#TouchNationals 2013 Official Results
Touch Nationals 2013 Trophy Winners
Men's Touch National Champions - South East Taipans
Women's Touch National Champions - South East Sharks
Masters Touch National Champions - Northern Monkeys
#TouchNationals 2013 saw the South East Taipans (men's squad), the South East Sharks (women's squad), and the Northern Monkeys (Masters Division) crowned as National Champions of their respective divisions. Well done to the Taipans and Sharks for successfully defending their titles, and congratulations to the Northern Monkeys, who won the inaugural Masters series 2-1 after a thrilling drop-off encounter in a nail-biting game 3 decider!
Individual Trophy Winners
Men's MVP - James Heptonstall (West Wildcats)Masters MVP - Jeff Bimson (Northern Monkeys)Coach of the tournament - Natasha Verniquet (West Wildcats)Referee of the tournament - Neil Fitzpatrick
Individual winners were as follows: Men's MVP, James Heptonstall (West Wildcats); Women's MVP, Susan Kidd (SE Taipans); Masters MVP, Jeff Bimson (Northern Monkeys); Coach of the tournament, Natasha Verniquet (West Wildcats Women); and Referee of the tournament, Neil Fitzpatrick. Congratulations to all the trophy winners!
ETA Note of Thanks
The ETA would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who contributed to the organisation of the #TouchNationals, Bolton School for providing a superb venue, the England Touch medical teams, and the referees. A successful tournament wouldn't have been possible without your contribution!Catch up with the action from the event in the multitude of photographs now uploaded on the ETA Facebook Page.
Post-tourament player interview with Taipans' Rowling brothers
#TouchNationals - Taipans say thanks!
The Men's National Champions - South East Taipans - brotherly duo of Daniel & Clint Rowling were proud of their team's achievements and took a few moments after lifting the trophy to share their thoughts with us:"We’re over the moon with the outcome, and couldn't be more pleased that we were able to produce our best performance in the final. Before the game we spoke about the importance of doing the little things right and the big things coming as a result and fortunately things fell into place for us. As relatively inexperienced coaches we were lucky to have a squad of great guys with winning attitudes.The tournament organisers put on a great event and everything ran like clockwork. The fields were in great condition, the venue was well laid out, communication was clear and the referees were tireless. The ETA should be proud of producing a tournament of this quality.
The biggest positive for us was seeing firsthand the continued development of the regions outside of the South East. All of our matches were a real challenge and came down to the final whistle - the competition keeps getting fiercer. It’s great to see the advances that are being made, it’s really positive for England touch.
During the lead up we joked how 2013 is the year of the snake but one thing's for sure, the Taipans will be back in 2014 and looking to make it three in a row - hisss!"
Shane Hills: Touch Europe Referee - come player - note of thanks!
Shane Hills, normally known as one of England's European Touch Referees, took to the field as a Midland Tigers player at the #TouchNationals and had this to share with the ETA:"Thanks to the ETA for an amazing tournament. Great venue and facilities. Weather was typical of England but all else ran smoothly. Great to see it from the other side & cannot believe the schedule on Sunday actually ran ahead of time by 10 minutes. That never happens. Thanks to Tom Bedkowski, Shelley Grace and all the other little elves that helped make that a huge success. I believe all the teams had an enjoyable experience."