FINALS: Scintillating Finish to Season


Ebony Kings Open Men’s team reigned supreme for the second year running in division one of the Pioneer Te Awamutu Sports Touch Module. In an all-Ebony Kings final, the Open Men prevailed 14-3 over their Junior Men club-mates at Albert Park. The Shane Edwards’ coached defending champions never took the foot off the accelerator after taking an early lead with a well worked, slick try.

Both teams showed excellent skills until the final hooter, treating a huge crowd to nonstop, scintillating action. Ebony Kings Open Men are fashioning an enviable record, having finished runners-up and been champions twice since the formation of their club three years ago.

The Hyrum Sunnex captained Ring Inz team took out division two with a 5-3 win over Eli Ingley’s team. It was Ring Inz second championship in as many years, having won division three in 2015. Division three created considerable interest after close semi-finals. The final lived up to expectations with Sub Tribe and The Hamuz on even terms at the final hooter, necessitating an extra time drop off to decide the winner. Honours went to the Hamuz. Piling Solutions took out an evenly contested division four final, beating Touchy Feelys 7-5.

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It was the first occasion for some time that the Hustlers didn’t make the final in division four. Division five was dominated by BBF. They went through unbeaten, capping their season with a 4-2 win over Pass It in the final, with Devante Hunapo being nominated player of the day. Selwyn Hohepa led his K1 team to a nail-biting 4-3 victory over EK Women in a hotly contested division six final.

The highly competitive division seven championship final was won by Carl Saywell’s skilful line-up 6-4 over the Drop Kicks. Division eight was won by Graeme James’ team, Back Yard Crew, who beat TA MOB (Marist Old Boys) 5-4. Touch organiser, Ollie Ward says he was delighted with the overall success of the module. “A big thank you to all the referees who volunteered their time. The club looks forward to seeing everyone at the Albert Park Indoor Centre for Turbo Touch.”