Stingrays Claim 2012/13 Series

The Eastern Stingrays have been crowned TFSA League Regional Champions after claiming both the Men's & Women's Open titles in the 2012/13 TFSA League Series.
 
In one of the closest TFSA League series (formally known as State League) in years, all four regions qualified for the Semi Finals and the titles could have gone to anyone, with the regional championship hinging on the Men's Open final result.
 
To add more drama the Men's Open final was postponed by 1 week after lightining stopped play 9 minutes into the MO final with the scores tied at 1 all the week prior.
 
Earlier in the night however the Eastern Stingrays claimed the Women's Open division in an enthralling contest against the Central Scorpions winning 3-2 in the dying seconds to put the Stingers in a solid position to claim the overall championship pending the mens result. The 1 try margin was the biggest between both teams all season after two draws in the minor rounds.
 
The Mixed Open division was also decided by 1 touchdown reflecting the tightness of this series with the Central Scorpions defeating the Northern Vipers 9-8. The Scorps victory provided a view into the future of touch in SA with many Under 15s representing the scorps in fine style proving to agile for the Vipers.
 
SA Operations Manager, Tim Wyld was pleased with the 2012/13 series. "Despite the challenges this series faced with the recombination of all three divisions into one series it has exceeded our expectations with a 49% increase in participation reported and dramatic improvement in game standard highlighted by the closeness of the results"
 
Jess Ryan has entered an elite group claiming her third Women's Open MVP after another consistent season, while emerging talent Ned Morcom added to his SA Heat 18s MVP claming the Men's Open MVP. In the Mixed Open division under 15 representative James Carter claimed the Male MVP highlighting the development and talent starting to emerge in SA, while MXO SA Heat representative Georgina Angove prepared for NTL in the best way possible winning the MXO female MVP award.
 
Neil Burton was recognised for his committment and dedication claiming the Most Valuable Referee of the series.
 
As stated previously the Eastern Stringrays claimed the regional championship after their Men got the job done against the Northern Vipers but it was tight with only 5 points seperating them from the Central Scorpions.
 
Touch Football SA extends a big thankyou to all players & officials for a fantasic TFSA League series and looks forward to the 2013/14 series commencing in November 2013



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