Vipers Strike In TFSA Finals

first_imgIn the B Division, the Northern Vipers went into the game as underdogs with the Central Scorpions previously undefeated in the season. However it was the Vipers who started well gaining an early advantage over their more fancied opponents to take a 2-0 buffer into half-time.Not to be outdone the Scorpions scored first in the second half to cut the deficit to one (2-1) however the young Vipers rallied and hit straight back to score twice in quick succession to extend their lead to 4-1. Despite a late touchdown by the Scorpions it was too little too late as the Northern Vipers claimed an upset win to claim the B Division championship, 4-2.SA Heat 18’s hopeful, Ned Davies starred for the Vipers scoring three touchdowns whilst Pat Organ also crossed the line, while for the Scorpions Paul Avers and Emily Gale were the scorers.The A Grade final also featuring the Northern Vipers and Central Scorpions was billed as a clash of the titans with both teams playing out a 7-all draw in their minor round clash. Many predicted a tight contest and the game certainly lived up to expectations and did not disappoint.In one of the most exciting TFSA League finals in many years both sides attacked hard in the first half but the defence of both teams was strong ensuring a tight, tense contest. It was the Central Scorpions who enjoyed most of the attack in the first half and when they broke the deadlock right on half-time they went into the break with a slight advantage leading 3-2. After the break it was the Vipers who struck first to get the crucial first touchdown which tied the game up again at 3-all, after which a highly entertaining tense nine minutes of defensive play by both teams ensued which was only broken by an unfortunate injury to Central Scorpions playmaker, Jess Ryan.The break gave both teams an opportunity to catch their breath and reload. The brilliant touches on each team’s score lines continued however the Vipers managed to break through at the 13 minute mark to hit the front for the first time in the match, 4-3. With the momentum seemingly shifting to the Vipers late in the match the Scorpions needed to dig deep and they did just that with Luke Thornton making a great play as half to set up his teammate on the wing to level things up once again with 90 seconds remaining, 4-all.No side managed to score in the last 90 seconds and when the siren sounded scores were locked away at 4-4 sending the final to a drop off.The Vipers had the tap when the game resumed and put together an amazing first set of six complete with a monster long ball from Tim Glazebrook which found its target and the Vipers scored on their last touch to put them 5-4 up and in a commanding position.However the drama of this match was not over just yet with the Central Scorpions getting the ball across the line on their last touch however a brilliant touch by the Vipers defence brought the referees together for a conference and rightfully so a touch was called sparking celebrations from the Vipers players who claimed the championship 5-4 in amazing fashion.The Vipers celebrations continued when they were announced as Regional Champions, making it back-to-back TFSA league championships for the Northern Vipers.Three Vipers players were also named series MVP’s with Shane ‘Kiwi’ Marshall from the Eastern Stingrays also featuring in the MVP’s. Mixed TFSA League Most Valuable PlayersB Grade MVP Female – Amanda Sheeky (Northern Vipers)B Grade MVP Male – Shane Marshall (Eastern Stingrays)A Grade MVP Female – Kelly Rowe (Northern Vipers)A Grade MVP Male – Tim Glazebrook (Northern Vipers)The Mixed TFSA League was a resounding success and the final matches demonstrate the improvement in game standard within South Australia with few blow outs occurring this series and a very even playing field. It was great to see so much youth participating in the series with most regions fielding up to 15 under 16’s in their teams which has enormous benefits for the development of the game.TFSA congratulates all teams and thanks its referees, regional coordinators, SOAP members, selectors and players for their efforts this season.This series marked the end of standalone Mixed TFSA League competition with TFSA League expanding to incorporate one large series annually incorporating Mixed, Women’s and Men’s divisions to occur from November to February. This move has been brought about through growth in player numbers.To find out more about TFSA, please visit their read more