This summer sees a feast of rugby
coming to the club in South Sound. For the tenth year running, the Summer Touch
League starts in May, and teams are
already beginning to sign up.
This three month festival of rugby
has 24 teams, in three divisions, playing over 300 games to determine who takes
Touch rugby simple game; you run
forwards and pass backwards and the tackle is replaced with a touch. Each team
gets six attempts to score a try.
After being touched six times the
ball is handed over to the other side. The winner is the team that scores the
most tries. It’s an easy game to learn,
a great opportunity to stay or get fit and most importantly of all, it’s great
Teams are limited to squads of 14
players with three men and three women on the pitch at all times. From the fast
and furious pace of Division 1 to the more social aspect of Division 3 there is
a standard of rugby that will suit everyone.
Games are played on Monday,
Wednesday or Friday evenings and teams usually have one game a week. The season
is completed by a straight knockout finals day that is as social as it is
Last year Maples I were crowned
Division 1 champs in a frenetic final game against their long standing rivals
Genesis Trust Five Nations. However, both teams will need to up their game this
Dan Andersen, captain of the Five
Nations, said: “The league as a whole gets better and the skill level is raised
each year. I’m looking for the Five Nations to follow that trend. I’m also
looking for Maples to do the same.
“Appleby, KPMG and PWC are also
ones to keep an eye on. We are excited about the season and are looking to show
a few of the younger sides that experience still matters.”
At the other end of the spectrum,
Grizz’s Old Fellas, resplendent in their famous faux-fashionista pink kit, were
without doubt the most sociable of touch teams.
Richard ‘Grizz’ Adams, mentor of
the eponymously named side, said: “With the mix of nationalities, pace,
experience and legendary characters on the team I fully expect that the Old
Fellas will once again dominate all facets of play… except when on the
pitch.” Never a truer word spoken.
So, if you’re a beginner at the
game or an experienced touch player and you want to be involved in a great game
of touch rugby, contact Sharlee Henshaw at [email protected] . She
can help you find a team that suits the level of rugby you wish to play.