Association Awards - Summer 2014/15
Southern Touch’s summer season drew to a close last Saturday with teams battling it out in their respective Grand Finals across 17 divisions in men’s, women’s and mixed competitions. The eastern shore’s Wentworth Park and home to Southern Touch played host to nearly 450 participants on the day with the total numbers through the gates pushed four digits. “The weather really came through for us today and the inclusion of a face painting stall and numerous utility vans resulted in a carnival like atmosphere”, these were the sentiments of Southern Touch General Manager Matt Phillips, adding that “it really felt like one of the bigger crowds we’ve experienced in recent years which was further supported by several dignitaries being in attendance, namely the Premier, Lara Giddings and Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman”.
Mixed Competition teams started the day, building the excitement along with the mercury before the First Division final was played out over lunch to a bumper crowd. The final being an all purple affair with Phantoms Black getting the better of their own club counterparts Phantoms Purple with 13 scores to 7. Blacks’ Toby Burgess named player of the final in the year he was also awarded life membership of the association.
Following the lunch break the men’s and women’s competitions took to the park, touching up their opponents in their quest for premiership glory. As the masses gathered the intensity of play lifted along with the standard of touch on show, culminating in the division one grand finals. The women’s final was a scathing encounter with the eventual victor, Condors pushed til the dying minutes by their ferocious Tigers’ combatants before their fate was decided in a 6 to 4 win, Condors’ Keeghan Smith judged best afield. In the men’s, Condors Touch Club took the double sinking the Pirates 11 to 7 in a high scoring contest. This season’s Sean Williams Medallist, awarded to the men’s player of the final, Jason Haines single headedly leading his side to victory with four scores of his own.
Southern Touch would expressly like to thank its major partners in Cascade, Cooper Automotive, Banjo’s Rosny and Tasweld, for their involvement throughout the summer as their contributions to OUR sport do not go unrecognised and are greatly appreciate. Southern Touch encourages all members when given the chance to support these Tasmanian businesses.
With the summer now complete a full wrap up of awards and results, along with details of the coming winter season competitions can be found at www.southerntouch.com.au.