ACT Raiders Weather the Victoria Storm

7 Nov 2019 admin

first_imgThe Raiders v Storm women’s showdown at Sunshine Coast Stadium presented as a veritable curtain raiser to next weekend’s NRL finals blockbuster in Melbourne’s AAMI Park, with Viking Claps aplenty and a buoyant crowd settling in with flags and hearts a flutter with state pride on the line.  And then there was one. To the penultimate match of the successful inaugural event, ACT Raiders Captain and number seven Sophie Broadhead, no doubt with the coach’s instructions and passion ringing in her ears, crossed for the opener after five minutes and two minutes later repeated the dose. Skirting the defence out wide and racing 30 metres to score the Raiders serving notice to their southern foes and Raiders’ rampage to come.  “You have to be good to beat the Storm and I think we were that in the end and a bit more,” he said departing with a wink and a wave.The Raiders wins did not end there- they continued to take out the overall Alliance Cup title for men and women. Final Score: ACT Raiders (7) Victoria Storm (1) At one stage ACT were called for having seven on the field but that didn’t seem to deter the Raiders and their barnstorming campaign was complete pushing their score out seven with seven to play. A try on the buzzer to the Raiders effectively sealed the win for the ACT girls bringing to five the Raiders tries and deficit. Play went to and fro, north and south in the second stanza and when the Viking Clap went up again at six nil up, the Storm seemingly used that as motivation going over for their first but albeit final touchdown. “But what really got me (this week) is how close we are as states now because of the Alliance and the distance we have come as an Alliance program and that we can only get better.” â€œAnd, to the rest of the teams (competing at Alliance Cup), I only say ‘look out, we can all only get better’ and we will bring that to the Elite Eight next year and beyond, you can be sure of that,” he said amid widespread applause and cheers at the event presentation ceremony.  The tale of the tape at game’s end was simply an outstanding and well drilled ACT women’s side that really stood up against another brave and determined Victoria Storm team. They really delivered when it really mattered saluting with a 7-1 victory for the ages. Another star attraction, Bec Beath then delivered a well-timed pass to Natalie Frizzell and then another to Nikki Stanley to set the Raiders on the path to their seventh straight win in the tournament and one hand well and truly on the trophy at 4-0.   For all the live streamed Grand Final action go to the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel, TFATV (TFA homepage). Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.Related LinksACT Raiders Weather the Victoria Stormcenter_img And while this was a very satisfying victory for him personally and his team, coach Danny Goodwin was intent post-game to focus less on him and rather, the bigger picture. â€œTo my girls very well done; taking the concept of a new defence and while they might not have liked it at the start (cue crowd laughing), they put it together to get the win today was so special,” he said. And in a more reflective tone, the passionate Goodwin that we all know and love emerged. â€œThis competition though means a lot more to me than most people would probably know,” he reflected.  As the players jumped out of the blocks to the strains of Fall out Boys’ ‘Light ‘em up’ booming from the stadium speakers pre-match, the girls didn’t disappoint with the scoring starting early and despite the gloomy outlook. “We’ve been trying to get this on the table over a lot of years. When you consider the Raiders rolled the WA Tigers’ women 12-2 earlier in the day they were on something of a roll which coach Goodwin acknowledged. By @JulianTFA – Sunshine Coast Stadium, Queensland “The culture around this team is really good. The girls kept laughing and kept giggling all week but they were clinical today, mate.”  The sight of Australian and Alliance star, Percy sideline sans playing uniform (but with boots on, mind you) would have buoyed the ACT girls no doubt but in fairness the Storm girls were strong and rallied all game as a team without their inspirational captain. Broadhead caused the Storm all manner of headaches throughout and she was in good company. She was immense and instrumental in the outcome of this match and much of their campaign. Along with tournament MVP, Kelly Goodwin and a host of ACT stars they cruised along striking a blow most times they sailed close to the Storm line.  Officials: Dean McDonaldBrian Blechynden Rob McKay  Scorers: ACT Raiders: Broadhead and Player of the Final (3), Frizzell (1), Stanley (1), Grieve (1), McVicar (1)  Victoria Storm: Maitland (1).  last_img

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