Galaxy take Bath NTS Title

 

The Bath Leg and 4th Round of this year’s National Touch Series, was again a massive success.  20 of the best teams from across the UK fought it out in England’s most popular and exciting Touch competition.  As always the competition was fierce and exciting, and there was certainly a fantastic amount of skill and athleticism on display.

The day began with all 20 teams divided into 4 pools (each team playing every team in their pool).  It was tough going for the organisers own Bath Touch Leagues summer champions West Country Cavaliers, and fellow team Shortstriders.  However, both local teams showed what they could do and played fantastically well considering the quality of some of the opposition (both teams were grouped with this year’s finalists).

 

The conclusion of the pool stages saw the top 2 from each group qualify for the Cup quarter-finals, with 3rd and 4th qualifying for the Bowl quarter finals.  5th place went straight through to the Salver semi-finals.

West Country Cavaliers went on to win the Salver Final, adding to their Bath Touch Leagues Super League title.

The Bowl was won by Kytes.  They beat a spirited Bristol Fijians side 3 – 2 in a very tight final.

The Plate, consisting of the losing Cup quarter-finalists was taken by the Durkas in an all-Welsh affair.  They smashed fellow Welsh team the Cardiff Raptors 5 – 1.

In the main event of the day Galaxy took on London Otters in the Cup Final.  In an extremely tense and exciting final, current NTS leaders, Galaxy, ran out 4 – 2 winners, and cemented their place at the top of the table.  They all now look forward to the final leg of the series in Manchester in the hope of crowning themselves NTS Champions 2011.

The other winner of the day was the RUH Forever Friends Appeal charity who will be receiving a cheque of more than £500.

(Photographs courtesy of Vic Hillman, www.vikspics.com)

Written by Neil Davies

SGM

To all ETA members:

Due to a structure change and re-organisation of executive committee, the ETA will be holding a short SGM (special general meeting) at Wythenshawe Sports Ground, Willenhall Road, Wythenshawe, M23 0DB at 5:45 pm on Saturday 3rd September.

Nathan Joyce will step down as Technical Director, Paul Farrington from Vice President and Tom Bedkowski from his Statutory Director role, as of this date. Gregg Cropper has been proposed and seconded as President until the AGM in October.

Due to this, the following 3 positions have become vacant, on the Executive Board,

  • Vice President
  • Technical Director
  • Statutory Director

If you would like to stand for any of the three proposed director roles, please email vacancies@englandtouch.org.uk.

Also, please take a look here for how we are moving England Touch forward and how you can get involved: http://www.englandtouch.org.uk/index.php/2011/08/job-opportunities/

Manchester NTS Finals – Entries Open

NTS Entries – Open

Entries for the Manchester NTS (September 3rd) are now open! Details below. Download the Manchester NTS Entry Form 2011.

Cost: £180 per team
Venue: Wythenshawe Sports Ground, Willenhall Road, Wythenshawe, M23 0DB
Entry includes: Minimum of 5 matches, Food for each member of your team, Prizes, Water for the team, Changing facilities, Access to photos/Videos taken of the event, Entry to the evening function, Physio cover.
After tournament party: to be held in Manchester city centre.
Referees: Will be paid £50.
Contact: manchesterchargers@hotmail.co.uk, Gregg (07825 940 836) Jules (07795 805 801)

Super 8 invited teams: Galaxy, Otters, Cambridge, Raptors, Hot Custard, Durkas, BBR, Gurus
Social 8 invited teams: Bristol, Thames Valley, Statue Bro, Chargers, Phoenix, Kytes, Galaxy 2, Oxford Touch.

Next in line (in order) – If any of the above do not enter a team: Ghetto Touch, Hot Custard 2,  School of Ruck, Perfect Motion, Shortstriders, Cambridge 2, Norwich Rebels, STP Saints, Thames Valley Raiders, West Country Cavaliers, North Wales Touch.

Social Entries – Open

Chargers are also running a separate social competition alongside the NTS. This is for the teams who didn’t make it into the NTS and also for local development teams Manchester Social Entry Form 2011.

Cost: £140 per team
Venue: Wythenshawe Sports Ground, Willenhall Road, Wythenshawe, M23 0DB
Entry includes: Minimum of 4 matches, Food for each member of your team, Prizes, Water for the team, Changing facilities, Access to photos/Videos taken of the event, Entry to the evening function, Physio cover.
After tournament party: to be held in Manchester city centre.
Referees: Provided by each team – Player refs
Contact: manchesterchargers@hotmail.co.uk, Gregg (07825 940 836) Jules (07795 805 801)

Warwick Touch Fest – Great Success

Warwick Touch’s first ever home tournament the Warwick Summer Touch-Fest has been hailed a huge success with more than 100 touch players descending on the Warwickians Rugby Club in Warwick.

Nine teams took part in the competition – Warwick Knights, Warwick Jesters, Oxford, Nottingham, Wrexham, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Coventry, Stoke Old Boys and Chippenham.


Teams were split into two pools for the morning’s play, with rapid fire games of 20 minutes, and only a ten minute gap between games for most of the morning.

After plenty of close fought games Oxford and Nottingham proved their dominance, each winning their prospective pools and going forward into the cup competition. Joining them in the cup were second place pool teams the Warwick Jesters and Wrexham.

Meanwhile the shield competition was contested by the Warwick Knights, Chippenham, Coventry and Stoke Old Boys.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital, as the ninth team, were by default the winner’s of the bowl. However, for their first ever tournament they could hold their heads up high having tested many more experienced teams, and even beating the Warwick Knights on the point scoring system – it was 2-2, but as Birmingham had a girl score, which counted as 2 points, they took the win 3-2, a great result.

The afternoon saw both Nottingham and Oxford continue their winning ways against the Warwick Jesters and Wrexham, taking them through into the cup final.
The Warwick Knights got back onto winning form in the Shield, winning against Chippenham, and then went on to beat Coventry in the final.
The Warwick Jesters put in a great end of the day performance in the 3rd place play off, beating Wrexham 5-4.

The grand cup final between Nottingham and Oxford saw tremendous play on both sides, with Oxford eventually taking the win.

Special thanks have to go the both the player refs from the teams who helped out on the day, and our three dedicated refs, who worked all day officiating over the games on four pitches.

The festival atmosphere of the day then continued with music and drinks, and many of those who were camping freshening up ready for the evening social, held at Saint Bar in Leamington. We’ll perhaps let the pictures speak for themselves on how that went…

Written by Jack Linstead – Warwick Knights

The future for England Touch

NEXT STEPS: The future for England Touch

On the back of the recent growth in Touch participation at all levels across the country and the performance of the National Squad at the recent World Cup in Edinburgh we are looking to the future and how we build on these successes, and a vital next step for England Touch is to bolster the ETA Executive and Operational board.

If you are involved in Touch at whatever level from supporter to elite player, and feel that you would like to contribute to continuing the success of England Touch we would love to hear from you!

The ETA consists of a small dedicated group of volunteers, which will meet roughly once every 2-3 months at various locations throughout England. We’re looking to recruit a few more enthusiastic volunteers for various roles within the committee to progress.

We have a variety of areas open for you to get involved in: these include (but are not limited to) various development roles within the sport (especially in key areas of Youth, Womens and Regional development), roles within the High Performance team (including coaches and team managers) and also administrative roles within the PR/Marketing Teams in addition to the positions of Secretary.

Along with the above areas and following a re-structure of the ETA, the following 3 positions have become vacant, on the Executive Board,

  • Vice President
  • Technical Director
  • Statutory Director

 if you would like to stand for any of these roles, please use the contact details below.

These roles are currently being finalised and in the meantime we would like to hear from all involved in Touch to gather your thoughts and ideas for furthering the bright future of the sport in this country, so please email if you have any input.

If you would like to play a larger part please put together a brief description of your current relevant experience and how you would like to assist in developing England Touch.

Please send emails to: vacancies@englandtouch.org.uk