THE rain abated and Emerald’s Open Touch finals were under way at the racecourse touch fields on Wednesday night.
Barely a hair could separate the score in the A-grade women’s final between In2Design Cougars and Nunchuckers.
After being locked up three-all at full-time, the two rival sides were forced into a drop-off to determine a winner.
The sudden-death format pits a five-on-five match-up at the beginning and every two minutes, one player is eliminated from either side until it is just a three-on-three competition.
The remaining six players then continue to play indefinitely until an eventual winner is declared.
“It’s spectacular to watch,” Emerald Touch co-ordinator Wendy Lawrence said.
“I’ve seen it go for four or five minutes with only three players before.”
In the end it was Cougars who prevailed, defeating Nunchuckers 4-3 after extra time.
The A-grade men’s final couldn’t have been more different, with Hurricanes running rampant over Mahballz 12-2.
Wendy said after a season full of ups and downs, she was thrilled to see the touch year finish on a positive note.
“The amount of trouble we’ve had, we’re so glad it didn’t rain,” she said.
“We had a really good roll-up. I was quite impressed.
“I think because people thought it was all over, they decided to come down for one last time.
“It was really lovely.”
Jessie Phelan was working the canteen on Wednesday night and said the atmosphere was fantastic.
“Everyone was very energetic and got right into the spirit of things.”
While competition was intense and players were in it to win, Jessie said it was great to see teams content with having made it to the grand final match.
The future of Emerald Touch looks promising for next year’s season with strong interest sought for an additional A-grade men’s side and possibly another women’s side as well.
Full details of the mixed and open final results will be published in the Central Queensland News in coming editions.
EMERALD Touch’s Guinness World Record attempt for playing the longest continuous game of touch football is slowly but surely working its way through the processes overseas.
Wendy Lawrence said all the details have been finalised and it’s now just a matter of waiting for the official verdict in three to four weeks time.
“They don’t need any more info – we’re just waiting now,” she said.
“They offered us 400 pounds (AUS $642) to fast-track it.
“It actually crossed our minds but we decided against it.”
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