And The Winner Is…
Round 6 was poised to be the round of the season with three venues vying for the title with various teams battling for the grand prize of 1 free season of Oztag, complimentary sublimated playing shirts and VIP area with food and drinks supplied.
The grand final week saw two titans of the game in The Bray Park Wildcats and The Wavell Heights Roosters battle it out.
The Mackay Mustangs just kept going about their business looking to jag the title from the underdog position. While the battle of the venues was kicking off, we also had Ivory Toast of Maroochydore looking to continue their dominance and win the grand prize, however, Puma U12 Boys from Springfield and Hashtag from Bray Park were hot on their heels going into the final round of the season.
Up until the final round of the season the Ivory Toast team of Maroochydore had been nothing but perfect, only missing out on bonus points in rounds 1 & 2 whilst getting every player over the line every week. The Puma U12 Boys and Hashtag had been putting in massive efforts every week and were still within striking distance coming into the final round of the season. Word was that the Springfield U12 Boys were geared up and ready to bring the thunder… and didn’t they bring it!! The boys managed to pile on a massive 58 points to try and reign in the runaway Ivory Toast. However, true to form, Josh Booker and his Ivory Toast team mates stood up to the challenge and gave another perfect performance. Getting maximum points with everyone crossing the line and gaining the 10 bonus points.
Chris Kito (Puma U12 Boys Coach) stated after the game “We put everything we had into this season. For a team of young up and coming superstars I have nothing but praise for them. I think what Ivory Toast have been able to do this season was absolutely amazing, perfect games every week… How do you top that!? With a years’ experience under our belts you will see the boys come back bigger and better next year. Expect big things!!”
Josh Booker (Ivory Toast Captain) with joyous tears welling up in his eyes praised his team and thanked the opposition. “This season has been an absolute whirlwind. You can only ask so much of the boys but for them to turn up week in week out and deliver perfect performances, I just don’t know what more I can ask for. To be honest, I’m speechless. I’m thankful to the other teams for keeping us on our toes and pushing us to heights we reached this season, especially the Puma 12 Boys. They really stuck it to us all season and came home strong, they are going to a real powerhouse in years to come.”
Grand Final week did not disappoint. We had 3 teams with the chance to take it out, 2 of which were playing each other. Bray Park knew they had a massive task ahead of them if they wanted to take out the title in taking on Wavell Heights. The game was off to a cracker with both teams getting plenty of points on the board early, however, it seemed like the intensity of the game and the occasion got to the Wildcats. The Wavell Heights Roosters ran away with it in the second half putting on a massive 98 points to Bray Parks 11. With one team knocked out of contention it left us with Mackay needing a huge score to knock off Wavell Heights. Mackay managed to get the win however couldn’t succumb the enormous point differential that Wavell Heights had accumulated throughout the season. With Bray park suffering their first loss of the season it saw the Cairns Crushers sneak into third spot on the ladder and the Caloundra Jets rounding out the top four.
This is how the top 10 ended up:
Courtney Gordon (Mackay Venue Manager) – “ I am absolutely thrilled we made it this far, of course it hurts losing the comp on for and against but for the team to go undefeated is a feat in itself. A massive congratulations to Sherrie and the Wavell Heights team, they have put in a huge effort all year and I look forward to next season. We have learnt a few tricks this season and you can be sure to see them next year.”
Sherrie (Wavell Heights Venue Manager) Sherrie celebrated with the rest of the team and said “All the hard work and dedication has paid off. Couldn’t have done it without my Wavell Heights family. Some teams are exactly just that, teams… but we came together as a family and put everything on the line for each other and we reaped the rewards from it. Thank you to the rest of the teams for a fantastic season but we aren’t done yet. Wavell Heights back to back champs!!”
So that wraps up our inaugural Social Media State Cup in 2017. Congratulation to Ivory Toast and Wavell Heights for taking out their respective divisions and back to the drawing board for the rest of the teams. Next season will be kicking off in February next year. Stay posted to see if Wavell Heights can go back to back or if the grand final hangover sticks around and we see another team take home the silverware