Kiama Mixed Opens win NSW State Cup title in first tournament together
Kiama Mixed Opens have won a NSW State Cup title in their first tournament playing together.
Filled with a number of star players from the south coast, the Kiama side decided to change things up ahead of the 2019 tournament.
“It’s actually the first time we’ve come to a tournament together and played as a Mixed side,” captain Tom Atkins told Oztag Australia.
“Most of us have come from playing men’s or women’s so it’s awesome to get the win.”
After dropping just one of their six pool matches, Kiama defeated Penrith and St George to book a match up with Souths in the final.
Little separated the two sides for the majority of the first half, before Kiama showed their class in the final stages and raced away to claim a 5-1 victory.
“We always knew it was going to be tight and it took us until late in the game to push ahead,”Atkins said.
“Souths have been one of the better mixed sides for a number of years now so to beat them in the final is pretty special.”
After getting their first taste if mixed Oztag, Atkins said the team were keen to stick with the division and claim more silverware in the years to come.
“It’s probably a little bit slower than mens, although that game probably wasn’t. You need to work as a team more, particularly in defence and we did that really well today.”