A SEMI-FINAL drop-off was required to determine if Port Macquarie’s senior mixed open touch football side progressed to Sunday’s State Cup grand final.
Unfortunately, captain Anna Gleeson and her side were on the wrong end of a 5-4 defeat at the hands of eventual winners Murwillumbah Mavericks.
In the end it got down to four against four and the Mavericks scored first before they ran away with a 9-3 win in the grand final.
“We thought if we had have won the semi-final we would have won it, but they scored with about two minutes to go to level the scores,” Gleeson said.
It was a gripping semi-final, the Mavericks jumped out to a 3-1 lead before the Makos made their move to lead 4-3 as the clock wound down.
But it wasn’t to be against a side who fielded a couple of Queensland state representatives and their class in the end proved decisive.
“When you get to a drop-off it’s a bit of the luck of the draw,” Gleeson said.
Port Macquarie fielded their first senior mixed teams in the State Cup for many years and the captain was hopeful they could keep the side together for a shot at the title next year.
“It was our first tournament together, so we hope to keep the same team,” she said.
Port Macquarie’s other mixed seniors team made the quarter-finals before they were eliminated 6-1 by Balmain.