Despite the wet week, rains held off just for the duration of the touch football grand finals on Friday night.
Drainage at Federation Oval was also good, coping with all the rain that had fallen, with only a few wet patches.
The threatening weather failed to hold back the crowd of spectators, too, with numbers the best they’ve been in the last five or six years, according to Mooney.
He put it down to the parents of the junior players staying on through the junior presentations and barbecue to watch the seniors play, creating a great atmosphere for the finals.
In the junior grand final, Knights won against the Eels 7-1, with the competition keener than the scoreline would reflect. Mooney said it was one of the better junior games he had witnessed, with players performing a lot better than they had over previous weeks.
“Perhaps because they were playing in front of their parents,” Mooney said.
The players were setting each other up, and actually putting coaching lessons into action.
“They all played well,” Mooney said.
The scoreline in the senior grand final between the Untouchables and KBOS was closer with the Untouchables winning 8-5. Mooney said KBOS was not up to its usual standard, trailing 5-2 at halftime. Both teams scored three tries in the second half, but it was too late for KBOS to make up lost ground.
Standouts in the play were Regan Sullivan, earning himself male player of the grand final, and Emily McMeniman who was female players of the grand final.
Winner of refs’ points for the season for the men’s as Jarrod McIntosh. It was a three-way tie in the women’s, between Karly Mitchell, Sylvia Swan and Georgia O’Neil.
The designated referee to come from Inverell busted his ankle that afternoon, but Mooney said everyone pitched in and made a good night of it. He was particularly pleased to see the crowd that turned up, and thanked them for coming.
The club aims to kick off the next season of touch football in mid-September.