Mets and Mavericks crowned champs at touch titles

NSW Country Mavericks dive over for a try in its NTL Elite 8's final win at BCU International Stadium.
NSW Country Mavericks dive over for a try in its NTL Elite 8's final win at BCU International Stadium. Leigh Jensen

FOUR days of the nations best touch football action came to a head on Saturday afternoon at BCU International Stadium with the finals of the National Touch League.

More than 110 teams took part in the event bringing 3000 players, officials and fans to the Coffs Coast as the NSW Mets and NSW Country Mavericks were crowned the best men's and women's touch football sides in the country.

While all divisions provided plenty of exciting action it was the finals of the Elite 8's competition which was the competitions marquee event.

The women's Elite 8's final didn't disappoint with reigning champions the NSW Mets winning its second straight title 5-4 against the Queensland Chiefs.

The Mets withstood a determined Queensland Chiefs outfit that were unbeaten prior to the final.

Australian player Ashleigh Quinlan scored with 90 seconds left on the clock to give her side victory.

"It feels bloody good," Mets captain Louise Winchester said.

"It is an incredible feeling and it feels awesome to win especially against such quality side."

While the women's final set a high standard the men's elite 8 final was equally as gripping as the NSW Mets took on NSW Country Mavericks.

The Mets went into the decider as heavy favourites with the Mavericks limping through the early stages of the competition recording only one win from its first four games.

However the Mavericks made it clear they meant business and raced out to a surprise 4-1 lead in the opening stages of the match.

As expected though the Mets fought back.

Back-to-back replies from Mets' Tim Good and Dean Springfield within a minute of each other made the score 4-3 at half-time.

It wasn't until 10 minutes into the second stanza before another touchdown was scored.

Mavericks' Alyd Owen slipped through some lazy defence to score and make it 5-3.

But from the next set, the Mets' Ben Moylan scored to make it 5-4.

Both sides had their opportunities to add to their totals but the defensive lines were strong.

Mavericks' skipper Joel Willoughby said the win was one of the best he has been involved with.

"I had a kid six months ago and that was the top, this is right behind it. I'm just speechless," Willoughby said.

"We lost our best players in Dyl [Hennessey] in round two, we were shocked because we weren't playing too good but I haven't been in a team that has dug so deep. I haven't been involved in a team like that.

"We have only got one middle that has ever played middle before, the rest were just making up the numbers.

"They are a great bunch of blokes and we fought for one another."

The National Touch League will return to Coffs Harbour in 2014.

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