The 2014 Corporate Summer Touch Rugby League is now two-thirds of the way through the season and in the Social Division two teams are dominating.
This year touch rugby is growing more than ever and the Social Division is largely made up of players who are either new to the sport, or who like their touch rugby a bit more relaxed these days. After ten rounds there are two teams with nine wins and one defeat apiece.
On top of the table is Zolfo Cooper who went nine straight games without defeat. Scoring at will and getting into double figures at times. However, they were stung to their first defeat of the season (5-8) by the all-girl team of Maples Mavens.
A point behind them is GCM who play with a hustle-and-bustle style typified by Niall O’Sullivan and Fiona Brander. They too have only lost one game, a default against KPMG2, and have by far the meanest defence in the league.
Their table-topping clash with Zolfo Cooper comes next Friday evening at the South Sound Rugby Ground.
DMS are not far behind in third and will rue their 2-4 defeat to the league leaders.
LIME is always entertaining to watch and currently sit fourth in the standings, managed by the effusive Mark Woollard. A couple of defeats along the way but a cracking 7-4 win over Appleby elevated them to fourth.
Tying with LIME on 32 points is Rawlinson & Hunter. Only defeated twice, with both losses to the top two in the division, this team is marshalled by the evergreen Conrad Proud.
Appleby starting strongly and have some fine players on their roster but have lost their way of late with two defeats and a draw in their last three.
UBS and Baraud are tied on 26 points and both have played some useful rugby at times.
UBS games feature plenty of tries both for and against but their defense is the better of the two teams as Baraud have allowed too many scores against.
Maples Mavens have sustained a few defeats but with notable victories over Zolfo Cooper and Queensgate they know that they can cause a few problems for any team.
Trident started the season with a fine win over the Mavens but then suffered six defeats in row.
Tough for any team to take but they showed real strength of character and resolve to come back with a two-game winning streak.
BDO are a team with players getting to know the game and they have managed only two wins so far seeing off Conyers Dill & Pearman 2-0 and Walkers Blue Hatchlings 4-1. This will stand them in good stead moving forwards.
Conyers Dill & Pearlman suffered seven straight defeats on the bounce but they turned things around with a storming 3-0 win over Walker Blue Hatchlings.
Queensgate, Walkers Blue Hatchlings and Grant Thornton prop up the bottom of the table with 13 points each.
Queensgate traditionally have an eclectic bunch but are having fun scoring tries if not winning games.
Walkers Blue Hatchlings have suffered from a lack of experience and numbers but did record a notable 3-2 victory over Maples Mavens. Grant Thornton have recorded only 16 tries in 13 games – half of which came as a result of an 8-0 award for a default match.
This is scant return on their investment, but better days are surely ahead as they seek their first real victory of the season.