Grand final win in extra time

COFFS Fish Co-Op needed extra time to fight off the challenge of Impress Promotions and win the men's A grade Oztag grand final 8-5.

Impress Promotions were the form team of the competition recording only one loss during the season to their grand final conquerors.

The grand final was definitely the clash of the best two teams. Shane Geary helped his side to victory by scoring four of their eight tries while Jerrell Sakaio also scored two tries for Fish Coop to play an important part in their victory. Peter Sechi played an integral role with a hand in a number of their tries.

For Impress Promotions, David Toomey scored two of his team's five tries. This team played excellent all season and consisted of under 18 Sawtell Rugby League boys.

Trent Long, Jake Seccombe and Jake Gardiner all scored tries for their side. In B grade Axemen 18's defeated NMSC Miracle Balls 13-3.

The Axemen were consistent all season as were NMSC and both teams came from lower points on the ladder to play in the Grand Final.

NMSC were let down by the absence of one or two of their key players from throughout the season.

The Axemen's defence was just to good on the night only conceding three tries.

They played well as a team with most of the players contributing to their team's final score.

Brendon Shipman, Cody Anderson, Jamie Anderson, Josh Few, Ryan Johnston and Jamie Wilson all scored two tries for their team, Josh Harding defending well with some great try saving tags. In the mixed grand final The V Twins defeated The Wizards Of Oz 9-3. This was a friendly game with players on both teams showing great sportsmanship.

V Twins played well and the Wizards couldn't break their defensive line.

It was also great to see the girls of both teams play integral parts in their teams performance. For V Twins Karissa Beaton scored two two-point tries which really broke the back of the Wizards game.

Tara Johns also scored a one point try for the V Twins, with the girls scoring five of their team's nine points.

For the Wizards Euston Robertson, Clifford Cutmore and Daniel Craigie scored with Kristie Craigie, Bridgette Walker and Karen Ireland defending in excellent fashion all season. Raj Garcha of the Wizards was awarded player of the Game by the V twins. Thanks to all players and teams who support Oz Tag throughout each season, we are very grateful for your continuing support.

A special thanks to Signwise for their loyalty each season and to Sam Hardes from signwise for helping with barbecue facilities on the night.

For all inquiries about Oz Tag phone Janine on 0415296621 or email:

Mixed Oztag resumes on Tuesday, April 26 at 6pm at Advocate Park while the men's Oztag resumes on Wednesday, April 27 at 6pm at Advocate Park. We hope to see all our regular players return along with some new teams and players. Thanks to all referees for their continual loyal support of Oztag.

Anyone who is interested in becoming a referee should contact Janine Kelly as there will be a short referees' course on Tuesday, May 3 after the 1st round of games. It is an open book exam so is relatively easy to become a referee. It is not an easy job to be a referee so please support the game and become one,you receive match payments as well as a Australian Referee's shirt. We are short of referees and always need more.

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