DODGING: Blake Crofts tries to get away from a defender in Monday night's grand final showdown in Mundubbera.
DODGING: Blake Crofts tries to get away from a defender in Monday night's grand final showdown in Mundubbera. Philippe Coquerand

Derra Devils are victorious in footy grand final

TOUCH: The Derra Devils have claimed victory against 50 Shades in the Mundubbera Touch grand final.

Secretary Melinda Thorburn said she was pleased that there were more teams that played this season and acknowledged the hard work shown by 50 Shades, despite being a few people short.

"The Mundubbera Touch season drew to a successful conclusion with Derra Devils team running out victors against an undermanned 50 Shades, who only had five players,” Thorburn said.

"The final score was 5-1. Tribute needs to be paid to the members of 50 Shades who despite having no subs and being one man down on the field put in a mighty effort in an incredibly fast game.”

At the conclusion of the final, the best performing player of both teams received an award.

"The male player of the final was Trinity Bell from 50 Shades,” Thorburn said.

"The female player of the final was Cindy Darrow from the victorious Derra Devils.”

President Neil Reinke thanked all teams for taking part in the Mundubbera Touch season and said it was time to take a rest before the 2018 season started.

"It was gratifying to have six teams compete this season,” Reinke said.

"The season was a stop-start affair due to on-field maintenance and rainy weather.”

Mundubbera Touch experienced a disruption due to the installation of the new lights, as well as the wet weather that forced the cancellation of a couple of games.

"The delayed end of season resulted in a number of teams being down on players,” Reinke said.

"This had an effect on top-of-the-table Eidsvold State School who could only field four players in their semi-final and were ultimately beaten by Derra Devils.

"This is the first season that we have seen teams three and four play off in a grand final.”

All teams were close in points.

"The top four teams were very close in points all year, which made for an exciting comp,” Reinke said.

The committee was busy planning the touch competition for 2018.

"All players are looking forward to the 2018 season, which will start in February,” Reinke said.

"Monday nights will not be the same now and everyone will be looking for a little fitness after an indulgent Christmas period.”

If you are interested in taking part next year, contact Melinda Thorburn on 0427951795.

"We're always looking for new players to join the team,” Reinke said.

"Some teams will be looking for additional players due to people moving on for schooling.”


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