2005 ASICS NTL- SENIORS DAY 2 SUMMARY

first_imgWell, the clouds threatened all day on day two of the Seniors NTL and at 4:28pm down the rain came. Not just a sprinkle or a drip or two, but a bucket load. It poured down, along with some great lightning and thunder to match, while the players walked away looking tired, sore and drowned. (“It’s just a sea breeze, it’ll blow away”, CEO Bill Ker tried to tell us. That’s not exactly how I would have described it.) Let’s just say, the fields looked like a swimming pool, the lights were turned on at 4pm and ATA staff refused to leave the office to go down and harass coaches standing in all the wrong spots. On top of that, we were getting ideas about using the Ausport field barriers as a slip and slide in the rain. (See the picture.) At 5:13 the games were postponed, with another two and a half timeslots still to play. The last two timeslots were also postponed and will be played at various times tomorrow morning and tomorrow evening under lights, it is expected games will begin at 7:30am and finish at 10pm! A long day for all! The changes have been uploaded onto the Sporting Pulse website. It was certainly a tough day at the office for many of the players today, with some divisions having another three games in one day. Injuries and weather is certainly starting to take its toll, especially after the heat yesterday and then the bucketing rain this afternoon. Special mention has to go to the ACT Mens 45’s, who look like they should be sponsored by leucoplast or one of the strapping companies. At last count 11 of their 15 players had one, two or three parts of their legs strapped in some way or the other. Despite this however, it’s obvious to all, that the mind of these players, all the players at the NTL, is still willing and able. It’s fantastic to see some the Touch legends out on the field and to see the people who have been involved in our sport for so long, who have encouraged family and friends to get in and give it a go. The ATA would like to send out a special “you go girl!” to Peter Topp, National Technical Manager and Assistant CEO, who’s playing for the ACT Mens 45’s. We’re loving seeing you play Toppy, just please look after those hamstrings. Summary of day two: With so many divisions affected by the game cancellations last night today’s day 2 summary is a little shorter than usual… MENS 30’s: The Mens 30’s were lucky enough to just miss the torrential downpour, with the Sydney Mets and South Queensland Sharks on top of the ladder. The match of the day was no doubt the meeting of the Sydney Mets and Sydney Scorpions, with the Mets winning a close encounter 4-2. Both of these sides will no doubt feature come finals day. Round five also saw a 5-5 draw between the Southern Suns and Brisbane City Cobras, as well as a 5-4 win to the Warriors over the Crusaders. It was certainly a great round of Touch. The Crusaders and the Cyclones are now the only two sides yet to record a win in this division. MENS 35’s: The Mens 35’s was affected by the storm, with half of their round six matches being postpones just into the second half and will be continued at 7:30am Friday. The Sydney Mets and Sydney Scorpions are once again looking the goods, although the Sharks, Suns and Cyclones have all put in some strong performances. The Sydney Mets had a 5-3 win over the Scorpions in their round 5 clash of the titans, while the Suns look on the rise with an 8-3 win over the Warriors. The Sharks also look to be a threat to the Sydney title hopes, a 6-1 win over the Rustlers keeping them in third spot. MENS 40’s: The Mens 40’s was hammered by the storm, with one match to be continued at 7:30am this morning and the others to be played under lights at 9:10pm tonight. The competition is being lead by the Northern Eagles, South Queensland Sharks and Southern Suns. In round five the Sydney Scorpions upstaged defending Champions, the Northern Eagles, to win 6-2, while Touch West defeated the Sydney Mets in an absolute thriller 4-3. The Cyclones and Warriors also played out a great match 2-2. MENS 45’s: Over half of the round 6 matches for the Mens 45’s were also postponed, to be completed at the early hours of 7:30am Friday. The Sydney Scorpions are looking hot, a 9-4 win over the ACT signaling they’ll be keen come finals time. The Sydney Mets, Brisbane City Cobras and Northern Eagles look fill the top four positions along with the Scorpions, MENS 50’s: An entire round of the Mens 50’s was postponed and will be played at 7:30pm and 8:20pm Friday night. The Sydney Mets and Hunter Western Hornets remain undefeated and their match at 8:20pm will be a good one no doubt. WOMENS 30’s: The Crusaders and Sydney Scorpions are sitting on top of the ladder, both yet to lose a match. Their final round on day two was also cancelled and will be replayed on Friday afternoon. The meeting of the Scorpions and Crusaders at 10:10am Friday will no doubt be a good indication of what’s to expect come finals time. The match of the day in the Womens 30’s was the Rustlers 5-4 win over the Southern Suns, it was close and exciting. WOMENS 35’s: The Womens 35’s division played two matches each today, with all being close fought affairs. The match of the day in the 35’s division went to the 2-2 draw between the Southern Suns and the Hunter Western Hornets. After four rounds the only team yet to register a win is the North Queensland Cyclones. They will play one more match each tomorrow morning, before the fourth and fifth placed teams will play for a spot in the semi finals against the top three sides. WOMENS 40’s: After four rounds in the Womens 40’s, the Sydney Scorpions are the only undefeated team, although they did record a 2-2 draw against the Cyclones earlier in the week. The Northern Eagles were runners up in 2004 and were on top of the ladder after the first two rounds yesterday. In their grand final rematch the Sydney Scorpions held on to a tight 2-1 victory. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img

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