Another record breaking year
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.’
The mixed divisions once again has 19 teams, the men’s has one more bringing it to 12 as does the ladies which sees eight teams compete.
The mixed divisions play in a round robin for five weeks before being reseeded for the remainder of the season with the top two going into Mixed A, the middle two going into Mixed B and the bottom two or three going into Mixed C. After four weeks, it is still too close to see
which teams will end up where.
In Mixed A, Concept 360 is leading on touchdown difference having won all four of its games. Martel-Dunn One has also won all four of its game and the two teams meet on Wednesday to decide who will finish top. Touch & Go is in third having won two and lost two, Ogier is in fourth having won one and lost three and just behind on touchdown difference is 2 pints of lager and a packet. Electric Shocks is in sixth place having lost all four of its games.
In Mixed B, PwC 1 is just ahead of last season’s runner-up Source Sorcerers on touchdown difference with both teams having won three of their games and drawn the tight game they played against each other. Panthers is in third place having won two and lost two with Specsavers Sharks in fourth having won one, drawn one and lost two. Cardiac Action Group has had the same results but is in fifth on touchdown difference and in their first season Babbe is in sixth having yet to win a game.
Last season’s Mixed winners Galaxy Touch lead Mixed C, which has seven teams in, having won all five of their games. Martel Dunn Too is in second having won four and lost one and just behind on touchdown difference is Don’t Touch My Panther. PwC 2 is the only team to have played all six of its first half’s games and has 11 points after winning two, drawing one and losing three. Can’t Touch Liz is in fifth after winning one, drawing two and losing two, Collas Crill Pink Sox is in sixth having drawn one and lost four and another league newcomer Generali Black Knights is in seventh having yet to win a game.
Martel Dunn Too captain Tristan Boscher is currently the highest touchdown scorer over the three mixed divisions having scored 10 in total.
In the Men’s league, which won’t see any reseeding at the halfway point and will be determined by league positions, last year’s runner up Source Temp Tigers is top having started the season with five wins. PwC has also won all of its games but with a game in hand, finds itself in second place. One point behind is Concept 360, last year’s winners under a new name and made up of Guernsey’s 1st XI rugby team and on the same points but in fourth on touchdown difference is Galaxy Touch.
Martel-Dunn Recruits is in fifth having won two and lost two and with the same results but one touchdown difference is The Cornerstone Exiles in sixth. Millennium presents Sons of Panthers is seventh having won four, lost one and drawn one with Ogier, the only other team to have played five games, in eighth having won one and lost four. The Guernsey Rugby Academy Colts team is ninth having won one and lost three and just behind on touchdown difference is KPMG All Stars. Having yet to win a game, Specsavers Stags and Mozanne’s Rebels find themselves in eleventh and twelfth respectively.
Charlie Moore from Source Temp Tigers is the leading touchdown scorers with 10.
Last year’s winner A Woman’s Touch leads the ladies division having won all five of their games. Galaxy Touch is in second having won four and lost won and Source Seductresses in their first summer league is third having won three, drawn one and lost one. Specsavers Sirens is fourth having won two, drawn one and lost two, one point behind is PwC and with the same points but behind on touchdown difference is Guernsey Ladies Rugby Club. Martel- Dunn Recruits and Hot Panths are seventh and eighth having yet to win a game.
Emma Curtis from A Woman’s Touch is the leading touchdown scorer having scored nine of the team’s 20 so far this season.
Games are played on Wednesday evenings from 6pm at Cambridge Park and spectators are welcome.