While it feels like they have just begun, the 2019 Nationals Club Championship titles have been run and won. A fantastic weekend was had by all, and a huge thanks to everyone who contributed to making the weekend such a success, from the organisers to the players, the referees to the spectators, we couldn’t have such a successful tournament without you.
The A Grade saw some of the same results as yesterday, although the Sydney-Newcastle game, the Glenelg-Newcastle game and the Arista-North game saw a reversal of results, meaning a reordering of the table leading into finals. Glenelg ended up in fifth, picking up a win, and Newcastle sitting in fourth with two wins. Sydney remained in third, with North and Arista both pulling away to finish with 7 wins apiece. Arista finished the pool games on top, thanks to a superior goal difference.
The Grand Final saw Arista and North face-off, splitting the series this weekend. The match was goal for goal for much of the first half, before Arista were able to eke out a narrow margin. The second half was pretty similar, with neither team able to string together more than 2 goals in a row. Arista, however, was too strong, and stayed ahead to win 17-11, winning back-to-back National Titles.
Congratulations to Arista on a fantastic tournament and commiserations to North who finish as runners up in 2019.
The B Grade saw a similar scene as the Saturday as the two pacesetters Flinders and Melbourne stayed as the two forms teams throughout the day. Aside from a draw between Sydney and Glenelg, and an agreed abandonment of the final pool game between Melbourne and Flinders (due to the upcoming final), results went the same way as Saturday. This sees Glenelg sit in fifth, Newcastle in fourth, Sydney in third, with Flinders and Melbourne qualifying for the final.
The Grand Final saw Melbourne take an early lead with a couple of quick goals, and never let the game go. Every time Flinders threatened to fight their way into the game, Melbourne hit back to keep a solid margin, eventually winning 14-8, in a great contest played in the right spirits.
Congratulations to Melbourne on a superb debut tournament and on their victory in the decider, whilst commiserations go out to Flinders who finish as runners up for the third successive year, going down to a different opponent each time.
As always, all the results from the entire weekend can be found at the National Championships hub.