Upsets avoided in run to finals
Round 16 saw teams consolidate their ladder positions on the way to finals, and while a few potential upsets looked to be brewing, in the end the status quo held.
Just Us continued their winning form in the Women’s B league by blitzing the brave Beavers side, 59-12.
The first-placed team were up 10-0 five minutes into the game and kept their opponents to zero for most of the first half.
They looked like they were just practising technique at times.
The Beavers came back in fighting form early in the second half with strong defensive pressure and a fair few scoring shots, but they struggled to convert and Just Us capitalised.
A Goat Trouts player badly injured her knee at the end of the first half of their game with Pegy Flyers. It meant her team was one woman down in the second and their previous neck-and-neck scoreline blew out to 18-33, netting the Flyers a valuable win.
Mud Flaps won a tense game against Hello Trouts, 24-20, and the Falcons dominated Timeout.
In the men’s B-grade, top team Thunder looked like they were struggling to score against sixth-placed Titans sometimes in a game where the dynamic constantly shifted.
But they focused as the second half wore on and managed a solid 37-27 win. Meanwhile, the Cardinals delivered the Flakers a 46-18 thumping, the Vipers maintained second place with an effortless 58-21 win over Cyclones, and the Roebourne Warriors defeated the Heat, 49-23.
In A-grade, Mayuga Majik beat #Yogetit, 41-30, and Corals Trouts defeated Pardoo Katz.
#Yogetit’s Patrick Jans tries to block a pass from Mayuga Majik’s Kamin Bin Rashid.
Just Us’ Aroha Haumaha passes past Beavers’ Brooke Short.