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, Source Sorcerers leads the division with 19 points having won six of their seven games. Concept 360 is in second but has a game in hand and is the only mixed team across all of the divisions to have won all of their games. PwC Mixed A is third with 16 points from four wins and a draw and one point behind them in fourth is Galaxy Guernsey on 15. Martel-Dunn Too is in fifth having won one and drawn two, Specsavers Sharks is in sixth with 10 points and facing certain relegation is Martel-Dunn One who have yet to win a game.
Lancaster Dam Busters heads up Mixed B with 20 points having won six of its seven games. Blades are in second place with 17 points but have a game in hand and a stronger touchdown difference. Collas Crill Pink Sox and The Panthers both have 14 points but Collas Crill Pink Sox is ahead on touchdown difference. PwC Mixed B is fifth having won two games and lost five and Can’t Touch Liz and Ogiers both have 10 points but the Elizabeth College teachers are just ahead of the lawyers on touchdown difference.
Just four points separate first and fifth place in Mixed C, which on paper appears to be the closest division. With five wins and a draw, Electric Shocks leads the division with 18 points and two points behind them is Babbe. Crazy Horses are in third with 15 points and with 14 points is both Cardiac Action Group and L’Eree Confidential but its Cardiac Action Group who take fourth on touchdown difference. 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 eight of its games to take the lead with 24 points, two more than Galaxy Mens who are in second place. Martel-Dunn Too and Cornerstone Exiles both have 20 points having won six of their eight games but Martel-Dunn Too take third on touchdown difference. The six teams from fifth to 10th place all have a game in hand. PwC Mens is in fourth place with 16 points, one ahead of Source Temp Tigers. Office Solution Gaels and Specsavers Stags both have 12 but the optical group has a worse touchdown difference. Colts and Mustangs both have 11 points and having lost all eight of their games, Electric Shock Mens and Martel-Dunn One find themselves at the bottom.
In the ladies division, there is a three way tie at the top of the table. Martel Dunn Too Ladies, Galaxy Ladies and Source Seductresses all have 23 points but Martel Dunn Too is top on touchdown difference having played one more game than Galaxy who are second. Source Seductresses have also played nine games but their touchdown difference puts them in third place. Spearpoint Amazonians is in fourth with 20 points, Hot Panths is in fifth with 16 points, three ahead of Specsavers Sirens who have a game in hand. PwC is seventh with 13 points and losing all nine 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 are now in 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