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London teams prove too hard to beat at Club Champs

Both visiting teams made the cup final in Guernsey Touch’s Channel Islands Club Championship.

Hot Custard, who had previously won the tournament in 2011 and 2014, were hoping to win back the title after losing to Jersey team The Islander’s last year. They were joined at the one day mixed tournament by fellow London team CSSC Phantoms on their first trip to Guernsey.

‘Having the UK teams really adds something to the tournament which also attracted some of the local teams who were bolstered by players from other teams, the Guernsey youth team and a group of players who made up a one-off side. It’s also a great day which has just the right balance of competitive touch and social interaction. The weather, which fortunately has always been on our side, certainly helped,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Ollie Ward.

The eight teams were drawn in two pools. Electric Shocks, CSSC Phantoms, Healthspan Harlequins and Barbarians in pool A and JGA, Hot Custard, U Can’t Touch This and Try Babies, the Guernsey under 18 side who used the tournament as training ahead of the Junior Touch Championship.

In Pool A, CSSC Phantoms had a hat-trick of wins and topped the table followed by Electric Shocks with two wins and a draw, Healthspan Harlequins who won once and lost twice and Barbarians at the bottom without a win.

In Pool B, Hot Custard topped the table with three wins followed by U Can’t Touch This on touchdown difference. JGA had also won one, drawn one and lost one but were third on touchdown difference with The Try Babies at the bottom with three losses.

In the semi-finals, CSSC Phantoms took on U Can’t Touch This and won emphatically 9 - 0 to set up the cup final against Hot Custard who overcame Electric Shocks 9 – 3. The bottom four teams moved into the bowl competition with Healthspan Harlequins winning one semi-final 7 – 6 against The Try Babies and JGA winning the other 6 – 5 over Barbarians.

In the bowl final, JGA beat Healthspan Harlequins 5 – 2 with Barbarians losing 7 – 4 to The Try Babies to take bottom spot.

The losers of the semi-finals Electric Shocks and U Can’t Touch met in the plate final with U Can’t Touch This winning 8 – 5. In the cup final CSSC Phantoms beat Hot Custard 5 – 3 to take the trophy and the title.

Scott Rowlandson from Hot Custard and Fae Clerey from JGA were voted Most Valued Players for the tournament.

‘It was a great end to the summer season and players now have a couple of weeks off before the KPMG Touch Autumn League gets underway,’ said Ollie.