Victorian women make history with championship

first_imgThe Victorian Women’s 27s team has created history by securing Victoria its first ever National Touch League championship.The dynamic outfit overcame a gutsy Hunter Hornets side 6-4 in the final to etch their place in the record books.This is the first time that the Women’s 27s category has been included as part of the NTL. The Victorians were rank outsiders coming into the new division but gained confidence and momentum with strong wins over Sydney Rebels and Sydney Scorpions on the opening day of play. Captain Suzy Barrett said the harmony amongst her teammates was a contributing factor to the triumph. “We’re really stoked, the girls have worked very, very hard and it’s a good reward,” Barrett said.  “We did a lot of fitness and we did a lot of basic teamwork and it paid off. We didn’t have any moves, we just went with intensity and teamwork and that was our motto the whole time.”Barrett made note of the difficult challenge her team had to meet to claim the title. “The Hornets are an awesome team,” she said. “They were the best team that we played all tournament. They moved us around hard, our middles were stuffed, and they were a nice bunch of girls too.”Rangy speedster Jennifer Galea was the standout for Victoria in the final, scoring four of her teams six touchdowns. Galea credited the win to “Ticker, dedication, fitness and fantastic teamwork”. Galea also had plenty of praised captain Suzy Barrett, coach Shauna Hammond and assistant coach Michael Carter for their leadership and dedication to the squad. “I could single out every single person in our team for something different,” she said. “I could name 101 things that each of them do spectacularly.” Touch Football Victoria State Operations Manager Nick Mooney said the Vic women’s victory was the culmination of a lot of work from Victorian Touch. “The players have done brilliantly as have the coaching staff,” Mooney said. “And a special mention goes out to Michael Lovett. Whilst he wasn’t directly involved in the team this year he has done a lot of work with that squad over the years so it’s a great day for Touch Football in Victoria and a great effort from the ladies.” Touch Football Victoria will now look to use their first success at national level as leverage to boost the game from grassroots level all the way through to Victoria’s newly created elite competition, the VT League. “I think it will give some people the impetus to play so numbers will increase,” Mooney said. “Also I think it will give the up-and-coming 19, 20 and 21-year-olds a bit belief that they can come to an NTL and win a championship.”In years to come teams from around the country will know to keep an eye on the Victorians. Galea said her team was confident of defending their championship.“We hope to come back next year and take it out again next year.” For further news and results see the NTL websitelast_img

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