Island Air touching the heights

After four rounds of the Another9 Summer Touch Rugby League 2015, the better teams are making their mark. With 30 teams spread over two divisions, there are plenty of games throughout the week. 

In the competitive Division 1, at the top of the table is Island Air, unbeaten in four games. Captain Brad Stephenson’s team is cruising on autopilot and has racked up some big scores, with their win over Genesis being the pick of the bunch and the toughest opposition met so far.  

While they have picked off some of the easier teams in the league, they will be sorely tested against tougher opponents such as Delta and SteppingStones.  

In their wake, with three wins and a defeat each, come Baraud, KPMG1 and Genesis.  

A good start in any competition builds confidence and momentum. Baraud and KPMG1 have rarely been in these lofty positions, so it will be testimony to their fortitude if they can score some wins against more experienced opposition. Genesis is vastly experienced and have recruited wisely in pre-season and have added some youth and speed to their game. 

The top four will be looking over their shoulders though because the two pre-tournament favorites to challenge for the trophy are both undefeated and languish in mid-table only because they have played fewer games. Delta and SteppingStones have not looked convincing yet, neither have they been troubled either.  

DMS, GCM, and Rawlinson & Hunter are still looking for their first victory of the season and will be targeting their games against each other to rack up some tries and points. They all have some fine players but strength in depth can be a problem, especially when squad numbers are thin. 

In the social Division 2, the sensational touch rugby story of the season continues. Fund Fiduciaries is made up of players from the junior rugby program, all players are under 15 years old.  

They have won all four of their games, top the division and continue to both entertain the crowd and defy the doubters with their electric ball skills and boundless energy.  

They still have to play some of the division’s heavyweights but they will only become stronger as the season progresses.  

Also undefeated are UBS and PwC and the upcoming top-of-the-table clashes will be intriguing. They have fared well in spite of playing some of their games in scorching temperatures.  

DART are also ticking along nicely with three wins and a single defeat to UBS to show for their efforts.  

Captain Stacey Ottenbreit should be thrilled with their performances so far. New team Elian are holding up well in this division with a 50 percent win ratio but the other newbie Intertrust has yet to taste the sweetness of victory. Walkers Hatchlings are also struggling and really need to find better for that elusive first win. 

Games in the Another9 Summer Touch Rugby League 2015 are daily at the South Sound Rugby Ground from 5:35 p.m. 

Wiki Hitchman of Island Air is touched by Iain Currie.


Conrad Proud of Rawlinson & Hunter speeds away from Zolfo’s Joel Edwards.


Mark Soto finds a gap in the SteppingStones defense. – PHOTOS: CAROLINE DEEGAN