Round 1 report

The season proper kicked off on Wednesday evening for the Shepparton Touch Association.
The first division 1 match of the night saw a classic between the big recruiting Vroom team and steadily improving Kamikazes outfit. Vroom went into the match without captain Paul Cornelius but with gun recruits Dan Rose, Aaron Brown and Luke Anderson all scoring twice they managed to overcome Kamikazes 7-6. Hili McCoy, playing his first game for Kamikazes starred while Kathryn Thorp and Jane O'Donnell also played well.
In another close game Cyclones came from behind to defeat the as yet un-named New Team 5-4. Andrew Lavelle set up many good plays for New Team to have them 3-2 up at half time. Stuart Haack got Cyclones back into the game in the second half along with Natalie Frizzle in her division 1 debut.
The experience of Jon Solomon (5 touchdowns) and Sean Deveny (3) led The Touchy Tigers to a 10-3 victory over new division 1 team Allstars. The Tibbs sisters, Tamara and Stacey were the best players for Allstars.
Division 2 saw the highest scoring match of the night with Vikings outscoring Ducks & Drakes 11-10. Guy Tillman was top scorer for Vikings with 4 while 4 other players shared the other touchdowns. Belinda Blackburn's and Lindsay Hamilton's good teamwork kept Ducks & Drakes in the game but they couldn't quite pull off a victory.
Quick running by Cameron Lohse and Duane Montgomery was once again of great benefit to Simpsons in their 7-3 win against Panthers. Meagan Appo scored twice for Panthers who were missing many of their experienced players and may be slow starters as they were last year before they came back to win the division 3 premiership.
Gunners had the biggest win of the night when they downed Plastered 11-1. Tracy Roe and Cam Dudgeon scored 3 each for the winners. Alisa Rowan and Hayden Beaton were the best for Plastered who have many different men from the team which won division 2 last season.
Pelicans look to be the team to beat in division 3 after they kept Roadblock scoreless whilst scoring 7 of their own. Strong running from Shane Donald set up many scoring options for Pelicans. Strong defense from Dan Godsmark and Shareena Flynn stopped many of Pelicans scoring attempts.
Pink Panthers with Jamo Daniels and Matt Friedlieb scoring twice each downed Pipeline 7-3 in a promising start to move up a division. Doug Halloran scored 2 for Pipeline and was ably supported by Tracey White.
Erin Szantyr got Notre Dame Sharks off to a great start against Purple Noodles when she wandered past a lapse Noodles defense to set up an Alan So touchdown. The Noodles came back strongly to go into half time 3-1 up. Adrian Raymer sealed the win with a run from acting half to get it to Sam Petcopoulos for the final touchdown and a 5-3 victory.
Division 4 saw the clash of staff verses students when the G.V. Grammar teachers in the Pelicans 2 team defeated the students of Can't Touch This 7-4. Chris Pohlner was the star with 3 touchdowns. Clinton Murdoch scored twice for the students.
In the battle of the newcomers Numurkah beat Wanganui 6-4. Trent Willis and Rachel Black led the way for Numurkah while Alison Lancaster and Leigh Baldi were the best for Wanganui.
The speed of the young Notre Dame Titans team was a spectacle with Paul Kelly and Matt Smith scoring through sheer pace. This put them 4-1 up early in the second half but Team Dodgey came back strongly and after scoring the last touchdown fell only 1 short in a 5-6 loss.
All teams are reminded that fees are now due and uniforms need to be organized before playing round 4 (December 7th) or the opposition will receive one touchdown for each player out of uniform.


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