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Baynesies Boys, Tornados, take home Touch League titles

Baynesies Boys in action ©© Andy Taylor

Club News Baynesies Boys, Tornados, take home Touch League titles

The 2013 Summer Touch League drew to a close last week, with Baynesies Boys and Tornados lifting the silverware.

Sixteen teams battled it out in two leagues throughout July, with the league leaders at the end of seven matches being named the winner. Throughout the tournament some outstanding skill was shown, often belying the summer heat and humidity.

Northampton’s BBOB RFC once again hosted the tournament, with the Saints’ Hitz students making an invaluable contribution to the League’s running and playing in their own teams.

Tournament organiser Matt Goode says that this year’s League would not have been possible without the Hitz students or the contributions of many other people.

“The 2013 Touch League has been a real success,” he commented. “This is the first year that the Hitz students have taken on the running of the competition, and I’d like to thank them for all their hard work.

“Anyone who came down to watch would have seen how much all the teams enjoyed playing, which is what the Touch League is all about. And on behalf of everyone I’d like to thank all the referees, because without their commitment and good humour no games could have been played.

“BBOB were outstanding hosts, and Daryl Gleave and Andy Taylor provided some superb photos that captured the action.

“It was an excellent few weeks, and hopefully we can do it all again next summer!”

Mark Cookson, captain of COYS Touch Rugby, says that this year’s tournament has been one of the best he has taken part in.

“Of the six years this tournament has been held, COYS believe this year’s tournament was one of the better organised,” he said. “Our only disappointment was that it was over too soon! So hopefully an increase in teams can bring back a longer tournament.

“The tournament always provides a good pre-season fitness programme for the numerous rugby clubs in the town, but also helps social teams such as COYS Touch Rugby play more competitive matches and meet new opposition of similar standards. For anyone wanting to get into rugby, but not full contact, this version of the sport is an excellent variation for men and women of all ages.”

One of this year’s new teams was Mawsley Touch, whose coach added: “As a newly formed touch rugby club, and new to the Saints Summer Touch League this year, we all thoroughly enjoyed the league which was well run and offered an excellent balance of opponents. We look forward to playing again in 2014.”

The League may have ended, but that’s no reason to stop playing Touch Rugby, either by setting up your own team or by joining one of the other teams in the area. CLICK HERE for more information!

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