Cowboys three-peat: NTL finals results
The Queensland Cowboys have secured their third-straight Elite 8 men’s title in an extra-time thriller against NSW Mavericks at the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour.
In the women’s final, the Broncos suffered their second consecutive heartbreaking loss, going down to NSW Scorpions 4-3 in another extra-time cliff-hanger.
After sprinting to a 3-0 lead after three minutes on the back of some brilliant footwork from Lachlan Pierce, the Cowboys looked in complete control and heading for their fourth win in five years.
Mavericks didn’t panic, showing great composure to pull it back to 4-all heading into the half-time break.
The Cowboys shot out of the blocks again in the second half, with winger Mal Kenny scoring a spectacular touchdown in the corner from a clever play set up by player of the final Jayden Benbow.
It was touchdown for touchdown until the final siren, with scores locked at 6-all and the game headed to a drop-off.
The Cowboys looked to have almost blown their chances with Shaun Francis certain to score in the corner but unable to hold onto the ball, but it was Pierce who came up with the match-winning play, taking on the line before hitting Justin Cridland with a long ball to clinch the 7-6 victory.
The Broncos started their game in much the same style as the Cowboys, racing out to a 3-0 lead and in complete control heading into half time in a rematch of last year’s final.
Scorpions came out a much-improved team in the second half, keeping the Broncos scoreless and scoring three touchdowns of their own to send the game into extra time.
Former Australian Women’s Open representative Peta Rogerson and current players Emily Hennessey and Catherine Sargent looked dangerous in the drop-off period, asking many questions of the Scorpions defence.
In the end, another Australian player in Danielle Davis sealed the Broncos’ fate with quick hands to winger Yasmin Meakes, securing a 4-3 win for the southerners.
In other Queensland team results, CQ Bulls defeated SQBD Sharks 6-5 in the Men’s T-League final, while their female counterparts lost a close women’s final 8-7 to Storm.
The Sharks were defeated by the Rebels 5-4 in the Mixed Open final, while the Brisbane Cobras also lost the Senior Mixed final 10-6 to Tasmania.
The Cobras turned their fortunes around in the Women’s 27s, easily defeating the NQ Cyclones 7-1.
The Sharks were defeated by the Scorpions in the Men’s 30s and 50s, but it was the reverse result in the Men’s 45s.
Sunshine Coast were defeated by the Scorpions in the Men’s 50s, but the NQ Cyclones managed to take out the inaugural Men’s 60s title with a 5-4 win over the Scorpions.
Congratulations to all!