Luke Turnbull led the charge with a double as Bundy Outdoors completed their second Brothers Social Touch Mixed Division A premiership for the year with a 7-0 Grand Final white-wash of an undermanned McColms at Brothers Sports Club.
The two sides met in the Blue Riband showcase for the third final in a row, and after Shannon Sundblom was a two-try hero as Bundy Outdoors claimed their maiden Mixed A title with a boilover 2-1 victory with just six players in the Winter finale in June, he was again among the scorers, and they were always in control, with McColms starting with just seven players and losing one to injury.
Just two other teams claimed the premiership double for 2022, Misfits, who accounted for Touchy Subject 4-1 in Mixed Division B, and Cheshire Machinery, who downed Season 1 Over 35s B champions McHugh Steel 3-0 in Over 35s Division A.
Scott Gaze was a match winner for Misfits with a hat-trick of tries after also bagging one in their 3-2 dispatch of RSup in Season 1.
It was Touchy Subject’s second straight runners-up finish after losing in extra-time in Mixed Division B1 earlier in the year.
Cheshire Machinery had three individual scorers to also complete three premierships in a row, although the first of that sequence, in the Winter season of 2021, was in Over 35s Division B, before the 2021 Summer Grand Finals were ultimately abandoned after they were twice washed out and could not be played due to major groundworks to the fields.
In the Open Men’s finale, Hospital Pass were aiming to defend their title, but they were no match for the vastly experienced Ace, who had five individual scorers in a 5-2 result.
Nutz and Jugs got home against Old ‘n New 6-4 in a pulsating battle in Mixed Division C with Zalen Hazzard running in three tries and Sean Askew notching a double.
Casey Collins was a three-try hero as Hitz 939 pipped Easier Said Than Run 3-2 in Mixed Division D, although their Morning Show co-host Matt Ambrose claimed that he set up all three with his speed and footwork.
Foundation team LLE who were beaten by Cheshire Machinery 4-1 in Over 35s Division A last season, went one better in Over 35s Division B this time, ambushing Outlaws 4-3 with dynamic all-rounder Ewen Holzberger grabbing a double and team stalwart and veteran Bundaberg Rugby League Legend Ashley Simpson again also among the try getters.
Touch premiership round cores:
Open Men: Ace 5 (Peter Robinson, Jason Reepsdorff, Seb Woodland, Nathan Gough, Colin Johnson) Hospital Pass 2 (Sean Cooney 2).
Mixed A: Bundy Outdoors 7 (Luke Turnbull 2, Matt Hardman, Rebekah Turnbull, Shannon Sundblom, Sam Puusaari) d McColms 0.
Mixed B: Misfits 4 (Scott Gaze 3, Jomar Gustilo) d Touchy Subject 1 (Mitchell Shorten).
Mixed C: Nutz and Jugs 6 (Zalen Hazzard 3, Sean Askew 2, Angela Curtis) d Old ‘n New 4 (Tristan Wright 2, Ruth Grills, Mitchell Smith).
Mixed D: Hitz 939 3 (Casey Collins 3) d Easier Said Than Run 2 (Sean Cooney, Clohe Puusaari).
Over 35s A: Cheshire Machinery 3 (Rick McMaster, Nick Larson, Troy Cory) d McHugh Steel 0.
Over 35s B: LLE 4 (Ewen Holzberger 2, Ashley Simpson, Josh Day) d Outlaws 3 (Earl Yandall 2, Rob Hobson).
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