Healthspan Hurricanes, Dam Busters and Hot Panths take trophies in KPMG Touch Autumn League
Guernsey Touch has ended its 10th anniversary year which has seen it move to a new home, secure a three year sponsor, introduce a business league and improve its European rankings.
The sport now has around 350 players taking part in the KPMG sponsored Summer and Autumn Leagues. On Sunday, the KPMG Touch Autumn League came to a close with 433 touchdowns being scored over the eight week league.
‘It’s hard to believe that it is 10 years since touch was first introduced to the island. In 2004, there was just a handful of people playing social touch on a weekly basis and now we have three different leagues, the annual inter-insular, beach touch, a tournament attracting visiting teams and players and referees going away to represent the island.’
This year’s KPMG Touch Autumn League attracted 16 teams across the mixed, men’s and ladies divisions over eight weeks – a significant increase on the first league in 2005 when just six teams took part.
With the introduction of a business league in the 2014 KPMG Touch Summer League, several new faces have taken up touch which meant the Autumn League was awash with new talent.
In the men’s league, Healthspan Hurricanes took the honours having dominated the league throughout. On paper it was a case of David versus Goliath in the men’s final, with JG Architects having already lost 16 – 2 at the hands of the Hurricanes. But the JG Architects put up a strong fight and failed to let the pace of the Hurricanes intimidate them, keeping the score well below the Hurricanes normal double figures, however it wasn’t enough and the Healthspan Hurricanes edged ahead to win 4 – 3.
JGA took second place in the league and the Electric Shocks came third having beat Berserkers in the playoff. Christies Exiles placed fifth and the Source Temp Tigers came sixth. The men’s most valued player award went to Berserkers’ Wing Lai.
In the mixed division, the experienced Dam Busters saw off the pacey Healthspan Harlequins to clinch a 7 - 4 win and the overall mixed win having conceded fewer touchdowns than closest rivals The Electric Shocks.
Healthspan Harlequins took third place, Source Sorcerers finished fourth with L’eree Confidential in fifth. The new business league teams of Ipes and KPMG came sixth and seventh respectively.
Mathew Chick from Dam Busters and Leah Moncrieff from Electric Shocks won the MVP prizes.
In the ladies division, the well drilled Hot Panths took the honours after a 10 - 1 defeat of Martel Dunn Recruits and a 7 - 1 victory over the Shockettes. Shockettes, having led throughout the league, slipped into second place with the Martel Dunn Recruits in third. Hot Panths’ Claire Tostevin was awarded MVP for the ladies.