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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.