Aussies dominate gold medals at Touch World Cup
IT'S been a memorable final day of the 2015 FIT Touch World Cup for Australia as the host nation claimed eight of the nine gold medals on offer.
While it was a golden day for the Aussies, the best was saved until last when the men's open team produced a dominant performance against arch-rival New Zealand in the final match of the tournament.
Australia defeated the Touch Blacks 11-2 at C.ex Coffs International Stadium - the highest winning margin in the history of the men's open division at the Touch World Cup.
It took Steve Roberts' men five minutes to stamp their authority on the match as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead.
They maintained that advantage for the entire match.
Peter Norman had a hand in nearly everything.
He scored four touchdowns and set-up several more.
The only Australian team who failed to lift the World Cup trophy was the men's 35s who lost narrowly to New Zealand.
With four minutes to go, player of the final Mitchell Seebeck bagged his third touchdown for the match to give the Kiwis a two-touchdown advantage.
Australia scored through Drew Davies to put the crowd on the edge of their seats.
Australia had one last crack at the Kiwis but the pass was called forward and the Kiwis held on for the win.
The most exciting final for the day was undoubtedly the men's 40s. A touchdown in a five-on-five drop-off gave Australia a pulsating 7-6 win.
Down by three touchdowns with 10 minutes to go, Australia fought back to level the scores at 6-all.
New Zealand had one last shot at victory in normal time but the final pass went to ground.
In the drop-off, Australia nearly scored twice but were denied by some desperate Kiwi defence.
When New Zealand turned the ball over during their first possession and in their own half, Australia struck.
Skipper David Roberts danced around and off-loaded to Troy Morgan who scored his third touchdown of the match and the one that won the world title for his team.
Australia's women's open team was given a shock on Saturday when New Zealand ended its unbeaten streak of 72 World Cup matches.
That defeat was the shock the Aussie girls needed as it was a different-looking team who played in the final.
They completed dominated the match and did not give the Touch Blacks an inch.
Marikki Watego scored four touchdowns and Ashleigh Quinlan took home a double.
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Gold medal match results
C.ex Coffs International Stadium
9am - Men's 50s: AUSTRALIA 7 (Amir Ayoub 2, Lenny Ryan 2, David Cheung, Brett Gillard, Peter Wandl touchdowns) def ITALY 2 (Joseph Lancuba 2 touchdowns).
Player of the final: John Samin (Australia).
10.10am - Men's 40s: AUSTRALIA 7 (Troy Morgan 3, Lars Hanson 2, Wayne Gleeson, Tony Eltakchi touchdowns) def NEW ZEALAND 6 (Peter Walters 2, Darren Wright, Tony Wiperi-Karauria, Justin Poihipi, David Garner Gulliver). Match went into a drop-off.
Player of the final: Tony Eltakchi (Australia).
11.20am - Men's 35s: NEW ZEALAND 6 (Mitchell Seebeck 3, Leon Skinner, Darren Robson, Campbell Buchanan touchdowns) def AUSTRALIA 5 (Brad Mitchell 2, Nathan Martin, Drew Davies, Lucas Feldman touchdowns).
Player of the final: Mitchell Seebeck (New Zealand).
12.30pm - Men's 30s: AUSTRALIA 9 (Anthony Ziade 2, Graeme Clancy 2, Willie Bishop 2, David Zanette, Trevor Moran, Tom Eyles touchdowns) def COOK ISLANDS 1 (Nicholas Rangi touchdown).
Player of the final: Willie Bishop (Australia).
1.40pm - Women's 27s: AUSTRALIA 6 (Carlie Bevan 3, Carly Walsh, Melissa McCall, Renee Fraser touchdowns) def NEW ZEALAND 1 (Hollie Gray touchdown).
Player of the final: Kirstie Jenkins (Australia).
2.50pm - Senior mixed: AUSTRALIA 11 (Davina Galetto 3, Michelle Evans 2, Christian Frost 2, Rohit Prasad 2, Amanda Burdett, Kirstie Wakely touchdowns) def NEW ZEALAND 7 (Valerie Tiatia-Seath 2, Erena Wikaire, Dai Cooper, Sean Brown, Carl Knox, Laveenia Woodhouse touchdowns).
Players of the final: Christian Frost (Australia) and Davina Galetto (Australia).
4.20pm - Mixed open: AUSTRALIA 8 (Elin Mortimer 2, Scott Bundy 2, Dylan Thompson 2, Cameron Nicholls, Jayden Benbow touchdowns) def NEW ZEALAND 5 (Tiwi Davies 2, Jeremy Locke 2, Mackenzie Haugh touchdowns).
Players of the final: Dylan Thompson (Australia) and Tina Ashworth (New Zealand).
5.30pm - Women's open: AUSTRALIA 8 (Marikki Watego 4, Ashleigh Quinlan 2, Sarah Spacie, Kristin Boss touchdowns) def NEW ZEALAND 4 (Tara Mohi, Dayna Turnbull, Destiny Grace, Jessica Drummond touchdowns).
Player of the final: Emily Hennessey (Australia).
6.40pm - Men's open: AUSTRALIA 11 (Peter Norman 4, Jonathan Palau 2, Scott Buckley 2, Matthew Prowse 2, Robert Nakhla touchdowns) def NEW ZEALAND 2 (Michael Cavanagh, Ruamai Erueti touchdowns).
Player of the final: Stuart Brierty (Australia).