Super League Finals Wrap Up

The 2018 Super League Finals series was held at Greenway Oval for the first time in the competitions history. The venue had a NTL like atmosphere with the grandstand watching over field 1. With rain pouring days earlier, the playing surface was in perfect condition which allowed Canberra’s elite go head-to-head for the title.

Women’s

The first games of the day were the Women’s Semi Finals which saw Tuggeranong Vikings defeat Gungahlin Cats (12-4) and underdogs Woden Eagles defeating Canberra City Bears (7-3) to progress into the 2018 Women’s Super League Grand Final.

Tuggeranong Vikings were 2017 Champions, and were hungry to go back-to-back in 2018, however the Vikings team were without Australian Youth representative, Elise Wilson due to injury. With Elise out, the Vikings team were happy to welcome back Kimberly Grant after having her second child. The first half of touch was the best 20 minutes of touch the Woden Women have produced all season. Eagles #13, Eilish Winbank scored a double in the first half with a long-range touchdown winning the footrace with Vikings hot on her heels. The Vikings Women’s lead at half time 5-4 and coach Chris Tarlinton was pleased with the efforts from his team, however pushed the girls for a bigger second half against Eagles. Tyra Peterson and Ngawai Eyles, kept there try-scoring momentum going in the second half with a double each. Towards the end the Woden Eagles were outnumbered due to several players missing and injured and Vikings took advantage of their 14 players and substituted strongly to finish the game as winner 11-4.

Referees of the Final: Jack Van Lohuizen, Michael Halling & Sarah Richards

Score: Tuggeranong Vikings (11) defeated Woden Eagles (4).

Player of the Final: Kasey Dragisic (Tuggeranong Vikings)

 

Men’s

The 2018 Men’s Super League Grand Final was a 2017 repeat after Tuggeranong Vikings defeated Woden Eagles (7-3), and Northern Phoenix defeated Gungahlin Cats (12-7).


Both Vikings and Phoenix finished on 24 points on the ladder and nothing could separate them leading in the final. Everyone was in the grandstand ready to watch the grudge match and 2017 Men’s Final repeat. From the first tap, Phoenix were on fire. The Phoenix more experienced players, Ben Hughes and Cam Stanley lead from the front with the youth players following. Fan favourite Ben Wylie was outstanding for Vikings and was the x-factor for the Red V. Half time could not have come quick enough for the Vikings team. Vikings coach, Doug Witt, was telling his team to go back what they have trained all season and execute. Phoenix coach, Steve Hughes was pleased with his team’s performance at half time leading 6-1.

Vikings came back in the second half with individual brilliance by Eddie Jones and Wyle. Phoenix #30 Ben Hughes was having a field day, scoring 3 touchdowns and #4 James Hawke scoring a double. Once the siren was sounded, the Phoenix team celebrated with excitement after regaining the trophy and beating their rivals in a spectacular Grand Final performance.

Referees of the Final: James Steinberg, Mitch Kennedy, Josh Thomas-Schumacher

Score: Northern Phoenix (9) defeated Tuggeranong Vikings (5).

Player of the Final: James Hawke (Northern Phoenix)

 

2018 Super League Club Champions: Tuggeranong Vikings

 

A massive thank you and congratulations must go to all 2018 Super League players, coaches, referees on a great season.




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