Bareback Riders the team of 2017

Bareback Riders completed a superb season by being crowned the 2017 Belief NTS overall winners in Nottingham.

The season ended where it had begun, at the Riverside Sports Complex, but unlike opening day the finals were swathed in sunshine as the forecast rain stayed away for the vast majority of the competition.

Bareback Riders came into finals day having won three of the four tournaments played in the season and having come second in the fourth, and they took this form all the way through to a final in which they saw off a spirited Wigan Touch Warriors outfit that pushed them right to the wire.

Bareback Riders also dominated the MVP voting, with Clarke Hobson and Hannah Chrisp winning the male and female awards respectively.

This was the first time that the top 36 club teams in the country had taken part in the one finals day, with 10 teams in the Belief NTS Elite 10s and Belief NTS Super 10s respectively, and the remaining 16 competing in the SPORTTAPE CTS competition.

It meant for a packed day for the hundreds of players, as well as the referees, medics and organisers, with the eight pitches seeing plenty of outstanding Touch action and superb sportsmanship.

In the Belief NTS CSSC Phantoms took home the Elite 10s Plate, Hot Custard the Super 10s Cup and Manchester Chargers the Super 10s Plate.

In the SPORTTAPE CTS it was Green and Gold who finished top of the pile with the Cup, with G:Force winning the Plate, CSSC Spirits the Bowl and Orrell St James the Plate.

CLICK HERE to see some of the pictures from the day, including all the winners.