Scorpions Perfect Whilst Vipers Claim Upset

first_imgPerfect conditions at City Touch greeted teams in the Women’s Open final with the undefeated Central Scorpions taking on the Northern Vipers for the title. The young Vipers side had performed well all season and showed their ability on carnival day and were looking to upset the highly fancied Central Scorpions, who with a mixture of experience and youth had been the benchmark all season.The young Vipers attacked well in the first half with the ball spending most of the time in their forward half but the Scorpions defence was rock solid and the Vipers failed to capitalise. The Scorpions, seemingly on the back foot, made the most of their attacks forward crossing the line twice to set up a 2-0 advantage at half-time.The Vipers were looking to come out strong in the second half but Eloise Birch scored at the third minute mark to extend Scorpions lead to 3-0. The Scorpions added further pain scoring again at the eighth and again at the 11th minute mark through Hannah McGough which put the result beyond doubt at 5-0.The young Vipers battled hard but in the end could not match the experience and resolve of the disciplined Scorpions who ran out comfortable winners and completed a perfect season which saw the Scorpion girls lift the premiership cup for the sixth time in seven seasons. In the Men’s final the Defence Eagles were also looking to complete a perfect season going into the match against the Northern Vipers undefeated. It was the underdogs who set the tone early bolting out of the blocks to score first blood at the third minute mark, however within the next set of six the Eagles hit straight back levelling the scores at 1-all and it looked like we were going to be in for a tight contest.Both sides continued to test each other out in the ensuing minutes with the Eagles missing several opportunities to score through errors. At the 11th minute mark Tim Glazebrook broke the deadlock and put the Vipers 2-1 up. This score seemingly boosted the Vipers confidence as they inflicted two more quick blows to the Eagles to take a 4-1 advantage into the break. The normally systematic and calculated Defence boys looked unsettled missing several opportunities on their line through dropped balls and it appeared half-time couldn’t come quick enough for them to regroup.The break appeared to have worked with Defence Eagles coming out strong in the second half as Ninh Duong, who had been starring for the Eagles, scored a much needed opener for the Defence lads, to take them back to a two touchdown deficit, 4-2. However any momentum shift was short lived as the Vipers hit straight back to consolidate their half- time advantage and take a 5-2 lead. The Eagles weren’t quite done just yet though penetrating the Vipers defence and reducing the deficit to two with eight minutes to play.  However two touchdowns in as many minutes to the Vipers put the result beyond doubt and the Vipers could taste the victory. The Eagles managed to score one final consolidation touchdown to take the score to 7-4 but it was too little too late, with the final siren sounding seconds later.The Northern Vipers claiming an upset win and in doing so achieving back-to-back Men’s Championships. Victory in the Men’s division and second place in the Women’s division saw the Northern Vipers claim the Regional Championship, their first in seven years. The Vipers had further reason to celebrate when Bethany Fairfield was named Female MVP of the series, whilst Defence Eagles didn’t go home empty handed with Peter Owens claiming the Male MVP of the series.Amanda Sheeky continued her rise up the SA referee ranks awarded the MVP referee of the series.The February edition of Touch Football South Australia’s ‘Touch Shorts’ newsletter is now available. To view, please click on the attachment below.  Related Filestfsa_newsletter_feb_2012-pdflast_img read more

Read More →