Locals cheer touch
FINALS day of the Touch Football Australia 2007 Seniors NTL tournament produced some quality performances and a few upsets across the seven contested divisions at the BCU International Stadium.
Local fans had plenty to cheer about when the Northern Eagles snaffled their first title in the Men's 45s division since 2000.
Ian Saunders scored early for the locals, and in a war of attrition the local boys hung on to claim the gutsiest of wins 1-0.
The Eagles' Steve Hancock was awarded the Richard Hamilton Memorial Medal for the Player of the Final.
In the Women's 30s division Hornets upset top seeds Cyclones to advance to the grand final where they took on the Queensland Country Rustlers.
This was the grand final of the 2007 Senior tournament.
The Rustlers got out to an early two nil lead before the Western Hunter Hornets struck back on the stroke of half time to trail 2-1 at the break.
Hornets got back to 2-2 and the two sides traded touchdowns twice more before regular time expired.
At 4-4 the teams headed to a drop off.
Kellie Johnson scored off the tap for the Hornets to make it 5-4.
Rustlers needed to equalise with their set of six touches and they did so after some good lead-up work from Tracey Upton to give Wendy Evans her second touchdown of the game and to lock it up at 5-5.
In the next possession Hornets' Annette Zeman hit a gap through the Rustlers middle to snaffle a double for herself and the title for Hornets 6-5, their first championship in this division since 2003.
In the Women's 40s division three time champions Scorpions were shock semi-final losers to the South Queensland Sharks. The Sharks continued on their merry way to snare the final in emphatic fashion 7-4 over fellow Queensland permit the North Queensland Cyclones.
In the premier Men's 30s division, Southern Suns, spearheaded by 2007 World Cup Australian Men's Open player Matt Curran took on the Defence Force Warriors team.
Suns were far too slick for the Warriors bouncing out to a 5- 0 lead by half-time.
The Suns boys played a magnificent brand of touch all week long and put on a clinic romping to a 9-0 demolition of the hapless Warriors when the full time hooter sounded.
The Men's 35s final featured Sharks and Scorpions.
South Queensland Sharks, with seven former Australian Open representatives in their ranks swept all before them in the round games.
Surprisingly, Scorpions, led by the talented Steve Roberts, raced to a 5-4 lead mid way through the second half.
Sharks mercurial ball player Dave Raper threw a sweet long ball to the winger to put Sharks back in the contest at 5-5.
The field was full of Australia's greatest ever players, and it was only fitting that TFA Hall of Fame member and Australia's most successful Men's Captain in World Cup history, Scott Notley stepped up to the plate.
Notley snaffled an intercept off his own score-line and raced 70 metres to wrap up back to back titles for the star studded Sharkies combination 6-5 on the stroke of full-time.
In the Men's 40s division, Scorpions nailed a hat trick of titles with an 8-5 victory over the Southern Suns.
Suns gave the star-studded Scorpions line up featuring Australian 40 Years Men's Captain Tim Kitchingham, and fellow National representative superstars Jeff and Dave Cheung, Peter Wandl, and Brett Gillard too much of a start.
The Suns played catch-up but were never really in the hunt despite Dave Elliott giving his all for the vanquished Suns line-up.
In The Men's 50s section, Brisbane Cobras secured their first title in this division ever with a hard fought 3-1 victory over local heroes Northern Eagles.
The Golden Boot awarded for champion Permit, for the best performed Regional Touch area in Australia, has again been won by the South Queensland Sharks who completed a great eight days of competition winning four divisions out of the 12 total divisions contested and finishing highly in all others.