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The Riteway Phoenix have won the 2011 ACT Super League Men’s Title, defeating the Woden Eagles 7-6.
The Eagles got out to a 4-2 lead at half-time, before the Phoenix hit back in the second half to take the one touchdown win.
The game started at a frantic pace, with both teams moving the ball from end to end at great speed. It took until the 10th minute for the first touchdown to be scored, with the Eagles’ Daniel Scroope scoring in the corner off the back of some good phase play to give his side an early 1-0 lead.
A Phoenix player was sent for a period of time following the awarding of the first touchdown, and the Eagles were quick to capitalise on the fact they had an extra player, scoring in the 12th minute to take a handy 2-0 lead.
The Phoenix got on the scoreboard in the 15th minute, when Pat Bower showed impressive footwork close to the line to score a touchdown and bring his side back to 2-1.
The Eagles extended their lead in the 19th minute, with Matt Cooke scoring on the wing to give Woden a 3-1 lead. The Phoenix were quick to hit back, with Glenn Hayes diving over in the next set to bring the game back to 3-2.
But Woden wasn’t done just yet, scoring just before the siren to take a 4-2 lead into the half-time break.
It didn’t take long for the Phoenix to start making their way back into the game in the second half, with Cameron Stanley diving over the line in the fourth minute to bring his side’s deficit back to one touchdown.
And they levelled the game up six minutes later, with Chris Tarlinton showing his experience and leadership, creating a touchdown out of nothing to bring the score to 4-all.
The Eagles hit the lead again in the next set of six, with a great long ball out to the wing to take a one touchdown lead, 5-4.
The Phoenix hit back four minutes later, with an acting half run by Ben Hughes resulting in a touchdown, bringing the score to 5-all.
When Hughes scored in the 16th minute, the Phoenix had the lead for the first time in the game at 6-5, and two minutes later they further extended this lead, when Damien Prendergast scored, with the Phoenix up by two touchdowns with two minutes remaining.
The Eagles hit back in the next set, when another great long ball saw Aaron Goode on the wing score, to bring his side back to within one touchdown. But the Eagles were unable to score another touchdown and the Phoenix held out to claim the 2011 Super League title, 7-6.
Highlights from the game can be viewed at the Touch Football Australia YouTube Channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus.