It was a glorious win for Glory in the Grand Hotel Bega Touch Football competition on Friday night, on the back of a scintillating display by Kyle Shepherdson.
The A grade game was described by organisers Tom Mccoy and Ray Ringland as of the highest quality and that Glory’s opponents, the Devils, were far from disgraced, with a narrow final scoreline of 8-6.
In fact, the Devils came out of the blocks in full cry with Tyler and Simon Jones and their rapid fire lateral shifts of the ball.
McCoy said Josh Shepherdson and Scott Barton kept the Glory defence calm under enormous pressure to hold and it was the individual brilliance in the second half that saw Kyle Shepherdson take advantage of a slightly tiring Devils defence. His incisive runs with an explosive off the mark change of pace left the Devils defence grasping at thin air.
Kyle was brilliant all game and was a popular winner of the Kevin Shepherdson Memorial Shield for the player of the match McCoy said.
The B grade grand final saw Ryan Apps’ Friesians stave off a determined Allsorts side, winning a thriller 5-4.
Allsorts trailed early, but led 3-2 at the break after a great fightback spearheaded by Jackson Whitby, James Grant, Dillon Douch and Toby Hart. Inspired by some storming runs, Apps lifted his side and Scott Galeano and Jarryd Tamatea took up the challenge to fight back and regain the lead.
C grade saw Sapphire Coast Physiotherapy strike in the opening set of the game off a fast moving left side play. From that shock opener their Elgas opponents were playing catch up football and despite the efforts of the Picker boys, Robert Lucas and Stewart Smith, the Physio side was on fire with Boges Kelly Erin and Kirsty McPaul making the most of an overall outstanding team performance. Final score 6-4 Physio over Elgas.
D grade saw a elusive enthusiastic and talented young Hook Inn team overcome an early setback from experienced rivals United Fitness to record an impressive 5-3 win. Mccoy said the kids were great and some of them stepped like Ray Ringland in his heyday.
The touch football committee thanked Bega Valley Public School for the use of its grounds and the referees who assisted throughout the competition. Based on the enthusiastic feedback, next season’s competition will be well anticipated.