The magic touch: wins for Nagle, Porky’s

Porky's, B grade Sale Touch competition grand final winners

Laurie Smyth

NAGLE won a gripping A division Sale Touch Association competition grand final last Wednesday night, when it defeated Longford Trailer Hire with seven tries to six.

Ren Crunden-Smith made the winning try in the last minute of the game.

The game was a closely fought contest with the lead changing between the two teams. At half time Longford led four tries to three and in the second half Nagle made four while restricting Longford to just two.

At the final whistle the players of both teams were unsure as to the winners and only when the final scores were announced that Nagle were aware that they were the winners.

The first try of the game was made by Nagle’s Kyle Grummisch, with a quick response through Longford’s coach, Peter Hall, making the first try for his team.

Kyle Grummisch and Ren Crunden-Smith each made three tries for Nagle, while Jackson Annear made one.

Kye Hinchcliffe top scored for Longford with two tries. Peter Hall, Jack Neesham, Henry Ropeti and Brodie Towers each made one.

Best players were Oscar Crunden-Smith, Towers, Mason Annear, Rhiannon Massey and Jess Churches. Cooper Rimington won the encouragement award.

David Watts, from the Touch Victoria development office, refereed the A division game together with Nigel Shaw.

Watts was on his way through to Swifts Creek to promote the sport in that area.

PORKY’S took out the B division grand final, umpired by Corey Siebel, with a convincing win over Phoenix-CATs, 11-5.

David Ropeti top scored with four tries, and Leigh Mawley made a welcome return scoring three. Craig Roberts made two, and Lateshia Locker and Dai Rushdi each made one.

Carl Muir top scored for Phoenix-CATs with two tries, while Mark Chantachak, Miranda Laskowski and Kerry Shotter each made one.

Best players were Mackenzie Laskowski, Kyung Stewart, Mawley, Georgia Martin and Andrea Schofield.

Brodie Towers won the male best and fairest award with 20 votes, followed by Kerry Shotter, who polled 18, and Ryan Rosenberger on eight.

Andre Schofield won the female best and fairest with eight votes. Nicola Rosenberger polled five and Kate Laskowski four.

The male try scorer was won by Kyle Grummisch with 23.

Brodie Towers scored 21, Ryan Rosenberger 15 and Jack Neesham 14.

Nicola Rosenberger won the female try scoring with 11 tries, while Rhiannon Massey scored nine and Kate Laskowski five.

Twelve-year-old Ryder Hinchcliffe won the male encouragement award, and Arora Laskowski and Curtin Prentice shared the female encouragement award.

Touch football will resume on Wednesday, July 21, at Stephenson Park, Sale.
New players and teams are invited to nominate for the coming season. For more information, phone Laurie on 0419 132 824.

Sale Touch Association B division grand final runner-up, Phoenix-CATs.Photo: Contributed