A busy month for Guernsey Touch
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.
‘Both islands have seen quite a lot of change with some experienced players either retiring or moving away and so it’s impossible to know which way it will go. The teams have been training hard and hopefully being on home soil will help us,’ said Katrina.
The Guernsey mixed squad, who will represent the island at the European Championship taking place over the second weekend of August, have just returned from a tournament in Gif-sur-Yvette on the outskirts of Paris. Drawn in a difficult group, they drew five all against Oxford Touch, lost 8 – 0 against eventual tournament winners Bareback Riders and then drew five all against Courant D’rs. In the quarter final of the bowl, Guernsey beat Zurich Geezers 8 – 3 but then lost their semi-final against Toulouse 3 – 2. In the play-offs they beat Courant D’rs 5 – 1.
‘It can be difficult for our representative sides to get the experience they need ahead of international tournaments but this was a good event to attend and helped us identify the areas which need to be worked om,’ said Katrina.
The weekend after the inter-insular sees teams from the UK travelling to Guernsey for the Channel Islands Championship. The one day mixed tournament was established by Guernsey Touch in 2008 with the aim of encouraging visiting teams to the island and giving local teams the chance to play different sides.
‘These one day events take up a lot of time but they are great ways of showcasing touch to a wider audience. However, they wouldn’t happen without the players from the KPMG Touch Summer League teams coming forward and wanting to take part,’ said Katrina.
The KPMG Touch Summer League being played for the first time at KGV, which is the new home of Guernsey Touch, has attracted 29 teams, including five teams who have never played before taking part in the newly formed business and social division.
In Mixed A, Source Sorcerers are leading on touchdown difference having won all their games so far but chasing their heels are Intertrust 1 who also have nine points from their three games. Galaxy Standard Chartered are third with six points having won one, drawn one and lost one and just a point behind are Lancaster Dam Busters who have won one and lost two. Electric Shocks are fifth with four points having drawn one and lost two and Healthspan Harlequins are bottom with three points.
Intertrust 2 are heading up Mixed B with nine points as they’re the only team to have won all three games with L’Eree Confidential one point behind. Specsavers Sharks have won two and lost one to give them seven points and Collas Crill Pink Sox are fourth with five points. Marlborough Panthers are bottom having lost all three of their games.
In a repeat of previous men’s divisions, Concept 360 and Source Temp Tigers are dominating with both teams winning all five of their games so far this season but it’s Concept 360 who take the top spot on touchdown difference. Galaxy Standard Chartered are third with 12 points having won three, drawn one and lost one, Healthspan Hurricanes are two points behind them in fourth with Electric Shocks in fifth with nine points. Christies Exiles and Specsavers Stags both have seven points having won one and lost four but Christies Exiles are ahead on touchdown difference. GRA Colts are bottom having yet to win a game.
In the ladies division, Martel Dunn are leading with nine points having won two, drawn one and lost one but just a point behind and with a game in hand is Galaxy Standard Chartered. Hot Panths are third with seven points, Source Seductresses are fourth with five and Specsavers Sirens are bottom.
In the business and social division, the GRA Under 15s are leading with six points but have a game in hand on their closest rivals Intertrust Corporate who also have six points. Guernsey Touch sponsors KPMG have entered a team and are third with five points, one ahead of IPES Impalas who have four. BWCI have yet to win a game and are bottom.
Information about touch can be found at www.guernseytouch.org.gg