Maples open top of rugby touch summer league

| 14/07/2010

(CNS): The Androgroup Summer Mixed Touch Rugby series kicked off this month with a round of seeding matches to place teams in divisions which has seen Maples already dominating the leagues. Although there are many familiar teams competing in the league for the first time teams will be spread over three divisions. With each division fielding 8 teams of 14 players the 2010 Androgroup series will see approximately 300 competitors take the South Sound Rugby Pitch for some fun, fast paced action over the summer months. In week 1 as teams fielding new players came to grips with the rules of the game and the need for fitness the more experienced players took every advantage to get on the score sheet. (Photo Caroline Deegan)



In Division 1 Maples, winners of the CRFU corporate touch day stamped their authority over Harmonic whilst previous Androgroup Touch Champions 5 Nations made little work of PWC with a 5 point win. League new comers DMS and CML managed to finish their game as equals whilst former touch rugby powerhouse Appleby were undone by fellow legal eagles and former champions of the CRFU Winter Touch league Ogier.
The action in division 2 was much tighter knit with the best performing team only able to separate themselves from the competition by 3 points. Walkers, 2009 winners of the 2nd division competition managed to stay 3 points clear of KPMG 1 in their encounter. The game promised to be a much closer affair with KPMG 1 looking very strong in the seeding games but Walkers were too slick over the 30 minutes of game time. Division 2 once again hosts the only all female team “the Maidens” who were undone by UBS 4-2 but with so many close games Division 2 may be the one to watch.
The newly formed Division 3 provided the most points on the score cards after week 1 (a total of 35 points scored) thanks in no small part to high scoring clashes between DART and Island Heritage, an encounter which DART managed to hold on to a slim 2 point lead albeit for a late onslaught by Wayne Morgan of Island Heritage who ran in a late hat trick of tries.
Morgan, not to be outdone by Ross Connerton of DART also recorded a 3 try haul on the day. Elsewhere in Division 3 Matt Smith of Trident Titans saw his team beat Prime Fund Solutions by massive 6 points thanks in no small part to Smith’s 3 try effort.


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