Tableland Futsal Grand Final night was a great night of exciting games full of cheering and “oohs” and “aahs” as teams fought for the right to take home the coveted Grand Final Winners trophy.
In the ‘little taccas’ Under 8s final, undefeated Premiers Atherton Anacondas proved too strong for all-girl team Annihilators, swallowing them up in a 9-0 win. The Annihilators didn’t give up for one moment but found the Anaconda attack too difficult to defend. Rolly Thomas scored a hat-trick. The Best Player of the Grand Final award went to Ryan Flynn for his passing, defence work, two goals and assists.
The first upset of the evening was in the Under 12s when Strikers struck out Premiers Ninja Knights 4-3. Even though the Ninjas played well, using classic passing skill to score, it was the night of the Strikers, especially assisted by Rhylee Wilkinson’s hat-trick. Ninja Gus Rolfe was awarded the Best Player of the Grand Final award for his outstanding work all over the court.
In the Under 14s, undefeated Premiers Blue Bandits carried on their record of wins, ambushing What Ever 7-1. Well-developed ball skills, the tenacity to win the ball and constant passing were three areas where the Bandits overpowered and out-played their opponents. However, What Ever didn’t give up and played hard making the Bandits earn their win – two Bandits ended the game with some bark missing. The Best Player of the Grand Final award went to Bandit Hamish Shore for his unrelenting work as both a defender and attacker, scoring a career high 4 goals.
LAD F.C. gave Premiers Blue Label a scare in the Mixed final, losing to a smooth opponent 3-4 in a see-sawing hard fought game. LAD James Hughes made some clever runs but defenders closed him down, leaving it too late for James to get a pass away. Seb Gallo was tireless in goals repelling strong attacks by the LADs. Blue Theresa Barletta, who has had consistently good games throughout the season and missed out on a Sorenson Medal byonly one vote, took home the Best Player of the Grand Final trophy.
The Mens final promised to be a ripper and did not disappoint. Wannabe Tryhards had a fairy tale season. They did not enter the competition until half way through the season and were in fifth position at the final fixture game. They won, the futsal gods smiled in their favour and they leapt into third place and the finals. They won their semi and were facing the genitalmen from Premiers side Balls & Wieners for the big one. The game was tough, full of mind-boggling skills and both goal-keepers were on high alert. At half-time it was 4-2 to the Wannabes. The second half saw the B&Ws come back outscoring the Wannabes 2-1. Despite Ayden Wilkinson’s power-driven hat trick, Wannabes ran out winners 5-4. Wannabes goal keeper Egan Graham, who made some astounding athletic saves, was awarded The Best Player of the Grand Final award.
A huge THANKYOU to the referees who did a sterling job, to those who stayed behind afterwards to help clean-up and to the Club sponsors – Jason Cummings Electrical Services for their generous donation towards medals and trophies and to Sports North for supplying vouchers to the recipients of the Best Player of the Grand Final trophy.