Just No­bod­ies tri­umph against the All Blacks in a close en­counter of the Mun­dub­bera kind

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

THREAT­EN­ING thun­der and light­ning did not dis­cour­age four Mun­dub­bera touch teams from strut­ting their stuff in the B-grade and A-grade grand fi­nals.

Club trea­surer Melinda Thor­burn said Fri­day night her­alded the end to the 2014 sea­son of Mun­dub­bera Touch Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion.

“It has been a won­der­ful year for touch foot­ball in Mun­dub­bera, with two ex­tra teams added to the com­pe­ti­tion, with the majority of play­ers be­ing young peo­ple,” Mrs Thor­burn said.

“It is great to see the game de­vel­op­ing within the com­mu­nity and the support of the lo­cal school has been in­valu­able,” she said.

The com­pe­ti­tion all year has been fairly tight be­tween the top four teams and this was re­in­forced when Just No­bod­ies came from po­si­tion four on the lad­der to take out the A-grade fi­nal.

Re­treads and Us Mob fin­ished joint first on the lad­der, with All Blacks in po­si­tion three and Just No­bod­ies in po­si­tion four.

Nei­ther of the top two fin­ish­ers made it to the A-grade fi­nal.

Both teams were elim­i­nated in the semi-fi­nals.

The A-grade fi­nal was played be­tween the All Blacks and Just No­bod­ies and was a fast-paced, tight, in­tense game.

It has been a won­der­ful year for touch foot­ball in Mun­dub­bera ... It is great to see the game de­vel­op­ing within the com­mu­nity

Tem­pers threat­ened to boil over and the ref­er­ees had to work hard to keep the game con­tained.

The close­ness of the contest meant ev­ery call from the ref­er­ees was closely scru­ti­nised by play­ers and fans.

Nei­ther team scored un­til eight min­utes be­fore half time when All Blacks crossed the line.

With the score at 1-0 at half time, the pres­sure was on and the grand fi­nal prize was up for grabs.

Teams seemed to take turns in scor­ing and the lead swapped back and forth un­til three min­utes out from full time, when the scores were locked at 3-all and it ap­peared they were head­ing for ex­tra time.

But then Just No­bod­ies crossed the line to win the fi­nal 4-3 in a game that could have gone ei­ther way.

A very dis­ap­pointed Bele Feki said after the game that he thought they had won it.

“We were go­ing so well at half time and I thought we were ahead,” Feki said.

“Both teams played re­ally well and I would like to have another chance to play them.”

Most out­stand­ing player for the Just No­bod­ies was Wayne Pash­ley, not be­cause of any fast sidestep­ping but for his com­po­sure in all sit­u­a­tions.

Wayne showed very clearly that a clear head and some plan­ning could be just as im­por­tant as fast moves and a run around.

Other play­ers who made a great con­tri­bu­tion were Bai­ley Kim­ber and Mas­son Ward.

Best for the All Blacks was Missi Maille and Bai­ley Lins­ket, who never gave up and con­trolled their emo­tions when the heat was turned up.

The B-grade fi­nal was played be­tween True Value and The Oreos, who have been bat­tling all year with fit­ness and num­bers.

True Value was dom­i­nat­ing in all as­pects of the game and, as ex­pected, had a very handy lead at half time and went on to win 12-2.

The player of the match for The Oreos was Bran­don Au­gus­tine, who was the best on the field in a los­ing side.

The next sea­son will start in Fe­bru­ary or early March, when the Mun­dub­bera Touch Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion will be look­ing for more young play­ers to take on this very ex­cit­ing sport.

The older play­ers among the teams have nur­tured the new play­ers and helped de­velop the skills needed to play the game.

“We have play­ers com­ing from Eidsvold in the north and Bin­jour in the south to help form teams and we love to see the com­mit­ment from th­ese young play­ers,” Mrs Thor­burn said.

“The ad­min­is­tra­tion team has re­ally done a good job this year and next year we will be look­ing to im­prove the struc­tures and pro­ce­dures to meet the de­mands of the teams.”

Mun­dub­bera Touch Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion al­ways plays un­der lights at Martin Love Oval and this has proven popular with all play­ers.

Teams play at 6pm and 7pm.

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