Final wrap on this competition after the weekend. Well done @Donsteppa for your triumph with a narrow margin of victory over Victor. And yes, I have no idea how the scoring system works either!
Thoughts from last night.
Nepotism alive and well in the Bay - last week it was Mike Delany's son taking out the match ball, last night it was Clayton McMillan's daughter.
Who else was thinking they would prefer the guy carrying the kicking tee to take the kicks instead of Hollinshead?
Running along with the ball in one hand looking to flick it out of the back works much better when you're almost breaking the line rather than running sideways and about to be gang tackled.
Goal line defence by the Bay reminiscent of the home game against Wellington back in 2004.
Loved (hated) the fact we couldn't even close out the game after the hooter with a simple line-out and kick it out.
We will be fighting to stay up in the top division without some strengthening.
Fog starting to clear in my head from my own celebrations and getting ready for massive test match later.
Just want to say congrats the Bay for their first title (even Mickey Mouse ones) and also retaining the bay title. also congrats to the Hawkes team for a great season and nearly stole both titles.
South Central Vikings we are coming for you next year (if we can borrow that cheque book)
3rd title? NPC in 1976, won Div 2 in 2000 ....
Almost unbelievable. 2000 might be the last time we’ve won a final?
Indeed it was and I was there that day too! Mighty defence at the end otherwise give the cup to Mitch Karpik - what a legend
Emoni Narawa, Fa'asiu Fuatai, Matt Garland, Chase Tiatia, Joe Ravouvou, Dan Hollinshead, Richard Judd, Hoani Matenga, Mitch Karpik, Tom Franklin, Alex Ainley, Baden Wardlaw, Ross Geldenhuys, Nathan Vella, Aidan Ross (c)
Reserves: Forwards, Kurt Eklund, Chris Eves, Jeff Thwaites, Aaron Carroll, Hugh Blake. Backs, Leroy Carter, Jason Robertson, Pryor Collier
That looks identical to last week's team including the bench. Excellent!
Some milestones going into the game according to wiki.
Read will tie with Fitzy for 2nd most games as captain.
BB scores any points he overtakes fox to go third all time.
He is also on top ten try scorers of all time which in itself is crazy considering how much he played fly half.
I'm sure BB made a pact with the devil at some point so that every bouncing rugby ball he chases jumps straight into his arms. It's uncanny .....