The NT State Titles were held over the weekend at Goodline Park in Palmerston, Northern Territory. The event saw 20 teams compete to be crowned State Champions. The event which is held over 2 evenings and a Finals day was a huge success with Teams travelling in from Alice Springs, Katherine, Darwin & Gove. The event also saw Referees and Referee Coaches travel from as far as North Queensland & Sydney to attend and present a Foundation Referee Coaching Course and a Level 3 Referee Course.
Day 1 tapped off and saw in the Women’s open Division Titans open their account with a convincing 6-0 win over the Inferno Magpies. While the Sharks managed a tough 7-6 win over a much-fancied Rebels side from Katherine. The Men’s Division saw a number of closely fought encounters with Alice Springs taking the win over the Inferno Magpies in what was a terrific show of speed and skill. The Rebels Men’s team from Katherine managed a 6-1 win over the Darwin Men’s side, while Sims Refrigeration put on a terrific display with a convincing win over the MacKillop Saints.
Day 2 saw Gove Under 18 Mixed side arrive and they were ready to play as they notched up two convincing wins and lost narrowly to Alice Springs. The intensity of play continued throughout the evening with teams looking to put themselves in the best position to qualify for finals.
The mercury tipped 33 degrees on Finals day and the heat was emulated on the field with some dazzling displays early on. The day commenced with the final round games deciding the final standings in each division. The play slowed as the temperature rose but teams were still giving 100% as they reached the semi-finals.
Gove and Alice Springs both qualified for the 18’s Mixed Final. The final saw a close contest between the two teams who had traveled a distance to play in the competition. Alice Springs eventually sealing the State Title with 2 late tries to finish 3-1 victors.
The Senior Mixed Grand Final was contested between the Local Palmerston Magpies and the Katherine Rebels. The match was end to end with the Rebels leading all the way to the final siren taking the win 7 tries to 4.
Katherine Rebels took on the Titans in the Women’s Open Grand Final. Katherine Qualified after defeating the Sharks convincingly which raised a few eyebrows as the Sharks had made light work of the Rebels during the round games. Though it wasn’t meant to be on the day with the Titans winning 7-4.
The Men’s Open Grand Final featured the Inferno Magpies and Alice Springs in what was the most exciting match of the tournament. The teams couldn’t be split throughout the Final with scores locked up with 60 seconds to play the match looked to be heading to drop-off though Alice Springs managed a try to seal the Title and be crowned Northern Territory Men’s Open’s Champions.
The Tournament concluded with the Annual Ochre awards night which celebrates the Achievements of NT Players, Coaches, Referees & Volunteers for the previous year as well as the presentation of the champions of the NT State Titles.
Northern Territory Touch Football would like to thank all participants and spectators for their support of the event along with:
Northern Territory Government
Palmerston City Council
Palmerston Raiders Rugby League Club