Mixed bunch prove best in Airlie
AIRLIE Mixed has once again proven they are the team to beat when it comes to touch football in the Whitsundays.
Having been part of the Whitsunday Touch Association ranks for more than 16 years, Airlie Mixed proved their maturity, as an injection of youth helped to reinforce that they are the best touch team in the region.
Airlie Mixed took out the WTA summer A Grade title with a 9-2 upset win over Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) in the grand final at the Whitsunday Sports Park on Monday night.
Airlie Mixed put on a great display of touch skills to show-up the favourites QFRS. Airlie Mixed finished fourth at the end of the regular competition but an upset over reigning champions Concrete Feet last week helped them to storm into the competition decider.
Co-captain Sue Filby said it was great to see her team come from behind to win their second premiership in the past four competitions.
"They're a great team to play with," she said.
In the B Grade decider, Hamorent were too strong defeating Whitsunday Food 5-1.
Although it was Hamorent's first year in the competition, they proved to be the team to beat all year and continued their good form in the grand final.
Captain Anita Davis said she was proud of her newly established team.
WTA president Mark Beale said the competition was one of the best he had been involved with.
"[It's] definitely the best we've had for a long time, probably in five years," he said.
"It's been the highest standard I can remember and I've been doing it for at least 10 years."
With the future of the competition looking bleak after poor player numbers in the past few seasons, Beale said it was great to see everything fall into place this season.
"We've put in a lot of work to try to put teams in there...and getting a mixture of people," he said.
"It's been an on-going push from the committee for the past few years.
"It really makes the future of the touch association look very bright."
The next competition is set to kick-off at the end of January next year.
Anyone interested in entering a team should email Bernard Woods at firstname.lastname@example.org.