Lancaster Dam Busters sink the enemy to take FNB Autumn Touch League mixed title
A 12-touchdown spectacular saw Lancaster Dam Busters take the mixed title in the FNB Autumn Touch League.
Going into Sunday’s final games, Electric Shocks, who had been strengthened by experienced island players Alec Bailey and Laura Cravo, were ahead of Lancaster Dam Busters on touchdown difference. After winning their last game of the season 8 – 3, Electric Shocks had a comfortable lead with Lancaster Dam Busters needing to finish their game with a lead of at least 10 to take the title. But in the last game of the afternoon, they beat The Pink Panthers 12 – 0 to clinch the title with an overall touchdown difference of just three.
Source Sorcerers finished third on touchdown difference after beating Martel-Dunn Recruits who finished in fourth. Guernsey Ladies had the same number of points as Source Sorcerers and Martel-Dunn Recruits but a touchdown difference of minus one saw them finish fifth. L’Eree Confidential came sixth with 15 points and three points behind them in seventh were Green Machines. Pink Panthers had drawn two and lost six of their eight fixtures and finished eighth and with just one draw, Cardiac Action Group had to settle with bottom spot.
In the men’s league, Martel-Dunn Recruits ended their season with an 11 – 1 win over L’Eree Confidential to take the title and three points behind them were Source Temp Tigers in second. Cornerstone Exiles and Electric Shocks had both won four of their eight games but Cornerstone Exiles took third place on touchdown difference with L’Eree Confidential in fifth after losing seven and drawing just one game.
Despite losing their last game of the season, Source Seductresses took the ladies title on touchdown difference ahead of Martel-Dunn Recruits with The Shockettes finishing six points behind in third.
Steph Nicolle won the most valued female player award for the mixed league and Chris Wrigley picked up the men’s. Claire Tostevin was named most valued player for the ladies league and Iain Thompson took the men’s accolade.
‘It’s always more interesting when the winners are decided on the last day of the season and in all three leagues, the winners could have been different if the results on the day had been different. It’s been another great year of touch with a record number of players taking part yet again. There appears to be no let up in the enthusiasm that islanders have for the sport,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray.
Historically the FNB Autumn Touch League signals the end of the season but this year, Guernsey Touch has organised its first ever indoor touch tournament.
The tournament, which takes place at Beau Sejour on Saturday 24th November from 12.30pm until 5pm, will see registered players divided into mixed teams.
‘It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced player or a new player, the idea is that players will be grouped together into evenly competitive teams. It’s the first time that an indoor touch tournament has been held in Guernsey so it is a bit of an experiment but with the continued support of our sponsor FNB, we hope it will be a success. If players are keen, then there is no reason that this couldn’t become a regular fixture in the touch calendar,’ said Katrina
Anyone interested in taking part should email firstname.lastname@example.org