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FNB SUPER LEAGUE CONTINUES TO RAISE STANDARD

THE first league of Guernsey Touch’s 2013 season reaches the semi-finals stage on Sunday.

The FNB Super League was introduced last year as a way of launching the season and offering an opportunity for players to compete at a more competitively even standard.

‘The FNB Summer and Autumn Touch Leagues are run in a traditional format with teams entering as a whole and so the standard is very different when you compare the experienced teams to those who are relatively new to the sport. The FNB Super League is different in that players enter individually and then are divided into four teams of relatively equal standard,’ said chair of Guernsey Touch Katrina Bray.

‘Our ultimate aim is to encourage players to work closely with people they wouldn’t normally be in a team with and learn from one another. They will then take the skills they have learnt from the FNB Super League and share them with their usual league teams.’

The four teams called Warriors, Crusaders, Reptiles and Hawks have taken part in a three week league ahead of semi-finals on Sunday and the finals and the week after.

Having won two and lost one of their games, Warriors head up the table on touchdown difference after their 11 – 5 win over Hawks last weekend. Crusaders have also won two and lost one but with a touchdown difference of one find themselves in second place.

Reptiles started the season with a 10 – 5 win over Warriors but having lost their other games find themselves in third and Hawks are in fourth on touchdown difference having won one and lost two.

On Sunday, Warriors take on Hawks at 2.30pm and the Crusaders play Reptiles at 3.20pm to decide which teams go into the final and which two will have to settle for the play-off. Both games will be played at Blanchelande.

‘Once the FNB Super League has finished then our attention turns to the FNB Summer Touch League which will once again take place over 12 weeks and will involve mixed, men’s and ladies teams,’ said Katrina.

‘We are also looking at which away tournaments the island teams will be competing at and training has already begun in preparation for those trips. ‘

A new Guernsey Touch website will be launched within the next week and anyone interested in playing touch can find out more at www.guernseytouch.org.gg or email coach@guernseytouch.org.gg