It’s a triple triple for Source in the KPMG Touch Summer League
Source added to their trophy cabinet winning all three divisions in this year’s KPMG Touch Summer League.
The team took the honours in the mixed, men’s and women’s divisions for the third consecutive year.
‘It’s been a phenomenally close season with a number of key games settled by only one or two touchdowns. It’s been great to see how some of the teams have evolved throughout the season and the development of a significant number of younger players who have become involved in the sport,’ said Guernsey Touch Chair Ollie Ward.
‘Source has created a bit of history in our young sport by winning all three divisions for three consecutive years. That will take some beating.’
In the women’s division, Healthspan Hawks, who had gone undefeated in the round robin stages came up against a resurgent Source team who had struggled to find form earlier in the season. The Hawks had won their previous two encounters and were favourites on paper going into the final.
Source scored two early touchdowns which put the Hawks under some pressure but superb pace from Maya Le Tissier saw her score two to equal the score. The Hawks’ well-organised defence limited Source’s attack and whilst Source sneaked in one more score, the Hawks responded through Maya completing her hat-trick. But Source scored one more to take the trophy.
In the Men’s final, Healthspan Hurricanes, surprise semi-final winners, met Source who had topped the table after 12 weeks. Mirroring the women’s team, Source also went two up early on but complacency set in and Hurricanes found themselves back in the game after scoring with plenty of time left on the clock. Source extended their lead to 3 - 1 with just under eight minutes remaining.
Comfortable with their lead, Source looked to manage the game out, however one more score from Healthspan ensured a nervy final few minutes for Source. Source managed to get to the final whistle still one ahead with the final score 3 – 2.
Having finished top of the mixed division after the round robin stage, league sponsor KPMG set up a final with second place Source. With KPMG having only lost one league game all season and Source heading into their third mixed final in as many years, it was set to be a thrilling game.
Source were yet again quick off the mark, scoring two early in the game before KPMG could respond. Source then got one back making the score 3 - 2 with 10 minutes left to play. Each team scored once more but at the final whistle, it was 4 – 3 to Source.
The winners of the business league was the Guernsey Rugby Academy Under 15s who went undefeated throughout the season. They were pushed hard by PWC who finished second having lost one game and Intertrust Iguanas who finished third with eight wins out of 10.
Finals night also saw a number of awards presented. Referee of the season was awarded to Chris Ferbrache. Dave Strawbridge was recognised for his dedication to referring with touch in Guernsey with the Contribution to Guernsey Touch award.
Following the recent inaugural European Championship permit event, which saw eight nations compete including a men’s team from Guernsey who finished sixth, Etienne Le Vallee was named Most Improved Player with Richard Perrio receiving the Best and Fairest for all round sportsmanship.
The following awards were given for the KPMG Touch Summer League:
Most Female Touchdowns - Lauren Duquemin (Aon Avengers) with seven
Most Male Touchdowns - Reece de Jersey (GRA U15s) with 19
Female MVP - Danielle Haysom (IPES)
Male MVP - Ed Blewitt (Investec Zebras)
Most Touchdowns – Maya Le Tissier (Healthspan Hawks) with 34
MVP – Fiona Ashworth (Source)
Most Touchdowns – Oliver Ward (Source) with 16
MVP – Reece De Jersey – Intertrust Iguanas
Most Female Touchdown - Maya Le Tissier (Guernsey U18s) with 5
Most Male Touchdowns - Oliver Ward (Source) with 16
Female MVP - Rhianna Barnes (JGA)
Male MVP - Mark Bristowe (KPMG)