MIGHTY Mighty House Cats have won Division 1 of the Portland Touch Football Association, defeating Touché in a grand final that was insanely close and went to a golden try situation.
Touché started the game on the front foot, scoring six tries in the first half, including four from the hands of the exceptional Rhys Webber.
The match, however, would prove to be a game of two halves.
Mighty Mighty House Cats held Touché scoreless in the second half, while managing to level the scores at the other end.
Regular time ended with scores level at a relatively low 6-6, reflecting the high defensive level of Portland’s two best teams.
The game then proceeded with a drop-off overtime, which is played with four players on the field per team instead of six.
But the game didn’t stop there.
Both teams were valiant, and determined to take home a trophy at night’s end.
The drop-off overtime ended without another try being scored, and so the game went into a golden try period.
After minutes of highly contested touch football, MMHC broke through Touché’s defensive line to score the winning try and claim the trophy.
Daniel Jackson and David Mitchell scored two tries each for the victors, while Michael Toohey, Stephanie Evans and Fiona Arnott scored one each.
Rhys Webber was named best on ground in a losing side, with his four tries pivotal for Touché. Their other two tries were scored by Sarah Opie and Zakia Eichler.
Fakari Rugs also took home silverware on Thursday night, defeating Thunder 7-5 in an energetic Division 2 grand final.
Despite finishing eighth, at the bottom of Division 2, Fakari Rugs were able to capitalise on some late-season form, winning two out of three games before finals, to come away with the Division 2 title.
Daniel Bennett scored three tries for Fakari Rugs, Damien King two, and Jessica Kennedy and Hayley Jones scored one each.
Nicholas Sealey and Rob Biadacz scored two tries in defeat for Thunder, with Jasmin Trewick scoring one.
Fakari Rugs’ Jessica Kennedy was awarded best on ground for a scintillating performance in her side’s victory.
Midas Touch took out the Division 3 premiership, defeating Touché Blue 7-2.
Kieran Meaghan scored three for Midas Touch, while Winston Malseed and Jebediah Edwards scored two each.
Both of Touché Blue’s tries were scored by George Wilson.
Jebediah Edwards was outstanding for Midas Touch, and was rewarded for his excellence with best on ground honours.