first_imgThe original ‘super coach’ Jack Gibson famously uttered these six words when his Parramatta Eels finally broke their Premiership hoodoo after 35 years in the New South Wales Rugby League competition with a 20-11 victory over Newtown in the 1981 Grand Final.Gibson’s Eels had finally shaken the world’s biggest monkey off their back to claim a maiden premiership and the Parramatta faithfuls’ relief was palpable.For 2011 Brisbane City Touch Association Cobras Cup champions University Rebels (Men’s Open) and Southern Storm (Women’s Open) ‘Big Jack’s’ words could not have been more prophetic.The 10-year premiership drought for both Rebels in the Cobras Cup Men’s Open and Storm in the Women’s Open had stretched back to the year 2000 and has at long last finally been broken.Despite enduring many sleepless nights with heartbreaking losses, and sitting through some thoroughly unsatisfying tournament ‘wakes’ in recent years, the two champion outfits never gave up on the dream of catching the perfect wave and riding it all the way to premiership beach to claim the coveted title.On Saturday night at Whites Hill, the spiritual home of Touch Football in South East Queensland, both teams delighted their long suffering fans with two inspired displays of near perfect team Touch Football that was as ‘gorgeous George Clooney’ as it was clinically professional to ensure memorable victories that will go down in the annals of history for both proud clubs.In the showdown for the crown in the Women’s Open Cobras Cup Grand Final, undefeated minor premiers Southern Storm triumphed 8-5, producing a near perfect game to kill the dream of a record breaking four straight premierships for pre-game favourites Caboolture Colts.Australian Women’s Open World Cup champion Emilee Cherry produced a wow of a game yet again to claim both the Player of the Series and the prestigious Sally Urquhart Memorial Player of the Final award.In the Men’s Open division, University Rebels found their best in a commanding display to triumph 10-3 over a young Labrador Dodgers combination.University-Rebels captain and seasoned international Phil Gyemore was awarded Player of the Series, whilst teammate, former New Zealand Men’s Open player, Tasi Cortz conjured a golden performance to claim the Terry Jacks Player of the Final Award.University-Rebels were crowned Club Champions of the Cobras Cup, being the best performed club in all contested nine divisions of the tournament. The club contested six finals and won an impressive three divisions including the Men’s Open, the Women’s 2A and the Men’s 3B division. Eagles collected the Men’s 30s and Women’s C division crowns, whilst First Contact nabbed the Women’s B2 and the Men’s B2 titles, while Labrador Dodgers claimed the Men’s division 2A championship and Storm at long last sipping from the premiership trophy in the Women’s Open Grand Final.Clear skies and a perfect summer evening greeted finalists in all divisions and some cracking games of tippy tap produced some great results across the board.2011 BCTA Cobras Cup Results Men’s Open: Uni-Rebels 10 defeated Labrador Dodgers 3 Player of the Series: Phil Gyemore (Uni-Rebels)Terry Jacks Player of the Final Award: Tasi Cortz (Uni-Rebels)Women’s Open: Southern Storm 8 defeated Caboolture Colts 5Player of the Series: Emilee Cherry (Southern Storm)Sally Urquhart Memorial Player of the Final Award: Emilee Cherry (Southern Storm) Men’s Division 2A: Labrador Dodgers 10 defeated Uni-Rebels Gold 6Player of the Series: Jacob Groucott (Tigers) Men’s Division 2B: First Contact 5 defeated Country Club United 4 Women’s Division 2A: University Rebels 3 defeated Southern Storm 2 Player of the Series: Tammy Robinson (Caboolture Colt)Women’s Division 2B: First Contact 4 defeated Caboolture Colts 1Men’s Division 3A: Eagles Men’s 30’s 5 defeated Crazy Horses 4 Player of the Series: Alfonso Lee (Crazy Horses) Men’s Division 2B: Uni-Rebels Gold 15 defeated Eagles 1 Women’s Division 3:  Eagles 5 defeated Uni-Rebels 3 Player of the Series: Leilana Pakoa (Eagles) 2011 BCTA Cobras Cup Club Champions: Uni Rebels Touch Football Australia would like to thank Karley Banks for the article content.last_img