Ladder leaders claim grand final wins

The RND’s ran away with a 10-5 win over Blue Marlins in the Senior Touch grand final game at Ward Oval on Thursday night.

Both of the ladder leaders in this year’s junior and senior touch competitions fin-ished with premiership wins after the grand final games were contested on Thursday at Ward Oval.
In the juniors game, the Orange Blazers came out on top, in what was a mostly close game (over the Yellow Jackets).
For the Orange Blazers, Player of the Grand Final Jaxon Waugh, led his team through the middle and picked up three great tries.
He was well supported all game by team mates Rowdy Barton and Harpa Martin.
Kai McCosker was a stand-out in attack for his Yellow Jackets team, along with Eli Martin and Maddie Jeffrey.
The Yellow Jackets worked hard to keep the score to only one the difference until the sec-ond half thanks to a couple of skillful tries by George McDonald. However the Orange Blaz-ers ran away to win the game 10-5 in the final stages.
This season’s top girls try scorers for the juniors were Lila Armstrong and Harpa Martin while George MacDonald was the highest try scorer for the boys with an incredible 22 tries for the season.
The juniors Best & Fairest award winners were Gabriel Harris and Kai McCosker.
Both players were stand-outs all season dis-playing great skills and sportsmanship on the field.
Sophie Clark and Megan Guirin were acknowledged for their commitment to junior refereeing all season.
The senior grand final was a fast paced and skillful game where both the RND’s and Blue Marlins played some exciting touch football.
The RND’s were the first to cross the line through Zane Taylor and they kept up their try scoring efforts to take the win 10-5.
The score didn’t accurately reflect the quali-ty of the game with the Blue Marlins’ Tommy Rogers and Zac Broughton controlling the attack in the middle.
Troy Robertson and Bella Morton had strong games for the RND’s but it was Jaxon Burke who impressed the referees to collect the Play-er of the Grand Final award.
The seniors Best & Fairest players this sea-son were Megan Guirin for the girls and Da-mon Bruce for the boys.
Aisha Schofield and Tommy Rogers were the Top Try Scorers for the season.
Competition organisers Lisa Travis and Em-ma Barton said they were impressed with the increase in skills across all teams in just the second season of the competition.
They were also impressed with the high quality of sportsmanship shown on field every week.