A grand final with flair

The mens' finals, as always, were epic battles.

Noosa Touch Football Association had their grand final on Saturday 22 June hosting 22 teams through four grades in mixed, five grades in mens and two grades in ladies.

The 5pm time slot showcased the mixed (men and ladies mixed team) competition, with some thrilling displays of speed and skill.

At the end of the A grade final, Australian Valuers capitalised on their joint experience as a team to beat the young and fast HWD (Horizon Windows and Doors).

The mens’ finals, as always, were epic battles. The last five months of playing, honing skills and fitness training, were all put to the test.

Three out of the five mens’ games finished with one point being the difference. The other two were only two points the difference, proving how closely matched and competitive these teams are.

The A grade mens’ final saw a huge come back from the Noosa Surf team.

“We need to work on tightening up in defence and bring it to them in attack for the second half,” Dan Ostwald said at the half time interview.

Tighten and brought it they did in the second half to come back from a five point deficit to go down by one at the final buzzer to the Bigheads who got too far ahead in the first half.

Noosa Touch Association president Zeke O’Neill said, “It was a fantastic game to commentate, the action and passion showed from both teams was awesome.”

The ladies games, always a crowd pleaser, saw Accountants Runamuk VS Cooroy Earthworks in the A grade and Paul Dwyer Electrical take on 40 Shades in the B grade final.

In two very defensive type games, Cooroy Earthworks were unable to keep out the relentless Accountants Runamuk Getting up 5 – 3, While Paul Dwyer were able to overcome the resourceful and veteran 40 shades team, pipping them at the post 4 – 3.

Players and spectators alike were entertained with the added spectacle of flame throwers this year, with players running out onto the field through a tunnel, enhanced with the pyrotechnics making these finals a visual spectacular to rival any NRL game.

We were overwhelmed at the support from local businesses donating gifts and vouchers to our raffle prize pool. We had 10 prizes to give away from the ever popular meat tray from Wright Cut Meats Cooroy, BCF products, Auto barn gift cards, Heads of Noosa beer, Land and Sea gift vouchers, Silly Sollys and Gelignite Jacks gifts and home wares, Tewantin Fish and Chips and Bombay Bliss vouchers.

Noosa Touch Association vice president Chris Way said, “At Noosa Touch Association that is what we are about, community, inclusiveness and fun for the whole family.”

A new season kicks off on Monday 8 July. Let us know if you would like to be involved Touch Football is a great way to keep fit, have fun, meet new people and hang out with friends. If you are thinking of playing please get in contact. You can come as an individual and we will get you into a team or grab some friends and enter a team. It’s cheaper than a gym membership, more fun and you’re motivated to go because it’s a team effort.

Season 1 2024 was a great success and season 2 will be just as good moving into the warmer weather.