Super 8s finals unleash quality
THE Ipswich Super 8s quarter finals got off to a flyer as teams jostled for their right to play deeper into the touch football series.
After seven pool rounds in which each team played each other once, the Super 8 finals' format was in full swing.
Both the men's and women's divisions were split into top and bottom halves with teams in both sectors vying for the shield or plate finals respectively.
One played two while three played four.
The winner of one versus two advanced directly to the grand final on Friday while the loser will play the winner of three versus four in the first time slot semi-final this week.
The loser of the three versus four quarter final was knocked out of the tournament.
The winner of the semi will then take on the team that advanced to the grand final.
The same process applied to all teams ranked from five to eight at the completion of the regular rounds.
"It's a different finals' format to most other sporting competitions, but it allows for a direct path of progression and elimination," said Brothers' Meerkats' captain Melita Creedy.
"It makes every game significant, especially if you wish to advance to the final."
The Meerkats boast a number of high profile players, including Queensland touch football representative Creedy, former Australian rugby league player and now NRL Integrity Unit member Karyn Murphy and current Australian Jillaroo Ali Brigginshaw.
They showed some late season form to qualify for the semi-finals after defeating Cobras 2 six tries to one.
In the other women's quarter-final, the Cobras defeated the Saints five tries to three to progress through to the decider.
The winner will claim bragging rights and hold the Kelly Woods Shield for the next 12 months.
Sunshine Coast-based Woods, who played a number of games for the Meerkats this tournament, is considered one of the all-time greats of Australian women's touch football.
In the men's competition, the Saints overcame the Cobras by two touchdowns to progress to the grand final.
In the other quarter-final, the Swans disposed of Odoyle to rightfully take their spot in the semis against the Cobras.
The men's teams are contending for the Scott Notley Shield.
Notley, who hails from Ipswich, is attributed with having a major influence on Woods's career.
"It makes sense to name the Super 8s overall winners with silverware named in honour of two greats of the game," said Ipswich Touch Association supporter Angela Isaacs.
"Both are well known to our touch community here in Ipswich, but more so for their contribution to touch football nationally.''
The final week of the 2017 Ipswich Super 8s taps off at 6.30pm on Friday at Jim Finimore Oval, One Mile.
State of play
Latest Super 8s competition results.
Round 7 women - Brothers 9 def Warriors 3, Cobras 13 def IGGS 1, Force 10 def ITA Falcons 6, Swans 7 def Cobras (2) 0.
Men: ITA Hurricanes 12 def Titans 3, Warriors 6 def Natives 5, Cobras 10 def Swans 9, Saints 10 def Odoyle 4.
Quarter-finals: Women - Cobras 5 def Saints 3, Brothers 6 def Cobras (2) 1, Force 4 def Warriors 3, Falcons 10 def IGGS 2.
Men: Saints 9 def Cobras 7, Swans 8 def Odoyle 6, Hurricanes 7 def Warriors 2, Natives 8 def Titans 6.
Friday night's games.
6.30pm: Women's semi-finals - Major semi: Swans v Brothers.
Plate semi: Warriors v Falcons.
7.20pm: Men's semi-finals - Major semi: Cobras v Swans.
Plate semi: Warriors v Natives.
8.10pm: Women's final - Swans v winner of semi.
Plate final: Force v winner of Plate semi.
9pm: Men's final - Saints v winner of semi.
Plate final: ITA Hurricanes v winner of Plate semi.