Freo Men Break 20 Year Title Drought

first_imgIn a dramatic climax to one of the closest seasons in years, the 2008/09 Be Active Super League finals have seen Fremantle break a 20 year Men’s Open title drought with their Men’s Open win, while Northern claimed the Women’s Championship, and Tompkins Park became the new title holders of the Mixed Open.The Freo Men survived semi final drop-off against Tompkins Park earlier in the day, where scores were locked at 9-all on full time. Displaying cool heads, the young Fremantle line-up held Tompkins out in the first set of six, then went to the other end, drew a penalty, and were able to finish the game off to progress to the final. And they weren’t done there!  The Freo boys stayed in touch with Brothers early, and held a narrow 4-3 half time lead.There were some star performers in the final for Freo, especially Tate Alexander with three touchdowns and both Tynan Smith and Erom Edwards with two apiece, helping Fremantle to a 9-5 win over Brothers. Fremantle Vice President Stephen French was appropriately on hand to blow the full time siren on a result that broke the long standing drought.In the Women’s Open, Perth Brothers hadn’t been challenged in a game all season, and went into the final with plenty of confidence that they could claim the title with a third victory for the season over Northern Districts. Jodie Wielgomasz and Tara Smith both scored doubles for Brothers, but an even contribution across the park from Northern, lead by Shelley Matcham had them holding a 3-2 half time lead. Brothers were able to draw level on several occasions during the second, but on each occasion Northern were able to again move ahead – the decisive touchdown coming in the dying minutes to seal the 6-5 victory.Earlier, Tompkins Park held off a strong Bunbury team to win the Mixed Open Super League title, 8-5 in the final. Both teams had fought out a draw in the round game earlier in the day, and were deserving of a place in the final after neither dropped a game.Our thanks goes to Freda Black for her ongoing efforts with the Referees. A number of Referees were rewarded for the efforts during the season, with the following awards:Most Improved Referee – Dave McKendrickUpgrade Level 2 to Level 3 – Paul Hogg and Chris TraynorThe Be Active Super League season also saw individual players vying for the awards of the Keith Harris-Walker Medal (Men’s Open) and the Karamea Dorset Medal (Women’s Open).The Super Six in each division were:Men’s OpenArmis Black – Perth BrothersCraig Boston – Southern DistrictsAndrew Knox – Southern DistrictsNathan Roberts – Northern DistrictsCraig Sealey – Perth BrothersTrevor Twose – Tompkins ParkKeith Harris-Walker Medallist – Craig BostonWomen’s OpenDebby Hodgkinson – Northern DistrictsShelley Matcham – Northern DistrictsJenaya Quan – FremantleRebecca Senior – Southern DistrictsCharli Simpkins – Perth BrothersRoxy Waru – Perth BrothersKaramea Dorset Medallist – Charli SimpkinsThanks to Matt Bamford for providing the article content.Both the Men’s and Women’s Finals featured the top two teams from the season, and the way matches have unfolded to date, it should have been no surprise to see Fremantle and Northern holding trophies even though they hadn’t been able to beat their rivals in two attempts during the rounds.last_img