VT League 2017 Wrap!

The VT League finals day began under gloomy and wet skies at Elwood Park. The first games to take place were the Women's Division 2 semi finals, which saw our newest entrant into the VT League, the Western Lightning, play their first play off match. Although they went down to the Lions, they can be proud of their efforts in the inaugral year, and they will no doubt look to build on this in the future.

The other semi final saw an upset result, with the Phoenix coming from behind to defeat the highly fancied Blacks outfit in the dying stages of their match to progress to the final. 

The Division 1 Womens Semi finals saw Lions convincingly defeat the Blues, and Blacks shutting out Phoenix in the second half of their match to win their way into the final.

The Men's Division 2 semis also saw Blacks and Lions progress through. The Black prevailed in an intra-club encounter with their Blues opponents, and the Lions beat a gallant Galaxy outfit. 

The Men's Division 1 semi finals saw Lions comfortably prevail over the Blues outfit, with the other semi final going right down to the wire. The Blacks side prevailed in an incredibly tense and thrilling contest, which was decided with a touchdown in the corner, with mere seconds remaining on the clock, to defeat Melbourne Phoenix 7-6.

The weather cleared and the humidity rose significantly, as did the tension levels of the players as we entered the finals.

The first final to take place was the Division 2 Women's match between the Lions and the Phoenix. After a tight first half, the Lions ended up winning the title with a 6 - 1 victory. The match was marked with a moment's silence for Christopher Pain, a long time servant of Touch Football in Victoria, who sadly lost his life prior to the match. The thoughts of everybody within the Touch Football community are with the Pain family at this difficult time. 

The second final to take place was the Men's Division 2 match between Blacks and Lions, the first of three finals encounters between the two clubs. The Blacks side were 1-0 ahead for the majority of the match, with the Lions scoring a late equaliser to send the match into a drop off situation. The Lions were able to score in a 4-on-4 situation, to win the title 2-1.

The Womens' Division 1 match was another tight match for the first half, with the Blacks and Lions going into half time locked at 1-1. After the break, the Lions proved to be too strong, coming out on top 5-1, and taking their third title of the day. 

The final match of the 2017 VT League was the Men's Division 1 contest between Lions and Blacks. This match was a highly intense and passionate affair, and the Lions had a highly productive first half, in which they scored 5 touchdowns. This was enough to ensure they were able to withstand a Blacks charge in the second term, to take out the title for Men's Division 1, 8-6.

By winning all four titles on the day, the Lions completed the clean sweep of all four divisions, as well as winning the overall club championship. This is also the third consecutive year that they have completed the clean sweep of the VT League competition, and is an absolutely stunning achievement. Hearty congratulations are due to all players, coaches and support staff of the Melbourne City Lions for their continued success in the VT League. 

Touch Football Victoria thanks all players, coaches and supporters across all 6 competing clubs for their support and patience throughout the season. The tournament has been a great success. With the introduction of a new side, the Western Lightning; the inaugural round held in Geelong; and the inaugral Women in Touch round, the VT League has undergone a number of changes for 2017, and we look forward to continuing to adapt and improve the competition for future seasons. 

We also need to pay tribute to our referees and referee coaches who have played a crucial role this season. Without referees, there would be no competition. In particular, thanks must go to Mitch McKenzie, who filled the role of referee coordinator, with assistance from Giancarlo Leung and Tom Brown. Special mentions must also be made of Giancarlo, who was awarded the VT League Referee of the Year, and to Tanya Lovett, who was awarded the VT League Rookie Referee of the year. 

We also thank all referees for their hard work throughout the season. In many situations, our referees were required to take charge of multiple matches, and performed admirably in the circumstances. We look forward to the continued support of our referees in the future.


Match Results

Women's Division 2

Semi Finals

Melbourne City Lions def. Western Lightning 7-1
Melbourne Phoenix def. Melbourne University Blacks 3-2

Final

Melbourne City Lions def. Melbourne Phoenix 4-1
Player of the Match: Karli Norsworthy

Women's Division 1

Semi Finals

Melbourne City Lions def. MUTF Blues 14-1
Melbourne University Blacks def. Melbourne Phoenix 3-1

Final

Melbourne City Lions def. Melbourne University Blacks 5-1
Player of the Match: Leah Percy

Men's Division 2

Semi Finals

Melbourne City Lions def. Galaxy 10-4
Melbourne University Blacks def. MUTF Blues 9-3

Final

Melbourne City Lions def. Melbourne University Blacks 5-1
Player of the Match: Ash Davine

Men's Division 1

Semi Finals

Melbourne City Lions def. MUTF Blues 14-4
Melbourne University Blacks def. Melbourne Phoenix 7-6

Final

Melbourne City Lions def. Melbourne University Blacks 8-6
Player of the Match: Trent Toleau

 




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