Narrabri Touch Inc’s 2020-21 summer competition came to a close on Monday night following the grand finals of all five grades.

In the A-grade men’s competition Grumley Builders took on Platform X Studio, in A-grade ladies Agies Ladies met Specialised Civil Services, in B-grade mens Cougars challenged DTA Lumberjacks, in B-grade ladies Phoenix Two390 played Blue Birds and in C-grade ladies RSL Roulettes took on OneDay Gals.

The minor premiers of all five competitions were crowned the 2020-21 champions.

Four of the five games were close contests which were won by two-point margins.

The other game saw Agies Ladies defeat Specialised Civil Services 6-1 to win its 42nd straight game dating back to 2018 and claim the ladies’ A-grade premiership for a second consecutive season.

That most likely would have been three in a row had the 2019-20 season’s finals series not been abandoned amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alisha Conomos (pictured above) crossed for two of her team’s six tries on Monday, while the other four were shared between Cathy Conomos, Bella Cruickshank, Martha Harvey and Krista Zarka. Sophie McFarland chipped in with Specialised Civil Services’ lone try.

Also retaining its premiership on Monday night was Grumley Builders which won its third consecutive A-grade men’s grand final with a 5-3 victory against Platform X Studio. Hamish Duncan bagged a double for Grumley Builders in that match, while Linton Grumley, Jordyn Mowle and Luke Tuckey went over as well. Platform X Studio’s Brenton Cochrane scored two of his side’s tries and Daniel Kahl claimed the other.

The B-grade ladies’ competition was won by Phoenix Two390 which downed Blue Birds 4-2. Holly Ford and Miranda Hamilton both bagged doubles for Phoenix Two390, while Lara Richardson and Mikaela Woodward crossed once each for Blue Birds.

In the highest-scoring grand final contested on Monday evening, Cougars outscored DTA Lumberjacks 6-4 in the men’s B-grade decider. Chris Clark went over for two of Cougars’ six tries and the other four were scored by Isaac Hynch, Jaylan Sharpley, Bailey Toomey and Kurt Wallace. DTA Lumberjacks’ four tries were scored by James Albert, Will McInnes, Scott Purcell and Clayton Pursche.

In the ladies’ C-grade grand final, RSL Roulettes defeated OneDay Gals 3-1. Emily Ward, Angela Young and Kristie Toomey claimed a try each for the winners, while Maddie Zotter scored OneDay Gals’ lone try.

To conclude the evening, Narrabri Touch Inc hosted its 2020-21 summer season presentation.

Five players earned grand final player-of-the-final honours. The A-grade men’s player-of-the-final was Grumley Builders’ Nick Anderson and the A-grade ladies’ player-of-the-final went to Agies Ladies’ Alisha Conomos. Cougars’ Chris Clark was named player of the men’s B-grade final, while Phoenix Two390’s Holly Ford picked up the player of the ladies’ B-grade final and the C-grade ladies’ player-of-the-final was Emily Ward.

There were also a number of awards handed out for players’ and referees’ efforts throughout the competition.

Tracy Warren, Mark McLean and Wayne and Matt Nott were acknowledged for their commitment to the sport as non-playing referees.

The ladies’ player of the season went to Agies Ladies’ Martha Harvey and the George Rose men’s player of the season was won by Platform X Studio’s Brenton Cochrane.

Jakeb Nipperess, who played for A-grade men’s team Damien Chiplin Plumbing, was awarded the Peter O’Dell referee encouragement award and there was also a team encouragement award which went to C-grade ladies’ team The Emasculators.

Narrabri Touch Inc is now looking forward to its annual winter mixed season which is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 3 and will be played under lights at both Hogan and Leitch Ovals.

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