Mixed weekend at Senior Touch Championships
England’s teams had a varied weekend in Edinburgh at the inaugural Senior Touch Championships.Senior Mixed
This was a closely-fought tournament throughout, with none of the three competing teams from Wales, England and Ireland establishing dominance.
England won two of their six matches, losing three and drawing one. However neither Wales nor Ireland would win more than three matches themselves in the pool stage, and ultimately England lost out on a place in the final by just one league point.
Wales consolidated their position as table-toppers by beating Ireland 8-7 in the final.Men’s 45s
Scotland dominated the pool stage, winning all of their six matches. But for England their two defeats against the hosts were their only two reverses in the group, with the team seeing off Ireland and Wales in their other four matches to finish a comfortable second in the pool.
England then met Scotland in the final, but could not reverse the outcome of their previous two games earlier in the weekend, losing 3-6. Ireland beat Wales 9-1 in the 3rd/4th place play-off.Men’s 30s/35s
The Men’s 30s and 35s teams were grouped together in the pool stages, with England Men’s 40s also joining the tournament.
England M30 and M35 finished first and second in the group, with the M35 inflicting the only defeat of the weekend on M30 (youth and energy overcome by age and experience!), with the M40 in a tough battle with Wales M30, Wales M35 and Scotland M30 for the other positions.
England M30 then saw off Scotland 11-6 in their final, with England M35 beating Wales 5-2 in their category.Women’s 27s/35s
England dominated these categories, both in the number of teams sent – three of the five participating groups came from south of the border – and in the overall results.
England Bangers 27s won all four of their pool matches, inflicting the only loss of the group stage on England Mash 27s in the process. England W35s finished third with two wins and two losses.
The tournament then divided up into its respective age groups, with the 27s and 35s having further round robins.
England Bangers 27s continued their perfect record in this second stage, while England Mash 27s lost both of their matches to miss out on the final. However the Bangers ensured that the title came south with a comfortable 10-4 win over Scotland W27s.
The Women’s 35s title was decided by three further matches between England and Scotland, with the visitors winning all three to take home the trophy.
Congratulations to all of the successful teams, and to the referees who travelled north as well.
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The next international action is back in Edinburgh on the weekend of July 8th and 9th, when a number of England representative teams will compete in the first Premiership Permit competition.