We bring home silverware… WINNERS OF THE SHIELD FINAL… (Dave needed to hire a van to ensure enough space for the delivery of said silverware to our beloved Green).
It was a great day in sunny Cambridge with 16 top CTS teams, International referees and plenty of running (great effort to play 6 games of Touch spanning 2.5 hours)! In the gale force winds, the team picked up a number of new lessons from our token English Touch Lady “Marnie”, who bossed the attack and defence and showed off some spectacular dummying and defensive moves. We have a lot to learn from her, and so Dave will arrange for her to join us for an evening during the summer to brief the “shooter” defence, “mad dog” positional play, and “wrap” and “drag” attacking moves. (Also thanks to Keith, Dave’s mate, who tirelessly ran off the Mids and was eventually rewarded with a half field dash for the line in the final).
We knew it would be tough competition, but during the Group Stages, we narrowly lost our first game 5:4, were outplayed in the next, then scored a last minute try to draw 3:3 in the final pool game. As we battled through the knock out stages, we were up against the same team (against which we drew in pool games), to fight it out for the Shield.
It was very exciting last 30 minutes, and whilst squandering a lead of 2:1 at half time, we fought on to draw 3:3 in full time (Dave scoring through the Mids twice). We then had to “drop out” player after play until only 4 were left standing. Great patience and some looping moves meant we ended with a win and the exhausted team was delighted!
MVP: Phil. Fitness returned, steely desire and determination in defence and surprising turn of speed which helped him to a handful of tries
BMT Award: Dave for a spectacular performance in the final, with two good tries (only a basket fumble prevented his hatrick). Close on his heels, the relentless Red Mist Mike Gadd
Rooky Award: Dan; noticeable exponential improvement game to game. Took on the advice and looked dangerous with ball in hand
Best Lady: Lizzie, for persistent driving and unnerving defence
Family Award: Leon; after a gutsy and aggressive defence as “Mad Dog”, Leon insisted we get a team photo with the opposition “family”. Weird but wonderful!
Thanks to all those who made the effort. Whilst it was a long way to travel, and we were playing very organised and competitive teams (I don’t think there were any other social village teams), we did ourselves proud, and many for the referees and bystanders commented on the improvements in our play through the day.
Looking forward to seeing you all this week.