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Semi-Final News

posted 13 Dec 2010, 21:45 by Site Admin   [ updated 13 Dec 2010, 21:47 ]
The IGTWCC semi finals have now been completed, and the site has been updated. All the finals and 3rd/4th place play-off fixtures have now been entered so please go to your friendly tab and accept the fixtures as soon as possible.

In the cup Stella Verde overcame England giants Frodsham Koala Bears 47-26, in a game closer than the score suggest. The Bears very relaxed attitude certainly played a part in the outcome, and the loss of playmaker and kicker Piece Mawby, who I think went off for a nap, I am sure did not help.

At Canning Field, the East Perth Pumas must think the gods are angry at them with their 20-20 draw with La Banda Bonnot, unfortunately for the Pumas the Italian team lead at halftime and so will progress into the finals, where they will face Stella Verde at home in an all Italian Final. The Pumas will host the Frodsham Koala Bears in the 3rd place play-off.

In the plate Cill Dara Devils, the 1st of 3 Irish teams to make the finals this season, beat WCC veteran Grizzly Storm 24-22, it what was a nail biter at Oak Park. The Swordfish Exiles were actually leading at half time by 5 points after what was a dubious decision by the TMO in the 40th minute. Chauncey Duthie must be the greatest actor since Sir Laurence Olivier, and I am sure it was his enthusiastic celebration that convinced the Official. However in the 2nd half it was the Devils who were had done by having 2 tries denied by the TMO, so maybe their 2 point win was deserved after all.

In the other semi-final match it was La Colonna Durruti beating English team Southwell RFC 25-15. It was a close game with the score at 8 points a piece as they headed in for half-time, and after the break and a try each, the score again remained tied until the 70th minute when Alberto Fimiano score a penalty, a try and a conversion to seal the game. Southwell will face Grizzly Storm away in the 3rd place play-off.

WCC Shield winner Euskadi Rugby found it a little harder in the Bowl losing to the Cork Coyotes 11-0. However they should not be dejected as they fought fiercely for the full 80 minutes, and in games like these there are no real losers. The Spanish team will host the loser of the 2nd semi in the 3rd place play-off.

The 0-34 points win to the Dedard Fookers over the Pacific Lions sees an all Irish Bowl final next week, where they face the Cork Coyotes. The dominant Fookers looked comfortable away from home, and will feel confident with a home draw next week, in the final. The Lions will play Euskadi Rugby.

In the shield, my team, the Adelaide Marauders hosted the Bedrock and won surprisingly 54-7. I can only think that brilliant managerial skills  and, as we say in Australia.....a fair amount of arse, got my boys across the line, and we look forward to our 1st final with great excitement next week.

In the other shield semi-final it was an all american affair, with Dallas Waratahs beating the Crooked Island Exiles 31-24. This again was a close game, with the scores level in the 78 minute, before a come from behind try and win for the Waratahs. The Exiles should try not to be too disappointed, as it was a game that could have gone either way, and they will host Bedrock in the 3rd place play-off next week.

So the finals look this:

CUP - La Banda Bonnot (ITA) v Stella Verde (ITA)

PLATE - Cill Dara R.F.C. (IRL) v La Colonna Durruti (ITA)

BOWL - Dedard Fookers (IRL) v Cork Coyotes (IRL)

SHIELD - Dallas Waratahs (USA) v Adelaide Marauders RFC (AUS)