4 English teams headed for some Touch in the sun and came home with silverware!
Hot Custard (Dodging and Catching) and Galaxy London (Knights and Jedis) both sent 2 teams to the established tournament in Valencia, a great showing as they all 4 teams came in the top 5, with female MVP being chosen from the HC team, too!
Dodging Custard ensured that the HC name was engraved on the trophy, maintaining their 100% record at the Valencia tournament, with yet another win!
Galaxy went down to Dodging Custard in a drop off in the semis when a stray pass was intercepted on the Custard line to secure their progression to the finals. Having seen off Catching Custard for their final spot the Free Touch Squirrels had a tough job in keeping the Custard team at bay. After some pretty nifty footwork and a couple of pirouettes Custard snuck a pass off to their winger who trotted over the line for a hat trick of touchdowns in the final! A thrilling game and 8-7 win, saw the Custardites lift the trophy.
Lady MVP and newcomer to the Custard clan, Leah Cutherbertson fully deserving her MVP title, especially considering there were no lady subs!
Cracking weekend was had by all, there were plenty of headaches, bleary eyes and suntan lines as testament to that the following morning!
All results can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/o2vb32j
The University of Bath hosted the first ever UK Touch tournament specifically for universities on Saturday 15th March. Seven teams from six universities, with over 70 players and 7 referees taking to the pitches with great enthusiasm as the group games began.
First games started and one of the hosting Bath teams, the Hawks, beat Southampton 10-2 while UEA overcame Bristol 8-4. Following this were some competitive matches which pleased the spectators. Surrey drew to Loughborough 6-6, Bath Panthers narrowly overcame Bristol 7-5 and Bath Hawks clinched victory over Surrey 6-5.
The morning was a smooth affair with excellent refereeing, an excellent standard of Touch and the blue skies making it enjoyable for all. Lunch provided the opportunity to check the scores and establish the ranking in each group. Bath Hawks and Bath Panthers topped the 2 groups with Surrey and UEA coming in 2nd place respectively.
Southampton, Bristol and Loughborough narrowly missed out a place in the Cup and played a round robin format after lunch which saw some competitive results leading to an interesting finish. This resulted in Loughborough winning the round robin and Bristol and Southampton coming in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The Cup draw saw slightly lower scoring games. Could it be due to the added pressure, better defence maybe? Your guess is as good as ours, but there was some cracking Touch being played!
Bath Panthers played the very fast Surrey team and Bath Hawks took on UEA. The Panthers threw everything at Surrey in a close-fought game, with Surrey’s defence proving tough to break; then with a couple of break-away touchdowns, Surrey progressed into the final winning 5-3. UEA were also a fast team and the Bath Hawks had to work hard to crack their defence, but the Hawks’ tight defence meant they kept UEA to zero and also progressed into the final winning 5-0.
The play-off for third and fourth place was between the Panthers and UEA, a rematch from the group stages. This was a display of flair, speed and money balls; the Panthers ended up victors winning 5-1 and meaning they took 3rd place and UEA took 4th. This put the standing, in order of third to seventh, as Bath Panthers, UEA, Loughborough, Bristol and Southampton. All was to play for in the final.
With all other games finished, a big crowd gathered by the side of the pitch for the spectacle. A game of catch up, with Bath claiming the first touchdown and Surrey claiming the next 2, and eventually taking the score to 3-2 to Surrey at half time. The second half was very tense with lots of running, interlinking and flair play from both sides. Bath Hawks claimed the only touchdown of the second half, resulting in a score of 3-3 on the full-time whistle.
A drop-off in the final, who could have predicted this? Down to 5v5 and Surrey had the tap, after 1 touch they used their renowned speed around the outside to claim what they thought was the winning touchdown, but this is touch, there is the right of reply rule which meant that the Bath Hawks had 6 touches to score if they wanted to stay in the contest. Four touches down and the space appeared on the right wing with one of the quickest players from the Hawks diving at the line to put the Hawks back into the match!
Now it would be sudden death, each team would drop a player to make it 4v4 and Surrey had the tap. On the 4th touch the referee called a touch-and-pass, a quick turnover meant that Bath Hawks could gain a lot of field position. Ten meters out, a late cut followed by a ball out to the Hawk’s female winger to dive into the corner for the win!
The dramatic end was the cherry on top of a great day in the sun (mostly). A huge thank you must go to the referees for doing so well on running the tournament on the day and keeping all games so well controlled. The refereeing team also made it very clear this was their best tournament in terms of player behaviour and accepting the ref’s decision. Congratulations to Bath Touch for winning and becoming the 1st National Touch champions for universities, and congratulations to all teams for providing such a great level of touch, making the day so enjoyable for all involved.
Video highlights of the event:
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Emma Knott, head physiotherapist for the ETA is heading to the #Glasgow2014 Commonwealth Games, the week prior to this years European Championships.
Based at Hampden Park, the athletics stadium. The role of Physiotherapist at Glasgow 2014 will be to provide assessment and treatment of both athletes and Games officials who may present with either acute or chronic sports related injuries.
Emma ‘s role will be based at either the Polyclinic at the competition venue or on the field of play. Emma is hoping that she might get the opportunity to see some of the athletes in action at the side of the track such as Mo Farrah, and the eagerly anticipated (but not yet confirmed) Usain Bolt! The role will see Emma working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, with colleagues in other specialties such as Podiatry, Emergency Medicine, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine.
There were over 50,000 applications to volunteer at the games with 15,000 volunteers being picked for a range of diverse roles from drivers to meet and greet personnel and medical team members.
Emma’s journey began in January 2013 when she applied to be part of the medical team and she was selected for interview and visited Glasgow in May of that year for interview. Last week she attended the first of many training sessions for the workforce orientation training where the CWG2014 uniform was unveiled!
Emma was shortlisted due to her experience over the last 11 years, including her experience with athletes and sports first aid qualifications, which includes her work with the ETA. She hopes that the commonwealth games experience will enable her to build on her clinical skills and working alongside other clinicians will provide the opportunity to learn more about working at such a large sporting event. This experience will be great preparation for the European Championships in Swansea.
When asked, “What are you most looking forward to about your role?”
Emma quoted: “Meeting new people from all walks of life and being in the thick of the action of such an exciting and life-changing event. This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity and as a physio I feel this will be a unique experience to use my skills at such a unique occasion.”
Emma will be visiting Glasgow several times in the next few months as her volunteering experience begins and specific role training will get underway. She is getting used to the media attention as she was picked to be ‘Clydesider’ of the week in February, the name given to all the volunteers taking part in the CWG 2014.
See her interview here:
Setanta Sports (Ireland) broadcast the highlights of the Home Nations Championships in 2013.
Take a look at some of the highlights of the tournament, where England where crowned champions in both the open and senior categories.
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