Australia Takes First Blood in the Mixed Open Division

first_imgNew Zealand was the first team to score before Australia hit back to lead at half-time and take a four touchdown win. Australia’s Nikki Etheridge impressed for the Australians, scoring four touchdowns. It took until the ninth minute of the match for either country to get on the scoreboard, and it was New Zealand who took the early advantage with Tiwi Davis scoring. The Australians were quick to hit back however, with Nikki Etheridge the recipient of a great long ball from Peter Watkins to score in the corner to level the game at 1-all. Michael Chapman scored his first touchdown for Australia just after the midway mark of the half, when a deflected pass landed in his hands to give them a 2-1 lead. Watkins again set up Etheridge for her second of the game and when Sarah Spacie scored in the corner in the 18th minute, Australia had a handy 3-1 lead. New Zealand hit back just before the siren to bring the deficit back to two touchdowns, with Clayton Ngawharau diving over but the Australians went to the half-time break up by two touchdowns, 4-2. Australia was quick to get back on the scoreboard in the second half, with co-captain Roy Prasad the recipient of a switch from Watkins, to take a 5-2 lead. Etheridge got her first touchdown of the second half in the third minute of the second when Sebe Rey darted from acting half to take a four touchdown lead. New Zealand’s Awhina Savage helped reduce the deficit to three touchdowns at the midway mark of the second half, scoring in the corner for her side to trail by just three, 6-3. Watkins was in the thick of the action two minutes later, with Spacie scoring her second to extend her side’s lead to four, and Etheridge made it a five touchdown lead with five minutes remaining with her fourth touchdown. New Zealand’s Lauren Ensor scored with minutes remaining, but it wasn’t enough to spark a Kiwi comeback, with the new look Australian team taking a four touchdown win, 8-4. Highlights of the game can be viewed at the TFA YouTube channel. Please click on the link to view the highlights:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WC8pLLb2Ys&list=UUNA2662hsW_18Wok5HHiMeg&index=1&feature=plcpAustralia – 8 (Nikki Etheridge 4, Sarah Spacie 2, Michael Chapman and Rohit Prasad) defeated New Zealand – 4 (Tiwi Davis, Lauren Ensor, Clayton Ngawharau and Awhina Savage)Half time: Australia 4 – New Zealand 2Referees – Mick Medlin, Andrew Williams and Anthony Smithlast_img

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