That finishing touch

Fellow players, families and those keen to see a good game came to the touch finals held last Friday and Monday.
Fellow players, families and those keen to see a good game came to the touch finals held last Friday and Monday.

THE Emerald touch finals had a little of everything from nail-biting finishes to white-wash victories.

Emerald Touch Association president Jack Phelan said this year had been the best yet and named the A-Grade women's final between Ken Do and In2Design Cougars as the highlight of the final series.

The match had to be decided through the drop-off rule with Ken Do finally taking the edge over the In2Design Cougars, winning the game 4-3.

"When the teams have tied at the end of the game it goes to drop-off," Jack explained.

"Both teams lose a player and play for another two minutes, if no one scores then drop another player and play for another two minutes."

The final got down to three on three before a decider try was scored.

Abby Polkinghorne from Ken Do won Player of the Final and Emily Diaeterio from In2Design Cougars was awarded Player of the Season.

In other finals, the Keato's Cowboys defeated the Hurricanes in the A-Grade men's and The Project won against Gladiators in the A-Grade mixed competition.

Jack said Emerald touch had a fantastic year, growing in numbers with "upwards of 800 people playing each week".

As a result they have had a number of players make it into Queensland representative sides.

"It's been a fantastic year especially after the floods," Jack said.

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