ETA Euro Championships 2012 Results Summary

A summary of the results surrounding each of the ETA’s representative sides at the European Championships 2012 in Treviso, Italy, are listed below by category:

Men’s Open

Played 7 games, won 5, drew 2 in the pool stages. Drop off against Wales in the Semi Finals.

The youthful team went on to play in the Grand final, losing 10-8 to the reigning champions Scotland. Silver medallists, a great achievement for this fledgling MO team.

Top Scorer for England, Ben Creese (Captain) with 9.

Women’s Open
Won all their games, conceding only 12 touchdowns in the whole tournament.
After beating them 6-3 in the pool stages, the team met their main rivals, Wales, again in the finals. A great display of touch was on show, in the blistering heat, England coming out on top with a tremendous 4-3 victory.
Top scorer for England, and the whole division, Anna Stibbs (Captain) with 15.

Mixed Open
Last minute draft-ins and 1st day injuries, plagued the MXO team from the off, but this only made them grit their teeth more as their determination and teamwork came together as they quickly progressed through the rounds. 
After playing 6 pool games, England ended 2nd in the table (3 teams jointly on 19 points, Scotland, England and Jersey). A nail biting semi final against Wales, resulting in a 7-6 win for England, sending them through to the final. The MXO final was against Scotland, and the fatigue started to show on the weakened side. England ended reputable Silver Medallists, losing 9-6. 
Top Scorer for England, Angela Verniquet with 18, 2nd in the division.

Women’s 30s
Without their own division to play in, the W30s played in the opens category, finishing a very respectable 4th. Due to tournament rules, they couldn’t progress to knock-out rounds, which they qualified for. They went on to finish 5th in, the highest position allowable.
Top scorers for England were Alison Griffiths and Laura Mitchison both with 5.

Men’s 30s 

With 4 teams in the division, the M30s played each team 3 times. Winning each of their pool rounds and drawing just 1. They progressed through to the final, against main rivals and previous ETC2010 finalist, France. After a tough week, with a weakened with injury afflicted team, the M30 battled through, gaining 2nd place and Silver medals.

Top Scorer for England, Steve Cleary with 13, joint 1st of the division.

Mixed 30s

5 teams in the division, and so a double round robin was the format here. England won every game in the pools and scored a record setting 100 touchdowns in the process.

Meeting the Welsh team twice in the pools, drawing each game at half time and then going on to win by full time, put the MX30 team mentally ahead. The finals was no different, a 4-4 draw at half time, before England turned on the gas to become Gold Medal winners, winning 10-7.

Top scorer for England, Martin Wright, 16. Highest in the division

2 more England players came 2nd and 3rd highest scorers in the division too, Gregg Cropper and Julia Kang.

Men’s 35s

With only 4 teams entered into the division and a rained off day, a double round robin was the final format. Staying undefeated all tournament, the 2011 World Cup bronze medal side took no prisoners. Their 1st silverware was the inaugural ‘Simon Yarrow Cup’, a game played between England and Scotland. After a reminiscent minutes silence, England went out to beat the Scots 9-2. Progressing to the finals, the strong England team defeated Wales 5-3, another gold medal for England.

Men’s 40s

After a difficult start in the pool round, drawing their 1st game and losing their 2nd, M40s team had lots of work to do to make it to the top spot. They turned it around by day 3, securing them a top 4 place going in the knockout rounds.

Beating the Irish team they lost against in the TWC and that they drew with in the earlier rounds, they made it to the final against a strong Spanish side. Silver medals for the M40s team, losing 7-4.

Top scorer for England, Piers Mitchell with 6.

2XU Partnership and Competition Winner

England Touch are pleased to announce a formal partnership with 2XU UK for the forthcoming season.

2XU engineers products with the single minded goal of best equipping the athlete, so they feel more prepared, more ready and more capable than their competition. It is hoped that the formation of this partnership will enhance the preparation of England’s Elite athletes in their pursuit of Gold at the 2013 Home Nations and beyond.

Congratulations to Sarah Kelly (player from West Wildcats & Portsmouth Destroyers Touch) who won a pair of 2XU Compression Shorts in our offseason 2XU competition.


Oxford Bonfire Tournament Report & Results

Another brilliant Bonfire tournament has rounded-off the competitive touch year.  Hosted by Oxford Touch, it was the biggest Bonfire tournie yet, with 12 teams travelling 100s of miles from Scotland (thanks Superhands!) and all over England to take part. It was great to see so many new faces and new teams (Portsmouth Destroyers, Loughborough Uni) mixed in with the more familiar (Galaxy, Cambridge, Manchester Chargers, Hot Custard, TV Vikings, Warwick Knights and Cranfield Uni).

So, the chilly 3rd Nov started off early for the Oxford lot with many of the players and non-players coming to help set up at the dark and cold time of 07:30. Thanks to everyone at Oxford for their efforts! The day’s uber-refs (enormous thanks Tom, Shane, Cece, Martin, Lance and Nige) and the other teams started to arrive over the next couple of hours and a prompt start was achieved – which everyone loved as the bitingly cold wind hadn’t dropped off.  The morning was packed with intense pool stages, a series of 20 minute games – one on, one off – which saw some excellent matches, tough matches and mud-laden matches (on the quickly deteriorating Pitch 1). After an exhausting few hours for everyone (not least the refs), the table going into the knockout rounds looked like this:

 Position  Pool A  Pool B
1  Galaxy 1  Manchester Chargers
2  Oxford  Hot Custard
3  TV Vikings  Cambridge
4  Superhands  Galaxy 2
5  Warwick Knights  Loughborough Uni
6  Cranfield Uni  Portsmouth Destroyers

Cup runners up Custard on Hot form enroute to the final.

After a very short break, allowing the good folk who were making sure the event ran smoothly (huge thanks Rich, Becky and Ian) time to write up results, we were in to the play-offs. The Bowl semi-finals saw Portsmouth beat Warwick 4-2, and new team Loughborough Uni win a very tight (4-3) drop-off against Cranfield Uni. Galaxy 2s beat TV Vikings 6-0 in the first Plate semi-final, and Cambridge overcame Superhands 6-3 in the second. The Cup semi-finals saw Hot Custard finish 4-3 up against Galaxy 1s and defending champions Manchester Chargers beat the tournament hosts 2-0.

The finals were set: first up, the Bowl final saw the two tournament newbies go head to head with southerners Portsmouth Destroyers facing the young and vocal Loughborough Uni team. Portsmouth Destroyers developed from strength to strength as the day progressed, consolidating after every match played and applying the lessons learned.  This was a key factor in the Destroyers success as they overcame an earlier defeat at the hands of Loughborough in the pool stages to win a well-fought 4-0 Bowl final.

Newcomers Portsmouth Destroyers win the Bowl trophy.









Meanwhile over on pitch 2, the Plate final had two familiar teams on the pitch – Cambridge v Galaxy 2 – with a smattering of experienced and new players bearing the cold on each side. After the 20 mins the tight game finally went 4-3 in Cambridge’s favour.

Cambridge Hornets – Plate Winners.

With all other matches over, it was left for the Cup final to conclude the tournament. Manchester Chargers returned as defending champions following their victory in a tightly fought drop-off final in 2011. The team planning to usurp them were night-out stalwarts Hot Custard (HC). After playing HC in the groups stages, and drawing 2-2, an intense match ensued entertaining all those sticking-out in the cold, with lots of action and great runs.

Going 1-0 and then 2-0 up in the 1st half, Chargers were on a roll and working hard, however, HC came back strongly and the final score was 2-2, it was time for a drop off! HC had the tap off, after around 4/5 sets of line attack on the Chargers scoreline, HC scored.  Following the HC score, the Chargers had the right to reply, and reply they did!  A set play from the tap-off, saw Chargers touch down, to make it 3-3.  The teams were 3v3 and energy was sapped from both squads. After numerous switches and umpteen A’s, Chargers found the line to be crowned 4-3 Winners.

Cup Winners – Manchester Chargers!

With the games over there was nothing left to do but shower, eat and present the ‘goldware’. Thanks so much to all who helped by organising their teams, providing the food, setting up, clearing up, running the day or in so many other ways (particularly our friends at GAB where we are lucky enough to host the occasion). A great time was had by all and we can’t wait for Bonfire 2013!








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Knockout results:

BOWL FINAL Portsmouth Destroyers 4 Loughborough 0
PLATE FINAL Cambridge Hornets 4 Galaxy 2 3
CUP FINAL Hot Custard 2d.o. 3 Manchester Chargers 2d.o. 4