Medway Touch – Junior Indoor Touch Cup

Medway Touch continues its Schools Cup programme of events by holding a junior indoor touch comp at Medway Park.

Twelve teams arrived looking to be crowned indoor touch champions. The event was played under the FIT indoor/beach touch rules which is a fast and high scoring version of the game with three attackers v two defenders with teams changing over possession of the ball following a score or an error such as dropping the ball. In addition female players are awarded double points for scoring.

In the Year 3/4 (Under 9) age group St Andrews Pups dominated with a unbeaten run to take the cup. Taking the plate with a just one loss to the overall winners were Kingfisher Chatterboxes. The Bryony Cubs took the Shield whilst the St Margarets Warriors took the bowl.

The Year 5/6 (Under 11) age group was a much closer affair with both the Bryony Lions and St Margarets Trojans both having an unbeaten run and the last game ended in a draw between the teams. The overall winner was decided by counting the number of touchdowns and Bryony just edged the cup by one score. Bryony took the cup, St Margarets the plate. St Andrews Cougars got off to o a slow start but managed to get the shield. Kingfisher Crusaders took the bowl home.

Finally in the Year 7/8 (Under 13) age group the clubs Junior Spitfires side ran out comfortable winners with three straight wins and scoring an average of 15 touchdowns per game. Chatham Chargers (Chatham Grammar School for Boys) took home the plate with two wins and just one defeat to the Spitfires. Taking home the shield was the only all girls team the Fort Pitt Canons and a young Bryony Tigers team took home the bowl and a bag of experience.

The event proved very popular and was a warm up for the 3rd annual Medway Touch Schools Cup with takes place in May. This will be the is full outdoor game with only slightly modified rules for the Under 9 comp.

If anyone is interested in joining in the clubs junior of senior activities please go to www.medwaytouch.co.uk

For photos, including group shots with trophies and action shots and also links to videos of a number of the teams playing to give you an idea of the speed of the game even at junior level.
Please click on the following link: Medway Indoor Touch Comp

World Cup Draw

The World Cup Draw and schedule are now available.
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Please note: These are still subject to change!

CISX Channel Islands Touch Competition

There has been a change of date for the CISX Channel Islands Championship which hopefully means that more teams will be able to attend.

The two day tournament will now take place on 30th & 31st July 2011 in Guernsey and is open to mixed, mens and womens teams.

More details are included on the CISX Channel Islands Championship 2011 info sheet – please feel free to circulate this to your players as we would love to see them. There are no team entry fees for visiting teams!!
We look forward to seeing you in Guernsey in the summer.

Best wishes
Guernsey Touch

England Touch team up with the Manchester Rugby 7s Festival

The inaugural Touch competition run by Manchester 7s will be held on Sunday 15th May. The event will form part of the MR7s 3 day rugby festival which will be hosted by Broughton Park FC between 13-15 May 2011. Alongside Touch and 12 rugby tournaments, the festival will also include – Music, Red Bull chill out wigwam, trade village, fancy dress, massage girls and much much more…!

Exact format of the Touch Competition is still to be confirmed, but in the mean time, please visit the Manchester Rugby 7s website now to enter your team into either the Men’s or Mixed Open tournaments.

Website –www.ManchesterRugby7s.com.
Team Entry (from £9pp) - CLICK HERE
Weekend Festival Tickets (from £10pp)  - CLICK HERE

The event will also run on the same weekend of the Elite squads Touch Training Camp. This is an Elite Touch event being hosted by local England Touch affiliated club side Manchester Chargers. The tournament will play host to the national touch squads from England, Scotland and Wales all ‘competing’ in what will effectively be the World Cup warm up event.

Coaching course proves to be a huge success

On Sunday 16th Jan, England Touch held their first Coach Education course: ‘Beyond Level 1’. This was a day designed to bring current club coaches up to speed with some of the more technical areas of the game, so that they can raise the standard of their club players. The course was well attended with a range of coaches from club to international level.

As the first course of it’s kind, course presenters Mel Carson and Taryn Pile delivered a range of sub unit skills in the indoor session, this involved progressing basic drills to demonstrate how different elements of the game can be coached to all skill levels. Following lunch, the afternoon focussed on an outdoor session, looking at the finer points of the defensive strategy.

Despite cold weather, the course was very well received by all participants, and England Touch will certainly be holding more coach education sessions in the future. These courses are just one of the benefits of being an ETA member. England Touch would like to thank Mel and Taryn for their time and expertise in delivering the course.

Chargers Invitational – Huge (and muddy!) success

Manchester Chargers successfully held their second annual Invitational Tournament on Saturday 19thFeb at Wright Robinson School in Manchester.  Fifteen teams from all around the country went to compete in one of two divisions (Premiership and Championship) in this pre-season curtain-raiser competition in what is set to be a big year for Touch in the UK with the World Cup competition taking place in Edinburgh in June.

The Manchester weather was at it’s finest on the day (!!) but despite this some, top quality Touch was on display from some of the best Touch teams around, all officiated by some of the top referees in the UK! The teams were split into a Premiership division (8 teams playing in 2 pools of 4, progressing into knockouts) and Championship division (7 teams playing in a round robin competition).

Championship The 7 teams competing in this league were: Chargers 1st Team, Cyffwrdd Gogledd Cymru, Kendal Giants, Nottingham, Sheffield, Thames Valley 2 and Warwick Touch. A mix of experiences, from teams that have entered a few NTSs, second teams from established NTS sides, developing teams that will hope to enter this year’s planned STS and a youth team new to entering Touch comps.

Some really good Touch was on display and results from the day are available on the Manchester Chargers Website Honours for the day went to Nottingham for remaining unbeaten in all 6 games they played and so topping the table and winning the Shield Trophy, and to Chargers 1s who came second in the table losing only once all day and winning the Bowl trophy.

Honourable mention goes to youth team Kendal Giants who were competing in their first official Touch competition, acquitting themselves really well against experienced (and much older) opposition, finishing the day 4th in the table and to their no 10, Michael Johnson, who was voted the Championship MVP, receiving a signed Sale Sharks Ball.

Nottingham – Winners of Championship Division

Kendal Giants Youth team, 1st Touch competition and player receiving MVP of the Comp!

Premiership The 8 teams competing in this league were split into 2 pools of 4 as below: Galaxy, Percy Park Pirates, Thames Valley 1 and The Welsh Mix  in Pool A Bulldogs, Cambridge, Chargers A Team and Oxford Touch in Pool B

All experienced NTS and National sides the standard of Touch played was still high given the conditions.  After the pool games Galaxy and The Welsh Mix progressed to the Cup SFs from Pool 1 along with Bulldogs and Cambridge from Pool 2.   In the Plate competition the eventual finalists Thames Valley and Percy Park Pirates played out an exciting final with TV running out 3-2 winners.  The Cup final was contested between Galaxy and Cambridge and a high scoring affair ended up with Galaxy being crowned ‘Manchester Chargers Invitational Champions’ for the second year running after a 5-2 win.

Galaxy – Tournament Winners

Thanks go to all the teams for attending this competition and we hope you enjoyed it, despite the weather conditions! Also to all the referees who officiated at the event, as always, these tournaments couldn’t take place without you so thanks all for making the journey to Manchester, we hope you felt well looked after and that you’ll return for our future comps.  And finally thanks to Wright Robinson school for hosting us (we hope the pitches recover!) and to all Chargers and friends involved in organizing and running the day, your help is much appreciated.