Double triple for Source in KPMG Touch Summer League
Source made it three out of three for the second year running by winning the mixed, men’s and women’s divisions in this year’s KPMG Touch Summer League.
The Try Babies, the Guernsey under 18 team, and Investec Zebras also took home silverware by winning the Business A and Business B leagues.
‘Finals night was as competitive as ever and there were some really close games,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Ollie Ward.
‘We’ve seen over 300 players taking part in the league and hundreds of touchdowns scored over the 12 weeks. Putting on a league of this size, ensuring every game has referees, that the pitches are marked, scorecards are ready and all the other necessary administration is a huge undertaking for the committee who are all volunteers but it’s very rewarding when we see the standard of touch being played.’
In the mixed division, Source took the title beating Electric Shocks 5 – 2 with a hat-trick from Ollie Ward and two from Richard Duchemin for the champions and Sophie Ferbrache and Adam Greening scoring for the Guernsey Electricity sponsored team. JGA finished third with a 6 – 2 win over Healthspan Harlequins with Intertrust coming fifth. Source was presented with the new perpetual mixed league trophy named after the founder of Guernsey Touch Andrew Hutton in recognition of his efforts to establish the sport in Guernsey.
Most valued player (MVP) awards for the mixed division went to Pierre Vermeulen from JGA and Sophie Ferbrache.
In the men’s division, two touchdowns from Anthony Armstrong and one apiece from Ollie Ward, Tom Zierer and Harry Burns gave Source the win they needed for the silverware beating Electric Shocks 5 – 3 with touchdowns for the Guernsey Electricity side coming from J-P Bourgaize who scored twice and Michel Preece. A hat-trick from Adam Rawles helped Healthspan Hurricanes beat JGA 6 – 5 to take third place with Intertrust taking fifth with a 4 – 3 win over Christies. KPMG came seventh and the Guernsey ladies team were eighth. Intertrust’s Wing Kin Lai won the MVP award.
In the ladies, Source won the league with a 3 – 0 win over JGA with touchdowns from Rebekah Fant, Fiona Ashworth and Carly Parrott. Oracle Hot Panths came third with a 3 – 2 win over Healthspan Hawks and Shockettes came fifth. MVP for the ladies was Natalie Le Page from Healthspan.
Five touchdowns from Harry Burns was more than enough to give The Try Babies the title in Business A as they beat PwC 5 – 2 with Katherine Daunt scoring both of the accountancy firm’s touchdowns. A hat-trick from Harry Phillips helped the Guernsey Rugby Academy under 14 team beat Collas Crill 6 – 4 to take third with Team Roo in fifth. Phillips was the division’s male MVP with Rhianna Barnes from PwC being the ladies.
Ed Blewett scored twice with one each from Louise Martel and Rupert Iles to give Investec Zebras a 4 – 3 win over Intertrust and the Business B trophy. Ipes came third with a 9 – 2 win over BWCI including four from David Davison, league sponsors KPMG Stingrays came fifth after beating Aon Avengers 4 – 2. Ed Blewett was named male MVP with Heather Rose from Intertrust taking the ladies award.
Referee of the season was long-standing player and referee Dave Strawbridge.
After the league presentations were made, trophies were also given out to the Guernsey teams that took part in the European Championship earlier this year. Most improved trophies went to Laura Middleton for the women’s, Chris Ferbrache for the men’s and Rhianna Barnes for the mixed. Best and Fairest trophies went to Hannah Dunnell for the women’s, Harry Burns for the men’s and Wing Kin Lai for the mixed. The Turner Trophy for the player’s player in the mixed team went to Matthew Armstrong with Debbie Paul being recognised for her dedication to the sport with the Contribution to Guernsey Touch trophy.