Australia Claims The Mixed Open Series in Thrilling Win
Australia has taken out the third game and the series of the Mixed Open division at the 2012 Trans Tasman Series with a 10-8 win in third game.
With the series all tied up at one game apiece, there was much hype around the game and the two countries didn’t disappoint, playing some very entertaining Touch Football as they both tried their best to take out the Mixed Open division series.
Toia Tiwha continued her strong series for New Zealand and was the first to score off a Richie Mo’unga long ball, giving her side an early 1-0 lead.
A Sebe Rey long ball gave Michael Law room to move at the midway mark of the half and that he did, using his speed to step his way through the New Zealand defence and level the game up at 1-all.
New Zealand winger Lovey Woodhouse was next to score from a long ball to give to the Kiwis a 2-1 lead.
Kylie Hilder created something out of nothing soon after, stepping around the New Zealand opposition to bring the game to 2-all.
Australia took the lead for the first time in the game soon after when Michael Chapman received a good pass from Sebe Rey to take a 3-2 lead. Australia further extended their lead with two minutes remaining in the half, when Roy Prasad dived over to give the Aussies a 4-2 lead at half-time.
New Zealand was quick to get on the scoreboard following the break when a good short ball from Tiwi Davis saw Clayton Ngawharau score.
The Aussies were fast to hit back, with Sarah Peattie setting up Sarah Spacie on the wing in the next set of six.
New Zealand made it a one touchdown deficit again in the sixth minute when Mohi Aupouri found Rachel Stephenson in the link position to score and bring the score back to 5-4.
Hilder had her second of the match in the ninth minute of the half when a ball from Michael Singh saw her dive over to score and take a two touchdown advantage.
A great long ball from Mo’unga saw Tiwha with her second soon after before a Peter Watkins run from half saw Trent Touma score.
It was a case of déjà vu following this, with Tiwha scoring New Zealand’s next touchdown only for Australia to hit back through Touma to take a 8-6 lead.
Australia pushed its lead out to three shortly after when a great long ball from Michael Singh saw Spacie score her second of the match.
But New Zealand weren’t giving up, hitting back in the next set to bring the deficit to two at 9-7.
Gemma Etheridge scored her first of the game shortly after, with the ball going through the hands for her the twin to score on the wing.
New Zealand hit back through Hamish Buck with three minutes to go to reduce the Australian’s lead to two touchdowns but were unable to put any more touchdowns on Australia, with Australia taking a two touchdown win, 10-8.
To view highlights of the match, please click on the link below:
Australia - 10 (Kylie Hilder 2, Michael Law 2, Sarah Spacie 2, Trent Touma 2, Gemma Etheridge and Rohit Prasad) defeated New Zealand - 8 (Toia Tiwha 3, Hamish Buick, Mark Hodson, Clayton Ngawharau, Rachel Stephenson and Laveenia Woodhouse)
Half-time: Australia 4 - New Zealand 2
Referees - Michael Winter, Tony Arnel and Andrew Williams