This was a pretty frustrating tournament for SUUFA. Coming into Adelaide we were feeling optimistic about medal chances and were certainly determined to prove Force Sideline and their relegation predictions wrong. Despite having a full line of experienced players opting to play Mixed Nats (in Perth; we're poor students) over AUGs we still had a wealth of experience and some talented rookies.
Things started perfectly as we picked up early wins over Adelaide, ANU, and Monash in a nailbiter. Unfortunately Janek was injured in the process and we were soundly beaten by Mac late on Day 2. We were again sluggish against a small Newcastle roster on Day 3 and couldn't muster anything further against UWA. This left us needing a win against a strong Melbourne team on the morning of Day 4, who we never looked really looked like breaking.
A relegation rematch against Mac thus loomed in the afternoon. Things started well, with Kate triumphantly calling her first in-game foul and the team holding an early 4-3 advantage. Unfortunately we completely collapsed in the face of Macquarie's zone, giving up 9 straight points to bow out of Div 1 with little dignity. Some consolation was achieved in the 7/8 playoff game as we beat Adelaide in a windy (and hungover) affair.
Personal highlights for the week:
- Taro winning every party
- Tad: "Maxine, darling, you're super poached". *Maxine cuts to the endzone and scores*
- Scoring a Callahan with my first touch of the tournament
- Madam President Tam's cutting
- The Pedo Wagon
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