Casey Fields hosted the inaugural Storm Harmony Nines Day on Saturday, 29th February, kicking off a massive festival of rugby league in the South-Eastern suburb of Melbourne.
Five Men’s teams along with 4 Women’s teams went head to head to take the first trophies of the 2020 NRL Victoria season.
The Men’s competition comprised of teams from Altona Roosters, Casey Warriors, Eastern Raptors, Melton Broncos and Truganina Rabbitohs, whilst it was Altona Roosters, Doveton Steelers, Gunditjmara Bulls and a conglomerate team known as the NRL VIC All Stars who competed in the Women’s side of the draw.
The top 2 teams from either pool would qualify for the final, being played on field prior to the Melbourne Storm v North Queensland Cowboys trial match in front of a big crowd giving all players a great experience.
Men’s Pool Results
Game 1 – Casey Warriors defeated Eastern Raptors Game 2 – Truganina Roosters defeated Altona Roosters Game 3 – Eastern Raptors defeated Melton Broncos Game 4 – Altona Roosters defeated Casey Warriors Game 5 – Truganina Rabbitohs defeated Melton Broncos Game 6 – Altona Roosters defeated Eastern Raptors Game 7 – Truganina Rabbitohs defeated Casey Warriors Game 8 – Casey Warriors defeated Melton Broncos Game 9 – Eastern Raptors defeated Truganina Rabbitohs Game 10 – Altona Roosters defeated Melton Broncos
In front of a big crowd at Casey Fields, it was Altona Roosters taking on Truganina Rabbitohs in a repeat of the 2019 NRL Victoria First Grade Grand Final.
With the match in the balance with only seconds to go, Altona Roosters found their way across the line to bring the match to a draw, but earn themselves a victory via a draw. (In the event of a draw, the team that placed higher in the 2019 Spirit of League Award would be deemed victorious. Altona were ranked higher than Truganina in the award, therefore earning the final win)
Men’s Final – Altona Roosters 22 drew Truganina Rabbitohs 22.
The Women’s competition was one that featured a lot of fun, smiles and determination to get to the final, with the four teams battling it out.
The NRL VIC All Stars were made up of players from all around Melbourne, coming together to make a team based out of friendship and to give some more players some valued pre-season game time.
The Gunditjmara Bulls have to be commended for making the lengthy trip from Warrnambool early on Saturday morning to compete in the nines competition.
Women’s Pool Results
Game 1- Doveton Steelers defeated NRL VIC All Stars Game 2 – Altona Roosters defeated Gunditjmara Bulls Game 3 – Altona Roosters defeated NRL VIC All Stars Game 4 – Doveton Steelers defeated Gunditjmara Bulls Game 5 – Doveton Steelers defeated Altona Roosters Game 6 – NRL VIC All Stars defeated Gunditjmara Bulls
Doveton Steelers went a clean 3 from 3 in the pool, earning their way to the final where they were pitted against Altona Roosters to play in front of the crowds.
Once it was final time though, it was all one-way traffic for Doveton Steelers who outplayed their Altona rivals in a dominant display.
Women's Final - Doveton Steelers 40 def. Altona Roosters 10
Congratulations to Altona Roosters and Doveton Steelers for their Storm Harmony Nines titles as now we all look forward to the season getting underway.