Games in the finals of the National Touch League and Elite Eight 2018 couldn’t have been tighter, with 11 of the 16 grand final scores just one touchdown apart.
In the Elite 8 Men’s final between the Cowboys and the Mavericks, it went down to four a side in a drop off ended by the Cowboys, with a result of 7-6, meaning a threepeat for them. Yet the Men’s Player of the Series, Dylan Thompson, came from the Mavericks.
The Women’s Elite 8 also went into a drop off, and, despite a slow start, the Scorpions won 4-3 against the Broncos.
But another team altogether, the Rebels, produced the Women’s Player of the Series, Ash Quinlan.
In the Mixed Opens, the Rebels narrowly dodged a drop off by scoring a try against the Sharks within the last minute, to win 5-4.
Two Queensland teams, the Bulls and Sharks, went up against each other in the Men’s T League, with the Bulls victorious, 6-5.
The Bulls also made it into the Women’s T League grand final, but a non-NSW or Qld team, the Storm, were victorious, 8-7.
Another winner from outside these states – Tasmania smashed it in the Senior Mixed division, beating the Cobras 10-6.
It wasn’t a tight game in the Women’s 27’s – the Cobras won 7-1 against fellow Queenslanders, the Cyclones.
More close action in the Men’s 30’s (the Scorpions stung the Sharks, 9-8), and the Women’s 35’s (the Hornets beat the Cobras 3-2).
In the Men’s 40’s, the Scorpions got away from the Hornets, 10-6.
Another Sharks versus Scorpions challenge in the Men’s 45’s – but this time the Sharks took the win, 6-5. And another Scorpion vs Hornets match in the Women’s 45’s, where this time the Hornets came out on top, 3-2.
The Scorpions won against the Sharks in the Men’s 50’s, and against Sunshine Coast in the 55’s.
But the Cyclones in the inaugural Men’s 60’s division at NTL managed to outperform the Scorps, with a win of 5-4. Can’t wait to see these guys return next year – back in Coffs Harbour!
Touch Football Australia, in conjunction with the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, and Coffs Harbour City Council, announced that the National Touch League will remain in Coffs from 2019 to 2022.
Congratulations to the Scorpions, club champions, for taking home the Golden Boot.
Touch Football Australia would like to thank all the players, coaches, team managers, referees, volunteers, event partners, tour leaders and friends and family members for heading to Coffs to help make National Touch League 2018 such a fantastic event.