The Androgroup Summer Touch Series concluded its 11 week programme at the South Sound Rugby Club last week and by all accounts it was another resounding success.
An injured Danielle Walker stood on the sideline with stop watch in hand ensuring that each game was timed to perfection and the day kept to schedule- as well as the Japanese Rail Service!
With the regular season of round robin games coming to a close in week 10 the teams were placed in their divisions and given a final chance for glory.
The day started with Division 2 games kicking off at 11am.
With Stuart Walker’s Hersant Touchy Feely already granted a place in the semi-finals having finished the regular season on top of the division it was a question of who they would take on as league favourites? The CML Spartans or PWC? The Spartans made mincemeat of the usually strong PWC side in a 6-1 drubbing.
In the first semi of the day Touchy Feely took on CML and the encounter was a tight affair throughout.
Touchy Feely had the lion’s share of the chances but could not manage to convert any of their tries. The Spartans playmaker Matt Toddman however ran in CML’s only score of the game to secure the Spartan’s place in the finals. CML 1-0 Touchy Feely.
Elsewhere in Division 2, Grant Thornton marched to the finals having beaten Appleby and UBS1. CML took ultimate honour in yet another close battle 3-2 to win the Second Division.
In Division 3, Citco who finished the regular season as division leaders managed to succeed where their Second Division compatriots Touchy Feely failed.
Citco marched into the finals having beaten Deloitte 4-3 to set up a clash in the finals against UBS2 who had earlier beaten a very strong Z99 side 2-1.
The Citco vs. UBS2 match was a tightly fought battle with Citco clearly cautious to not give up their undefeated season at the last hurdle.
The match ended 2-1 giving the Third Division crown to Citco but the spirited effort of UBS2 certainly gave Citco a run for their money.
In Division One, 5 Nations once again proved their worth with two 4-3 wins over Maples and Flour to take the Premier division outright.
Flour had surprised a resurgent HSBC Rabobies side that had brought back some star players for a final onslaught but their tactic was outdone by a slick Flour side that had performed well throughout the season and Flour took the HSBC scalp with a 5-4 win.
The league was yet again a huge success and Touch rugby will take a break until the return of the Ogier Winter Touch league in January.