Touch Foot­ball re­turns

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Carly Laden

A mid-sea­son break did not stop the ALLSTARS from con­tin­u­ing to build mo­men­tum, record­ing a 6-4 vic­tory over St­ingrays on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 11.

In the ninth round of com­pe­ti­tion, teams re­turned from a twoweek break and it seemed most hadn’t missed a beat, one of them be­ing ALLSTARS.

ALLSTARS got off to a great start thanks to a quick try by Denika Hansen within sec­onds of the match kick­ing off.

How­ever, St­ingrays were able to re­spond just as quickly with a try of their own by Rob Ram­pal.

St­ingrays then took the lead with a sec­ond try, this time by res­i­dent speed­ster Seth Lovell.

The match was a fairly even con­test, with both teams ap­ply­ing great de­fen­sive pres­sure, throw­ing off their com­pe­ti­tion.

How­ever, ALLSTARS were able to step it up with tries from Damien Crispin, Sara High­lands and Ses Bero.

Fum­bles soon be­gan to cost the St­ingrays pre­cious pos­ses­sion time as they looked to catch up with ALLSTARS.

Even­tu­ally, St­ingrays man­aged an­other try, by An­drew Graf­fen, although ALLSTARS were able to end the first half with a try by Sean Gre­gory, es­tab­lish­ing a two-point ad­van­tage.

In the sec­ond half the match be­come even more in­tense, with many changeovers and fum­bles re­sult­ing in a low-scor­ing half.

ALLSTARS’ Crispin man­aged to ex­tend his team’s lead with a sec­ond try as St­ingrays con­tin­ued to strug­gle with pos­ses­sion.

Fol­low­ing the strug­gle dur­ing the re­main­der of the match, it all came down to a St­ingrays play to bring the mar­gin back to two points.

In what could be con­sid­ered try of the year, Lovell tripped and stum­bled as he ran down­field but he still man­aged to score an­other try.

St­ingrays, ALLSTARS and spec­ta­tors were given a fright as he con­tin­ued to stum­ble and al­most lost pos­ses­sion of the ball be­fore he dived to the ground.

After a brief mo­ment of sus­pense, Lovell man­aged to hold onto the ball, re­sult­ing in a fourth try for the St­ingrays and bring­ing the fi­nal mar­gin back to two points once again.

Else­where in di­vi­sion 1, Green­backs con­tin­ued their reign atop the lad­der with a 13-5 vic­tory over Primewest Pan­thers, Score­gasms de­feated ARAC At­tack 10-3, and Roey Roost­ers held off Tox Free Ru­n­aways 6-5.

In di­vi­sion 2, Broome Pi­rates de­feated Balls Deep 10-3, Ex­ploders beat Yippee Try Yay 8-6, while top sides The An­i­mals and Bush Chooks found them­selves draw­ing level with First Na­tional Rock­ets and Stingers re­spec­tively.

Pic­tures: Carly Laden Pho­tos avail­able at west­


St­ingrays' An­drew Graf­fen.

ALLSTARS' James Matthews.

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