High scores despite wet in touch footy finals
TOUCH: The 2018 season culminated for Gladstone's touch football associations with the Gladstone Port Curtis Touch Association and Gladstone Touch Association each holding grand final days at the weekend.
Some light rain made the surfaces at Briffney Creek Fields and Gladstone Hockey Fields slippery underfoot, but it made for some entertaining action in both competitions.
Without a ground to call home, Gladstone Port Curtis Touch Association held its grand final fixtures at Rigby Park with president Shane Gibson praising how well the Gladstone Hockey Association ran the event.
"Hats off to the hockey club who put on a good show for us and catered for us very well," Gibson said.
"They looked after the canteen and the bar and there wasn't any dramas. It's probably one of the better venues we played at."
Gibson said the surface held up well for the players despite the inclement weather conditions.
"The field on the corner (of Glenlyon St and Dawson Rd) was pretty good. The rain softened it up a little bit and it was a short grass but still soft under foot and we had no problems with it," he said.
"It was a bit slippery and there was a bit of dropped ball near the end but everyone had the same problem.
"The hockey club are in their off season at the moment so they were happy for us to wear footy boots because they're topsoiling the fields now ... we just aerated the field for them."
Gladstone Touch Association had to deal with similar conditions but had two scoreboard blow-outs in the main deciders.
Oaka Construction defeated Rebels 10-2 with Brendan Huth earning player of the match honours in the Division 1 Men, while MHPS Steelers defeated Toxfree 7-1 in the Division 1 Women with Jemma Boswell earning the best and fairest award.
GTA president Jamie Oliver a number of games went to extra time drop-offs.
"We had three drop-offs for the night so there was some really close games that went into extra time down to three players (each) on the field," Oliver said.
"Mixed Division 4 and Men Division 2 went to extra time and the Masters game went into an extra time drop-off with Mick Cavanagh scoring being chased by Chelsea Baker to the corner.
"He probably deserved (the Best and Fairest) after outrunning Chelsea to the corner - she was diving at full-length."
The Ladies Division 1 final dished up a blow-out scoreline with the Baker-led MHPS Steelers defeating Toxfree 7-1, who were without junior representative star Sophie Duff.
"That (win) was probably expected but probably not to that result," Oliver said.
"Toxfree are a younger group of girls but in the wet weather they couldn't hold the ball... It was a better game than the score suggests.
"(Duff) didn't play and she makes a big difference to that team and Chelsea scored three (touchdowns) and set up a couple.
"(Baker) makes a huge difference and Sophie being out also made a difference."
Baker and husband Matt weren't able to taste success in the Mixed Division 1 with the MHPS Steelers doing down 9-6 to Rebels with Lochie Black staring for the winners.
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Masters: Think Rebels 8 defeated Steelers 7 (Best and Fairest - Mick Cavanagh)
Mixed Division 1: Rebels 9 defeated MHPS Steelers 6 (Best and Fairest - Lochie Black (male) and Grace Graham (female)
Mixed Div 2: State High Sharks 10 defeated Tannum Sands SHS 4 (Best and Fairest - Mitch Hansen and Georgie Hare)
Mixed Div 3: Junior Rebels 11 defeated Ball Hogz 10 (Best and Fairest - Jacob Harris and Siena Linforth)
Mixed Div 4: Wu Tag Clan 7 defeated The Wasps 6 (Best and Fairest - Todd Dearaugo and Michelle Cummins)
Mixed Div 5: Saloon 8 defeated Avengers 2 (Best and Fairest - Clynton Morris and Hannah Morris)
Ladies Div 1: MHPS Steelers 7 defeated Toxfree 1 (Best and Fairest - Jemma Boswell)
Ladies Div 2: Don't Touch 7 defeated Can't Touch This 3 (Best and Fairest - Leanne Collins)
Men Div 1: Oaka Construction 10 defeated Rebels 2 (Best and Fairest - Brendan Huth)
Men Div 2: Hawks 10 defeated Junior Rebels 9 (Best and Fairest - Rueban Thaiday)
Men Div 3: Gladstone Steering & Suspension 4 defeated AutoGraphic 2 (Best and Fairest - Joe Webb)
Men Div 4: Cheetahs 3 defeated Tryhards 2 (Best and Fairest - Alfie Little).
Gladstone Port Curtis Touch Association
A-Grade Men: Hori Club 3 defeated Ocean Tyres 0
A-Grade Women: Paragon 4 defeated Redbacks 3
A-Grade Mixed: Hori Club 8 defeated Family Feud 4
B-Grade Mixed: Miara Meerkats 7 defeated DC Demons 3
C-Grade Mixed: Clinton Bakery 8 defeated TDS Cyclones 3.