Youth division added to KPMG Touch Summer League
Guernsey Touch has added a youth division to the KPMG Touch Summer League which will see more than 350 players competing.
The addition of the youth league, which is part of the sport’s development plans, means the 11th Summer League will see mixed, men’s, ladies, business and youth teams taking part. ‘The sport’s popularity means that the committee is always looking at ways to meet the demand from players and our move to KGV has given us the ability to put into action plans that we have been talking out for a number of years,’ said Guernsey Touch development officer Tristan Boscher.
‘Last year, we added a business league to attract new teams who wanted to play at a social level and this year’s addition of a youth division means that we are now able to attract players from the ages of eight right up into their 50s.’
This year’s KPMG Touch Summer League taps off on Wednesday 20th May and with 30 teams registered it looks set to be another highly competitive season for the sport.
The eight more established mixed teams will play a random round robin for the first half of the season to determine the contenders in the A and B divisions for the second half. Polygon Pumas, Source Sorcerers, Galaxy Standard Chartered, Dam Busters, Electric Shocks, James Gavey Architecture (JGA), Healthspan Harlequins and Intertrust all have very strong line ups so the games will be fiercely competitive.
The mixed business division will build on its successful first year with eight teams registered. Collas Crill Pink Socks and The Marlborough Panthers have rebranded as social teams and join KPMG, BWCI, Intertrust and Ipes Impalas along with newcomers Northern Trust and PWC.
The men’s division will see nine teams taking part with last year’s winners now known as Polygon Pumas looking to use the skills of its Guernsey Rugby 1st XV players to take the title. They will play Source Temp Tigers, Galaxy Standard Chartered, Healthspan Hurricanes, Electric Shocks, JGA, The Christies Exiles, Specsavers Stags and first timers Ernst & Young.
The ladies division has five teams and traditionally sees the closest games. Hot Panths, Source Seductresses, Healthspan Hawks and Shockettes all return and will be joined by and debutants Concept 360 Ladies, which includes some of the island’s top hockey players.
The mixed youth league sees players, aged between eight and 11 and 12 – 16, registering as individuals. The first half of the season will focus on team formation and practice games before the competitive fixtures begin.
Games are played at KGV every Wednesday between 6pm and 9pm and spectators are more than welcome.