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Source looks to retain title triple

Source is looking to retain its trio of titles in the KPMG Touch Summer League which draws to a conclusion on Wednesday night.

The long-standing touch team won the mixed, men’s and women’s divisions last year and will contend for the same titles at KGV.

‘It’s been great to see so many new players getting involved in the sport which is really positive for the future. We are always looking at ways we can evolve and improve which is why we have developed the opportunities at the grass roots level by encouraging more people to get involved with the business and youth leagues,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Ollie Ward.

‘We’re seeing more of those players wanting to increase their understanding of the game and taking it to the next level by joining the more competitive leagues or trying out for the island teams. The squad which went to the European Championship in Jersey in July had a considerable number of new players and the Guernsey team heading to the Youth Euros later this month are all relatively new to the sport.’

In the mixed league, the teams played a round robin format for 10 weeks which saw Source top the league having been undefeated, followed by Electric Shocks, JGA, Healthspan Harlequins and Intertrust. In the semi-finals last week Source beat Healthspan 7 – 3 to secure one spot in the final and will play Electric Shocks who beat JGA 6 – 5. Healthspan and JGA will play-off for third.

Source was also undefeated in the round robin stage of the men’s league and topped the league followed by Electric Shocks, Healthspan Hurricanes, JGA, Intertrust, Christies Exiles, KPMG Stingrays and the island ladies team 50 Shades of Purple. In the semi-finals Source beat JGA 8 – 0 and in a repeat of the mixed final will play Electric Shocks who beat Healthspan 5 – 3. Healthspan and JGA also mirror their mixed sides by playing for third place in the men’s league as well.

Source Ladies kept up the team’s unbeaten record in the round robin stage. Due to the odd number in the league, that earned them an automatic place in the finals against JGA who beat Healthspan Hawks 3 – 1. Oracle Hot Panths take on Healthspan for third place having beaten Shockettes 4 – 0 last week.

The two business leagues, which saw 11 teams take part, were mixed up after the initial games depending on their league position with the stronger teams in business A and the remainder in business B.

In last week’s semi-finals, first place played fourth and second played third to determine the teams going into the final. Having topped business A, The Try Babies, the island’s youth team heading to Amsterdam next week, walked into the final after Collas Crill Pink Sox forfeited their game. PwC beat the Academy under 14s 3 – 0. To secure the other finals place and Collas Crill will play the under 14s side for third place. Team Roo finish in fifth.

BWCI topped business B and took on fourth place Intertrust in one semi-final but despite their league success, they lost and so Intertrust will take on Investec Zebras who, having finished third, beat second place Ipes in the semi-final 4 – 1. KPMG Stingrays and Aon Avengers play a two-game battle for fifth with KPMG leading 6 – 2.

The youth league concluded early to coincide with the school term and saw the Blues win followed by Greens, Reds and then Yellows.

‘Finals night is the highlight of the KPMG Touch Summer League as we see some really competitive touch being played and then a great social event afterwards as teams get together to celebrate and commiserate,’ said Ollie.

‘As well as presenting the trophies for the league, we’ll also be presenting the island trophies for most improved player and best and fairest in the men’s, women’s and mixed Guernsey teams, the Turner Trophy donated by former island player Ariane Turner and the Contribution to Guernsey Touch trophy.’

The games get underway at KGV at 6pm.