Touch Series Finals 2013
Play started at 9:50 at the National Touch Series (NTS) and Challenge Touch Series (CTS) Finals 2013, but the Elite 8 kicked proceedings off at 10:25 on Pitch 1. The Elite 8 are made up of the top half of the NTS league, the Super 8 holding the rest of the teams.
The tournament has four pools that play over four pitches, but we would be focusing on pitches 1 and 2 that were holding the Elite 8 matches as well as all the finals of the day’s competition.
A teams standing in the league is determined by how well you place in events such as this. The NTS had four tournaments in Nottingham, London Cambridge and Manchester while the CTS played in Reading, Newcastle, Widnes and Canterbury. Squads gathered from England, Scotland and Wales to take part in the finals.Elite 8sPitch 1
London Galaxy 6 – 2 Phoenix Touch
Touted as one of the teams to watch, London Galaxy opened their account with a strong showing against the Welsh side Phoenix Touch.
Tumeke Sports 6 – 1 Manchester Chargers
Tumeke had great team composition and proved a handful for Manchester.
London Galaxy 4 – 6 Bareback Riders
The London teams were the ones to beat, the Bareback Riders knew that and took the game to London Galaxy. Trading scores in a fairly well matched game these two teams were great to watch.Tumeke Sports 5 – 6 Hot Custard
This was an energetic game with Hot Custard making use of some clever two man play to get scores and make the difference.
London Galaxy 7 – 1 Durka Touch
The Galaxy were finding there stride in the competition, which was unfortunate timing for Durka Touch.
Tumeke Sports 3 – 6 Cambridge Hornets
Cambridge were able to pull of the upset against Tumeke, perhaps this championship is more wide open than expected.Pitch 2
Bareback Riders 8 – 2 Durka Touch
This was Bareback Riders first game of the day, and they set down a marker for the other teams. With a potent offensive capability the Riders looked a good bet to do well.
Hot Custard 5 – 3 Cambridge Hornets
Hot Custard started the tournament well putting it on Cambridge to capture the win.
Durka Touch 3 – 5 Phoenix Touch
Phoenix Touch did their part to maintain Welsh pride picking up the win against Durka.
Cambridge Hornets 9 – 7 Manchester Chargers
Although Manchester gave their all, Cambridge gave more with many players going in for a score.
Bareback Riders 7 – 2 Phoenix Touch
The Riders continued their winning form, easing past Phoenix for an emphatic win.
Hot Custard 8 – 4 Manchester Chargers
Manchester Chargers’ games are a family affair, but even this tight unit wasn’t able to pull out the win against Hot Custard.Super 8 resultsPitch 3
London Scorpions 5 – 2 Custard Jagers
Thames Valley 6 – 3 Nottingham Hoods
London Scorpions 5 – 2 Wigan Touch Warriors
Thames Valley 5 – 2 Oxford Touch
London Scorpions 7 – 3 Galaxy II
Thames Valley 5 – 5 Bristol FijiansPitch 4
Wigan Warriors Touch 4 – 2 Galaxy II
Oxford Touch 3 – 8 Bristol Fijians
Galaxy II 3 – 3 Custard Jagers
Bristol Fijians 4 – 3 Nottingham Hoods
Wigan Touch Warriors 4 – 1 Custard Jagers
Oxford Touch 4 – 2 Nottingham HoodsFinals
Everyone was hoping the weather forecast wasn’t going to be accurate. Heavy rain was predicted for the late afternoon which was just the time the finals were due to kick off. The knock out games started in fine conditions, but eventually that began to change.CTS Cup Semi-final 1
Thames Valley 4 – 7 Wigan Touch Warriors
Wigan team had a good mixture of young development talent as well as more experienced player. The outcome was a win for the well balanced side.
CTS Cup Semi-final 2
Canterbury Cougars 5 – 4 CSSC Wookies
These two teams enjoyed their appearance on pitch 1 & 2 during the finals. Both teams played hard in an effort to make the most of the opportunity to progress.CTS Plate Semi-final 1
Portsmouth Destroyers 4 – 3 Galaxy IICTS Plate Semi-final 2
Percy Park Pirates 3 – 2 Nottingham HoodsElite 8 Plate Semi-final 1
Phoenix Touch 6 – 3 Manchester ChargersElite 8 Plate Semi-final 2
Tumeke Sports 3 – 2 Durka TouchSuper 8 Plate Semi-final 1
Oxford Touch 9 – 6 Custard JagersSuper 8 Plate Semi-final 2
London Galaxy II 4 – 5 Nottingham HoodsElite 8 Cup Semi-final 1
Bareback Riders 10 – 2 Cambridge HornetsElite 8 Cup Semi-final 2
Hot Custard 3 – 4 London GalaxySuper 8 Cup Semi-final 1
Bristol Fijians 8 – 3 Wigan Touch WarriorsSuper 8 Cup Semi-final 2
London Scorpions 4 – 0 Thames ValleyCTS Cup Final
Wigan Touch Warriors 1 – 2 Canterbury CougarsSuper 8 Plate Final
Oxford Touch 10 – 1 Nottingham HoodsCTS Plate Final
Portsmouth Destroyers 4 – 0 Percy Park PiratesSuper 8 Cup Final
Bristol Fijians 2 – 6 London ScorpionsElite 8 Plate Final
Phoenix Touch 2 – 7 Tumeke SportsElite 8 Cup Final
Bareback Riders 5 – 0 London Galaxy
On paper this was due to be the best game of the day. The top two teams of the top half. Although facing a London team that were fancied to win the competition, the Scottish team showed no mercy in dispatching the London Galaxy to take the Elite 8 Cup Final.Promotion/Relegation Play-off
London Galaxy II 6 – 1 Wigan Touch Warriors
Despite the damp end to the day, there was some scintillating touch rugby on offer. Hopefully it’s not to long until another big touch tournament comes to town.