Broncos Stampede, but with a sting in the tail

@Eden_Richards

The Women's Elite Eight semi-final match-ups have been decided after an enthralling day of touch football at the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour. 

It couldn't be any tighter at the top of the leaderboard, with both the Queensland Broncos and the New South Wales Scorpions finishing equal on 24 competition points. 

It's almost impossible to split the two teams, with both having the exact same for and against differential. 

But the Broncos will finish in 1st position by the smallest of margins due to the fact they have conceded one less touchdown for the tournament. 

Their one-touchdown win against the Alliance early on day three turned out to be pivotal, with the team from Queensland using that momentum to breeze past the Queensland Cowboys 7-3 in their last match of the regular season.

That win ended the Cowboys tournament, with last year's semi-finalists finishing just one win outside of the top four. 

It's a similar feeling for another 2016 semi-finalist, with the New South Wales Mets failing to meet the lofty expectations set by last year's showing. 

The Mets recorded just one win for the tournament – finishing in 7th position after a winless day three.

Their one win came against the New South Wales Country Mavericks who finished just above them in 6th position with two wins. 

The Mavericks finished the competition strongly, winning their last two matches to add some respectability to their position on the competition ladder. 

Their Round 7 win came against the New South Wales Rebels who had a terrible tournament. 

The Rebels failed to win a match, with their only success coming in the form of a 5-all draw with the Mets. 

But where some teams failed, others succeeded, and the Alliance are one of those success stories. 

After going through the 2016 tournament with just one win, the Alliance have recorded five in 2017.

A 7-6 win over their nearest rivals the Queensland Titans in the last match of the regular season means that the Alliance will finish 3rd. 

The Titans therefore slip to 4th and face a tough ask to make it to the decider.

They will play the Broncos in their semi-final in what will be a replay of the 2016 grand final. 

The Titans lost that clash 8-1 so they will be hoping they can turn that scoreline around and exact some revenge. 

The other semi-final will take place between the Scorpions and the Alliance. 

12 months ago these two teams played off for the wooden spoon, with the Alliance winning that game to leave the Scorpions winless. 

Whatever happens in the 2017 instalment, both teams will be ecstatic with how they have turned things around. 

In saying that, the Scorpions will be confident they can qualify for the grand final after defeating the Alliance 6-3 earlier in the competition. 

Queensland Cowboy Mary McLean and New South Wales Scorpion Yasmin Meakes finish the regular competition equal at the top of the touchdown leaderboard. 

Both have scored 14, but only Meakes will have the chance to add to her total in tomorrow's finals. 

Both semi-finals will begin at 11:30AM at C.ex International Stadium in Coffs Harbour, with the winners to play in the grand final at 6:00PM. 




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