FNB Touch Summer League draws to a close.
THE 2011 FNB Touch Summer League draws to a close this week with five of the six trophies still to be decided.
Only the men’s division has a clear winner with one game to go as PwC is on 30 points having recorded 10 wins. They are a point ahead of Concept 360, made up predominantly of the 1st XI rugby team, who have already played all of their fixtures and finish the season with 29 points. Galaxy Touch could steal second place from Concept 360 as they are just two points behind and could gain three points if they were to beat KPMG All Stars, currently lying 11th, on Wednesday.
Source Temp Tigers have 25 points and have played all 11 of their games and will hold onto fourth spot as Martel-Dunn Recruits who are behind them in fifth with 23 points have also played all their fixtures. Cornerstone Exiles are currently in sixth with 21 points but face the leaders in their last game. Millennium presents sons of are in seventh with 19 points, Specsavers Stags are eighth with 17 points, Colts and Ogier both have 16 points but it’s Colts who sneak ahead on touchdown difference and have a game in hand. Mozannes Rebels are bottom of the table with 10 points having lost all of their games so far.
In the ladies division, which like the men’s is playing a points based competition, Galaxy Touch and last year’s winners A Woman’s Touch could both take the trophy. Galaxy is currently first with 37 points but one point behind them is A Woman’s Touch. Source Seductresses, in their first summer season, is third with 28 and Specsavers Sirens is one point behind in fourth. Guernsey Ladies Rugby Club is in fifth with 22 and one point behind them is Martel-Dunn Recruits. Just one point separates Hot Panths and PwC at the bottom of the table with both facing tough last games against the top two teams this week.
In the mixed divisions, the 19 teams were divided into three pools for the first half of the season and then regrouped depending on their results for the second half. Mixed 1 and 2 have been played on a round robin with semi-finals last week and finals on Wednesday. Mixed 3, which had seven teams, will be decided on points.
In Mixed 1, last year’s runner-up Source Sorcerers will take on Concept 360 to decide who takes the trophy and secure the title of being the top mixed touch team in the island. Galaxy and PwC 1 will play for third and fourth place and it will be an yellow affair for fifth and sixth as Martel Dunn One take on Martel Dunn Too.
In Mixed 2, Touch & Go and Specsavers Sharks will play in the final with an all pink affair in the third and fourth place play-off as Panthers take on Don’t Touch My Panther. PwC Mixed and Ogier Mixed will play for fifth and sixth.
In Mixed 3, Two pints of lager and a packet is the only team to have played all of their fixtures will be hoping to retain their lead and take the trophy. They have 15 points, just two points ahead of Collas Crill Pink Sox who could pick up three points and the title if they beat fourth place Cardiac Action Group on Wednesday. Can’t Touch Liz is in third with 12 points, two ahead of Cardiac Action Group. Electric Shocks are in fifth with nine points, two points ahead of Babbe, who are just one point ahead of Generali Black Knights.
‘It’s been another excellent season of touch and it’s great that the trophies for five of the six leagues will be decided on the last night. The standard of touch continues to improve year on year because the teams’ enthusiasm means they are training hard and learning lessons from each week’s games,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray.
‘The challenge for us is to keep the momentum going and ensure that we can provide the right environment for the teams going forward. With the support of our sponsor FNB, we are in great position to be able to rise to that challenge.’
The last night of the FNB Touch Summer League starts at 5.30pm on Wednesday with all games being played at Cambridge Park.