High Performance Team: European Touch Championships Review 2014

At the beginning of the 2014 European Touch Championships campaign (back in September 2013), the HP Team’s goals were to: win the Opens points title at Euros; win the Overall points title at Euros; and to develop both our elite player pool and elite teams with the aim to medal at the Touch World Cup in 2015 in one or more divisions. While the last of these three goals is still in progress, the first two goals were successfully achieved at Euros.

Team reports (more coming soon):

MX30
M35
MX18
M40
MXO
W27
WO
M30
MO
Referees

 

A survey of the figures below gives both an indication of the hard work that has gone into the 2014 European Touch Championships campaign (by players and staff alike), as well as the extent of success experienced by the England Touch team that ventured to Swansea University during the first week of August in 2014:

Time:

289 days (41 weeks) = campaign duration from announcement of squads in October 2013 to tournament commencement

20,000 hours (in excess of) training by all touring players (circa 134 hours per player, calculated as follows: 3 x 1 hour fitness sessions a week, plus 2 hours of Touch games a week, plus four All-England Camps @ 12 hours)

6 days of tournament competition

People:

212 squad players

144 touring players

48 members of staff (across the whole campaign)

16 England referees

Tournament stats:

85 games

67 wins

4 draws

14 losses

757 touchdowns scored

290 touchdowns conceded

Results from nine England divisional teams:

4 gold medals (three undefeated teams)

5 silver medals

1 Opens points title

• 1 Masters/Seniors points title

1 Overall points title

Thanks must go to a whole host of HP staff and all our players for the commitment, patience and tireless motivation that has contributed to the overwhelming success – what is not captured directly in the numbers above though is the fun, passion and sportsmanship on display throughout the campaign and during the tournament.

Well done Team England!

High Performance Team

M35 – 2014 European Championships

A long campaign that started in the depths of winter with a large training squad ended with a European Silver medal in, predominantly, sunny Swansea in August.  Head Coach Mike Roa oversaw the transformation of a squad of Touch players from around the country into a fully functioning Touch team that could almost defend properly and sort of knew where the corners of the pitch were.

Aided by the 3rd strongest women in Basingstoke, Georgia Yurkwich-Spink, he fielded a strong line up featuring a number of seasoned campaigners as well as some new caps.

 

Day One

A tough first game against an England Men’s 30s team (who had clearly forgotten what age group they should be in) resulted in an uncomfortable 6-1 loss.

After being asked to take a long hard look at ourselves, the team fronted up for the next game against underdogs Switzerland which turned the tide, and the scoring charts, in our favour with a 14-1 victory.

Next up were the Welsh, finalists in last years home nations and out for revenge.  A very solid performance restricted them to 1 score whilst England managed 5, including a hat-trick for Bruce Kirby on the wing, to cap a largely successful first day.

 

 

 

 

Day Two

Two games for day two and it was the Scots up first, continuing the form from the previous day the team beat Scotland 16-4, including two length of the field efforts resulting in tries for newly capped Dave Ratcliffe and hat-tricks from both Bruce Kirby and Duncan Jeffery.

The next game was an altogether tougher affair, the French had bought a very strong team and had beaten everyone so far including the England Men’s 30s.  A tough game was equal at halftime but, just got away from England in the second half with the French winning 6-3.

 

Day Three

Already assured of a semi final place, first up on day three was the Ireland 30s team.  A quick start by them saw them take an early 3-0 lead, but some good decision making and driving play saw us pull it back to 3-3 at half time.  Good attacking pressure saw a some worked scores which was matched by some equally poor defence which saw a couple more let in, but a last minute score salvaged a draw.

 

Semi-Final

The Welsh were a tougher outfit in this later stage of the competition and it was a hard game, although England took an early lead Wales kept the pressure on. Wales took the lead in controversial circumstances, but a good sustained period of attack eventually saw England score exactly on full time to level the scores and take us to a drop-off.

Having started the game, England had possession for the drop-off and took full advantage by working a good field position, with Jon Lovell creating a score in the corner for Simon Dudley.  As this was the first possession, Wales had a right of reply but, stern defending ensured that they didn’t manage that and we progressed to the final.

 

Final

Unsurprisingly it was tournament favourites France who awaited in the final, the only unbeaten team in the category having seen off both the 30s teams as well as the 35s teams.

The first half was very close with France going ahead but, England keeping up with them and levelling the scores.  At halftime France were one up.  The game was there for the taking, unfortunately it was France who took it.  Perennial MVP, Marc  ‘Silver Fox’ Lajus and his team outplayed us, adjusting their style of play to throughout the tournament.  The French were a good team who played well throughout the tournament who, on balance, deserved their victory.

 

Epilogue

A great campaign that, whilst not quite as good as it could have been, was nonetheless very rewarding and a great team effort from all involved. Being crowned Silver Medalist of Europe doesn’t come easy and a special thanks to Mike & Georgia who ensured that everything ran smoothly as well as Travis for his sterling efforts with fancy dress – the team easily being both the best dressed and most attractive at the function that evening.

 

Player Stats

Results

Date Time Venue Opponent Result
07-Aug-14 10:40 Field 8 England 30 Lost 1-6 Detail
14:00 Field 5 Switzerland Won 14-1 Detail
17:20 Field 3 Wales Won 5-1 Detail
08-Aug-14 10:40 Field 2 Scotland Won 16-4 Detail
17:20 Field 9 France Lost 3-6 Detail
09-Aug-14 10:40 Field 3 Ireland 30 Drew 5-all Detail
14:50 Field 1 Wales Won 4-3 Detail
10-Aug-14 14:30 Field 2 France Lost 6-12 Detail

 

 

MX18 – 2014 European Championships

Our journey began all the way back in October when we first trialed for the first ever England MX18s team. The ETA created the team and entered us into the Challenge Touch Series in order to gain experience and bond as a team. At the initial training sessions there were lots of us, but by the start of the national CTS Tournaments we were a happy band of 20 players and after many training camps it was good for us to get out and start playing as a team“ MX18 Flamingos”.

As time went by our team spirit grew and with it our confidence also grew, which culminated in the CTS Finals in Droitwich. We got into the final, down 0 – 2 at the end of the first half we were determined to show what we were made of and kept it going drawing back 2-2. The Vikings then went ahead again 2 – 3, but we kept our heads and eventually won 4 – 3. A fantastic result to become Bowl Winners!

We then went into camp 4 – the final training camp before the JETC, excited and eager to get going, one of the highlights had to be getting our England kit! Although it was really hot, we all trained well and felt ready for the Euros!

We traveled to Swansea on Monday 4th August, almost as soon as we crossed the Severn Bridge into Wales, the heavens opened…was this a sign?! After checking into our hotel we made our way to the University grounds for a light training session and worked on key moves. We then went back to our hotel, all enjoyed a swim session then went out to dinner with members of the high performance team, it was good to talk to the team and for them to get to know us a bit better, as hopefully some of us will progress upwards as we get older to the Men’s and Women’s Open teams!

It was an early start for us on the Tuesday, but typically our coach broke down on the way to the Uni, so we all arrived slightly late and not long to warm up before our first match against the Swiss!

 

After initial nerves we started playing and subbing well and won our first match 5-2. Next up, Ireland. A different type of match altogether and a much closer affair, it was tied 1-1 until the last play when we all seemed to switch off and Ireland dived for the line, deserving winners we had lost our first match and we knew we had to improve our concentration as we still had 4 pool matches to play!

We then played France where we upped our game considerably winning 6-0. After a break for lunch we knew we had a tough match against Wales who had been playing really well all day, it was a very close and cagey match, but we came out on top 3-2. Whilst the result (contested by Wales) was being deliberated we had no time to dwell, it was our first match against Scotland and after a full on match against Wales we knew we would need to stay on our game. It was a very close match and the sides were evenly matched which resulted in the first draw of the tournament of 4-4!

The first round of matches all completed we were ready to play the Swiss again as our final match of the day, now the Swiss girls had been in the wars, with one now in a cast with a fractured wrist, but that was not going to stop her joining in, she started the match (and then was immediately substituted), although the Swiss were a great team with some great players, we had found our rhythm and won 9-1. After a full on day it was off for a bbq with all the players/coaches from all the teams in the evening.

Another early start and a long day ahead. We unfortunately lost one of our players overnight due to injury, such a shame for us and our team mate and although our non travelling sub was there supporting rules dictated that he was unable to play so we were down to 15 players. Our day started well with the first match against France, which we won 6-2.

After a short break we had another “double” against Wales and Scotland, after yesterday’s tight matches against both these teams we knew we had to be on top of our game plan, both physically and mentally. Against Scotland we did our basics very well, not allowing Scotland to attack and get a roll-on. We kept our shape and the moves worked well and we were able to break their defence, a great win 7-2 the only downside was another injury to one of our girls (we like to keep our physio’s busy), but hoping it is only temporary and she will be ok to carry on later in the day.

It was another cagey match against Wales and again we won 3-2, unbeaten so far today! With one more pool match to play, we were currently top, so it was all to play for against Ireland, we knew they were a strong team with fast players, but we kept our defence working and after another tight match we were eventual winners 2-1.

We topped the leader board at the end of the pool stages and knew we were going to face Ireland again in the semi-finals! The support for the team from the sidelines was great, with flags flying and cheering resounding around the pitch!

 

 

We de-camped and moved over to the main Stadium, where our final games were going to be held in front of the senior players from all over Europe. First up we had to get past Ireland and with the previous game still in our memory, we knew we needed to make some changes. The pitch seemed much bigger and we had to work on our moves and ensure we kept our defence solid, what a match it turned out to be, Ireland certainly made us work for our win, with two forced substitutions, a sin bin, we really felt up against it, but our defensive platform was solid and we saved a touchdown in the last play to eventually win 6 -5, that was it we were in the final, we were all ecstatic but needed time to recover before the final!

None of us could eat and nerves were kicking in, so we decided to go an cheer on the Swiss in their play off match against the French, a big tunnel was formed and the Swiss were winning when we left to start warming up for the final, we were really happy to hear that they had won – we all loved the Swiss, they had a great attitude and really enjoyed themselves!

Now it was down to business, final preparations and game plan discussed, it was time to line up to take to the field, the whole of the senior England team were there to cheer us onto the field (as was the Welsh team for Wales and the Referees for the refs)! We lined up for the anthems, and then it was time to play.

We opened the scoring almost from tap off but have to admit the rest of the match was a blur, we could hear the crowd, the Welsh were very vocal, but the Welsh didn’t allow us to have any space and we in hindsight gave them too much. A great game played in the spirit the tournament was intended, and Wales deservedly won 6-3.

What an experience, for us all, playing for your country is a huge honour and to come away with a silver medal is a great achievement. We have all learned a lot and made many new friends along the way.

We couldn’t have done this without our Coach, Physio’s and Manager and of course our supporters (and in most cases our bank rollers) …thanks to them all for their support!

 

2014 Touch Nationals & Open Trials

The England Touch Association are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Touch Nationals to be held in Cambridge on 6th & 7th of September 2014. The 2 Day tournament will be the biggest National Championships held by the ETA, with the following divisions competing;

2014 Touch Nationals

When: 6th & 7th September 2014
Where: One Leisure St Ives, Califormia Road, St Ives, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, PE27 6SJ
Cost: Cost will be confirmed through your Regional Lead and Regional Coaches
Who: See Below

Men’s:

  • North West Blades
  • Midland Tigers
  • West Wildcats
  • South West Saxons
  • South East Taipans
  • South East United

Women’s:

  • North West Blades
  • Midland Tigers
  • West Wildcats
  • South West Saxons
  • South East Taipans
  • South East Sharks

U18s*

  • Northern Stars
  • Southern Mavericks

 

Open Trial

When: 10am-2pm, 7th September 2014 (Registration will open from 9.00am)
Where: One Leisure St Ives, Westwood Road St Ives, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, PE27 6WU
Who: Open to both Men and Women who would like to trial for England Squad
Cost: £5pp (To be paid on the day)

To register for the 2014 Open Trial email: Ben@englandtouch.org.uk

As was seen at 2013 Mini Nationals, any player not playing at the 2014 Nationals as part of a regional franchise will still have the opportunity to trial for an England Squad at the 2014 Open Trial. The Open Trial will be for any player NOT playing in a regional franchise and also for those who were originally intending on playing in the Masters Division, which has unfortunately had to be cancelled this year.

The tournament will showcase the best players in England from each region and will be used as the selection pathway into the Open’s, Senior’s and Master’s squads for the 2015 Touch World Cup to be held in Coffs Harbour, Australia.

If you are unable to attend the 2014 Touch Nationals for any reason and would still like to be considered for National selection, please contact Ben@englantouch.org.uk to see if you may be eligible for an exemption request.

Please stand by for information on how to trial for YOUR region!

If you have any questions about the ETA 2014 Nationals, please contact Ben@englandtouch.org.uk

 

Related info:

Eligibility rules

FAQs

Regional boundaries

 

* Note: There is no U18s division in the TWC2015, however it’s likely a European event will take place in 2015 to compete in. More information will be released as and when it’s available.

 

MX30 – 2014 European Championships

After the tough competition of the Home Nations back in Dublin last year, the Senior Mixed knew that this years European Championships was going to be a hard fought campaign.
There were 5 teams in the Senior Mixed division – England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France – and all countries had something to prove.

Captains Lunch

Favourites in the race for the Gold Medals, having bagged the previous European Title and secured Gold in the Home Nations, England were quietly confident that they had the ability to perform well and this should give them the confidence to go in to the competition with strength and composure despite what the opposition may have waiting to throw at them.

It proved to be the tightest division of them all with the gold title having the potential to go to any of the Countries. There were to be no easy games!

Preparations began in October 2013 after the initial selection of a training squad that included 6 players being selected for England for the first time in their Touch careers. New coach, Martin Wright, knew that failing to prepare properly would be a sure way of preparing to fail, and each subsequent training session reflected the key principle of “train hard, play easy”.

An intense, player-specific training schedule was mapped out over the 9 months to prepare players for the intense physical demands of the Euros. These sessions were also invaluable in bringing together a relatively new squad who would travel through their unforgettable journey towards their ultimate goal, the 2014 European Championships and to retain their title as Gold Medalists.

Game 1 day 1

England met Scotland on day 1 of the campaign. Scotland, who didn’t feature in the last Euros SMX division, were not a team to disregard. Their squad consisted of several 2012 MXO players who had made the transition in to an older established squad.

The scores came thick and fast, going in favour of tap off and at the final hooter both teams were relieved to settle for a 7-7 draw. What a start to the race to the finals.

Meanwhile, Ireland had beaten Wales 5-3 so England’s game with them on day 2 would be crucial to stay at the top end of the table.

 

Game 2 day 1

The French were also new to the Euros SMX division, and as such were an unknown entity. Certainly not a team to be taken lightly. The French appeared well drilled as they warmed up confidently across the pitch.

They exhibited some flare and great set play that caught England by surprise. This being their first match they were still finding their feet a little, and we grasped our chance to strike and pulled away in the touchdowns to secure a 9-5 win.

At the same time, Scotland had beat Ireland in another high scoring game 11-8 placing Scotland now in to a very favourable position at the top of the table. We knew we must work harder to secure the slot in the finals.

 

Game 3 day 2

The Irish were up next and they had everything to fight for after losing to Scotland the previous day. They would come out determined to bag some points for a win. Another extremely close battle that went again with tap offs. The game could easily have been won by either side but advantage in the end went to England who were 1 TD ahead on the final hooter. Another win, 6-5 to England.

 

Game 4 day 2

Next up were the Welsh; a little knocked in confidence having lost twice the previous day. England would use this to their advantage and having studied their previous performances were ready to halt their attacking strategy through the mids.

Wales exhibited less structure in attack than the Irish or Scots, but drove fast and fierce and would readily take advantage of a gap if it appeared. A scrappy game ensued but structure and discipline paid off and England were able to shut them out just enough to scrape another win 6-5. Another tight victory to England meant that the pressure was still on, and the opportunities were there for every team in the division.

  

Game 5 day 2

Time to show the Scots that we were as good as they were and that we could beat them on our second meeting. This was to be another predictably tight game as all our others had been so far. The Scots were extremely confident having clocked up 13 scores against the French reply of only 5.

Tiredness was setting in as we headed for the third intense game of the day but we knew we could step it up a gear and the 4.00am wake up calls at Martin’s boot camp weekend came back in a flash as we pushed our tired and bruised bodies on harder still.

The game witnessed end to end flare, each team sneaking through the other teams frustrated defence. Another close fought and gripping match! Relieved on the final hooter as England had come out in top. 9-8.

Time for assistant coach Peter Cook (Cooky) to take over as he led the warm-down spin class and the all too familiar ice bath regime to allow our athletic bodies to recover to their best and be prepped and ready to fight another day.

We could go to bed confident that we were now the only team to have not conceded a game and would sleep restfully (at the mercy of the seagulls!), ready for day 3.

 

Game 6 day 3

A welcomed late start going in to day 3 after our second bye of the tournament, we hit the beach for a morning stretching session in the sun. A great rejuvenation was felt throughout the team… Feeling brand new, we headed back to get prepared for the day.

The welsh would be our next opposition. Still knocked from their recent defeats they were hanging low and knew that their hopes of reaching the final had slipped away.

England, in the meantime, needed to win to keep out the Irish from a highly coveted slot in the gold medal contested final. The end of the game England had confidently defeated the welsh 8-5 to head top of the playing table with only the French left to play that day.

 

Game 7 day 3

The French would now be an easier game as England were strengthened by their growing game confidence and flawless game history. There was still some uncertainty how France would fare, having seen them battle with Ireland to hold an 8-8 draw, but winning this would mean the pressure was off us for day 4 in our final round against Ireland and we would be in contention for the final gold position regardless.

A great exhibition of well drilled play, the recent training sessions paying dividends.

England looked strong and reached their highest TD score of the tournament with a decisive 14-5 win over France.

Notably, the scores were spread between 11 of England’s 14 players – a clear demonstration of the team’s ability to use (and score with) all players in the team.

 

Video highlights of the French and Welsh games

 

Game 8 day 4

Ireland left to play, the pressure off our shoulders. We could use this game as a warm up for our final against Scotland.

As the weather turned, so it would seem did our good fortune!
Gales, lashings of rain and a delayed start for finals day.

This was to be a wake up call that we weren’t quite ready for.

Ireland rolled away with a 5-2 lead at half time. England had some work to do if they were to step up their pace for the finals. The Scots surely would take no prisoners in their one and only game of the day and were waiting patiently to pounce on England having studied their form against Ireland.

 Half time team talk from Captain and Coach and time to regroup.….composure and we were back in the game.

Final whistle 7-7 and the second draw of the tournament.

 

Game 9 – The grand final

Undefeated, England were going in to this game as favourites. Nothing in it between both teams. Both teams desperate to come out on top. England had tasted the sweetness of victory at the last Euros campaign and this had driven them a long way on their arduous journey.

Earlier in the week had any team been told they could guarantee a place in the final if you take silver now, many would have grasped at that opportunity. At the start of the week all teams were on an equal footing. At the start of the week all teams were fresh and in the moment. At the end if the week however, when you’ve battled hard in every game to prove your worth and a place in that final, there is no acceptance of second place! England were in it to win it!

A thorough warm up and the team were ready to hit the field.

 

At half time the scores were tied on 3-3 having seen some dramatic scores from both teams.

The second half the Scots stepped up that all important gear and crept out in front. We struggled to hang on to them and the margin got wider. On the final whistle they had conquered us.

The disappointment showed in all of our faces as their joy and excitement spread like wild fire from the pitch and in to their supporting crowd.

However, we must remember that to lose will only strengthen our team. To lose will make us more determined to win again knowing how sweet that moment will be when it happens to us once more. And it will happen to us again.

We should not be disheartened by our achievements to date. We have proved that we are up there with the best having rebuilt the team following player changes from HN13 and gained our well earned silver medals. Not the result we had hoped and dreamed of, but finishing as the second best team in Europe should also be something that we can be proud of.

We are undoubtedly a very strong and united squad. We have all traveled together on an unbelievable journey and have been part of an amazing campaign. We have set ourselves up on the right foot as we head to the World Cup in Coffs Harbour 2015, and we are all eager to begin our journey.

We are England SMX and we will be ready.

 

Special thanks must go to coach and player Martin Wright who devised and delivered the most comprehensively enjoyable and exhausting training schedule for the SMX this year, and who led from the front when the whistle blew.

Thanks and recognition are also in order for assistant coach and captain Gregg Cropper and also Peter Cook (Cooky) who supported the squad throughout the 9 month campaign and raised the level of professionalism on the pitch as well as off the pitch when it came to physical preparation and recovery.

 

 

 Player Stats

 Results

Date Time Venue Opponent Result
07-Aug-14 09:50 Field 3 Scotland Drew 7-all Detail
13:10 Field 8 France Won 9-5 Detail
08-Aug-14 11:30 Field 7 Ireland Won 6-5 Detail
14:50 Field 2 Wales Won 7-6 Detail
17:20 Field 4 Scotland Won 9-8 Detail
09-Aug-14 14:00 Field 2 Wales Won 8-5 Detail
16:50 Field 2 France Won 14-5 Detail
10-Aug-14 09:30 Field 4 Ireland Drew 7-all Detail
13:30 Field 1 Scotland Lost 5-8 Detail

 

Ladder – Pool Rounds

P W L D B FW FL + +/- % Pts
England 10 6 0 2 2 0 0 67 48 19 139.6 22
Scotland 10 5 1 2 2 0 0 76 49 27 155.1 20
Ireland 10 3 2 3 2 0 0 57 51 6 111.8 17
Wales 10 2 6 0 2 0 0 45 53 -8 84.9 12
France 10 0 7 1 2 0 0 34 78 -44 43.6 9

 

 

European Touch Championships 2014 round up

England brought 9 playing teams and a referees team to this Euros, the biggest we have ever done. That in itself is a huge achievement for the ETA, thanks to everyone that’s been involved in getting us here.

Coaches
Coach of the Tournament, Men’s Open coach – Ben Smith

Referees
Most improved referee of the tournament – Aubrey Collins

Finals appointments:
Ian Syder (M40)
Matt Hobbs (M35)
Shelley Grace (WO)
Shane Hills (WO)
Nick Richardson (MO)

Upgrades
Level 3
Aubrey Collins
Gareth Hinds

Level 4
Uma Ramaswami
Nick Van de Rijt
Matt Hobbs
Ian Syder

Level 5
Shelly Grace
Nick Richardson
Shane Hills

 

Playing Squads
Our first ever Junior Team was entered this year, a great step forward in the development of the sport in England. 55 Touchdowns and won the pool round. Gained a SILVER MEDAL in a Final against Wales.
Top scorer – Ross Howard.

— SENIOR CATEGORY WINNERS —

Men’s 40.
Gained a SILVER MEDAL in a Final against Wales.
Top scorer – Jeff Bimson (12)
MVP – Damien Wood

Men’s 35.
Quick Stat: Ran over Switzerland 14-1, beating their previous record set way back in 2004 (11-1 v Jersey).
Gaining a SILVER MEDAL in their Final against France
Top scorer – Bruce Kirby (15)
MVP – Bruce Kirby

Men’s 30.
After coming 2nd in the M35 division, they played a 3 games series against Ireland’s M30s. Coming away with a GOLD MEDAL.
Top scorer – Zhyane Nel (8)
MVP – Marcus Leong

Women’s 27s.
Quick Stat: The team broke 2 records. Biggest win, with a 9-1 win over Wales. Then they broke it again with a 14-0 as they met Wales again.
Winning a GOLD MEDAL in their Final against France.
Top Scorer – Tanya Winson (11)
MVP – Lois Lau

Mixed 30.
Topped the group and gained a SILVER MEDAL against Scotland in their final.
Top scorer (7) Ollie Sills
MVP – Alice Watchorn

— OPEN CATEGORY WINNERS —

Women’s Open.
Quick Stat: The squad matched the record they set in 2012 with a win margin of 16 with their 18-2 victory over France.
GOLD MEDAL with a 6-3 win in their final against Wales.
Top scorer – Zan Hudson (14)
MVP – Marnie Wills.

Men’s Open.
Quick Stat: 2 new records set by winger Sam Jones, as he scored 9 against Hungary taking the most Touchdowns scored in any European Championships crown from Jeano who’s record was 7 set in 2010.
Sam also took another record of most touchdowns at a single Euros event – surpassing a record set in 2008 by 10 with 37!
GOLD MEDAL with a 9-7 win in their final against Wales.
Top Scorer – Sam Jones (37)
MVP – Sam Jones
More info – http://engmensopen.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

Mixed Open.
Quick Stat: Bettered their own Touchdown record set in 2012 on the back of their 21-1 win over Catalonia.
SILVER MEDAL winners in their final against Scotland.
Top scorer – John Hood (23)
MVP – Benita Lee

— OVERALL TOURNAMENT WINNERS —

10 months in planning.
9 playing teams. 
8 referee upgrades.
7 physios.
6 European records broken.
5 silver medals.
4 gold medals.
3 days of sun.
2 open grades won.
1 Team

Opens, Seniors and OVERALL CHAMPIONS! #TeamEngland you’ve done us proud!

ETA President, Gregg Cropper, collecting the winners trophy.

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2014 In2Touch Social World Cup – 20th September 2014

To end a great summer of Touch across the country, what better way to finish than to all meet in the capital to face off one more time in an awesome fancy dress tournament!

Played at King Georges Park in Wandsworth, London, the 2014 ‘In2Touch World Cup’ is open for registrations once again. Open for mixed team entries, each team will be allocated a country from the Rugby World Cup to represent and MUST come in fancy dress relevant to their allocated country.

There are 20 team spots available, so register NOW to avoid missing out. Team entry is £195.00 per team (Teams of up to 12 players).

* Please note: This is a mixed SOCIAL tournament played with at least 2 girls on the pitch at all times.

NB If your team has more than four England NTS, National representative or London Superleague players in it, then they need to play with 3 girls on the pitch at all times.

The entry costs are £195 per team BUT if you enter and pay the full amount before 1st August 2014 the cost will be £150 and places are limited to 20 teams.

There is an after party at GJ’s Wandsworth where we have organised our own Piano Man playing “Edinburgh Fingers Style’ tunes from 7:30 until 11pm followed by a DJ until the late hours!