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Successful autumn league brings impressive touch season to a close

The 2011 touch season has come to a close with 19 teams competing in the FNB Autumn Touch League.

In a year which saw Guernsey represented at the World Cup, where they finished 10th, as well as a record number of teams and players taking part in the FNB Summer Touch League, the eight week finale attracted 19 teams across the mixed, men’s and ladies divisions.

‘The autumn league came about simply because of demand from players for another competition once the summer league was over. It’s always been smaller as the traditional winter sports of football, rugby and hockey have an impact but that doesn’t reduce the level of competition,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray.

‘The enthusiasm from players for the sport continues and the 2011 FNB Autumn Touch League saw an entirely new team in L’Eree Confidential compete. It was great to see new faces and they had clearly caught the bug by the end of the league and have already said they want to take part in the 2012 FNB Summer Touch League. That’s great news for us as a sport as its popularity is clearly still growing.’

In the mixed league, there were no changes to the finishing order of the top five teams after the last games and it was touchdown difference which decided the winner. The Funky Bunch and Source Sorcerers both finished on 25 points but The Funky Bunch took the trophy having scored more touchdowns and conceded less. Source Sorcerers had to contend with second place, two points ahead of Martel-Dunn Too in third with 23 points, who in turn were just one point ahead of their team-mates in Martel-Dunn One who finished fourth.

The Panthers....Strike Back finished fifth with 19 points and Touch & Go moved up to sixth with 17 points having had two fixtures in the last afternoon. Curse of the Panther finished eighth and L’Eree Confidential and Cardiac Action Group swapped position in the last week with Cardiac Action  Group finishing ninth on touchdown difference ahead of L’Eree Confidential who had to contend with bottom place in what was its first season.

In the men’s league, Source Temp Tigers repeated their 2010 success by taking the trophy with Martel-Dunn Two Men’s finishing second. Martel-Dunn One Men’s finished third, The Eh Team was fourth, The Cornerstone Exiles were fifth and Sons of Panther took the wooden spoon.

In the ladies’ league, Martel-Dunn Recruits took their first autumn league trophy with last year’s winners Source Seductresses taking second and Hot Panths in third.

‘It’s been another amazing year for the sport in Guernsey and the committee is now looking ahead to 2012 and ways we can keep delivering the level of competition which players are looking for. As well as the leagues, we also have the European Championship in Italy in September and hope to once again take four teams away to represent the island. The 2011 season may have come to an end but the work for the committee continues,’ said Katrina.

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