It was a bumper week of tries in round four of the Summer Touch Rugby League 2011 with 139 tries scored in just 12 matches.
Three teams reached double figures on the scoreboard. In division one, PricewaterhouseCoopers had the stand-out performance running in 12 tries against Team LIME. After a first round defeat, PWC are on a three-game winning streak.
PWC shared the tries between eight different players and their usual slick passing were too much for LIME. Elsewhere Maples1 and Genesis Five Nations, the oldest and fiercest rivalry in the history of Cayman Touch Rugby, could not be separated as they played out to a 5-5 draw.
Joint league leaders before the game, they had a titanic battle. Kudos must go to James Waters for keeping a lid on proceedings. Both defences, normally as tight as an old pair of pants, conceded more tries in this one game than they have all season. Lisa Kehoe orchestrated all that was good for Genesis with three tries. As the smallest player on the pitch it clearly demonstrates that this form of rugby is not all about size.
Ogier beat DMS 7-4 for their first win of the season. The fine double act of Waters and Blair were the difference with a hat-trick apiece. Walkers Blue Iguanas still can’t find that all-important first win after losing to Appleby 5-7. Stuart Geddes put in a stand-out performance with his three tries.
In division two, the stand-out match was a top of the table clash between Maples2 and UBS. Something had to give between the unbeaten clubs and Maples2 kept their run going with a 7-3 win. Maples2 were steadied by ginger assassin Andrew Dean who had four tries.
The Trident Titans moved into third with a well-fought 4-3 victory over Happyfish Ticklers. Titans squandered a few chances in the first half but with two tries from Riley Mullen they sealed the win. Ticklers speedster Ian Blackwell scored a great try, standing up the Titans defence before sprinting round the outside to score.
Harmonic recorded their first win of the season against Campbells. Rob ‘Der Blond Bomber’ Aspinall showed the way with three tries with captain Tim Rossiter being most pleased.
“Rob hasn’t scored three times in one night for a long time,” Rossiter said. “He can stand proud after that performance.”
Young Richard Thomas was voted Most Valuable Player of the game for display and avid touch followers will be pleased to note that Shelly Cox broke her barren spell of scoring when, resplendent in what must now be considered her “lucky” new boots, she covered several inches of turf to score at the end.
KPMG1 continued their topsy-turvy season with a convincing 8-2 win over DART. Gerhard Albertyn was the pick of the bunch with three tries. DART will want to put this early season form behind them as they sit bottom of the table with four defeats.
In division three Ernst and Young were hammered 1-11 by a Deloitte team that remain undefeated and in second place. Neal Ainscow ran in four tries and was supported by Gareth Wilkinson (three) and Rob Fysh (two). Curtis Wilson made the lone score for Ernst and Young, who succumbed to their heaviest defeat of the season and remain at the bottom of the table.
KPMG2 beat Island Heritage 13-5 with Ian Robertson getting five tries, the most any one player has scored in a game all season. The Heritagers never gave up and Marvin Gordon had a hat-trick.
Queensgate Grizz’s Old Fellas produced a 9-6 win over Credit Suisse. The Suisse defence was demolished by Venassio Toketokevanua as he served as a distributor for husband and wife duo John and Sinead Wagner. The best double act since Ken and Barbie, each scored two a-piece to maintain marital harmony.
Rawlinson and Hunter move up to third with their second win against an inconsistent GCM team. Conrad Proud maintained his fine record of scoring in every round so far with another two tries taking his season total to eight. He is ably supported by Emma Santiago, who also notched up two tries, making it four tries in three games for her.
This week’s Heineken Touch Player of the Week is Lisa Kehoe.