Mavericks the stars in men’s Elite Eight

first_imgBy BEN HARRISNSW Country Mavericks will be the team to beat in the men’s Elite Eight division after another dominate day for the defending champions at the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in Coffs Harbour on Friday.The John Dalton-coached side finished undefeated as they won their final two round matches against Queensland Chiefs (10-6) and NSW Rebels (7-2).They will be confident they can go back-to-back as they have showed glimpses of their brilliance that took them to the 2013 title.In second spot was NSW Mets who also won their two matches on day three.They disposed of Queensland Country Outlaws 9-6 before being pushed by NSW Scorpions 4-3 in the last round.Two Queensland sides – Outlaws and Stingrays – finished third and fourth respectively and they have the difficult task of stopping the NSW domination.No team from the northern state have made the grand final in the men’s competition.Outlaws’ spot in the top four was assured before they took to the field to defeat The Alliance 9-3 in the seventh round.The Stingrays’ 10-8 win over the Chiefs in the match prior sealed the top four.Stingrays and Chiefs were battling for the final spot in the semis.Chiefs finished fifth while the Rebels came sixth.The Scorpions, the 2011 champions, have missed out of the Elite Eight semi-finals for the first time while The Alliance finished eighth.In the semi-finals on Saturday, Mavericks will meet the Stingrays and Mets take on Chiefs at 11am.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following MediaFacebook – – (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – – LinksMen’s Elite Eightlast_img