Shark Bait hook Canaccord Genuity’s Beach Touch title
Touch players swapped grass fields for sand at the fifth beach touch tournament held for the first time at Pembroke.
The event, which was sponsored by Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management, saw eight mixed teams enter, some which play in the KPMG Summer Touch League and others put together for the day. Divided into two groups, the teams played each once before semi-finals and finals.
‘Historically, we have held the tournament at Vazon but this year, we moved to Pembroke because of the sandracing and it worked really well as a venue. The aim of the beach touch tournament is threefold as it gives players a more social tournament to play in, allows them to form one-off teams if they want to and more importantly makes the sport more visible to a wider audience which will hopefully lead to new people wanting to get involved,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray.
‘We want to thank the Environment Department and Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management as without their support, the event couldn’t happen.’
In group A, Ipes failed to show meaning the other three teams were given a 3-0 win in every game Ipes was due to play. Shark Bait won both its games beating Pembroke Pirates two and Touching cloth 2 -1 and finished top of the group. With the automatic win over Ipes and the defeat to Shark Bait, it meant the earlier game between Touch Cloth and Pembroke Pirates two should have decided who would finish in second place but with the score even at two all at full-time, both teams finished on the same points, with the same touchdown difference and the same number of touchdowns scored. So a drop-off was played with the first touchdown giving the victory. After a minute with five players on the field, both teams dropped down to four and then a minute later to the minimum number of three and the deadlock continued for a further five minutes until Marie Curutchet scored for Touching Cloth who finally finished the group stage in second.
In group B, it was a far simpler affair with L’Eree Confidential winning all three of its games to top the group. They beat Pembroke Pirates one and KPMG 3 – 0 and Sharknados 2 – 0. Sharknados finished in second after beating KPMG 2 -1 and Pembroke Pirates one 3 – 0 with KPMG in third on touchdown difference having lost to L’Eree Confidential and Sharknados and drawn one all against Pembroke Pirates one who finished fourth.
In the plate semi-finals , it was an all Pembroke Pirates affair with team two beating team one 1 – 0 to set up a plate final against KPMG who had been given a walkover by Ipes. In the plate final, Pembroke Pirates beat KPMG 5 – 2.
The second of the day’s three drop-offs came in the cup semi-final between L’Eree Confidential and Touching Cloth after the game ended one apiece at full-time. The teams went down to three before L’Eree Confidential broke through to score the winning touchdown and a place in the final. In the other semi-final, it was a little more clear cut with Shark Bait beating Sharknados 2 – 0. The final saw Shark Bait and L’Eree Confidential each score once to end the day on another drop-off. With the teams down to four players, Laura Mitchell scored the winner to Shark Bait the trophy.