first_imgThe 2007 PowerAde Isotonic South East Queensland Touch League (SEQTL) Preliminary finals were contested across six divisions tonight, Friday 14 September 2007 at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s Whites Hill Complex.Teams battled it out for the right to play in tomorrow night’s prestigious 2007 PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Grand Finals in determined fashion with several outstanding performances punctuating preliminary final night.The Preliminary Finals were originally scheduled for last Friday night, but due to inclement weather were moved to this week for a bumper Finals weekend featuring Preliminary and Grand Finals on consecutive days.In the premier Women’s Division 1 Preliminary Final, Dodgers were too strong for an out of sorts Colts combination to the tune of 5-2.Dodgers were aggressive and dominated field position early and were rewarded with a touchdown to Ash Fanning after good lead up work from Australian Open Mixed gun Amy Fong.At 1-0 up, Dodgers continued their control of the midfield and it was not long before star turn Amy Turner worked a switch play with Emma Giarola who showed good speed to consolidate the lead at 2-0.Dodgers went to the break 2-0 up and very much in control.Two minutes into the second stanza, Emma Giarola, who was Dodgers best, took advantage of some sloppy 5th touch defence to blitz Colts from acting half to find Amy Fong in the in goal area for a 3-0 advantage.Colts tried hard to get their driving game together, but lacked continuity and attacking punch when it mattered most and could not penetrate a very solid Dodgers defensive line.Dodgers let the ball do the work and a long ball to the wing resulted in an unassailable 4-0 lead that resigned Colts to acquainting themselves with the hill tomorrow night to watch the 2007 PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Grand Final.To their credit though, Colts tried hard to lift, and irrepressible Australian Women’s Open play maker Peta Rogerson made a customary bust from acting half close to the line to find the ever present Nikki Etheridge backing up to make the score 4-1 and show the fighting Colt’s spirit that had been missing for most of the game.Dodgers fired back with a great piece of play by the ball playing Amy Fong to giftwrap a touchdown for Tara Mako for a 5-1 scoreline.Peta Rogerson refused to go quietly and split the Dodgers defence from acting half again, she then pulled the trigger on a long ball for Nikki Etheridge to claim a consolation double in a 5-2 loss in the shadows of full time.Dodgers were best served by Emma Giarola, Amy Fong, and Sharon Cassell who frameworked the impressive victory.Peta Rogerson, Lauren Potter, and Casey Clark tried hard to lift a Colts team that failed to produce their best when it mattered most.Dodgers will now meet University Rebels who will be shooting for their third straight premiership tomorrow night in the PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Women’s Division 1 Grand Final on Field 1 at 7.00pm.In the PowerAde Isotonic Men’s Division 1 Preliminary Final the Southern Storm outclassed Colts 8-2 in a comprehensive demolition that bodes well for tomorrow night’s Grand final clash with Country Club United (CCU).The wall to wall superstar Storm line-up just had too much firepower for a brave, but bowed Colts team who failed to cope with the subtle variations in Storm’s attacking repertoire. Fleet footed 2007 Australian Men’s Open World Cup hero Drummayne Dayberg- Muir, was simply untouchable early on conjuring a touchdown for himself, then working a sweet short play with the inform Chris “Kiwi” Lukins for a 2-0 lead after 5 minutes.The Storm were firing on all cylinders when winger Jesse Green dotted down off a long ball to skip out to a 3-0 lead.Colts were battling hard to stay in the game and it was through impressive National 20 Years Youth Squad member Jason Schmidt that they got on the board when some quick phase enabled the gifted Schmidt to find Dean Taylor free and clear for the money ball in the corner to make the score 3-1.The touchdown was just the tonic Colts needed, and the old firm of Australian Mixed Open playmaker Ben Roberts and his Queensland Mixed Open partner in crime Troy Clark, produced a short side “D” play to catch the over reading link defence out to gift the touchdown for the winger, and it appeared game on at 3-2 to the Storm.Just before half time the Storm’s Chris Lukins kept the scoreboard attendant on the hop when he ran an intelligent line from acting half to link up with Keith Mc Donald who planted the ball for the touchdown and a safety net 4-2 lead at oranges.After half-time, the Storm’s big name import Australian Men’s Open king Jason “The Postman” Stanton delivered with a long ball that was magnificently picked up inches from the turf by Graeme Clancey who proved he has better hands than a Swedish masseuse in picking up the dregs for a 5-2 lead to the Storm boys.Storm’s consistently hard working Queensland Men’s Open bookend Ryan Pollock, worked a short play with Dayberg- Muir and Stanton who produced a back yard rehearsed play to beat the defence all ends up to consolidate the 6-2 advantage.Dayberg-Muir declared happy hour on the Colts defence and let his feet do the talking, slicing the heart of his opposition with a slashing snap from acting half to link up with Australian 18 Years Youth squad member 16 year-old Peter Norman who gratefully dotted down for a 7-2 scoreline that was expanding faster than your Dad’s waistline after Christmas dinner.The “Stop the fight” call went up on the hill with disappointed Colts fans tearing up their tickets and heading for the turnstiles early.With time winding down, The Storm’s most industrious player, 2007 Australian Mixed Open tyro Benny “Boozer” Mc Cullen, hammered the final nail in the Colts coffin with a clever play close to the scoreline.Mc Cullen called for a 5 metre “down and back for you” play with the dangerous Day-berg Muir.The Colts defence, ever mindful of Dayberg- Muir, committed themselves to the smart off the ball line the mercurial Dayberg-Muir ran, Mc Cullen faked the pass back to Dayberg-Muir and then threw a face ball bounce across his body to find Keith Mc Donald backing up to claim a double and complete the scoring at 8-2.The full time siren sounded mercifully for a disappointed Colts team who were below their best, but ran into a white hot Storm side who have now been the subject of a late night betting plunge for tomorrow night’s Men’s Division 1 Grand Final blockbuster against Country Club United.Dayberg-Muir, Stanton, Mc Cullen, Chris Lukins, and the youthful Peter Norman were Storm’s best, whilst Benny Roberts, Troy Clark, and the impressive Jason Schmidt went down with all guns blazing for Colts.The rampaging Storm will now face the well heeled Country Club United combination who are hoping to go one step further than last year and claim the 2007 PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL crown in the decider on Field 1 at 8.00pm tomorrow night.In the Men’s Division 2 Preliminary final, CCU got home 4-3 over the Southern Storm to set up a Grand final match up with the First Contact All Stars at 6.00pm tomorrow night.In the Women’s Division 2A Colts won a hard fought battle with Brothers 3-2 to earn a shot at the well drilled Southern Storm line-up at 5.00pm tomorrow afternoon.In the Women’s Division 2B University-Rebels Maroon defeated Crushers Hoodz 8-4 to advance to the Grand Final against Tigers at 5.00pm tomorrow afternoon.In Men’s Division 3A, Uni-Rebels Maroon had a comfortable 5-2 win over Tigers Cobras to advance to the Grand Final against Custard at 5.00pm tomorrow night.In Men’s Division 3B, Storm beat Tigers 5-3 to progress to tomorrow night’s Grand Final against Crushers at 5.00pm.In Women’s Division 3A,Uni-Rebels Gold beat Caboolture Colts Blue 3-1 to make it through to a Grand final showdown with Caboolture Colts Red at 6.00pm tomorrow night.In the Women’s Division 3B Rochedale High enjoyed an emphatic 8 – 3 drubbing of RATC to set up tomorrow night’s grand final against Tigers at 6.00pm.First Grand Finals in the 2007 PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL commence at 5.00pm, with the premier Women’s Division 1 at 7.00pm, and the Men’s Final at 8.00pm.Reserve seating has already been sold out for tomorrow night’s feast of fast and furious grand final action, with the commercial networks now contemplating a live telecast of that “One day in September” for Touch Football fans all over Queensland.A reminder to all teams that Presentations for the 2007 BMTA SEQTL season will be held at The Brewhouse Sports Bar and Grill, located at level 1, 142 Albert street, Brisbane City, commencing at 2pm (presentations from 3pm) on Sunday 16 September 2007.Trophies for winning teams and runners up will be presented as well as the announcement of the prestigious Terry Jacks Medal (Men’s Division 1) and the Sally Urquhart Memorial Medal (Women’s Division 1) for Player of the Final in the Premier division of the SEQTL, along with the Inaugural Player of the Year in all divisions.Good luck to all teams for the 2007 PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Grand Finals.Remember; when in doubt throw the flick pass.For full results and game times, please visit the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association website at: www.bmta.com.aulast_img

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