State League Wrap

first_imgThe Melbourne City Lions have won their second Women’s VT League title after defeating the Bayside Vipers by one touchdown. The win continues the two team’s strong rivalry over the past three years, and is revenge for the Lions’ loss to the Vipers in the 2008 grand final. Despite their loss in the Women’s division, the Vipers took home two of the three major awards on finals day of the 2009 VT League at Port Melbourne, winning the Men’s division and also winning the Licence Minor Premiership. The Lions went into the Women’s finals series as the form team of the season, with the Vipers not far behind. The Lions went through the first 14 rounds without losing a game, before being beaten by the Vipers in round 15. In the elimination finals, the Western Dodgers upset the Northern Falcons by two touchdowns, while the Uni Blues were two touchdown winners over the Casey Cougars. The Dodgers then progressed to the semi finals to play the Lions, with the Lions winning 7-3. In the other semi, the Vipers were too good for the Blues, winning 4-2.In wet conditions in the final, the Lions led by two touchdowns at half-time, and further extended their lead early in the second half to lead three nil. Two quick touchdowns to the Vipers got them into the game, but it was too little too late, with the Lions taking the game 3-2. After 15 rounds of the Men’s division, the Vipers finished on top of the VT League ladder with 13 wins and two losses. Last year’s premiers, the Western Dodgers, finished in second place, with nine wins and six losses. In the elimination finals, the Lions were 10-7 winners over the Cougars, as were the Blues over the Falcons. The Lions then pushed the Vipers all the way in the first semi, with the eventual premiers winning by one touchdown to progress through to the final. In the other semi, the Dodgers were three touchdown winners over the Blues.In the final, the Dodgers got out to a strong start, leading by two touchdowns at the break, 4-2. The Dodgers were reduced to four players at one stage in the second half, with the Vipers making the most of the opportunity, hitting back to score three touchdowns to give them the lead. After another Dodgers player was sent to the sin bin, the Vipers kept the scoreboard ticking over to claim the Men’s VT League title 8-5. The following awards were presented following the finals:Licence Minor Premiership  –  Bayside VipersFair Play team award – Northern Falcons Women’s teamMost Influential Male – Wylie McQueen (Casey Cougars)                                  Jamie Tang (Uni Blues)Most Influential Female  – Leah Percy (Melbourne City Lions)Best and Fairest Female – Brooke James (Bayside Vipers)Best and Fairest Male – Troy Booth (Northern Falcons)Best on ground – Women’s grand final – Leah Percy (Melbourne City Lions)Best on ground – Men’s grand final – Thomas Zwart (Western Dodgers)Players referee of the tournament – Julie DavineEmerging referee of the tournament – Johnny KatalACT Super LeagueAll four ACT Super League clubs will take part in the Men’s and Women’s grand finals on Thursday, 10 December 2009. In the Women’s division, Woden Eagles will play the Canberra City Bears after the Eagles defeated the Tuggeranong Valley Vikings by two touchdowns in the qualifying final, 4-2. In the Men’s grand final, the Vikings will play the UC Otters after the Vikings defeated the Eagles 7-6 in a drop off in the qualifying final. In the Women’s division, the Bears finished the six round competition on top of the ladder, with five wins from their six games. They have been undefeated since their round one loss to the Vikings. The Eagles finished in third place on the ladder, with two wins, three losses and one draw from their six games. Their best result prior to the finals was their four-all draw against the Vikings in round six. The Eagles then upset the Vikings in the qualifying final to progress through to the final. The Eagles and the Bears met twice this season, with the Bears winning both games – by four touchdowns in round two and five touchdowns in round five.  The final between the Bears and the Eagles will be played at 7.40pm on Thursday, 10 December 2009.In the Men’s division, the Otters were the first team to progress through to the grand final after finishing the season on top of the ACT Super League Men’s ladder. The Otters went through the season undefeated with four wins and two draws from their six games, with draws against the Eagles and the Vikings. The Vikings finished the season in third position, with two wins, three losses and one draw from their six games.The Otters and the Vikings met twice this season, with the Otters defeating the Vikings by three touchdowns in round three, while the teams drew seven-all in round five. They will meet again in the final on Thursday, 10 December at 6.50pm.         For more information, please visit the following website:www.acttouch.com.au VT LEAGUERESULTSMEN’S – ELIMINATION FINALSFirst Elimination Final:Melbourne City Lions 10 def Casey Cougars 7Second Elimination Final:Uni Blues 10 def Northern Falcons 7MEN’S – SEMI FINALSFirst Semi Final:Bayside Vipers 10 def Melbourne City Lions 9Second Semi Final:Western Dodgers 7 def Uni Blues 4 MEN’S – GRAND FINALBayside Vipers 8 def Western Dodgers 5WOMEN’S- ELIMINATION FINALFirst Elimination Final:Northern Falcons 1 def by Western Dodgers 3 Second Elimination Final:Uni Blues 3 def Casey Cougars 1WOMEN’S – SEMI FINALSFirst Semi Final:Melbourne City Lions 7 def Western Dodgers 3Second Semi Final:Bayside Vipers 4 def Uni Blues 2WOMEN’S – GRAND FINALMelbourne City Lions 3 def Bayside Vipers 2ACT SUPER LEAGUERESULTSWOMEN’S – QUALIFYING FINALTuggeranong Valley Vikings 2 def by Woden Eagles 4WOMEN’S – GRAND FINALCanberra City Bears v Woden EaglesMEN’S – QUALIFYING FINALTuggeranong Valley Vikings 7 def Woden Eagles 6MEN’S – GRAND FINALUC Otters v Tuggeranong Valley Vikingslast_img

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