Manchester Touch Championships is a huge success

The 2017 Touch season got off to an excellent start with the 8th and Annual Manchester Touch Championships held at The Armitage Centre on Saturday.

Following last year’s mud bath, and some people still trying to get clean, we ran the event on state of the art 3G pitches to ensure the weather couldn’t ruin the day and the Touch could flow, and flow it did!

This year’s tournament was ran as open mixed only and capped at 16 teams, 13 timeslots and 44 matches. We welcomed newbies GTR, Glasgow Lions and Catterick Touch to our schedule and watched how they all played, progressed and had fun.

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Mixed Open Results

Cup Winners: Galaxy Scotland
Plate Winners: Orrell St James
Bowl Winners: Thames Valley Vikings
Shield Winners: Chester Cheetahs

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Galaxy Scotland – Cup Winners

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Plate Winners: Orrell St James

Bowl Winners: Thames Valley Vikings

Bowl Winners: Thames Valley Vikings

 

Shield Winners: Chester Cheetahs

Shield Winners: Chester Cheetahs

Full results online: RESULTS LINK

As with any tournament, there is so much work that goes on behind the scenes to make the day a success, so a huge thanks to Gregg Cropper for planning and organising, Emma and Cari and their team of physio’s from Huddersfield University for keeping us all moving on the day and Jules for running the event desk.

Congratulations to all the referees who got their upgrades too. Dominic Shaw, Soul Phoenix, Kev Hattersley and Stuart Fraser. Thanks to all the coaches and assessors to get them over the line too!
And, there is no game without referees, so a massive thank you to #TeamRef who ALL did a stirling job over the day.

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Finally, thank you to all the players who made the journey to Manchester and braved the cold!

Great to see so many new faces and teams along with some familiar ones too! Lots of youngsters out their getting experience and older ones showing them the ways.

We wish you all good luck for the rest of the season and hope to see you in Manchester again soon.

Manchester events coming up: 

Men’s/Women’s Touch Cup: <Info link> <Entry Link>
National Development Touch Series: <Info link> <Entry Link>
Leagues will be starting early May too, so keep an eye out ON THIS PAGE for more info.

See you all on the 5, over the summer and back for more next year!

#NoMoreMud as Manchester kick off the 2017 season

Due to popular demand, Manchester will once again be running their 8th Annual Touch Tournament, but this time at a new state of the art facility, with all 4 pitches on 3G, yep you heard that right, NO MORE MUD!

Manchester are once again holding their season-opening February tournament, to take place on Saturday 25th February. The tournament structure will have space for 16 mixed teams and has previously attracted teams from all over Europe (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Switzerland) in the tournaments 7 years of Winter Touch-fest hosting.

Competition will again be fierce again, with a number of European clubs already showing interest as they’re looking forward to starting the season with a bang!

Top European Referees will no doubt be out in force too, hopefully with a number of referee coaches also in attendance to provide coaching, training and feedback to those looking for a badge upgrades in 2017.

If last year’s event is anything to go by, which saw some great dynamic and skillful Touch on display and the numerous nail-biting drop-offs which ramped up the excitement too, it’ll be another great event!

 

When: Saturday 25th February 2017
Where: The Armitage Centre, Moseley Road, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6HE
Time: 9:30 Start
Format: Mixed
Cost: £175
Entry Form: Enter here

 

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Manchester Touch Championships

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The 2016 touch season got off to an excellent start with the 7th and biggest ever Annual Manchester Touch Championships held at Audenshawe High School on Saturday. Manchester is well known for its wet weather, and this year’s tournament was no exception, with most pitches resembling a mud bath by the end of the day. But this didn’t dampen spirits and a record number of 38 teams competing across 4 divisions, showcased the best in British and Irish Touch talent.

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The Men’s division was hotly contested, with Manchester Chargers, ShimmyWorldWide and the Oldies fighting it out for the first trophy of the season. It was too close to call for most of the day, but in the end ShimmyWorldWide came out on top, beating Manchester Chargers 4-0 in the final.

The Women’s division was also definitely not short in the talent department, with international teams and international players throughout, all 5 teams giving their all. Galaxy went on to take home the silverware topping the women’s league.

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With the addition of Men’s and Women’s Touch Cup Tournaments to the 2016 Touch season in May, it will be an exciting year for the both the Men’s and Women’s game, and if the Manchester Championships are anything to go by, these will definitely be one not to miss!

The open mixed division did not disappoint, as Cardiff Raptors topped the table with a 3-2 win over the Bandits to secure their silverware.

Cardiff Raptors

Mixed Open Results
Cup Winners: Cardiff Raptors
Plate Winners: Sandymount Flyers
Bowl Winners: Thames Valley Vikings
Shield Winners: Varsity Vandals

The Steeden DTS tournament, now starting its third year, has been a very welcome addition to the Touch calendar and become a hotbed for developing talent in the game. The first round of the 2016 season started as we hope to go on, with a record number of 16 teams competing.

The tournament reached a climax when the final between Chester Cheetahs and Oakmeadians went to a very tense drop off, with the Cheetahs finally getting one of over the line to win 3-2.

Chester Cheetahs

DTS Results
Cup Winners: Chester Cheetahs
Plate Winners: Guildfordians
Bowl Winners: CSSC Spirits
Shield Winners: Warwick Touch

Results table after round one:


MVPs from each division were:
MXO – Lewis Eynon
Men’s – Rhys Matsen
Womens – Emily Clews
DTS – Liam Lawton

As with any tournament, there is so much work that goes on behind the scenes to make the day a success, so a huge thanks to Gregg Cropper and Kevin Hill for organising, Emma and Cari and their team of physio’s from Huddersfield University for keeping us all moving on the day and Corrie, Sarah and Millie for running the event desk.

FullSizeRender (2)Thanks also to Ryan Jennings and to Audenshawe School and pupils for excellent facilities and assistance in the day, the boys were a credit to you and the school.

And, there is no game without referees, so a massive thank you to our referees who ALL did a stirling job in the adverse conditions! Alice Watchorn, Aubrey Collins, Dan Harrison, Dan Twist, Duncan Smart, Gareth Hinds, John Knox, John O’Mahony, Kevin Hill, Lani Baird, Mike Green, Nick Richardson, Nicolas Van de Rijt, Phil Leeks, Rachel Howe, Sana Tansey, Shane Hills, Uma Ramaswami, Vicki Offland, Zack Romanu.

Also to Matthew Walker for keeping the referees in check and on time, great job and look forward to you being more involved going forward. Thanks to Matt Reid and Kevin Hobbs for the coaching support they provided too.

Finally, thank you to all the players who made the journey to Manchester and braved the mud baths! We wish you all good luck for the rest of the season and hope to see you in Manchester again soon.

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Manchester first to kick off the 2016 season

Due to popular demand, we will once again be running their 7th Annual Touch Tournament.

We are once again holding our season-opening February tournament, to take place on Saturday 20th February. The tournament has Men’s, Women’s and Mixed divisions and has previously attracted teams from all over Europe (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Switzerland) in the tournaments 6 years of Winter Touch-fest hosting.

Competition in the Biggest Club Touch Tournament in Europe will again be fierce again, with the some national sides already entering into the Men’s and Women’s comps and a number of European clubs fielding strong teams in the mixed category, they’re looking forward to starting the season with a bang!

This year, the mixed division will also host teams entering the Development Touch Series (DTS). The Steeden DTS will be a number of mixed gender tournaments (3 men & 3 Women) designed to progress the development of new and established clubs and players. Clubs can enter all or just one tournament during the season and all will be hosted by clubs that want to provide a great playing and social experience. Any questions regarding Steeden DTS please contact –events@englandtouch.org.uk

Top European Referees will be out in force too, hopefully with a number of referee coaches also in attendance to provide coaching, training and feedback to those looking for a badge upgrade in 2016.

If last year’s event is anything to go by, which saw some great dynamic and skilful Touch on display and the numerous nail-biting drop-offs which ramped up the excitement too, it’ll be another great event!

 

When: Saturday 20th February 2016
Where: Manchester
Time: 9:30 Start
Format: Men’s, Women’s and Mixed
Cost: £175
Entry Form: Enter here

 

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‘Onesie’ Touch Festival

On Sunday 13th September, #O2Touch and Fully Charged Events are hosting a ‘Onesie’ Touch (Rugby) fun social festival. This is a great way to have fun, get fit, win prizes and make friends..

When: Sunday 13th September
Where: Altrincham Kersal RFC (WA15 6UL)
Cost: £60 per team

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Hope to see you down there for what’s set to be a great family fun day out.

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There will be plenty of fun, prizes, competitions and taster sessions throughout the day plus a load of other entertainment and activities that spectators can get involved with.

As England prepares for its biggest ever year of rugby, Fully Charged Events and #O2Touch want to give you the chance to try out the game that everyone’s talking about.

 

Here’s how you can get involved…

Got some mates in mind and want to have some fun in a Onesie? Get together and enter the Touch Festival.

Never played #O2Touch before, or even picked up a rugby ball? Come along anyway! With our free Touch Taster sessions you can try the game out and learn the basics at your own pace.

Prefer to support from the sidelines? We want you there too! All ages can come along as a spectator to cheer on your team and soak up the atmosphere.

There’ll be music, prizes, fun and food and drink  for everyone to buy . Plus plenty more.

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#O2Touch Tour

The recent #O2Touch tour was a huge success in Manchester, we couldn’t have been happier to be involved and also assist in organising and entering 3 teams, along with help promote the event to as many people in our leagues and the North West as possible, giving them a chance to play at the Etihad Campus, along with meeting the stars of England Rugby too!

It was a great day, enjoyed by newbies and international Touch players alike… And having one of the more established teams in our Burnage league win the whole thing was just an added bonus!

 

Some more photos of the day

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O2 Touch Tour Manchester

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What are you up to this summer?

On Saturday 11th July, #O2Touch is hitting the road with England Rugby superstar Jonny Wilkinson and it’s visiting the City Football Academy, by the Etihad Stadium, Manchester to bring a fun-packed day of sport to the city.

These have been great events so far with 800 people heading to Loughborough and Bath respectively in their recent outings.

When: 11th July
Where: Manchester City Academy
Cost: £50 per team
How to Enter: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/o2-touch-tour-manchester-tickets-16429507098

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There will be plenty of famous faces in attendance with Jonny Wilkinson, Jason Robinson and Mark Cueto all getting involved in taster sessions throughout the day plus a load of other entertainment and activities that spectators can get involved with.

As England prepares for its biggest ever year of rugby, O2 and England Rugby are setting out on the #O2Touch Tour to give you the chance to try out the game that everyone’s talking about.

 

Here’s how you can get involved…

Got some mates in mind and want to get competitive? Get together and enter the Touch Tournament.

Never played #O2Touch before, or even picked up a rugby ball? Come along anyway! With our free Touch Taster sessions you can try the game out and learn the basics at your own pace.

Prefer to support from the sidelines? We want you there too! All ages can register for free spectator tickets to cheer on your team and soak up the atmosphere.

There’ll be DJs, food and drink and goody bags for everyone playing in the tournament or taster sessions. Plus plenty more.

Join in and #WearTheRose

 

Fully Charged Events tap off Touch season with a bang

Its Manchester in February, for regulars to Fully Charged Events Annual Touch tournament, rain and lots of mud is to be expected and this year didn’t disappoint. But the conditions didn’t deter teams from pulling on their thermals and showing off their close season skills for a shot at some silverware.

For the elite teams this was a chance to iron out any lingering creases as the countdown clock to Oz ticks loudly on.

With 28 teams across 5 divisions this was our biggest invitational tournament to date.

Winners

Bulldogs - Premiership Winners

There was some close run contests in the Premiership Division, which was won by Bulldogs who dug deep to hold off the Scots, Touch Ecosse 3 – 1.

 

Six on the Slack - Men's Winners

Despite their name Six on the Slack were anything but, to take home the Men’s Division trophy, beating Polar Camels in the final 5-2.

Chargers - Championship Winners

There was fierce local rivalry in Championship Division, between Manchester Chargers and Wigan Warriors. It came down to the wire in a nail biting final, which saw the hosts take a 3-1 victory and the silverware.

Chester Cheetahs - Division 1 winners

The growth of Touch in the UK was evident as a number of new teams entered this year’s tournament. Many were displaying some impressive skills in Division 1, so much so the final was won in a drop off with Chester Cheetahs beating Orrell St James 3-2.

MVPs

Congratulations must go to the players who gave their all on the day, to be awarded MVP, here are the winners by division:

Men’s – Ben Meakin
Premiership – Marshall McLeod
Championship A – Nan Thomas
Championship B – Colin Scott
Division 1 – Alastair Teager

MVP - Meakin MVP Nan Thomas

Colin Scott MVP Teager - MVP

Referee upgrades

The tournament would not be the success it is without the skill, quality and effort of all our referees. Huge thanks goes to each and every one of them, and congratulations to all those who upgraded:

Upgrade - Adrian Fear Upgrade - Sam Cutler Upgrade - Tim Osborne

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Sam Cutler
Tim Osborne
Jon Francis (Wales)

 

Thanks!

A huge thanks goes to those who helped out, prior to and on the day. Namely Sarah Poole, Nigel Parkin, Kevin Hill and Shelley Grace.

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Also, a huge thanks to Audenshaw School, we hope that as well as delivering further events at the school in the future we can also provide support to the school in terms of Touch introduction to the pupils/teachers as Touch grows in the junior age groups over the coming years.

FCE comp

 

Gregg-Cropper-PresidentGregg Cropper, owner of Fully Charged Events and England Touch President said: “It was fantastic to see such an impressive turn out this year and the quality of play keeps on improving. It bodes well for those teams travelling to Australia in April for the World Cup, but also, more generally, for the continued development of Touch throughout the UK. A massive thank you must go to the referees, physios and other volunteers who helped the day run smoothly. See you all next year!”

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