It was 19 degrees on a sunny Sunday morning at the City Touch playing fields, Adelaide. After an entertaining but tough Friday night of semi-final games at City Touch, players and referees were warming up for the Touch Football South Australia (TFSA) League grand finals. This was the first time that the competition had concluded prior to the Christmas/New Year period break. In the finals, three divisions were being fought for: Mixed Open, Women’s Open and Men’s Open. Four permits were battling it out on grand final day, and a special mention goes to the Northern Vipers for making it through in all three divisions.
Mixed Open summary
South West Wolves 4 v Northern Vipers 3
Mixed Series Men’s MVP: Darren Williams – South West Wolves
Mixed Series Women’s MVP: Sarah Woodard – Central Scorpions
The day opened with the Mixed Open game between South West Wolves and the Northern Vipers. Throughout the season their battles had been close-fought matches, with the South West Wolves narrowly winning in rounds 3 and 9. With a draw in round 6, however, both teams were capable of taking out the title. In a tough 40 minutes of play, the South West Wolves were once again victorious over the Northern Vipers by only 1 point, demonstrating the high calibre of both teams. The 4-3 score leaves the Northern Vipers ready and raring to come back stronger next year in an attempt to win back the Mixed Open title that they obtained in 2017.
Women’s Open summary
Central Scorpions 8 v Northern Vipers 7
Women’s Series MVP: Gemma Monaghan – South West Wolves
As the day progressed we saw another opportunity for the Northern Vipers to take home a win as they took on the Central Scorpions. The Central Scorpions had been victorious twice out of the three match-ups leading into the Grand Final. The Northern Vipers had to work hard against the South West Wolves in the semi, with a 10-6 win on the Friday. This win put them in good stead to take on the competition leaders on Sunday. Another nail-biter of a game, with only one try in it, eventually ending in a Central Scorpions win of 8-7.
Men’s Open summary
Eastern Stingrays 11 v Northern Vipers 5
Men’s Series MVP: Nick Litchfield – Eastern Stingrays
In the final game of the day, the men’s Eastern Stingrays took on yet another Northern Vipers team. Throughout the season there had been ups and downs when they’d played each other, each time the Northern Vipers closing the gap between the Eastern Stingrays, resulting in a 6-all draw in round 8 of the competition. The Northern Vipers had a tough battle on the Friday against the Central Scorpions, with a 7-5 win to get them into the grand final game. It seems that the Eastern Stingrays used the day off to recover well, as the game turned into a runaway, resulting with an Eastern Stingrays 11-5 win over the Northern Vipers.
While they didn’t have a win on grand finals day, the Northern Vipers were strongly represented and are looking to come back stronger next year. Their presence in all finals has definitely left an impression for the other permits. All participants had a great day celebrating the sport of touch football and witnessing the high calibre of Touch Football SA representatives.
Touch Football SA thanks all the volunteers and officials for their exceptional efforts on both finals days and throughout the entire series. We’re looking forward to next year’s competition and the new competitors it will bring with it.
Overall Permit: Northern Vipers
Most Valuable Referee: Carol Loh
Most Improved Referee: James van Gilst