Radloff unable to help champions retain touch title
NOT even the presence of representative rugby league player James Radloff could help lift Port Curtis Electrical to successive titles when the Gladstone Touch Association grand finals were battled out on Saturday night.
Initially named in the Central Comets Queensland Cup side to take on Toowoomba on Saturday night, Radloff dropped out of the side after being unable to train midweek, freeing him to line up for the defending men's division one champions at Briffney Creek.
However, in a reversal of last year's result, CBH Steelers triumphed 7-5 in a fast-paced encounter which provided great entertainment to the gathered throng.
Steelers' Grant Stokes, fresh from having turned out for Central in a Capricornia Soccer League second division encounter, showed he still had plenty of running left in his legs to claim the player of the match award.
He capped off his night by being named the division's best and fairest player for the season. John Linden, Matt Baker and Andrew Manttan were also impressive for Steelers while big efforts from brothers Mick and Andrew Watt and Radloff kept Port Curtis Electrical in the match. The women's division one decider was a more one-sided affair with CBH Steelers outgunning Pink Ladies 8-2.
Megan Baker notched three tries for the Steelers in a player of the match performance while Leigh Cora and Fiona White were also in top form.
Kim White, Shannon Gibb and Tamara Schonknecht tried hard to stem the tide for Pink Ladies.
Kim White's finishing prowess enabled her to take out the top touchdowns award for first division while Touchdown Taipans' Jami Long was named best and fairest for the season.
CBH Steelers were too strong for Sportspower in the division one mixed decider with Cora, Matt Baker and Manttan each posting doubles for the victors.
Steelers' Megan Baker scored the first of her two player of the match awards for the finals while Sportspower's Ben Platt was named male player of the match.