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