Delta dominant in summer touch rugby

By Mark Robson, CRTV Correspondent

As the dust settles on the end of the league season in the TRADEVIEW MARKETS Corporate Summer Touch Rugby League 2017 it is time for the end of term reports for a few teams across the three divisions.

In the Premier League, it is Delta who sit on top of the pile with a whopping 11 wins out of 13. With an attack sharper and deadlier than a stiletto switchblade, Delta outscored all opponents with 94 tries this year whilst surrendering only a miserly 47 in return. Genesis, last year’s Finals Day Champions, finished a laudable second whilst Island Air ultimately stalled into an emergency landing falling short of their destination runway in third.

Honourable mentions must go to Walkers Iguanas which for the last few seasons have struggled in this Division. With an influx of fresh talent to strengthen an experienced if aging side they finished top of the second pool. Heineken Red Stars continue to defy Father Time and Mother Nature by finishing a creditable 8th. This motley crew of old blokes has been rescued in part by the talent of their female players. The list of injuries is probably greater than the number of points scored and surely the lower leagues beckon in the same way that even a thoroughbred stallion gets put out to pasture in the end (shortly before being taken off to the knacker’s yard).

The Invitational Division (previously “The League Known as Division 2”) was won by FFP Under 16’s. Fund Fiduciary Partners pioneered the involvement of youth rugby in this tournament two years ago and last season’s Social Division Champions FFP U14’s not only were promoted to the next level but also had to comply with the player requirements for three guys and three girls on the pitch at all times. With a 12-1 winning game record, they have won this Division with the second highest scoring rate and the meanest defence in the league. Collas Crill, also promoted from the Social Division, continue to rise through the ranks easily securing second spot and were the summer’s highest try scorers with 117 points. DART came in third, closely followed by Rawlinson & Hunter and Harmonic.

Much like the bus in The Italian Job teetering on the edge of a vertiginous fall in the Swiss Alps, the outcome of the Social Division is delicately balanced between Island Heritage (53 points) and Cayman Turtles U14’s (49 points). But, and it’s a big but I cannot lie, the Turtles have one game left to play against DMS who themselves finished third. This match is by no means a gimme and is due to be played on Finals Day where both teams will be at full strength. The Turtles U14s have been a revelation this year with some players as young as 10 years old playing, scoring and running rings around their older opponents.

The Social Division has 16 teams in it but the standard has been very close with only a ten-point spread covering EY in 4th all the way down to Campbells in 13th.

And so to Finals Day, the annual end of season festival of touch rugby where the season’s efforts are condensed into winner-takes-all games to decide the Champions of 2017. It is to be held on Saturday, September 9th at the Cayman Rugby Club on South Sound. Come one, come all (as Ron Jeremy once said). It promises to be a fantastic end to the touch rugby season.

Sponsors TRADEVIEW MARKETS have really embraced this sport with great enthusiasm and much thanks must go them for helping make it all happen.

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