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Guernsey finished ahead of the host nation at the recent Junior Touch Championship in Holland. The island was one of nine different nations taking part in the three day tournament with Guernsey, which was made up of 13 players aged between 13 and 17, being one of eight teams competing in the under 18 competition. ‘The tournament was established two years ago to give under 18 players the opportunity to represent their country and play competitive touch against their peers. It was a great three days, the team equipped themselves well and put in a strong performance,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Ollie Ward, who travelled to Arnhem near Amsterdam with the team. ‘The home nations are incredibly strong in every age group and it’s no exception at junior level. They all have very established, and well-funded, development programmes and that showed.’

Both visiting teams made the cup final in Guernsey Touch’s Channel Islands Club Championship. Hot Custard, who had previously won the tournament in 2011 and 2014, were hoping to win back the title after losing to Jersey team The Islander’s last year. They were joined at the one day mixed tournament by fellow London team CSSC Phantoms on their first trip to Guernsey. ‘Having the UK teams really adds something to the tournament which also attracted some of the local teams who were bolstered by players from other teams, the Guernsey youth team and a group of players who made up a one-off side. It’s also a great day which has just the right balance of competitive touch and social interaction. The weather, which fortunately has always been on our side, certainly helped,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Ollie Ward.

Source made it three out of three for the second year running by winning the mixed, men’s and women’s divisions in this year’s KPMG Touch Summer League. The Try Babies, the Guernsey under 18 team, and Investec Zebras also took home silverware by winning the Business A and Business B leagues. ‘Finals night was as competitive as ever and there were some really close games,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Ollie Ward. ‘We’ve seen over 300 players taking part in the league and hundreds of touchdowns scored over the 12 weeks. Putting on a league of this size, ensuring every game has referees, that the pitches are marked, scorecards are ready and all the other necessary administration is a huge undertaking for the committee who are all volunteers but it’s very rewarding when we see the standard of touch being played.’

Guernsey will be represented for the first time at the Junior Touch Championship this weekend, which will see nine different nations take part. The annual tournament, which began in 2014, was established to give under 18 players the opportunity to represent their country and play against their peers. This weekend’s tournament in Arnhem will see three under 18 competitions – girls, boys and mixed, and an under 15 mixed division. Guernsey will be one of eight teams competing in the under 18 mixed team. ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for our up and coming players to compete internationally, play competitive touch against their peer group and learn new skills which they can hone as they get the chance to play in the senior island teams,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Ollie Ward.

London touch team Hot Custard is returning to the island this weekend hoping to win back the title at Guernsey Touch’s Channel Islands Club Championship. Last year, the side bought two teams to the one day tournament which they previously won in 2011 and 2014. The teams drew each other in the cup semi-finals with Hot Custard 1 victorious and facing Jersey’s The Islanders in a fiercely competitive final which saw the Channel Island team winning 5 – 4. ‘Hot Custard is a well-known team at tournaments across the UK as they always play incredibly competitive touch but also fully embrace the social side of the sport. The whole aim of the Channel Islands Club Championship is to give our local teams the opportunity to play against new teams, who often bring very strong sides, and of course show off the island as well,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Ollie Ward.

Source is looking to retain its trio of titles in the KPMG Touch Summer League which draws to a conclusion on Wednesday night. The long-standing touch team won the mixed, men’s and women’s divisions last year and will contend for the same titles at KGV. ‘It’s been great to see so many new players getting involved in the sport which is really positive for the future. We are always looking at ways we can evolve and improve which is why we have developed the opportunities at the grass roots level by encouraging more people to get involved with the business and youth leagues,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Ollie Ward.

A touch referee from Guernsey has been awarded the highest grade and been ranked ninth in Europe. Chris Wrigley, who is Guernsey Touch’s director of referees, and Dave Strawbridge were selected to officiate at the recent European Touch Championship in Jersey. On the penultimate day of the tournament, which saw 14 countries represented by more than 1,000 players involved, Wrigley received his upgrade to Level 5 – the highest grade available in Europe. Having been ranked ninth in Europe, he was then chosen to referee the senior mixed finals. ‘Chris and Dave are a credit to Guernsey and to the sport. They are exceptional referees who have committed considerable time to attain the qualifications and get the experience needed to be chosen to officiate international games,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Ollie Ward.

Guernsey Touch now needs to build on the experience of the European Touch Championship. A squad of 54 represented the island at the five day tournament, which took place in Jersey and saw 14 countries represented by more than 1,000 players with Guernsey playing in the mixed open, men’s open and women’s open categories. ‘The competition was really strong and we always knew it was going to be a challenging tournament. Across the three times, only a quarter of the players had experience of an international tournament and so they will have learnt an awful lot from the experience,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Ollie Ward. ‘The home nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland all have very professional set ups and so there will always be a gap between them and us. Our aim is to try and become the best of the rest and with lots of youngsters now involved at an island level, the sport has a bright future.’

Guernsey is sending a squad of 54 to represent the island at the European Touch Championship which gets underway on Wednesday. The five day tournament, which this year takes place in Jersey, sees 14 countries represented by more than 1,000 players with Guernsey playing in the mixed open, men’s open and women’s open categories. ‘It’s a fantastic event which brings together Europe’s best touch players so we’re looking forward to playing some highly competitive games and being able to watch and learn from some of the sport’s most elite players,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Ollie Ward. ‘Guernsey is the smallest country to compete in this event and so it’s fantastic to be taking such a large squad. Less than a quarter of the Guernsey players have played at an international touch tournament and so it is a relatively inexperienced team but everyone has trained hard and now it all needs to come together on the field, on the day.’

Maya Le Tissier will swap the football field for the touch pitch this weekend and be one of 14 new players to represent Guernsey at the touch inter-insular. The 14-year-old is the first Guernsey girl to be selected to play for an England football squad but started playing touch last year. ‘As touch is predominantly a summer sport, we see a lot of people who play football, cricket and rugby in the winter using it as a way of maintaining fitness and then realising how much they enjoy it and wanting to be involved at a representative level,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Ollie Ward. ‘To have 14 new island caps in a squad of 35 is really positive for the future of touch. We’ve had a period of change in recent years where players, who were instrumental in the earlier island teams, have retired and we’re now seeing new, younger players coming through as a result of Guernsey Touch’s efforts to introduce a youth league.’

Guernsey Touch is pleased to announce revised details of the much anticipated quiz night! This year sees us move from Les Cotils to the Grammar School. The quiz will be taking place on Friday 24th June. Doors open at 7pm and the quiz will start at 7:30pm. Quiz master Rollo de Sausmarez will once again be leading the quiz which will see dinner provided, competitively priced alcohol as well as a fantastic raffle. Tables of 6 are priced at £66. All profits will go back into the sport for local leagues as well as the up and coming European Championship. Book your table now, or ask any questions, by emailing Lynne Hamilton at lynnehamilton@hotmail.com

Guernsey will be represented at two European touch tournaments this summer. Three teams will head to the European Championship in Jersey in July and for the first time, Guernsey will also be represented at the Youth Euros in Amsterdam in August. The players will be amongst more than 350 taking part in this year’s KPMG Touch Summer League which starts on Wednesday.

Guernsey came away without a win at this year’s touch inter-insular as Jersey retained the trophy for the seventh time in the competition’s eight year history. The greens, who had nine new caps among the three teams, were minus a number of their more experienced players but had gone to Jersey hoping they would be ready for a challenge. ‘To lose all three was disappointing but Jersey deserved the win as they were the stronger side overall. We knew it was going to be tough as we had so many new players, we need to learn from our mistakes and improve on the things we did well,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Ollie Ward. ‘We have some younger players who are showing a natural ability for the sport and so hopefully we can combine their speed and enthusiasm with the experience and expertise of some of the older players and be in a much stronger position on home soil next year.’

The final of Guernsey Touch’s Channel Islands Club Championship was an all visitor affair with Jersey team The Islanders taking on London-based Hot Custard. The London-based side, which bought two teams to the island, was looking to make it a hat-trick of victories having previously won the one day tournament in 2011 and 2014. The three visiting teams and five from Guernsey were split into two pools and competed in a round robin in the morning to determine the contenders for the cup and bowl competitions in the afternoon. ‘This was the eighth Channel Islands Club Championship and so it was great to have three visiting teams taking part. Not only does that give the local teams exposure to a higher standard of touch but it also brings visitors to Guernsey,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Ollie Ward.

Guernsey will have nine new players representing the island at this year’s touch inter-insular which takes place in Jersey on Saturday. The annual fixture has been dominated by Jersey wins with the greens taking the overall title just once since the first inter-insular in 2008. Although they will be playing away from home, Guernsey Touch coach Ollie Ward was confident the mixed, men’s and ladies teams were ready for the challenge. ‘For a number of reasons including a wedding and family commitments, we haven’t been able to call upon some of the more experienced players but that allows us to give new, younger players the chance to really make an impact,’ he said.

London-based Hot Custard will be returning to Guernsey this weekend to defend their title at Guernsey Touch’s Channel Islands Club Championship. The team won the tournament, which is open to local teams as well as those from off-island, in 2011 and 2014. They will be looking to make it a hat-trick at the Memorial Field on Saturday and are bringing two teams across to increase their chances of victory. Jersey-based team The Islanders will be the third off-island team and are bringing a number of up and coming youth players to take part in what is the eighth Channel Islands Club Championship.

This weekend Guernsey Touch is bringing an experienced New Zealand coach over to the island to run training sessions for players. Jason Jacobs played for Tatau Tatau Touch which dominated New Zealand and world touch for a number of years. He represented Otago in touch and played sevens and rugby at a national level. A serious injury ended his playing career but since then he has coached the Japanese regional team and is a now a golf caddy to some of the greatest golfers in the world. Training sessions will be held from 6pm - 7pm on Thursday evening at St Peter Port School, on Saturday from 9am - 1pm at St Peter Port School and Sunday from 9am - 1pm and will be suitable for all levels of experience. This weekend will also see the teams chosen to play against Jersey in this year’s inter-insular on 11th July. Anyone wanting more information can contact coach@guernseytouch.org.gg

Six teams have yet to lose a game after four weeks of action in the KPMG Touch Summer League. In mixed 1, the Polygon Pumas are currently unbeaten with 12 points and have scored an impressive 35 touchdowns so far. The Healthspan Harlequins are second on eight points having won two games and Electric Shocks and Galaxy are both on six points having won a game each, with the Shocks ahead on touchdown difference. Mixed 2 is a closer battle with Source and JGA both on 10 points with three wins each but Source are ahead on touchdown difference. Dam Busters are not far behind on eight points with two wins under their wings with Intertrust still looking for their first win.

Guernsey Touch has added a youth division to the KPMG Touch Summer League which will see more than 350 players competing. The addition of the youth league, which is part of the sport’s development plans, means the 11th Summer League will see mixed, men’s, ladies, business and youth teams taking part. ‘The sport’s popularity means that the committee is always looking at ways to meet the demand from players and our move to KGV has given us the ability to put into action plans that we have been talking out for a number of years,’ said Guernsey Touch development officer Tristan Boscher. ‘Last year, we added a business league to attract new teams who wanted to play at a social level and this year’s addition of a youth division means that we are now able to attract players from the ages of eight right up into their 50s.’

Youngsters from the ages of eight to 16 now have the chance to get involved with touch. Guernsey Touch has appointed a youth development officer and this season will see the introduction of the KPMG Youth League for boys and girls. ‘Touch is an incredibly popular sport in Guernsey and we have had lots of requests from youngsters who have wanted to take part in the KPMG Summer and Autumn Leagues. Although it doesn’t involve tackling of any kind, it is still a contact sport which is played at a fast pace and so from a safety perspective, we’ve had to say no,’ said Tristan Boscher, who has taken on the youth development officer role. ‘But the desire to have a youth league has always been there and the committee recognises that it’s an integral part to ensuring the future success of the sport. It’s 10 years since the first competitive Guernsey Touch leagues and so it’s fitting that we have taken this next step in opening up the sport to even more people.’

This year’s KPMG Touch Super League saw Challengers take the title with a convincing 12 – 4 victory. The six week league was introduced in 2012 as a season opener with players registering as individuals and then divided into teams. ‘As well as meeting the demand from players who wanted to start playing as early in the season as possible, the aim was to raise the standard across every level of the sport. By mixing experienced players with those who may have only played for one season, we are can share knowledge which is then shared again with teams in the KPMG Summer League,’ said Guernsey Touch league co-ordinator Chris Goddard. ‘That aim has been highlighted this year as we have seen players who started playing in the first business league last year being in the same Super League team as those who have represented Guernsey at an international level. They will have learnt more playing alongside them for six weeks than a coach could have taught them.’

2014 has been another positive year for referee development in Guernsey with another 18 players passing their assessments to become Level 1 referees, bringing the number of qualified referees to 41. 'It's been a great year for the referee,' said director of referees, Chris Wrigley. 'All the referees are also players so during the Summer League they all play at least two games a night and then referee a further game, sometimes two. Without their dedication then the sport over here just wouldn't be able to progress, so they all deserve a massive thank you from all the participants of the sport.' To recognise the commitment of referees, Guernsey Touch has introduced a Referee of the Season award which was presented at the finals night of Summer League to Daniel Hainsworth.

Guernsey Touch has ended its 10th anniversary year which has seen it move to a new home, secure a three year sponsor, introduce a business league and improve its European rankings. The sport now has around 350 players taking part in the KPMG sponsored Summer and Autumn Leagues. On Sunday, the KPMG Touch Autumn League came to a close with 433 touchdowns being scored over the eight week league. ‘It’s hard to believe that it is 10 years since touch was first introduced to the island. In 2004, there was just a handful of people playing social touch on a weekly basis and now we have three different leagues, the annual inter-insular, beach touch, a tournament attracting visiting teams and players and referees going away to represent the island.’ This year’s KPMG Touch Autumn League attracted 16 teams across the mixed, men’s and ladies divisions over eight weeks – a significant increase on the first league in 2005 when just six teams took part.

Guernsey finished eighth at last weekend’s European Touch Championships in Wales. The island was one of 16 nations taking part in the biennial event which is the biggest touch competition in Europe and saw 52 teams compete over four days. Seeded ninth ahead of the tournament, the team eventually finished one place higher in eighth. Day one saw the group games and Guernsey was the first team to play, taking to field one for a game against Wales, who were always going to be contenders for a finals place. The hosts used their home advantage to score seven in the first half with Guernsey Touch’s coaching director Ollie Ward scoring two diving touchdowns on the back of two well worked set plays. Wales, who eventually finished third, repeated their performance in the second half scoring another seven to give them 14 and Guernsey could only manage one in reply with Iain Thomson diving for the line to score on his international debut.

Guernsey will be one of 16 nations taking part in this weekend’s European Touch Championships. The biennial event, which is the biggest touch competition in Europe, will see 52 teams competing over four days at the University of Swansea fields. Guernsey has been drawn in pool C alongside hosts Wales, Jersey and Italy. ‘We’re taking a very different team to the team we took to the Euros in 2012 with only four from that side going to Swansea and another seven players who have never played at international level before,’ said Guernsey Touch player coach Ollie Ward. ‘We’ve lost some very strong players but in turn have welcomed back others who have taken a break from competing at that level and their experience will be invaluable. Hopefully those newer players will learn an enormous amount from being at the tournament which will complement what they have learnt in training and mean they will become key players who we can build future island teams around.’

This year’s KPMG Touch Summer League saw the 29 teams taking part score more than 1,000 touchdowns over the 12 week competition. The season saw a number of changes for the sport with a new sponsor in KPMG, a new home at KGV and the introduction of a corporate league to encourage new players to take part. ‘This was our 10th season and so it was fitting that we were able to celebrate that with a new three year sponsorship with KPMG in place, a new and hopefully permanent home, which is something we have wanted for so long and a way for new and more social teams to get involved in what is undoubtedly the fastest growing sport in recent years,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray. ‘It’s been a fantastic season, there have been some extremely close games over the last 12 weeks and it was literally the last games of the season to decide four of the five titles. It all bodes well for the future.’

Touch players swapped grass fields for sand at the fifth beach touch tournament held for the first time at Pembroke. The event, which was sponsored by Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management, saw eight mixed teams enter, some which play in the KPMG Summer Touch League and others put together for the day. Divided into two groups, the teams played each once before semi-finals and finals. ‘Historically, we have held the tournament at Vazon but this year, we moved to Pembroke because of the sandracing and it worked really well as a venue. The aim of the beach touch tournament is threefold as it gives players a more social tournament to play in, allows them to form one-off teams if they want to and more importantly makes the sport more visible to a wider audience which will hopefully lead to new people wanting to get involved,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray.

Guernsey Touch Race Night - Friday 1st August £10 a ticket which includes food. Reserve a table (minimum of six people) or buy tickets individually. £1 a bet with generous odds and the usual well-stocked and well-priced bar. "At the races" fancy dress optional but prizes for the best dressed. Horses will be on sale at the KPMG Touch Summer League with cash prizes for the owners of the winning horses. All money raised goes to Guernsey Touch. Email annailes@ymail.com to buy your tickets!

Beach Touch - Saturday 12th July 11am - 1pm at Pembroke. Kindly sponsored by Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management. Mixed teams with five on the pitch at any one time. Each team asked to supply one referee. Just £10 a team to register. Email tournaments@guernseytouch.org.gg to get involved!

Hot Custard returned to Guernsey after a two year absence and scooped the trophy at last weekend’s KPMG Channel Islands’ Championship. Having previously won in 2011, Hot Custard was one of two English teams taking part in the one day touch event, with both teams winning all of their round robin games. ‘This is the seventh year we have held a tournament which is open to off-island teams. It was launched in 2008 to provide local teams the opportunity of playing different teams in a one day, competitive tournament and we are delighted that each year, we get teams coming over to take part,’ said Katrina. ‘Saturday’s weather was perfect for a touch tournament as there was just enough wind to keep the temperature down but it was warm enough for people to enjoy watching. There was some excellent games of touch and everyone seems to have enjoyed it.’

Guernsey had to settle with just one victory in this year’s touch inter-insular as Jersey retained the title with victory in the ladies and mixed games. Unveiling Guernsey’s new KPMG-branded kit, the ladies were the first to play and Jersey’s defence proved impossible to break. They scored three times in the first half, the first coming from a switch five metres from the line, the second from a scoop and the third through a fast-paced attack. In the second half, Jersey scored four more to end the game 7 – 0. Natasha Eastwood scored four of Jersey’s touchdowns, Una O’Murchu scored two and Ellen Richings scored one. O’Murchu was named Jersey’s MVP with Justeen Baker taking the Guernsey award.

This month looks set to be the busiest of the touch season with the KPMG Touch Summer League reaching the halfway point and the inter-insular and the Channel Islands Championship taking place. ‘Normally the inter-insular is held in August but both Guernsey Touch and Jersey Touch have the European Championship in Wales at the beginning of August so we’re bringing the inter-insular forward to June. It means it’s going to be an extremely busy month but an exciting one for all involved in the sport,’ said chair Katrina Bray. The inter-insular will be held at the Memorial Field on 21st June and will see the islands compete in mixed, men’s and ladies games. Guernsey has only won the overall title once in 2012 and is hoping home advantage will help them win again this year.

Titans were crowned the winner of the KPMG Touch Super League after going undefeated in all their games. The team had secured their place in the final after topping the league with 16 points from four wins and two draws. Their opposition was decided with a semi-final between Chargers and Raiders who had both finished the round robin stage with 10 points having each won one, drawn two and lost three. The game ended in a 5 – 2 victory for Raiders with Charger’s touchdowns came from Andy Akram and Alec Bailey and there were two each for Raiders players Adam Greening and Sam Pritchard and one from Matt Brehaut. The final, on the 3G pitch at KGV which is the new home of Guernsey Touch, was a competitive game of touch. Titans defence proved to be the deciding factor in the game and repeatedly kept Raiders from reaching the touchdown zone.

Guernsey Touch is pleased to announce that the KPMG Touch Summer League 2014 will start on Wednesday 14 May and run every Wednesday evening throughout the summer at the KGV until 30 July. All the details can be found below: Business/ social league Following on from our recent announcements, we are pleased to confirm the launch of the first business/ social division within the Summer League. The division is open to mixed teams who are predominantly made up of players who are new to the sport. Teams registering in this division are not required to supply a referee, although if anyone is interested in volunteering please do let us know! Read on below for details on how to register your team.

This year's beach touch tournament, sponsored by Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management, will be on Saturday 12th July. Starting at 11am at Pembroke Bay, this fun tournament is open to mixed teams of all abilities. Played as round robin with semi-finals and finals, this is a great way to spend a few hours on a Saturday. Hopefully the sun will be shining and players (and their families) can make a day of it. Usual rules apply but the game is played barefoot. For more information please get in contact!

The Guernsey Touch quiz on Friday 28th March was a huge success so thanks to everyone who came along and supported it. We raised just over £700 which will be used to continue the development of sport in the island. The move to a permanent home at KGV is coming at a significantly increased cost and so in order to keep player registration fees as low as possible, additional fundraising will be vital. The Guernsey Touch committee want to thank Rollo and Lindsay (Hendie) de Sausmarez for all their effort in putting the quiz together and being the compere as well as to Anna Iles for organising it. We'll let you know more details about future fundraisers as and when we have finalised details.

Learn to play nights for teams wanting to take part in the new corporate division of the KPMG Touch Summer League start on Wednesday 16th April at KGV. Guernsey Touch coaches will be on hand to give teams a basic understanding of the rules and teach some simple attacking and defensive moves. The corporate division is aimed at mixed teams who are new to the sport and may not want to compete at the same level as our existing KPMG Summer Touch League.

The first night of the KPMG Touch Super League saw the Titans win both its games. Playing for the first time at the sport’s new home at KGV and with a new sponsor in the form of KPMG in place, the first league of the season saw the three teams taking part each scoring touchdowns. ‘Passion for the sport has meant that we have had to increase the number of opportunities for players to play at a competitive level. We originally started with a 12-week summer league, quickly added an eight-week autumn league to finish the season and then in 2012, added the touch super league as the season opener,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray.

This year, Guernsey Touch would like to introduce a new business league to the summer season which is aimed at mixed teams who are new to the sport and may not want to compete at the same level as our existing KPMG Summer Touch League. The league will be open to mixed teams who have not taken part in either or summer or autumn leagues and are predominantly made up of players who are new to the sport. We accept that some existing players may decide to put together a work team and want to play in it and this will be accepted providing the large majority are new players. While it is being called a business league, we will not be strict about whether all the players work for one particular company. The idea is to get some new teams into the sport and playing in a league alongside teams who have a similar level of experience.

GUERNSEY Touch has agreed a three year sponsorship deal with KPMG Channel Islands. The agreement sees KPMG become the sole sponsor of the sport, which was launched in Guernsey 10 years ago. ‘The sport is one of the fastest growing in the island and started in 2004 when around a dozen players started playing. The first summer league took place in 2005 with just 12 teams and we now have a super league, summer league and autumn league, more than 350 players, tournaments and a successful record of representing the island at international tournaments,’ said chair Katrina Bray. ‘Securing a three year sponsorship deal with KPMG will allow us to continue building on that success. Their support will be absolutely invaluable and it’s an exciting time for them to be involved as we will also be moving to a new venue which we hope will be a permanent home for the sport.’

The KPMG Touch Super League is open to all players who have competed in at least one previous summer league, and is designed to improve the standard of touch in Guernsey by mixing players of different abilities and encouraging those more experienced players to pass on their skills. Teams will be selected and trained by Guernsey Touch coaches, and we hope to build on the success of the past two years to create the best and most competitive Super League yet! The important details can be found below: When (training sessions): Sunday mornings 9.30 till 11.30, from 2 March to 27 April (except Easter Sunday 20 April) When (league matches): Monday evenings 6.30 onwards, from 24 March to 28 April inclusive (except Easter Monday 21 April, when the league night moves to Tuesday 22 April) Where: KGV playing fields, the new home of Guernsey Touch! Entry fee: £25 per player (includes playing shirt which you get to keep)

Friday 28th March 2014 at Les Cotils 7pm start with first round beginning at 7.30pm £65 for a team of six which includes plentiful Ploughman's Supper That's right, the fundraising highlight of the Guernsey Touch calendar makes a welcome return on Friday 28th March. The Guernsey Touch quiz is a guaranteed night of fun, entertaining quiz questions, a unique and usually interactive bonus round and a well-stocked (and well-priced!) bar. We also have a raffle and prizes already confirmed include flights, massages and clothes vouchers. The legend that is Rollo de Sausmarez will be your compere for what is an unmissable night. Tickets, which cost £65 for a table of six, can be purchased from Anna Iles by emailing annailes@ymail.com

The Channel Islands' Championship will take place on Saturday 28th June 2014 at the Memorial Field, St Peter Port. The one day tournament will be open to mixed teams and player registration is £25 which includes lunch, dinner and first drink at the evening event. If you're interested in knowing more about the tournament or if you're from outside of the island and are keen to know more about getting to the island and where to stay then please get in touch by emailing info@guernseytouch.org.gg More details will be confirmed closer to the time.

Guernsey Touch has exciting news about a new sponsor and a new home. The information has been exclusively emailed to players and media announcements will be made shortly. If you haven't received the email then please let us know at info@guernseytouch.org.gg so we can check our database.

28th March - touch quiz at Les Cotils 31st March - Super League starts 14th May - Summer League starts 28th June - CI Championship 12th July - Beach Touch 30th July - Summer League finals We'll be in touch later this month with more details when we will hopefully have some exciting news about sponsors and venues!!

FNB's sponsorship comes to an end this year and so in order to raise additional funds, we are selling the Guernsey playing tops. Men's and ladies fits available in all sizes. £15 a top. Please email info@guernseytouch.org.gg with your size and preferred number.

Katrina Bray, chair of Guernsey Touch, has been elected to the sport’s world governing body. Miss Bray, who has been on the committee of Guernsey Touch since 2005 and chair since 2009, has joined the board of the Federation of International Touch. ‘It’s a real honour to have been asked to join FIT and I’m looking forward to playing a part in the continued growth of touch. Guernsey Touch has benefited enormously from being a FIT member and so I hope to be able to give something back,’ said Miss Bray. Miss Bray is a PR director of communications agency Liquid, which has offices in Guernsey, Jersey and England and was recently named in the top 150 consultancies in the UK and it is this experience that she will bring to FIT.

While the official 2013 season has come to an end, there are still social sessions happening on a Sunday afternoon. New and experienced players welcome to come along and play touch in a more relaxed environment. Sundays from 2pm - 3.30pm on the all weather pitch at KGV, Rue Cohu. Only trainers and astro boots to be worn.

GUERNSEY had to hand back the touch inter-insular trophy after winning the mixed game in a dramatic drop-off but losing both the men’s and ladies games. The annual tournament was played this year in Jersey and having won the trophy for the first time last year, the FNB sponsored Guernsey team were keen to retain the title but it wasn’t to be on the day. ‘All three teams put in a really solid performance and the games were very even. They all did their island proud and our hope is that with home advantage in 2014, we can add Guernsey’s name onto the trophy again,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray. The first game saw the ladies take to the field under the captaincy of Cliodhna Phelan. Jersey scored twice in the first half with one from a scoop and the other from a breakaway player. Bianca Symes scored Guernsey’s only touchdown after Claire Tostevin scooped and passed off to Symes to touchdown. But Jersey scored three more to end the game 5 – 1.

SOURCE took two of the five titles on offer in the FNB Summer Touch League, winning the Mixed A and the Ladies divisions. The 12 week league saw 34 teams taking part and 1,300 touchdowns being scored. ‘It was another fantastic FNB Summer Touch League with more than a thousand touchdowns being scored in just 12 weeks. It was great to see so many people taking part and enjoying the sport and we had a huge turnout for our presentation night,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray. ‘The league wouldn’t happen without the support of so many from St Peter Constables, Beau Sejour, our sponsors FNB, the committee, the referees and the players and we want to thank them all for making touch a continued success in the island.’ Martyn Banton from FNB presented prizes to the winning teams and to the highest touchdown scorers and most valued players from each division.

THE fourth beach touch tournament saw The John Waynes win three out of their four games to take the title. The event, which was sponsored by Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management, saw players divided into three teams and play in a round robin competition at Vazon. ‘We decided this year to hold the tournament after the CISX Channel Islands Championship to give the visiting players the opportunity to play on what is one of the island’s most popular beaches. There were a lot of tired legs but it was great to have a change of scene and play with new people, plus it also gave beachgoers the chance to see what touch is all about,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray. ‘We’ll look at ways that we can grow the tournament next year as it’s always a very sociable event as people enjoy the chance to combine their love of the beach and the game.’

GALAXY London came and conquered Saturday’s CISX Channel Islands’ Championship. The one day mixed tournament saw players from Guernsey, Jersey and the UK with eight teams taking part. ‘We couldn’t really have asked for more. The weather was fantastic, the rain the day before had really helped with the playing conditions, there were some highly competitive games of touch and as always a fantastic atmosphere between the players,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray. Galaxy London were the team to beat all day and dominated their games which in the group stages included a 12 – 0 win over Panthers and a 10 – 1 win over Electric Shocks. ‘Having the opportunity to play against non-local teams was the reason we first organised the tournament in 2008 as it gives our players invaluable experience and hopefully teach them new skills which they can use in the leagues,’ said Katrina.

THIS weekend’s CISX Channel Islands’ Championship will see teams from Guernsey and England compete. This year sees a change in format and a single location for the touch tournament. ‘Historically, it has been a two day tournament which has been open to mixed, men’s and ladies teams but we found that it was a big ask for players to play in both mixed and single sex teams, and in some cases referee as well so we have decided that this year it will be a mixed tournament held over one day,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray. ‘We’re hoping that it will increase the level of competition as players will only have their mixed games to focus on and it will also allow them to enjoy a bit more of what Guernsey has to offer.’ The tournament also moves from the Garenne Stand across the road to the Memorial Field.

GUERNSEY took on five European Nations at the recent Mainland Cup in Vienna. The two day touch tournament saw the FNB-sponsored men’s team from Guernsey finish fifth of the 11 teams taking part. ‘The guys put in a fantastic performance in Vienna and did the island proud. They faced some strong competition but played well and will have benefited enormously ahead of the forthcoming inter-insular,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray.

WITH only four weeks of the FNB Summer Touch League left, just four teams of the 34 taking part have won all of their games. Electric Shocks Mixed, Concept 360 Men’s, Office Solutions Gaels and Galaxy Ladies find themselves top of their respective tables thanks to their impressive clean sheet. Mixed A has seen a change at the top with Source Sorcerers, winners of last year’s FNB Summer Touch League, leapfrogging Concept 360 Mixed. Source has won eight of its nine games and top Mixed A with 26 points and three points behind having won seven of their nine is Concept 360. Galaxy Mixed and Lancaster Dam Busters continue to hold onto third and fourth places respectively with Galaxy on 19 points and Lancaster Dam Busters one point behind. Another victory has seen PWC Mixed 1 move into fifth place and they have 12 points having won two and lost six, which is two points ahead of Martel Dunn Mixed A. Specsavers Sharks remain at the bottom having yet to win a game.

FIVE defeats left Guernsey sixth out of six at the 2013 Home Nations Touch Championships. It was the first time Guernsey had officially taken part in the tournament and over the two days they played England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Jersey. ‘We always expected it to be a tough tournament with every game being challenging,’ said player coach Ollie Ward. ‘Although it would have been good to come away with some wins, the team played really well together and the focus now is on identifying areas of improvement ahead of next year’s European Touch Championship in Wales.’ The first game of the Home Nations was against England, who eventually finished in second place. Guernsey did well to score five touchdowns through Lucy Cochrane, Justeen Baker, Daniel Hainsworth, Carly Parrott and Chris Goddard and the final result was a 12 – 5 win to England.

THE first four weeks of the FNB Summer Touch League have seen a total of 467 touchdowns from the 34 teams taking part. In Mixed A, Concept 360 are hoping to win back the title from Source Sorcerers and are currently the only team to have won all five of their games giving them 15 points. Source are in second with 12 but they have a game in hand on the league leaders. Galaxy Mixed are third with 10 points having won three and lost one, Lancaster Dam Busters are in fourth with nine points having won two but they have played one more game than the three teams below them. Martel Dunn Mixed A are fifth with six points having won just one of their four games and are ahead of PWC Mixed A on touchdown difference. Specsavers Sharks are in seventh place having yet to win a game.

GUERNSEY heads to Dublin next week to take part in the 2013 Home Nations Touch Championships. This is the first time Guernsey has officially taken part in the tournament having been an invitational team back in 2007. ‘As touch across Europe becomes more and more popular, the demand for international tournaments increases. The European Federation of Touch, which sits underneath the Federation of International Touch, has been formalising the tournaments diary and so the European Championships will continue to be held every two years and then in the intervening years there will be the Home Nations and the Mainland Cup,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray. ‘The Home Nations was traditionally a tournament for England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland and the Mainland Cup was for France and Germany but under the new approach, the Channel Islands will be included in the Home Nations and the rest of Europe will compete in the Mainland Cup.’

The 2011 touch season has come to a close with 19 teams competing in the FNB Autumn Touch League. In a year which saw Guernsey represented at the World Cup, where they finished 10th, as well as a record number of teams and players taking part in the FNB Summer Touch League, the eight week finale attracted 19 teams across the mixed, men’s and ladies divisions. ‘The autumn league came about simply because of demand from players for another competition once the summer league was over. It’s always been smaller as the traditional winter sports of football, rugby and hockey have an impact but that doesn’t reduce the level of competition,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray.

FALCONS took on Tigers in the final of the inaugural FNB Indoor Touch Tournament. Following the success of the FNB Summer and Autumn Touch Leagues, demand from players led to Guernsey Touch organising a one day indoor touch tournament. ‘Touch is very much an outdoor sport but the enthusiasm from the players for a competition over the winter months meant we decided to experiment a little and organise touch indoors,’ said chair Katrina Bray. Players were asked to register individually and then organisers divided them into six teams. Falcons topped group one after winning both their games, Rockets came second and Spurs were third. In group two, Tigers won both their games to finish top, Kings came second and Wizards third. Falcons and Kings met in semi-final one but it was a one-sided game with Falcons winning 5 – 0 to secure a place in the final. Semi-final two was a closer game with Tigers beating Rockets 3 – 1.

A 12-touchdown spectacular saw Lancaster Dam Busters take the mixed title in the FNB Autumn Touch League. Going into Sunday’s final games, Electric Shocks, who had been strengthened by experienced island players Alec Bailey and Laura Cravo, were ahead of Lancaster Dam Busters on touchdown difference. After winning their last game of the season 8 – 3, Electric Shocks had a comfortable lead with Lancaster Dam Busters needing to finish their game with a lead of at least 10 to take the title. But in the last game of the afternoon, they beat The Pink Panthers 12 – 0 to clinch the title with an overall touchdown difference of just three.

THE three titles in the FNB Autumn Touch League will be decided on Sunday. The eight week league culminates on Sunday with the mixed title almost certainly won by Electric Shocks Mixed but the mens and ladies leagues still up for the taking. In the mixed league, Electric Shocks Mixed have won six of their seven games and with 19 points lead on touchdown difference ahead of Lancaster Dam Burgers who have also won six of their seven games. Martel-Dunn Recruits are in third with 17 points, having won five games and are just ahead of the Guernsey island ladies team on touchdown difference.

GUERNSEY has finished ninth in the mixed league of the European Touch Championship. The island went into the tournament hoping to better on its 2010 rankings when the mixed team took seventh but Guernsey as a whole finished sixth. ‘In 2010, we took four teams to the Euros but this year for a number of reasons including timing and costs, we were only able to take a mixed team. We knew this would have an impact on our overall ranking but we still hoped to improve our mixed position,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray. ‘Obviously it’s disappointing not to achieve our objective but the team has played to the very best of its abilities and is proud to have represented the island. They will come back with renewed focus to look at what we need to do ahead of 2014.

GUERNSEY needs two wins out of two at the European Touch Championship today after torrential rain forced the organisers to restructure the tournament. Games were stopped on Wednesday afternoon due to the weather and there was no action at the event in Treviso, northern Italy, until midday yesterday in order to give the ground time to dry. Having played two games on Wednesday, Guernsey was due to play two yesterday but only the game against Switzerland took place. Guernsey plays France and Italy today and need to win both games to be in with a chance of getting a quarter final place. ‘The weather means the organisers have had to change the tournament format and so now instead of having a second round of pool games before semi-finals and finals, the mixed open teams will play the remaining pool games with the top four from each pool going through to the quarter finals,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray.

TORRENTIAL rain in Italy means organisers of the European Touch Championship have said no games will be played until at least midday today. Yesterday saw the first day of the five-day tournament with Guernsey aiming to retain its sixth place ranking. The mixed team’s first game against current European champions Ireland saw 14 touchdowns being scored in the 40 minute game. The greens scored straight from the tap off with Owain Norman scoring on his international debut for the island. Ireland replied with two touchdowns before Sam Stables intercepted an Irish pass and headed for the touchdown zone to even the score. Ireland took the lead once more before Carly Parrott broke away at the halfway line to finish the first half 3 – 3.

GUERNSEY will be heading to the European Touch Championship next week aiming to maintain its sixth place ranking. After the 2010 Euros in Bristol, Guernsey as a nation was ranked sixth but gained points because it had four teams at the tournament. This time, just a mixed team will represent the island at the five day tournament in Italy. ‘This is the first time since 2004 that we have not sent more than one team but the tournament is longer than ever and unusually is during the school term to avoid the peak summer temperatures,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray. ‘The organisers have also stipulated that teams are there the day before and so we are away for a week, which is a huge commitment in terms of time for every player and it also adds to the expense. We’re lucky to have sponsorship from FNB but players still need to pay hundreds of pounds to attend.

GUERNSEY’S name will finally be engraved on the touch inter-insular trophy after an exciting afternoon of games. For the first time since the competition began in 2005, Guernsey won two of the three games to take the overall title. ‘What an amazing afternoon of touch and an historic day for Guernsey Touch. Every year, we have hoped it would be our year and have been disappointed but we knew our teams were strong this year as there was a good mix of experienced players and newer players who were keen to make their mark,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray. ‘It could literally have gone either way. The tension in the crowd was pretty intense as the minutes ticked away in the deciding game but Guernsey held on and there was a pretty loud cheer when the final whistle blew.’

WITH one week of the FNB Summer Touch League left, two of the winners have already been decided. Lancaster Dam Busters will take the Mixed B trophy and Electric Shocks the Mixed C honours but the winners of Mixed A, the Men’s and the Ladies’ divisions will be decided on the last night. ‘It’s been another great season and it’s good to see that we have three divisions without a clear winner which gives teams everything to play for as we reach the final week,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray. ‘This was the first year that the mixed teams stayed in the same division for the whole season and it’s been a huge success as the teams have had far more competitive games each week. We have seen an increase yet again in the standard of play across all the divisions and we’re thrilled with the way the season has gone as we have had even more players taking part than in previous years.’

GUERNSEY will be hoping that the home advantage will give them the touch inter-insular title for the first time in the tournament’s eight year history. The annual event, which sees the men’s, ladies and mixed teams from each island compete, has been won by Jersey since it first began in 2005 but last year’s games were the closest yet with Guernsey winning the ladies 3-2, losing the men’s 3 -1 and the mixed 9 - 6. ‘Touch has been played in Jersey for far longer than it has in Guernsey but despite that the gap between the two islands has been closing year on year. Last year’s games were incredibly close and it was hard to see which team was going to win until the final whistle. The results could so easily have been the other way,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray. ‘We’re hoping that this year will be Guernsey’s year as all three teams have been training hard and are determined to keep the trophies.’

THE five divisions in the FNB Summer Touch League are wide open at the halfway point. For the first time, 20 mixed teams were divided into three divisions based on their performance in the 2011 league and will play each other twice over the course of the 12 week 2012 season. ‘Historically the mixed teams have been divided into three leagues at the start of the season and then halfway through are regrouped depending on their success. Now that the sport is firmly established, we felt we could change the format to increase the level of competition as teams are now in divisions which are more evenly matched,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray.

Monkey Mayhem won the Men’s Cup in the recent Channel Islands Stock Exchange Club Championship. The team played Galaxy and at full-time, the score was 3 – 3 forcing the game to a dropoff. Neither team scored from their first possession of the ball but Monkey Mayhem eventually crossed into the touchdown zone to take the trophy with a 4 – 3 win. Left to right..... Mark ‘ Sharky’ Bristowe Prefers playing at night to avoid the sun, Sharky struggles with injury but is a dedicated player and puts in the effort and the pace despite the pain. Chris Goddard Been playing for a number of years but quietly been climbing the ladder and is now an important part of the Guernsey Touch committee as well as captain of the Guernsey Mixed team heading to the European Championship. A dedicated player who makes a big impact on the field without drawing attention to himself.

THE five divisions in the FNB Summer Touch League are wide open at the halfway point. For the first time, 20 mixed teams were divided into three divisions based on their performance in the 2011 league and will play each other twice over the course of the 12 week 2012 season. ‘Historically the mixed teams have been divided into three leagues at the start of the season and then halfway through are regrouped depending on their success. Now that the sport is firmly established, we felt we could change the format to increase the level of competition as teams are now in divisions which are more evenly matched,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray.

GUERNSEY teams scooped two out of three trophies at this year’s CISX Channel Islands’ Championship. The two-day tournament saw teams from Guernsey, Jersey and the UK taking part with more than 150 players competing. ‘It was another successful tournament with a very high standard of touch. The visiting teams increases the competitiveness of the tournament as it allows local teams to play against teams that they are unfamiliar with. The reputation of the CISX Channel Islands’ Championship is growing all the time and our aim is to continue growing it and attracting more teams from across Europe to the island,’ said Guernsey Touch chair,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray.

CRUSADERS cruised into the final of FNB Super League and will take on Hawks in what is the culmination of the first league of Guernsey Touch’s 2013 season. A 10 – 4 win over Reptiles in the semi-finals secured a place in the final for Crusaders where they will meet Hawks who beat Warriors 4 – 3 in a closely fought game. ‘The FNB Super League is the perfect way of starting the season as it gives players the opportunity to play alongside people they wouldn’t normally and learn new skills which they can share with their regular sides,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray. Unlike the FNB Summer and Autumn Touch Leagues, which run in a traditional league format with teams entering as a whole, the FNB Super League sees players registering as individuals and then being divided into four teams.

THE first league of Guernsey Touch’s 2013 season reaches the semi-finals stage on Sunday. The FNB Super League was introduced last year as a way of launching the season and offering an opportunity for players to compete at a more competitively even standard. ‘The FNB Summer and Autumn Touch Leagues are run in a traditional format with teams entering as a whole and so the standard is very different when you compare the experienced teams to those who are relatively new to the sport. The FNB Super League is different in that players enter individually and then are divided into four teams of relatively equal standard,’ said chair of Guernsey Touch Katrina Bray. ‘Our ultimate aim is to encourage players to work closely with people they wouldn’t normally be in a team with and learn from one another. They will then take the skills they have learnt from the FNB Super League and share them with their usual league teams.’

GUERNSEY Touch starts its 2012 season next week with a new league. The FNB Super League will see more than 60 players divided into four teams to compete in an eight week competition. ‘The FNB Summer and Autumn Touch Leagues are run in a traditional format with teams entering as a whole. The FNB Super League will be different in that players have entered and then been divided into four teams of equal standard,’ said chair of Guernsey Touch Katrina Bray. ‘The aim of the league is to provide players with the opportunity of playing with players they wouldn’t normally, share skills and then hopefully take those skills back to their usual league teams and improve the standard of touch being played.’ The four teams called Eagles, Flames, Sabres and Sharks will each play each other twice before the semi-finals and finals.

JERSEY retained the touch inter-insular but it could so easily have gone Guernsey’s way. The annual event, which sees the men’s, ladies and mixed teams from each island compete, has been won by Jersey since it first began in 2005 but this year’s games were the closest yet. ‘Every game was full of drama and it was hard to see which team was going to win until the final whistle. Both islands continue to improve year on year which is testament to the hard work of the players, coaches and the committees who invest so much time, energy and finances into making touch as successful as it is,’ said chair of Guernsey Touch Katrina Bray. June’s World Cup, which both Guernsey and Jersey sent mixed teams to, meant there were no other international tournaments this summer and so both islands had to use mixed team players to supplement the men’s and the ladies’ teams.

THE 2011 FNB Touch Summer League draws to a close this week with five of the six trophies still to be decided. Only the men’s division has a clear winner with one game to go as PwC is on 30 points having recorded 10 wins. They are a point ahead of Concept 360, made up predominantly of the 1st XI rugby team, who have already played all of their fixtures and finish the season with 29 points. Galaxy Touch could steal second place from Concept 360 as they are just two points behind and could gain three points if they were to beat KPMG All Stars, currently lying 11th, on Wednesday.

GALAXY scooped two out of three trophies at the CISX Channel Islands’ Championship. The two-day tournament saw teams from Guernsey, Jersey, England, Scotland and Wales take part with more than 150 players competing including around 60 from off-island. ‘It was a huge success, no doubt the best CISX Channel Islands’ Championship we have had so far. The increased number of entries led to an extremely high level of touch and it was fantastic to see local teams competing against teams from Jersey and the UK,’ said Guernsey Touch chair,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray. The 10 mixed teams were divided into two pools with the top three teams in each division meeting in the cup, plate and bowl finals. The six men’s and six ladies teams were also divided into two pools with the results deciding which teams were in the cup, plate and bowl finals.

A RECORD number of teams and players will compete in next weekend’s CISX Channel Islands’ Championship. The two-day tournament, which is now in its fourth year, will see teams from Guernsey, Jersey, England, Scotland and Wales take part. More than 150 players will play over the weekend including around 60 from off-island. ‘We are absolutely delighted with the number of teams that have entered the CISX Channel Islands’ Championship. We established the tournament to give local players the opportunity to play off-island teams and to encourage people to come to Guernsey and the entries this year demonstrate that we have achieved that,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray. ‘We have teams from the UK who have never been to the island before so we’re hoping the weather will be kind and that we have a great weekend of touch.’

GUERNSEY returns home from the Touch World Cup as winners of the Mixed Open Bowl. In what was its first time at the tournament, the island has finished ninth in the world and every player is returning home with a gold medal. ‘This is an amazing achievement and one which has exceeded all of our expectations. We have had a phenomenal tournament, every player has proved that they fully deserved to be part of this squad and every one of them can be extremely proud that they are returning home with medals and silverware,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray. The five day tournament, which brought more than 100 teams from 27 different countries to Edinburgh, saw Guernsey seeded 10th at the beginning and they finished one place higher.

TWO great performances saw Guernsey reach the final of the Mixed Open Bowl at the Touch World Cup. Competing for the first time in the event, which has attracted more than 100 teams from 27 different nations, the island will now finish as one of the top 10 mixed national teams in the world. 'It's amazing, a simply brilliant performance by the team and they deserve this recognition after months of training and preparation. In terms of size, Guernsey is the smallest nation competing and so to be in the top 10 is a massive achievement,' said chair of Guernsey Touch Katrina Bray. Throughout the tournament, Guernsey has played nine men and seven women in each game but with Marie Stefani and Georgia Smith being ruled out by injury, there was little choice but to play with nine men and just five women and every player rose to the challenge.

GUERNSEY'S third day of games at the Touch World saw the standard of touch increase significantly. After finishing second in their pool in the preliminary round, the Greens found themselves in a pool with England, Scotland, USA and Niue. After losing to England on Thursday, Guernsey had three games in Edinburgh today. The first game was against USA and saw the Americans score two touchdowns before Guernsey settled into the game and pulled one back through Mark Rodliffe. USA scored once more to end the first half 3 - 1. Guernsey's second half saw them dominate the scoring with touchdowns from Matt Brehaut, Carly Parrott, Aaron Le Masurier and Justeen Baker to give them five. USA scored twice more to tie the game. However the Americans disputed the score and claimed to have won the game 6 - 5 despite the referees agreeing the game was a tie. The matter was taken to a judicial hearing who ruled against USA and the 5 - 5 draw was confirmed.

TOUCHDOWN difference retained Guernsey second place in Pool A of the Touch World Cup behind current Mixed Open champions New Zealand. Despite losing the last of its preliminary pool games, the Greens finished second with a touchdown difference of minus two compared to third place Singapore's minus 18. Guernsey's first game of day two of the tournament saw another early morning fixture as they took on Singapore on what was a very muddy pitch. Singapore took an early lead before Matt Brehaut did a five metre dive towards the line to even the score. Singapore drew ahead to end the first half 3 - 2. In the second half, the play was evenly matched with Clio Phelan drawing Guernsey level before Singapore took the lead once more and kept it until the last whistle.

GUERNSEY has started its Touch World Cup with two wins and a defeat on the first day of the five day tournament. The event, which is taking place in Edinburgh, has attracted over 100 teams from 28 different nations. Guernsey was originally seeded 10th in the mixed open tournament but the late withdrawal by Fiji and Papua New Guinea saw them jump to ninth. 'It was certainly unexpected. We had planned for games against USA, Australia, England and Belgium and with less than 24 hours to go until the first game, we were redrawn into a pool with New Zealand, Belgium, Italy and Singapore,' said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray. 'Thankfully the Guernsey players took it all in their stride and were definitely ready to play the first game which was a bit special as we were the first team to play on the main grandstand pitch.'

GUERNSEY will head to next week’s World Cup with increased confidence after returning from a European tournament with a piece of silverware. Playing under the Green Army name at the GIF club level tournament in Paris, the team won the Mixed Bowl. ‘The team was predominantly our World Cup mixed squad and was the ideal opportunity for us to play at a much higher level than we can when we are training. It was an excellent way for us to practice our attacking moves and our defensive play and identify areas that we need to work on ahead of next week’s World Cup,’ said Guernsey captain Ollie Ward.

A RECORD number of touch teams is taking part in what is the first league sponsored by FNB. The 2011 FNB Touch Summer League has attracted 39 teams, an increase of two on the entries from last year. Organisers have once again had to add two additional nights of games to ensure all of the fixtures can be played within the 12 week season. ‘Each year we continue to be amazed that new teams coming forward. The enthusiasm for touch in the island continues to grow and we’re now at the stage where we’ll need to cap the number of teams taking part or increase the number of fields we play on. That’s a great position to be in for a sport that began in 2005,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray. ‘We’re also delighted to welcome FNB as the league sponsor. They have made a three year commitment to the sport which will allow us to continue to grow and increase the number of people playing this popular sport.’

GUERNSEY Touch has named a 16 strong squad to represent the island at the Touch World Cup next month. It will be the first time that Guernsey has been represented at the five-day tournament which has attracted more than 100 teams from 28 different countries including Japan, America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, England, France, Italy and Germany. ‘The 16 who have been chosen have worked incredibly hard over the winter and fully deserve their place in the team. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent the island on the world stage and everyone is looking forward to it,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray who will travel to the tournament as team manager.

GUERNSEY will be represented for the first time at the Touch World Cup. Guernsey Touch has confirmed that it will be sending a mixed team to represent the island at the week-long tournament in June. Guernsey will join more than 100 teams from 28 different countries including Japan, America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, England, France, Italy and Germany. ‘This is an incredibly exciting development for touch in Guernsey. We’ve invested heavily in raising the standard of play over the last few years and feel that the time is right to send a team to represent the island at the World Cup,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray. Last year Guernsey Touch took four teams to represent the island at the European Championship and following the tournament was ranked sixth in Europe.