Canberra City Wins Thrilling Women’s Title

Canberra City has claimed its second title on ACT Super League finals day, winning the Women’s title in a four-on-four drop off over the Tuggeranong Vikings.

The Bears got out to an early 3-0 lead, before the Vikings hit back, with the game drawn at 5-all at full-time. The teams were reduced to four players each, before Canberra City scored to take the title.

Canberra City was impressive early, and it only took just over four minutes for them to get on the scoreboard, when Emilie Adams scored on the wing to give her side a 1-0 lead.

Australian 20’s Girls representative, Sophie Broadhead, showed her speed close to the line one minute later, scoring her team’s second touchdown.

Kelly Goodwin showed her speed in the eighth minute, running half the length of the field to score and give the Bears a 3-0 lead.

The Vikings hit back at the midway mark of the half, when Amanda Ingram was on the receiving end of a great switch close to the line, scoring to bring her team back to within two touchdowns of the Bears.

Tuggeranong bridged the gap further two minutes later, with Kristy Giteau scoring a touchdown to bring the Vikings back to within one touchdown, 3-2. Both teams were unable to score in the final minutes of the half, with the Bears going to the half-time break leading by one touchdown, 3-2.

The Vikings came out strongly early in the second half, scoring the first two touchdowns of the half to take the lead for the first time in the game, 4-3.

A Broadhead run from acting half set up Adams for her second touchdown of the game in the ninth minute, putting Canberra City level at 4-all with the Vikings. But the Vikings were quick to hit back, scoring in the corner in the next set of six to reclaim a narrow 5-4 lead.

The Bears’ Nikki Stanley put her side level at 5-all with the Vikings not long after, and with both teams unable to get that one touchdown advantage in the time remaining, the game went to a drop-off.

The Vikings started the drop-off with possession, but were unable to score on their first set of six, with the Bears unable to capitalise in their return set of six.

With both teams unable to score in the opening two minutes of the drop-off, both teams were reduced to four players. Canberra City made the most of the opportunity, creating an overlap on the far wing, with Courtney McCrone scoring to give her side the title, 6-5.

Highlights from the game are available to view at the Touch Football Australia YouTube Channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus




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