WOMENS FINALS SUMMARY

first_imgHere is a report on all Womens Championship/Shield/Plate matches throughout the quarter finals, semi finals, play-offs and grand finals. This report will be updated as the matches progress. WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISIONS (1st-8th place): Quarter finals: The Womens Championship finals kicked off with QSST showing why they’re ranked number one, an impressive 12-1 victory ending the hopes of TouchWest. NSWCHS showed they’re contenders but may struggle against the QSST side with a hard fought 4-2 win over the Brisbane Cobras, a team QSST beat 12-2 in the pool matches. SQBD piled on the scores in the second half to end the interstate challenge and stop the ACT from going on any further, showing they may just be title contenders. In the closest match of the Womens Championship quarter finals CQ held of the NSWCCC 3-2 with a miracle score in the corner giving them the win. QSST will now face CQ in their semi final, while SQBD will meet NSWCHS. Semi finals: Both NSWCHS and QSST survived scares in their respective semi finals. CQ surprised QSST to be constantly with them throughout the match and QSST looked a little tentative in their toughest match of the tournament so far. NSWCHS led 4-2 at half time but were unable to score from then on, sneaking through to the grand final with a 4-3 win. Play-offs: The ACT came from behind at half time to take the 7th position after scoring three touchdowns in the second half for a 4-3 win over a TouchWest side who have had a great tournament. The Brisbane Cobras secured 5th position with a 9-6 win over NSWCCC. SQBD staked their claim as the strongest non-schools side in 2004, winning the play-off for third against CQ 4-2. Grand finals: The match up between QSST and NSWCHS in the Womens grand final was highly anticipated. With NSWCHS taking the 2003 title, Queensland were out to claim it back and opened the scoring with Emily Hopkin’s great step allowing Gemma Etheridge to cross and score. An intercept from NSW’s Tegan Considine brought the crowd to their feet, which then lifted even more as Queensland’s Teneille Shaw chased 25 metres to touch Considine. With neither team able to score for the remaining time in the first half, it was Nicole McHugh who brought NSW back to even with a touchdown to open the second half. This was as close to winning as NSW would get though, with Queensland’s captain Courtney Hipperson scoring to give them a 2-1 lead. Belinda Hammett dived across the line for a 3-1 advantage to Queensland before the NSW side could bring it back to 3-2 with nine minutes still to play. NSW looked as though they were still in with a chance as the Queensland girls failed to make the most of their opportunities and extend their lead. When Delwyn Tupuhi and Hipperson both added to the Queensland tally, a 5-2 lead was too much for the NSW girls. With five minutes to go the NSW side also lost experienced Australian representative Kirstie Jenkins to an injury and the game was all but over. For Queensland coach Peter Bell, the win was a reward for how hard his players have worked. “They’ve put in a lot of training for this and they’re a great group of girls,” Bell said. Captain Courtney Hipperson agreed. “It feels awesome, we’ve had great teamwork and really bonded as a team, we knew we were good enough to win this and we came here to do that,” Hipperson said. Placings: 1. QSST 2. NSWCHS 3. SQBD 4. CQ 5. Cobras 6. NSWCCC 7. ACT 8. TouchWest WOMENS SHIELD DIVISIONS (9th- 14th place): Quarter finals: Both of the Womens Shield Quarter final matches were decided by drop-offs with NSWCIS continuing their most successful Championships ever, winning 5-4 over NQ. The Mets also won a close 4-3 encounter over fellow Sydney side the Scorpions. Semi finals: The Southern Suns ended the dream run of NSWCIS in their semi final, a 5-4 heartbreaker denying the NSWCIS girls a place in the grand final. While no doubt disappointed, they can be proud of being the highest achieving NSWCIS Womens team ever. SunCoast also won their way through to the Shield grand final with a comfortable 7-3 win over the Sydney Mets. Play-offs: In the Womens Shield play-off for 13th position, the Sydney Scorpions and NQ were deadlocked 1-1 at half time and a single touchdown in the second half gave the Scorpions a 2-1 win. NSWCIS also finished on a high, taking 11th place with a 4-3 win over the Mets. Grand finals: SunCoast won the Womens Shield title with a tight 4-3 win over the Suns. The match was full of diving touches and great runs. Placings: 9. SunCoast 10. Suns 11. NSWCIS 12. Mets 13. Scorpions 14. NQ WOMENS PLATE DIVISIONS (15th-20th place): Quarter finals: The Tasmanian Women were kept scoreless again, as the Hunter Western Hornets scored an easy 7-1 victory in their quarter final; it certainly hasn’t been an easy induction back into the National Championships for the Tasmanian girls. NT made their way through to the Womens Plate semi finals with a controversial win over SA, a scoring dispute was finally sorted out with the promise of video footage if the referees needed it; the final result 6-5 to the NT girls. Semi finals: SWQ and the Hunter-Western Hornets progressed to the grand final for the Womens Plate division, after wins over the NT and Sydney Rebels respectively. SWQ defeated NT 6-1 and the Hornets had a comfortable 8-2 win over an injury-hit Rebels. Play-offs: SA denied Tasmania their first win of the tournament and recorded their own first win in the play-off for 19/20 after a 3-2 win in a drop-off. Ultimately, a positive end for both sides with a tough game to finish. The Sydney Rebels finished on a high, winning the 17/18 play-off 6-5 against the NT in a drop-off. Grand finals: The Hornets, struggling with injuries, had a comfortable 7-4 win in the Womens Plate final over SWQ. Placings: 15. Hornets 16. SWQ 17. Rebels 18. NT 19. South Australia 20. Tasmania By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.aulast_img

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