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Falcons fly to victory in inaugural FNB Indoor Touch Touchment

FALCONS took on Tigers in the final of the inaugural FNB Indoor Touch Tournament.

Following the success of the FNB Summer and Autumn Touch Leagues, demand from players led to Guernsey Touch organising a one day indoor touch tournament.

‘Touch is very much an outdoor sport but the enthusiasm from the players for a competition over the winter months meant we decided to experiment a little and organise touch indoors,’ said chair Katrina Bray.

Players were asked to register individually and then organisers divided them into six teams. Falcons topped group one after winning both their games, Rockets came second and Spurs were third. In group two, Tigers won both their games to finish top, Kings came second and Wizards third.

Falcons and Kings met in semi-final one but it was a one-sided game with Falcons winning 5 – 0 to secure a place in the final. Semi-final two was a closer game with Tigers beating Rockets 3 – 1.

In the games to decide the final placings, all six teams crossed into the touchdown zone. In the fifth and sixth play-off, Wizards beat Spurs 4 – 1 and in the third and fourth play-off, Rockets beat Kings 3 – 1.

The final between Falcons and Tigers saw just three touchdowns with Falcons winning 2 – 1.

‘We weren’t sure how touch would translate as an indoor sport but it worked well. We simply reduced the number of players as the pitches were narrower and played as we would do outside, although there probably weren’t as many diving touchdowns as you might have on a softer grass pitch,’ said Bray.

‘It was a hugely successful tournament and we’ll definitely look to do something like this again.’

Anyone wanting to know more about touch in Guernsey can email info@guernseytouch.org.gg