The Border Watch : December 11th 2013
34 TOUCH FOOTBALL SWIFT GL “Free Auto” MORRIS ROD $16,490 DRIVE FROM AWAY VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au MAC SUZUKI 631585 44 Mount Gambier Road, Millicent Phone 8733 1461 LMVD 45868 Border Challenge Cup returns Mount Gambier gives Portland a touch up email@example.com THE Mount Gambier Touch Association has returned victorious from Portland last weekend after retaining the annual Border Challenge Cup. A joint initiative by the relevant touch football bodies of both South Australia and Victoria, the Border Challenge was created to enable two of the more remote associations in either state to play more competitive representative games. The format of the touch carnival includes men’s, women’s and mixed matches over two rounds. This was designed to encourage consistency to determine the overall winners. Last weekend however saw Mount Gambier go in as the underdogs as many of the leading high profi le players were unavailable for selection and Portland had the home ground advantage. The travelling squad were well aware of the task ahead and the dominance of the Portland women’s team made the challenge even more diffi cult. Game 1 – Men DEAN Watson led the Mount Gambier team which boasted players from four of the six MGTA A grade clubs. The match was extremely spirited and Portland were ultra competitive early before the visitors took control. Mount Gambier had too much fire power when it counted and playmakers such as Nick Moretti and Jason Brooks were running rampant. Ben Loef and Tom Dolan capped off some excellent ruck work with multiple touchdowns. Mount Gambier 9 d Portland 1. Scorers – Mount Gambier: Ben Loef 3, Tom Dolan 2, Sean Fulton, Dean Watson, Jason Brooks, Nick Moretti; Portland: M. Storey. Best – Mount Gambier: Sean Fulton, Dean Watson; Portland: M. Storey. Game 2 – Mixed MOUNT Gambier came out of the blocks fi ring in this encounter with Cathy Ashby, Kat Howley and Kate Talbot providing some great straight driving and the boys were more than happy to cap off their great work. While Mount Gambier held the lead for most of the game, team captain Tania Von Stanke would have been disappointed to see Portland’s Tara Naige score in the corner after the buzzer to tie the game at 5-5. BORDER SUCCESS: The successful Mount Gambier Touch Association squad which defeated Portland in the annual Border Challenge Cup last weekend. The team included (from left) Dean Watson, Jason Brooks, Nick Moretti, Kate Talbot, Marcus Deveraux, Ben Loef, Kat Howley, Kristy Heaver, Ellie Watson, Tom Dolan, Cathy Ashby, Chloe Long, Donna Jennings and Tania Von Stanke. Front: Sean Fulton and Brad Mann. Absent: Aaron Smith. Pat Mahon’s gap-running was a feature for Portland, adding three touchdowns. Mount Gambier 5 dw Portland 5. Scorers – Mount Gambier: Nick Moretti 2, Tom Dolan, Ben Loef, Tania Von Stanke; Portland: P. Mahon 2, M. Storey, M. Vom, Tara Naige. Best – Mount Gambier: not supplied; Portland: P. Mahon T. Naige J. Brooks. Game 3 – Women WITH an extremely depleted line-up, Mount Gambier was always going to be up against it. An early injury to Kat Howley didn’t help the cause as the Portland girls ran in 13 touchdowns to nil in a dominant display. While Donna Jennings, Chloe Long and Kristy Heaver provided plenty of drive through the middle for the visitors, the speed of Sarah Malseed and the class of Steph Arnott and Cecilia Eichler proved the difference. Portland 13 d Mount Gambier 0. Scorers – Portland: Portland: Steph Arnott 4, Cecilia Eichler 3, C. Preece, Sarah Malseed, 34 - The Border Watch, Wednesday, December 11, 2013 H. Woodhead, K. Edwards, F. Arnott, R. Newell. Best – Portland: Steph Arnott, Sarah Malseed, Tara Naige. Mount Gambier: not supplied. Game 4 – Men PORTLAND were looking to avenge its heavy defeat of the opening round and to its credit were able to stem the relentless attack from the visitors and trail at the half by just one try. Marcus Deveraux (Mount Gambier) was outstanding with two second half touchdowns and his teammates lifted their intensity to snuff out any further Portland resistance. Aaron smith iced the cake with a late try to see Mount Gambier run in nine unanswered touchdowns and cruise to a comfortable win. Mount Gambier 12 d Portland 2. Scorers – Mount Gambier: Ben Loef, Marcus Deveraux, Dean Watson, Tom Dolan, Jason Brooks 2, Sean Fulton, Aaron Smith. Portland: not supplied. Best – Mount Gambier: Dean Watson, Tom Dolan; Portland: M. Storey. Game 5 – Women WITH only one substitute on the bench, Mount Gambier girls would have to dig deep to keep the strong Portland team at bay in the penultimate match of the carnival. Mount Gambier’s Ellie Watson was encouraged to use her pace and take the game on and she didn’t disappoint, making some great line breaks. This seemed to lift the confi dence of those around her and the willingness to compete returned to the legs. Cathy Ashby used her experience around the ruck and gave some off great passes. But it was all to no avail though as Portland defended miserly and counter attacked with venom to continually break the line and score at will. The heavy loss set the scene for a carnival decider in the fi nal game, the return mixed showdown. Portland 12 d Mount Gambier 0. Scorers – Portland: Sarah Malseed 3, H. Woodhead, Cecilia Eichler 2, F. Arnott, R. Newell, Steph Arnott, B. Keller, E. Hazelton. Best – Portland: Sarah Malseed, E. Wilson, Cecilia Eichler; Mount Gambier: not supplied. Game 6 – Mixed THE last and deciding game for the tournament started at frenetic pace considering what had taken place in the fi ve previous matches. With neither team able to gain any real ascendancy and the scores locked at 2-2, Mount Gambier’s Nick Moretti found himself on the end of a nice line break to score on the buzzer and give the visitors a 3-2 half time lead. Portland had one hand on the cup however and were determined to wrest back the title it lost in 2012. Mount Gambier had other ideas and Dean Watson started to dominate in the ruck with some devastating runs from the half way line and with Jason Brooks and Tom Dolan scoring touch downs, the SA visitors skipped to a 5-2 lead. Despite Tara Naige pinching one back for Portland, it was Benny Loef who capped off a great day with the sealer to hand Mount Gambier a 6-3 win. Mount Gambier 6 d Portland 3. Scorers -–Mount Gambier: Ben Loef, Nick Moretti 2, Tom Dolan, Jason Brooks; Portland: not supplied. Best – Mount Gambier: Dean Watson, Ben Loef; Portland: P. Mahon. Carnival summary MOUNT Gambier clinched carnival honours courtesy of an overall score of 3½-2½ courtesy of winning both men’s matches and one of the mixed games, as well as drawing the other mixed clash. Individual honours Best men’s player: Dean Watson (Mount Gambier). Best women’s player: Sarah Malseed (Portland). Best mixed player: P. Mahon (Portland). Most touchdowns Men’s: 8 Ben Loef (Mount Gambier). Most touchdowns Women’s: 6 Steph Arnott (Portland).
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