​Premiership for Porky’s Pines

PORKY’S Pines won the top prize during Sale touch grand final night on Wednesday.

Porky’s defeated Nagle College six tries to five in the division one grand final.

These two teams played in the final round of the competition, when Nagle handed Porky’s its only loss of the season.

On Wednesday night, the teams were level at three-all at half-time, but Porky’s scored three tries to two after the break.

In a fast game, Nagle player Corey Hardy scored the first try in the opening minutes.

The game could have gone either way and at the end of the game players were unsure as to which team had taken out the trophy.

Declan Jones, Leigh Mawley, Craig Roberts, Georgia Roberts, David Ropeti and Henry Ropeti scored for Porky’s.

Porky’s defence closed down the fast running Kyle Grummisch, who was restricted to three tries.

Hardy and Chas Newcomen were Nagle’s other try scorers.

CAT’S defeated Phoenix 10-8 in division two.

Hayden Crean scored six tries for CAT’s. Captain Kerry Shotter scored two, with one each from Jason Green and Theo Green.

For Phoenix, Aaron Hamilton scored three, Andrew Campbell and Kate Laskowski two each and Callum Wynhoven one.

Best players were Theo Green, Jack Neesham, Crean, Laskowski and Ursula Barnsley, with Madison Fuller awarded the encouragement award.

Phoenix has risen from the struggling team to challenge the fast CAT’s combination, and look set for a good 2018 season.

END of season presentation were made following the grand finals.

Porky’s Pine’s Leigh Mawley was presented with the Brian Smith Memorial Trophy for the season’s best-and-fairest male players. Mawley received 18, two more than Jake Farquhar and Stewart Kyung.

Another Porky’s player, Andrea Schofield, won the female best-and-fairest award with 13 votes, one ahead of Kate Laskowski, with Holly Fox and Nikki Petrovic both on 10.

Hayden Crean won the male try scoring award, after scoring 46 for CAT’s this season, Nagle’s Kyle Grummisch scored 37 and Gippsland Grammar player Gil Aitken 24.

The Roberts girls had a good seasons for Porky’s, with Georgia taking out the female fry scoring with nine, while sister Camryn scored six.

Winners of the male encouragement awards were Mason Annear and Lachlan Sketcher. The female award was shared by Caz Bassett, Alessia Mathewson and Jade Purdon.

In the annual meeting, Laurie Smyth was re-elected president for the 25th year, Bret Towers was elected vice-president, Andrea Christie secretary and Brendan King treasurer. Committee members are Leigh Mawley, Kerry Shotter, Kate Laskowski and Nigel Shaw.

Touch will resume on January 31, with an 18-round competition, The grand final will be held on June 27.

The Sale Touch Knock-out will be held on April 14 and 15.

For more information phone 0419 132 824.

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