With the weekly round games finished for the competition, Superleague headed to Gungahlin Enclosed Oval. All Superleague sides played a weekend tournament consisting of round games and grand finals for 1st and 2nd in both divisions.
Saturday’s round games tapped off with Men’s at 9:30am. These first round of games consisted of Gungahlin Cats vs Goulburn Merinos on Field 1 and Tuggeranong Vikings vs Woden Eagles on Field 2. Cats managed a hard-fought win against Goulburn while the Vikings/Eagles game ended in a draw. The last time these two teams played was round one of the competition with Vikings winning by one try. The draw made it a little harder for Woden to make the top 2 with Vikings already a win up on them. Northern Phoenix started the tournament with the bye.
Round 2 saw Goulburn play Vikings and Phoenix play Cats. Some convincing wins by both Phoenix and Vikings really started to put them in good shape for the back end of the competition while Eagles had the bye.
Next up was Cats/Eagles and Goulburn/Phoenix in round 3. Woden Eagles came off the bye hungry and refreshed, really putting Cats to the sword early and not letting up. Cats managed to put a couple of tries on, but Woden ran away with the game 11-2 winners. Northern Phoenix continued their dominant run in the competition scoring 16 tries against Goulburn’s 2. Vikings had the early mark of the day and a good chance to rest up early as they had the bye in round 3 and had finished their games for the day at lunch.
As Round 4 and 5 were to be played the next day and some sore bodies were walking around, some of the Men’s teams started their journeys home to recover and freshen up for the final day.
The Women’s side of the competition looked to be very exciting with a few teams really starting to improve as the competition went on. First round of games saw Northern Phoenix winning by one try against 3rd place North Canberra Bears bumping them up the ladder slightly, a hard fought win to Vikings and a convincing win to Cats.
Second round of games saw a couple of really tight finishes. Vikings continued their strong form winning 12-0 against Goulburn but it was the other two games that really proved interesting. Woden Eagles snatched a 5-4 victory over North Canberra Bears whilst Cats and Phoenix ended in a 5-5 draw. By this point Vikings were well and truly ahead on the ladder but from 2nd down to 4th and 5th started to become tighter.
Round three for the day saw recent winners Woden Eagles narrowly losing to Cats, whilst Phoenix kept improving their run with a 12-0 win over Goulburn. The last game of the day was between Vikings and North Canberra Bears who were desperate for a win after some really close losses. Vikings were clinical with their approach and did well to hold out a few sharp attacking plays from Tijana Zdravevska. Vikings won that game 10-4.
With two rounds left for the men’s teams and games being livestreamed, it was crunch time for some that were still in contention for the grand final. Goulburn had the bye first up with Vikings playing Cats and Woden playing Phoenix. Both Vikings and Woden had to win their games to fight it out for second spot and a chance to play Phoenix in the grand final. Vikings came away with a hard fought 11-5 victory over Cats while Woden and Phoenix were battling it out also. The Phoenix/Woden game was very physical and you could tell that neither team wanted to give each other anything. With a lot of niggle and back and forth between both teams, Northern Phoenix won the battle winning 11-6. This meant that the grand final had already been decided between Phoenix and Vikings, the 2018 grand final rematch.
Last round games of the day saw Woden play Goulburn in what was a fun game of Touch Footy to watch. Goulburn seemed to show a little more flair to their style of play and throwing some caution to the wind. Woden came away 11-6 winners. As Phoenix and Vikings played each other in the last weekly round game, they were scheduled to play each other in the last round game of the weekend before playing each other in the grand final later. Phoenix won the match 11-2.
In the Women’s final round games Vikings had what was the grand final lead up game against Gungahlin Cats which ended up in a 10-3 win to Vikings, Phoenix beat Eagles 8-5 and North Canberra Bears notching up their first win of the weekend against Goulburn.
Heading into the final round the table was very tight between 3rd to 5th with Bears, Phoenix and Woden all pretty much in contention for 3rd spot with Cats locking in 2nd place and a spot in the grand final. North Canberra Bears ended their Superleague campaign on a high beating Cats in their final game, Vikings kept their undefeated run against Phoenix and Woden ended on a high also beating Goulburn.
The Women’s grand final was first with defending premiers Tuggeranong Vikings taking on Cats who had made their first ever Superleague grand final. The game started fast from the tap off with some great rucking from both sides. Some classy plays from Kasey Dragisic, Bec Beath and Elise Wilson helped get Vikings on the front foot. Rachel McVicar was dangerous in the middle for Cats and proved tricky for the Vikings defence to handle at times. Celeste Coltman and Sarah Porter were the only Cats to cross the line. Vikings really kept the pressure on in the second half and ran away with the game winning 11-2 and becoming back-to-back Superleague premiers. Wingers Breanna Toze and Erin Sutcliffe both managed to bag five tries of their own for the game with Kasey Dragisic the other try scorer for Vikings.
Referees of the Final: Seb Tanner, Simon Croft, Michael Halling
Score: Tuggeranong Vikings (11) defeated Gungahlin Cats (2).
Player of the Final: Kasey Dragisic (Tuggeranong Vikings)
*Congratulations to Kasey for winning it 2 years in a row.
2019 Women’s Superleague Champions: Tuggeranong Vikings
Although the scoreline in the previous Phoenix/Vikings Men’s game was lopsided, you wouldn’t have known it for the grand final. Both teams were playing great footy and Vikings went into the halftime break 4-2 down. From the start of the second half Phoenix scored off the first set and really ran away with it winning 9-2 becoming back-to-back Men’s Superleague premiers.
Referees of the Final: James Steinberg, Mitch Kennedy, Josh Thomas-Schumacher & Jack Van Lohuizen
Score: Northern Phoenix (9) defeated Tuggeranong Vikings (2).
Player of the Final: Stephen Meikle (Northern Phoenix)
2019 Men’s Superleague Champions: Northern Phoenix
2019 Superleague Club Champions: Tuggeranong Vikings
*Congratulations to Tuggeranong Vikings for being Club Champions for the third year in a row.
Best and Influential (Male and Female MVP’s): Ben Wylie & Rachel McVicar
Paul Baker Up and Coming Referee Award: Hayden Wearne
Best Performed Referee: Mitch Kennedy
Top Try Scorers: Ben Wylie & Bec Beath
Trevor Richards Awards: Angela Donaldson, Nicole Bain, Emily Heckendorf and Farah Atallah.