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GALAXY LONDON TAKE CISX CHANNEL ISLANDS’ CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE

GALAXY London came and conquered Saturday’s CISX Channel Islands’ Championship.

The one day mixed tournament saw players from Guernsey, Jersey and the UK with eight teams taking part.

‘We couldn’t really have asked for more. The weather was fantastic, the rain the day before had really helped with the playing conditions, there were some highly competitive games of touch and as always a fantastic atmosphere between the players,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray.

Galaxy London were the team to beat all day and dominated their games which in the group stages included a 12 – 0 win over Panthers and a 10 – 1 win over Electric Shocks.

‘Having the opportunity to play against non-local teams was the reason we first organised the tournament in 2008 as it gives our players invaluable experience and hopefully teach them new skills which they can use in the leagues,’ said Katrina.

The eight teams were divided into two groups with the top two teams from each group going through into the cup competition and the bottom two into the plate.

In the cup semi-finals Dam Oxford played Galaxy London and Martel-Dunn Recruits drew Monkey Magic. Galaxy London secured their place in the final with a 14- 3 win over Dam Oxford and joined Monkey Magic who beat Martel-Dunn Recruits 8 – 2.

Galaxy London and Monkey Magic had already met in the group stages with the visitors winning 8 – 3 but the final was a much tighter game and it took some time before the first touchdown was scored. The teams were fairly evenly matched and both produced some great attacks and defence but Galaxy London proved to be the stronger of the two and won the game 5 – 3.

In the cup third and fourth place play-off Dam Oxford met Martel-Dunn Recruits who have played in every single tournament and have teams in every division of the FNB Summer Touch League. Dam Oxford took the final podium place winning the game 6 – 3.

In the plate semi-finals, L’Eree Confidential played Electric Shocks and Panthers drew the Guernsey team from Galaxy’s global network. Electric Shocks put in an impressive performance to secure their place in the plate final with a 9 – 3 win over L’Eree Confidential but it was a much tighter affair in the other semi. Galaxy Guernsey took the game scoring five touchdowns while Panthers only scored three.

The plate final was equally as competitive as the cup final but without some of the fieriness. Galaxy Guernsey, captained by long-standing player Laura Cravo, and Electric Shocks, who are relative newcomers to the sport put in a great performance but Electric Shocks proved the stronger and won the game and the plate 6 – 4.

The game for third and fourth place saw L’Eree Confidential face Panthers with L’Eree just edging past with a 4 – 3 win.

The most valued player awards went to Laura Cravo from Galaxy Guernsey and Dave Middleton from Electric Shocks.

‘Guernsey Touch is delighted with the success. Huge credit must be given to the committee who are all volunteers but we couldn’t have done it without the financial help from Channel Islands Stock Exchange, the support from Elizabeth College and the groundsmen at Memorial Field, the referees who gave up their time to ensure the games were played to a high standard and of course the players who continue to amaze us with their enthusiasm for the game,’ said Katrina.