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Summer Touch League comes to thrilling conclusion

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

In League 1 Jezzaroonies – who had set the pace throughout the six weeks of competition – clinched the title with comfortable wins over Honey Badgers and the Staff to take them too far ahead of second-placed Old Staggs.

League 3 similarly had one dominant team, Tornados 2, whose seven wins from eight matches saw them finish seven points clear of HITZ and Casuals B.

But the excitement was there in League 2, which went down to the wire, with any one of four teams able to have finished top of the table going into the final week.

Tornados 1 drew first blood with a 3-0 win over Boats and Tows. But they were matched by Casuals A, who overcame COYS Touch 4-0 immediately afterwards.

However COYS would have a say in where the title would go, with a late try to deny Tornados 1 a win in both sides’ second games of the evening. And in the final game of the night Casuals A took full advantage with a 3-0 win over Mawsley that saw them join Tornados 1 on 24 points, but crucially having scored three tries more over the course of the competition to see the trophy head to Rushmills.

In all 17 teams took part in the Touch League, which was this year held for the first time at Northampton College and sponsored by Unit 22 Crossfit.

“It was an eventful and memorable six weeks of competition,” said Matt Goode, HITZ Northampton project officer and tournament organiser. “It was obvious that all of the teams wanted to win each game, and there was some great rugby played throughout.

“Congratulations to all of the successful teams.

“The Touch League goes from strength-to-strength each year, which would not be possible without the hard work and help of many people. Northampton College has been a good venue for us and I’d like to thank Unit 22 Crossfit for sponsoring and all the teams for playing.

“The HITZ students have worked hard to help organise and run the evenings, and Kezia Bull was invaluable in helping out with the admin. And a massive thank you to all the referees, who volunteered their time to officiate the matches.”

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