Who will be the Elite?

first_imgBy BEN HARRISMen’s Elite EightThe question on everybody’s lips is: “Will it be NSW Mets’ year?”The Mets have lost two matches in the two-year history of the Elite Eight series at the X-Blades National Touch League – the two grand finals.In 2011, the inaugural Elite Eight tournament, Mets were beaten 7-6 by NSW Scorpions in the grand final in the last few seconds of the match.The Mets were unbeaten in the tournament before losing the final.Last year, Mets were unbeaten when they reached the grand final against NSW Country Mavericks.Mets went down in the final few seconds of the match 5-4.Mets have a team full of big match international experience with Steve Roberts, Anthony Ziade, Nicholas Good, Ben Moylan, Scott Buckley, Robert Nakhla and Trent Touma lining up, so there should be no excuse this time.However, it won’t be an easy run as all the Elite Eight sides will be at their best with selection for the 2015 Touch World Cup up for grabs at this tournament.Scorpions have two-time Elite Eight Most Valuable Player in Sam Brisby.Brisby and Simon Lang are the leading touchdown scorers in Elite Eight with 16 and 17 touchdowns respectively.The Mavericks look strong on paper and the defending champions will be led by the likes of Dylan Hennessey and Dylan Thompson.Not to be forgotten, NSW Rebles, Queensland South Stingrays, Queensland Chiefs, Queensland Country Outlaws and The Alliance have all strong line-ups this year.Women’s Elite Eight        While the men’s NSW Mets team have fallen short when it comes to winning the big game at the X-Blades National Touch League, the Mets’ women’s side is the exact opposite.The Mets are two from two when it comes to Elite Eight, defeating NSW Country Mavericks 9-4 in 2011 and Queensland Chiefs 5-4 last year.They could make it a hat-trick this week especially with Paul Sfeir at the helm.The current Australian Men’s Open assistant coach brings plenty of knowledge and experience to the team.However, Australian Women’s Open captain Lousie Winchester won’t be playing this week, which does leave the door ajar for the other teams.Chiefs should have won last year but were swept away by Mets in the final.The Queensland side will be without 2013 Most Valuable player Emily Hennessey but they do have experienced campaigner Peta Rogerson.She will be backed up by plenty of other Australian representatives.In the race for the title will also be NSW Mavericks and NSW Scorpions, both reached the semi-finals in 2011 and 2013.Queensland Country Outlaws, Queensland South Stingrays, The Alliance and NSW Rebels should not be taken lightly.Related LinksWho will be the Elite?last_img

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