Vipers and Lions Back to Back Premiers
The 2012/13 VT League season was a fantastic season and finals day was no exception. With Melbourne showing us the sunshine, family and friends swarmed the beachfront fields to watch the Quarter Final games get underway at 9am.
The Mixed final was played at 2:30pm between Melbourne University Northern Blacks and the Melbourne City Lions; a 1-2 match up from the ladder. Both teams fought hard all game, with the Melbourne City Lions eventually being the victors 8-6.
The Women’s final was next up at 3:30pm with reigning champions Melbourne City Lions taking on the Bayside Vipers. These two teams finished the season on an equal 34 points so this was another 1-2 match up and a game that was not to be missed. Lions came out firing scoring 5 touchdowns to 1 in the first half and had scored themselves a good buffer for the second half. With Leah Percy dropping in two touchdowns in the second half, the Lions proved too good, winning their fourth consecutive Women’s Championship title 8-4.
The Men’s final was played at 4:30pm with the Western Dodgers trying to stop the Bayside Vipers from a back to back premiership. The Vipers came through their semi-final comfortably defeating the Melbourne City Lions 8-5; whilst the Dodgers participated in a 25 touchdown shootout with the Melbourne University Northern Blacks. The Western Dodgers scored a touchdown in the last minute of the game and took home the semi-final 13-12.
The Western Dodgers played a great season of VT League with 9 wins and went into the grand final confident that they could give the Vipers a run for their money. The Vipers were determined to be back to back premiers and shot out to a 4-1 lead in the first half. Derrick Cant proved why he was “Player of the Final” as he scored 4 of Vipers 7 touchdowns. Vipers secured their Men’s Championship title over the Dodgers with the final score 7-3.
Melbourne City Lions - 8 defeated Melbourne University Northern Blacks – 6
Referees – Andrew Clough, Mitch McKenzie and Paul Lassig
Player of the Final – Keisuke Yamada
Melbourne City Lions – 8 defeated Bayside Vipers – 4
Referees – Cliff Winnett, Giancarlo Leung and Leigh Bryant
Player of the Final – Jessika Groeneveld
Bayside Vipers – 7 defeated Western Dodgers – 3
Referees – Sally Melzer, Matt Vernon and Cam Noble
Player of the Final – Derrick Cant
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP – Melbourne City Lions
ROOKIE REFEREE OF THE LEAGUE – Paul Lassig
REFEREE OF THE LEAGUE – Sally Melzer
JIM SPEIGHT AWARD – REFEREE OF THE YEAR – Giancarlo Leung
CLUB AWARDS – ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
MELBOURNE CITY LIONS
MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY NORTHERN BLACKS
2013 SUPER TRANS-TASMAN RECOGNITION AWARDS
Jamie Te Pania