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The England Touch Association hosted the combined XBlades NTS / SPORTTAPE CTS Finals this weekend – 12th July 2014 at Droitwich RFC. Playing in warm sunshine for most of the schedule, fast competitive play was the order of the day as clubs from across the country battled it out once more.

XBlades NTS

It was a triumphant  day once more for Hot Custard as they mirrored their first series run out in Nottingham by winning both the titles and therefore coming on top in the NTS & CTS series.


Bristol Fijians took the Bowl 5-4 against Wigan Touch Warriors


Thames Valley Vikings beat Oxford Touch 4-2 in the Shield Final.

Manchester Chargers lost out to London Scorpions 5-2 in the plate final despite the result being reversed in the pool rounds earlier;


The top 4 ranked clubs going into the NTS semis were all present at this stage but winning again, as with the last round against London Galaxy, Hot Custard took the Final Cup 4-2.

Excellent drone footage of this final can be found here, Courtesy of Derek the Drone.


Angela Verniquet & Kiki Tjia were named MVPs for the NTS tournament.


The schedule began with 5 pool matches each through to playoff matches for the prizes and points. Flamingos, which is made up of England u18s player from across the country, beat Thames Valley Vikings 4-3 in the Bowl final.


Nottingham Hoods picked up the final trophy beating Galaxy 3-2 in the Shield.


In the Cup/Shield half of the competition, Manchester Chargers lost out in the Plate final this time to Percy Park Pirates 4-3 which was a reverse of their earlier result.


Custard Jägers  were the overall winners beating Cambridge Bees 4-2 in the Cup final following a draw earlier in the day.

Footage of this final can be found here:


MVPs in the CTS were Jennifer Ashcroft & Stu Findlay both from Percy Park Pirates, again nominated by the other clubs.

It was another busy day for our Referees team with whistles blowing across 7 fields, a big thanks to them, the host club – Droitwich and all the helpers during the day on registration, results and timings.

Thanks to Kevin Hill, our very own Events Director extraordinaire, who has made a huge impact on the events calendar this year, with big plans for 2015 too!


The next ETA event is in Cambridge for the Touch Nationals after our teams return from the Euros in Swansea.

Good luck to all our England players next month.


We are England Touch

We are the players. We are the supporters, willing us on. We are the medals, waiting to be won. We are the touchdowns, waiting to be scored. We are the men and women of all ages. We are the talent of today. We are the potential for tomorrow. We are one team. We are England Touch