their best game until last to down the inform Bomb Squad. The Fritzl’s really turned in on a display of possession TRL that simply strangled Bomb Squad of any opportunity to counter attack. One of their go to me Yoda was on fire in the GF and set up some really impressive tries. For the Bomb Squad their usually flamboyant attack was a bit off kilter in the big match and they just weren’t able to put together enough sets of 6 to really throw down the challenge to the Fritzl’s. While they did manage to get across the line on numerous times in the first half, an early second half surge from the Joseph Fritzl’s set up the result with time to savor the victory. These are two quality teams that definitely have Champions League potential written all over them.
Team Jackpete put in another solid performance without forcing their way into the deciding game this season. Dwayne and the guys are certainly developing a style of play that will see them go all the way in the not too distant future but they were outclassed by the Bomb Squad in their semi this season. A move to the Carina venue this season will see them get plenty of troops week in week out and they would have to be one of the favorites for the title.
WL United appeared in yet another semi-final but still are yet to get their name on that perpetual Mens 1 trophy. These guys are a real powerhouse of the competition and always take the field with a really positive attitude. Injuries to key personnel at the wrong end of the season saw them a little bit depleted in the semi and up against the eventual winners in Joseph Fritzl, it was always going to be a big ask. They gave it a red hot crack however but just came up short against a really impressive squad. These guys will be back bigger and better than ever and with the return of some superstars I’m sure will be right up there again.
Stink Finger and H.A.M finished outside the top 4 but were by no means walkovers in a really competitive division. Stink Finger, one of the true veterans of the competition, were really impressive in the grading phase and held their own throughout the remainder of the round games despite not being able to crack wins against the top teams. There were definitely an much stronger squad with their big names such as Blythey and Rosco on the paddock but work commitments and injures took the toll on the playing roster. Hopefully they will be back over summer to once again give it a crack potentially in a lower division. For H.A.M it was their debut at the venue but with a host of experienced TRL players amongst their ranks they certainly have plenty of potential. While they struggled against some of the more hardened Div 1 teams, they almost produced a couple of upsets and playing a lower ranked team in the final wildcard game, they showed that they could take out a title down the track.
Tropic Thunder produced one of the great first time seasons to take out the Mens 2 title. Zac and the boys showed plenty of patience and the ability to attack from any part of the field in their GF match up against the evergreen Taki Mai. To put it in perspective, Taki Mai have played plenty of seasons in the Mt. Gravatt competition and had much more finals experience that Tropic Thunder so for the guys in blue and ‘salmon’ to get over the line as much as they did in the GF was a real credit to their skills. Hopefully these guys will be back over summer as the could be a top team of the future.
Taki Mai were once again good enough to make it all the way to the GF. After starting the season in Div 3, they were promoted to the second division and from there took it by storm producing some great TRL over the final round games and into the final. Mos and Tugan, the heartbeat of the side, did really well to show the way to the younger members of the squad. While they came up a bit short against Tropic Thunder in the GF, they still played as they always do in fantastic spirit. I expect good things for this team over summer.
The Steamers for my mind were one of the most exciting prospects of the winter Mt. Gravatt Wednesday competition. Beau and the guys are a really competitive group that know how to keep the ball alive and play to their strengths. Their narrow semi-final loss to one of the longest standing teams in the competition show that they are definitely up for the challenge and with some obviously pretty experienced league players, they will be a threat in the upcoming season.
One of the more mature teams in the competition, Colliers, showed that it’s not all about straight line speed and that a game of TRL can be won in many different ways. Bo had put together some really good players in the squad and with a couple of team members playing multiple nights a week (including in the extremely strong Shaw Rd competition) they got some good results. While a blistering performance from Tropic Thunder killed off their GF hopes, they should look back on this season with pride and be planning a big one over summer.
The Green Team had one of their most consistent performances this season. One of their standout games was a fighting draw with Colliers after being down at least 3 tries at half times. With Joel and Dom sharing the captain’s duties this season, the guys showed plenty of commitment to the cause and were always at full strength which is something they had struggled to do in previous seasons. While they might have just missed out on semi-finals this season, I think that with same amount of enthusiasm over summer they could really go places.
For Show n Go they really returned to the competition with a bang. Rahul and the guys have been off and on in the Wednesday night competition for a couple of years now and they really love their fix of TRL. They had some good results but narrowly missed out in what was one of the closest divisions at the venue. They are a solid TRL squad with speed and good ball handling skills as well. With the summer season approaching, it would be a great fitness compliment to their cricket season and they should really be looking to get amongst it again!
The Vipers and Blood Sweat and Beers played out a tense GF that had almost everything. In a promoters dream, the two form sides of the competition were always going to be hard to separate. The Vipers however were the dominate form on the night though with Manny leading the guys to a well-deserved maiden title on a Wednesday night. Steve and the Blood Sweat and Beers boys just somewhat failed to fire up in the game and their kick-chase option seemed off from the get-go. Both these teams have the potential for higher divisions over summer and a really competitive rivalry could definitely develop.
Down Downies almost spoiled the party before it had begun for the Vipers when they pushed them all the way in the semi-final. Jason and the guys were a much improved team in the semi having just snuck in there in the last round game of the season. They took the Vipers to within a whisker of an extra-time play off but just pushed one last pass too many in attempting to lock the game up. Over summer, this is a team that would definitely be on the rise.
Passed Out put in what I think was one of their best ever games in the semi-final this season. Having played numerous season in the Wednesday night competition, these guys are getting better like a fine wine. Their appearance in the semis was definitely deserved this season. While Andy and the guys couldn’t quite get past Blood Sweat and Beers in what was a bit of a one sided affair, the confidence they should take from this season will serve them well over summer.
Hypnotoads and The Jetts also put in good seasons. For Hypnotoads it was a case of oh so close as they were narrowly pipped to a semi-final spot by Down Downies. Benny and the guys are one of the real triers of the competition had have played season upon season now. I feel their time is coming and with a great venue over summer they will really rise for the occasion. It was the Jetts first time in the TRL format and the Ibo and the guys seemed to be loving it despite getting the proverbial towel up by some of the more experienced teams. With the Jetts potentially changing up the make-up of their line up in the summer season, I’m sure that they will be back and getting amongst it again in summer.
It was the GF that had to be as the two form teams of the competition came up against each other. In the Red and White corner was the Seagulls and the Pink corner the Football Friends. While it Nick and the Seagulls who had the upper over F.F the last time they met in the round games, it was certainly not going to be an easy proposition with the Football Friends possessing plenty of premiership winning players themselves. In what proved to be a grand final that lived up to all expectation the teams went try for try before a late half surge by Seagulls put them a couple of points clear when the full time hooter went. Both teams will get an invitation to the Champions League coming up towards the end of the year and I suspect that they will both be in prime form by that stage.
Line Outz and Who Tha were the other semi-finalists and both teams but up good efforts before being outclassed by the better teams on the evening. For the Line Outz it was great effort to make the semi-finals after a somewhat up and down season. Taito and the guys are one of the most enthusiastic teams in the division and having played multiple seasons on Wednesday nights they are definitely a team that could go all the way. With some injury woes late in the season hampering their finals preparation, they struggled against the inform Football Friends but I think over summer they will rebound and be one of the teams to beat again. For Who Tha, they just weren’t able to get past the Seagulls in what has become a familiar match up for them. With a move of venue on the cards for Dwayne and the team, they will be ready to link up with their men’s team again over summer and really challenge the competition.
Kiss My Pass and The Touchformers were the other contenders in what was a very tough and competitive Mixed 1 competition. The Touchformers have played almost a record number of consecutive TRL seasons and in fact they have played so many that it’s hard to recall the exact number! Under the leadership of Rob Young, these guys have played Champions League and well as playing an numerous venue across Brisbane. While they didn’t’ get the results this season they still held their own. They are taking a season off to recuperate and travel over summer but TRL greatly thanks them for their participation both this season and for many previous seasons.
Kiss My Pass are another longstanding team at the venue and Leggy and the guys often fluctuate between top and second tier divisions. While they were definitely outclassed this season, a move down over summer could well see them return to the top of their game and with the team looking good on Sundays as well, I suspect they will bounce back before too long.
In a huge GF upset, the Can’t Touch This squad was able to get over the line against the almost unstoppable DNA Automotive team. It was a really tense GF and with the score pretty much level the whole way through the game it was going to be up to one team to dig the deepest at the death to secure the win. In the end it was the Can’t Touch This crew that was able to stand up to the challenge of their rivals and kick clear late in the second half. Tony and the DNA Automotive team just were able to hit back and eventually their fate was sealed by the buzzer.
The Untouchables and Ligers had incredibly good seasons to find themselves in the semi-finals. The Ligers, under the leadership of Jeremy, were really unlucky to go down in one of the tightest Mixed 2 semi-finals ever seen on the Wednesday competition. While they may have missed out this season, I think that there is a premiership just around the corner for this talented and committed squad. The Untouchables put in remarkable final few games of fixtures to just sneak into a semi-final. This debut team probably showed their inexperience in the semi-final and were comprehensively beaten by the DNA Auto squad. Regardless though it was a great accomplishment to even make the semifinals and with a new team jersey on the way, I’m assured they are primed for a big summer season!
Rob and the Aftershock team , having finally got a team jersey together, will be really keen to take on the competition in summer after they proved this winter that they can not only hold their own but really compete with the top teams. Come summer watch out as they will be keen as mustard to take on the competition again! For the Try Hards it was steep learning curve but one in which they will sure take a lot from. These guys have a heap of potential and Dan was instrumental in getting together a really committed outfit. With a venue change possibly on the cards, they will no doubt be back into it with renewed vigor.
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