Near perfect Delta repeat as champs

Delta was crowned Premier Champions of the Tradeview Markets Corporate Summer Touch Rugby League 2018 for the second year in a row with a near perfect season.

Losing only one of 12 games, they reigned supreme and set the standard for everyone else to attain.

Boasting a roster that other teams can only look at with envy, it is perhaps their never say die attitude that stood out. All good champions are extremely difficult to beat and Delta are no different.

“It was probably our toughest season yet with some really exceptional competition in the league, we are very pleased and lucky to have finished at the top,” said captain Riley Mullen.

Delta have made it hard on other teams.

Their main rivals, SteppingStones, were the only team to not be beaten by Delta, securing a win and a draw against them. This must, in reflection, prove frustrating to the Stones as it was some of their other results that let them down. Although they too only lost one game, it was the three draws that finally killed their challenge.

They will be looking to wreak their revenge on the upcoming Finals Day. Genesis Trust came third, some way behind the main two and beating FFP Under 17s by just a point.

In the Invitational Division, formerly Division 2, it was Maples1 who claimed the top spot with 50 points out of a possible 52. Such was their dominance that KPMG1 who also had an excellent season were 9 points behind. So strong were they that they rarely ever looked troubled by the opposition, scoring multiple points with their fine contingent of women players (who score double in this division). They came down a division this year but will likely gain promotion back to the glory of the Premier Division next year.

Touch has proved to be a good way to get youngsters into the game.

A special mention must go to the teen titans of Titan Development Titans. This Under 15s side struggled in the early season to put a game plan together but under the coaching of Scott McCarty they started playing well structured, fast touch rugby. Energy is never an issue at that age it just needed to be channelled and Coach McCarty ran some training sessions for the boys – they will be a real danger on Finals Day.

A nod goes out to the golden oldies of Heineken. Boasting a male average age of 51.6 they continue to defy the years, and coupled with injuries, they stood up well and were competitive in most of their games. In truth it was they fine collection of women players who really held it together for them.

The Recreational Division has not been concluded just yet but Grant Thornton stands at the top of the table. AON lie second but it would take a miracle of biblical proportions to overturn the deficit.

The Tradeview Markets Corporate Summer Touch Rugby League 2018 Finals Day competition is set for 25 August.

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