ALL TO PLAY FOR IN FNB SUMMER TOUCH LEAGUE
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.
In Mixed A, Concept 360 is the only mixed team across all of the divisions to have won all six of their games. It leads Mixed A with 18 and a touchdown difference of 35 having scored 52 and let just 17 past. Two points behind them is Source Sorcerers with 16 points having won every game but the one against Concept. PwC Mixed A is third with 13 points from three wins and a draw and one point behind them in fourth is Galaxy Guernsey on 12. Martel-Dunn Too is in fifth having won one and drawn two, Specsavers Sharks is in sixth with nine points and facing certain relegation is Martel-Dunn One who have yet to win a game.
Blades and Lancaster Dam Busters head up Mixed B having both won five of their six games but it’s Blades that take the top spot on touchdown difference. Collas Crill Pink Sox is in third with 13 points, two more than The Panthers who are in fourth. Can’t Touch Liz and Ogiers both have nine points but Elizabeth College teachers are just ahead of the lawyers on touchdown difference. PwC Mixed B is one point behind having won one game and lost the remaining five.
Just four points separate first and fifth place in Mixed C, which on paper appears to be the closest division. With four wins and a draw, Electric Shocks leads the division with 15 points and one point behind them is Crazy Horses. L’Eree Confidential and Babbe both have 13 points but L’Eree Confidential takes third spot on touchdown difference. Cardiac Action Group has 11 points and Too Fast To Focus has yet to win a game in their first season of touch and are in sixth place.
The mixed teams have also competed in a cup competition where a random draw was made and winning teams progressed through to the next round. That competition saw Concept 360 beat Source Sorcerers 7 – 3 to take the title.
In the Men’s division, the 12 teams will play each other twice over the duration of the season to decide the winner.
Concept 360 continues its winning ways having won all seven of its games to take the lead with 21 points, two more than Martel-Dunn Too and Galaxy Mens who are in second and third respectively. Cornerstone Exiles is fourth with 17 points and then there are just three points separating the next five teams. PwC Mens has 13 points, Source Temp Tigers has 12, Office Solution Gaels and Specsavers Stags both have 11 and Colts has 10. Mustangs has eight points and having lost all seven of their games, Electric Shock Mens and Martel-Dunn One find themselves at the bottom.
Galaxy Ladies is three points clear at the top of the eight strong ladies league having won seven of eight games. Martel-Dunn Too and Source Seductresses are in second and third place respectively with 20 points each and Spearpoint Amazonians is in fourth with 17 points. Hot Panths is in fifth with 15 points, two ahead of Specsavers Sirens in sixth. PwC is seventh with 12 points and losing all eight of its fixtures sees Martel-Dunn One in the bottom spot.
‘The first half of the FNB Summer Touch League has seen an incredible standard of touch being played. Our aim is to find ways of improving year on year and hopefully the new format of the mixed divisions is providing teams with some competitive games,’ said Katrina.
‘As we head into the second half, teams will be looking for promotion or fighting to avoid relegation and so I’m sure we can expect to see some surprising results before the end of the season.’
Outside of the league, training is well underway for the inter-insular against Jersey on Saturday 4th August and for the European Championship in Italy in September.
Anyone interested in playing touch can find out more at www.guernseytouch.org.gg and spectators are welcome at Cambridge Park on Wednesday nights from 6pm until 9pm.
Full results and forthcoming fixtures can be found at www.guernseytouch.leaguerepublic.com