Sherriff Electrical Runamucks defeated Magpies Bombers 11-3 in the Senior Men's Touch grand final. Captain Aaron Hughes (middle, second from right) was named best on ground.
Sherriff Electrical Runamucks defeated Magpies Bombers 11-3 in the Senior Men's Touch grand final. Captain Aaron Hughes (middle, second from right) was named best on ground.

Newcomers Runamuck in scintillating Mackay touch decider

DEFENCE wins premierships, or so the old sporting adage goes, and it held true for Sherriff Electrical Runamucks in the Mackay Touch Senior Men’s A-Grade grand final on Friday night.

The competition newcomers prevailed 11-3 in a head-spinning game of quality touch football against Magpies Bombers.

Captain Aaron Hughes was named best on ground, capping a terrific season for the team he built from scratch just a few months earlier.

“That was a cracking game of footy. Big credit to Bombers; one of the fastest games I’ve been a part of, for the full 40 minutes,” Hughes said post-match.

Played at breakneck speed, the grand final was ultimately decided on goal line defence.

On multiple occasions Magpies were called back by the referee after diving over to score, denied by a deft touch from a desperate Runamucks player.

In reverse, Magpies were often found wanting at the line and left to lament lapses in concentration time and again.

Hughes said the difference came down to communication, of which his team had plenty.

“When everyone is running a hundred miles an hour in every direction, knowing you have someone beside you so you only have to push one way helps a lot,” he said.

“For defence, that plays a big part in it.”

Magpies scored first but from then on it was all Runamucks, as Hughes’ boys raced out to a 6-1 halftime advantage.

Magpies made a better fist of it in the second stanza, but an intercept try at the death told the story of the evening – Runamucks were simply too good.

“Not confident, but we were hopeful,” Hughes said.

“We knew we had the side to do it. We have all the skill there. It was just a matter of everyone turning up and thankfully, they did.

“It was a great game of footy.”

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