Ysgol Dyffryn Taf win the 5×60 Pendine Tournament

Ysgol Dyffryn Taf (Whitland) are victorious over Ysgol Bro Myrddin (Carmarthen) in the inaugural Carmarthenshire 5×60 Under 16 Mixed Touch Competition.

Six teams from four Carmarthenshire secondary schools competed in the first ever 5×60 Carmarthenshire Competition held on Pendine Sands.  Ysgol Dyffryn Taf made it through to the final to play against Ysgol Bro Myrddin.  The game eventually went to extra time and a drop off – each team has a player removed every two minutes until a score occurs.  Both teams were down to four players when the winning score came to take Dyffryn Taf to a famous victory.

The day was a fantastic success with Matt Enoch (WTA Development Director) and Gareth Revell (Wales Mixed Open Captain) both being very impressed with the standard of play and in particular, the number of talented female players on show.

Partiular mention should go to one player chosen as the day’s MVP – Alisha Butchers of Queen Elizabeth High School who impressed throughout the tournament and was presented with a Wales Touch playing jersey as a prize.

There are plans to hold development sessions with a chance for. Carmarthenshire youngsters to receive some top class coaching and potentially move up to the elite level.  Gorllewin Gwyllt will advertise these sessions once dates have been confirmed.

Wales Touch are keen to develop the game in the region and aim to produce more international players from Carmarthenshire.

The 5×60 team were really happy with how the tournament went and plan to do more mixed competitions in the near future.  Follow the blog to be kept up to date with all the latest news and events in west Wales.

Don’t forget the fun continues at Pendine this weekend, with Mens, Womens and Mixed competitions all taking place. Some of the top Welsh teams will be playing and there its a chance for all ages to join in during the Family Touch Festival.

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Touch Rugby Hits the Beach at Pendine

2013 Update – Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August at Pendine – visit www.gorllewingwyllt.com/pendine to register

Wales Touch Association (WTA) announce that their flagship annual beach tournament will take place on Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September 2012.

Touch Rugby (usually known simply as Touch) is based on the full contact Rugby League/Union but is a recognized sport in it’s own right.  It is widely popular in the southern hemisphere and is becoming increasingly popular in Wales with leagues and teams in Cardiff, Swansea, Llanelli, Bridgend, RCT and Wrexham amongst others.

For the first time, the Pendine tournament will be delivered in conjunction with Cyffwrdd Gorllewin Gwyllt (Wild West Touch) formed earlier in 2012 in order to promote Touch in west Wales.

Gorllewin Gwyllt Director, Matthew Adams explains;

I’m really looking forward to being part of the Pendine tournament, having heard great things about it over the last 10 years.  We’re hoping to bring our local knowledge and expertise to the event and help inspire some of the locals to get involved.  We also aim to attract some of the teams already playing Touch in west Wales to play in Pendine for the first time.

The tournament takes place a couple of weeks after the conclusion of the European Touch Championships, so many of the players that have been representing their countries will be coming along to bring another season to a close in a social environment.  We’re also welcoming new players young and old to take part in our Family Touch Festival.

The Family Touch Festival is a chance for mums, dads, aunties, uncles and even grandparents to join their children and friends to form a team to play in a family tournament with qualified Touch coaches on hand to pass on their knowledge.  Touch is one of the very few teams sports where this can happen due to the minimal contact and very low risk of injury.

Another new addition to the event, now in it’s tenth year, is the schools tournament.  Opening the weekend on Friday 28th September, will be the 5×60 Carmarthenshire Secondary Schools Under 16 Tournament.  Boys and girls will take to the beach to compete, as Kate Williams, from Carmarthenshire’s Sports Development Unit explains;

‘We wanted the young people of Carmarthenshire to have the chance to experience playing in a mixed Touch tournament.  We’re expecting boys and girls from across the county to come together to represent their schools in mixed teams.  This is the first time we’ve run a mixed tournament, so all the players and staff are really looking forward to it.’

With many of the WTA players, coaches and officials present during the tournament, it’s possible that some new talent will be unearthed, WTA Development Director Matt Enoch elaborates;

We have already picked up two players that have represented Wales in the Touch World Cup and European Championships from the Llanelli module and we know that west Wales is a talent hot spot.  We’re on the look out for players that show potential who will be asked to join a development centre where we aim to produce future internationals.  Pendine will be a great place for players to show us what they can do.

The 2012 tournament will also be helping to celebrating the recent opening of the Wales Coast Path.  Pendine sits on part of the route between Amroth and Laugharne and Countryside Rangers will be offering visitors the chance to go on guided walks during the tournament.  As Countryside Access & Recreation Manager, Eirian James describes;

‘With the opening of the Wales Coast Path it is now possible to walk all the way along the stunningly beautiful Carmarthenshire Bay.  We’ll be offering visitors free guided walks throughout the tournament weekend so that they can sample some of the amazing views on offer.’

For those that don’t wish to play Touch there will be a number of other activities available, such as the guided walks, sand sculpture and the mobile climbing tower from Pendine Outdoor Education Centre.  The Centre will be open during the weekend and offer a wide variety of exciting activities such as climbing, high ropes, abseiling among others, as well as accommodation.  More details at www.pendineoutdoors.co.uk

Schedule:

Friday 28, 10am – 2pm – 5×60 Carmarthenshire Secondary Schools Under 16 Mixed Tournament

Saturday 29, 10am – 4pm (approx) – Men’s Open and Women’s Open competitions

Sunday 30 10am – 4pm (approx) – Mixed Open competition and Family Touch Festival

For further information about Touch and Pendine registration details, go to www.gorllewingwyllt.com or www.facebook.com/wildwesttouch

Contacts:

Matt Adams (Gorllewin Gwyllt) – 07966 235450 matt@gorllewingwyllt.com

Matt Enoch (WTA) – 07983 620962 matthew.enoch@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Gethin Williams (Pendine OEC) – 01994 453659 gjwilliams@sirgar.gov.uk

Noson Gemau Ail Gyfle | Playoffs Night

Gower Dragons are impressive in their 6-2 win over 2011 champs, Orangutans to take the CSGT title for the first time.  New boys, Y Mellt beat Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf to take the third spot.

 Gower Dragons were the only team to maintain a perfect 100% win record throughout the 2012 competition and were living proof that youth is no match for experience.   The Dragons driving game, as well as sound defensive organisation made them very difficult to beat.  They are also the best team in the league from 5 metres out, invariably coming away with a score from a quick role ball and split on the 5.  It will be interesting to see how they fare in the newly-formed Wales Champions League when they will come up against some of the best teams from across the country.

In the first semi-final of the evening the Dragons faced Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf.  Despite a brave performance, YGN were unable to answer the Gower’s quick plays in the final quarter of the field and they were outscored 6 scores to 4.  Favourites, Gower Dragons were now through to the final and were confident of a victory whoever they were to face.

In the other semi final, great rivals Y Mellt faced reigning CSGT champions, Oragutans in a very close-fought game.  At half time the scores were locked at one a piece and the score wasstill tied at 2-each at the end of regulation time, forcing the game to go into a ‘drop off’.  Each team was eventually down to four players before Orangutans were able to get the all-important winning score to run out 3-2 winners and book their place in the final.

All was not lost for Y Mellt, however, and this time they were the right end of a 3-2 score line, beating Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf in the 3rd place play-off game.  Both teams will be back for CSGT in 2013 after their maiden season of Touch confident of improving their final positioning.

Then it was time for the final game of Cyffwrdd Sir Gar Touch 2012 with Gower Dragons facing the 2010 and 2011 champions, Orangutans.  Again, the Dragons ability to make ground very quickly with their driving game forced the Orangutans on to the back foot and they were unable to stop the Dragons racking up a number of quick scores.  Orangutans managed to score twice and showed promise of scoring more, but ultimately it was the Dragons that were victorious, running out convincing 6-2 winners and rounding off a perfect season of victories!

It was another great season of Touch in Llanelli in 2012 and we now look forward to see how our top four teams fare against the best that other Touch leagues across Wales have to offer in the Wales Champions League. 

Thanks again to everyone that helped make CSGT12 another resounding success, especially the referees who make the game possible.  Special thanks also to WTA Referee Director, Kevin Hobbs, who not only was able to provide valuable referee coaching throughout the season, but also ended up refereeing three games during Playoffs Night too!  

Gower Dragons – Ennillwyr 2012 Winners

Pencampwyr | Winners CSGT12 GOWER DRAGONS

Gower Dragons finish the campaign with their unbeaten run still in tact!

Gower Dragons – Ennillwyr / Winners 2012

Orangutans lose their title to the Dragons but finish second.

Y Mellt defeat Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf to win the third place play off. Full match report and more photos to follow

Wales Champions League Announced

Cyffwrdd Sir Gâr Touch and Wales Touch Association announce a brand new invitational tournament for the best teams from Wales’ emerging leagues to take place in Llanelli on Sunday 19th August 2012. 

The top teams from Llanelli, Swansea, North Wales, Rhondda Cynon Tâf , plus two invitational Cardiff teams will battle it out to become the Wales Champions League winners.

The traditional base of Touch in Wales has very much been centred around Cardiff, with a Touch league established in 1991, still going strong.  But that’s set to change with the arrival of the game in some new territories in recent times.

North Wales Touch in Wrexham and RCT Touch in Pontyclun have been playing the game for the last few years, but it was only in 2010 that the game arrived in Llanelli with the establishing of Cyffwrdd Sir Gâr Touch by the Carmarthenshire County Council Sport Development Unit.  This was quickly followed in 2011 by a league held at South Gower RFC and in 2012 by leagues started by the Ospreys Participation Officers in Neath and on the Swansea University playing fields.

Read more about playing Touch in west Wales

In 2012, the time was right to hold a tournament to allow the best teams from each of the five areas to compete against each other.  As it turns out, this will be a major turning point for the development of the game in Wales.  There has never been a inter-regional championship tournament in Wales, so this will be a first.

The pick of Wales’ premier teams are based around the Cardiff Touch stronghold and some of them travel outside of Wales in order to play at an elite level, including teams such as the Durkas and Raptors.

Cardiff Raptors – playing at Lilleshall in the NTS Finals 2012

Across the border, England Touch has already established a national competition with a series of tournaments in various venues across England, such as Cambridge, Nottingham, Newcastle and London with teams such as Manchester Chargers, Hot Custard and Galaxy London competing.  There are two tiers to the series; the elite, National Touch Series and the Challenge Touch Series for second-tier teams.  The aim in Wales would be to create a similar series of ranking tournaments to ensure that the standard of the game improves.  This is something that Wales Touch Association is working towards, but Wales is still way behind in it’s development of the game in comparison to the number 1 ranked nation, Australia.

The National Touch League (NTL) is a major event on the Australian sporting calendar.

In Australia, the National Touch League, is the premier national tournament which allows the best teams from across the country to compete against each other to find national champions in 12 different categories.

It is this bringing together of the elite teams from across the country to compete which makes Australian national teams so strong.  There are approximately 250,000 registered Touch players, plus another 100,000 social players in Australia.  Not to mention the 500,000 school players that regularly compete in the game!

In Wales around 90-95% of national players play in the Cardiff leagues meaning that there is not a truly representative national team – more like a Cardiff regional team. Considering Wales is the reigning European overall champions, imagine what could be possible if more people started playing the game in other areas!

The Wales Champions League is undoubtedly a step in the right direction with the opportunity for teams to compete at a higher level, as well as the status and bragging rights and an opportunity to shine in front of national coaches and WTA officials.

The Llanelli contingent will be made up of the top four teams in this year’s competition; Gower Dragons, Y Mellt, Orangutans and Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf.  Other invited teams have not yet be revealed, but it is likely to include four teams from Ospreys Touch, one team from North Wales Touch, two from RCT Touch and two from Cardiff’s Touch Rugby Wales league.

It all takes place at the home of Cyffwrdd Sir Gâr Touch, Ysgol Gyfun Y Strade, Sandy Road, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, SA15 4DL on Sunday 19th August 2012.  Whilst it is only open to invited teams, spectators are welcome to come and cheer the teams on.  Please contact should you require further details.

Datguddio’r 4 Uchaf / Top 4 Decided

Gower finish the regular season with nine wins out of nine.  Y Mellt and Orangutans draw, with both teams securing a place in the play offs. Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf take the all important fourth and final play off spot.

In the first game of the evening, Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf are narrowly beaten in their rearranged fixture against Y Mellt five scores to three. This leaves Y Genhedlaeth needing to win their second game of the evening to guarantee a play off place. They do so by pulling a victory out of the bag with a narrow 6-5 victory of much improved, The Friendly Rivals.

Elsewhere, Both Once Were Athletic and Lookilikies gain walk over wins with Hyrddod yr Hendy and Charlie’s Angels both unable to fulfil their fixtures.

Once Were Athletic miss out agonisingly on a play off place by a single point  and will be disappointed to note that dropping points with 5-5 draw instead of a victory in Round 6 against Lookilikies may have cost them a place in the play offs.

Gower Dragons make it 100% wins for the season with a win, 8 scores to 5 over No Dropped Balls and are clear league winners by three points.  The Dragons have scored 61 times this season and conceded 29 scores.

Following this, it’s an exciting 3-3 draw when 2nd place, Y Mellt play 3rd placed, Orangutans in what will be a pre-cursor to the play off semi finals.  Y Mellt finish above Orangutans only by virtue of their superior points scored difference.  They are the league’s highest scorers with 76 and have a +/- of 41, closely followed by Orangutans who have crossed the whitewash 73 times this season, but their +/- of 27 puts them into 3rd place.

Finals Night

Semi Final 1 – Gower Dragons (1) v Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf (4)

Semi Final 2 – Y Mellt (2) v Orangutans (3)

Final – Winner SF1 v Winner SF2

So on Wednesday 1st August, it’s Gower Dragons to play against Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf in the first semi final and Y Mellt to play Orangutans in the second semi.  This is really too close to call, but it’s the unbeaten Gower Dragons who must be firm favourites to take their first Cyffwrdd Sir Gâr Touch title.  However, both Y Mellt and Orangutans lost to the Dragons by only one score in the league fixtures, so can be confident of upsetting the odds whichever team makes it through to the final.

Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf may be the dark horses for the title.  If they can overturn the Dragons in the semi, they will be confident of beating whoever they face in the final, although they have not managed to beat any of the teams placed above them this season.

Whatever happens, it’s been a fantastic third season of Touch in Llanelli at Ysgol Y Strade this summer and we are already looking forward to CSGT13.

Regional Tournament Announcement

An exciting announcement will be made soon about a regional competition, involving the winners of other leagues.  Keep checking the blog for updates or alternatively, click the Follow Wild West Touch button to receive blog updates in your inbox.

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Pendine

Don’t forget, there’s plenty more Touch to play this year, with the announcement that this year’s Pendine tournament will now take place on the 29th / 30th September.   This is a fantastic social tournament and we’re strongly encouraging Llanelli teams to enter this tournament.  Please contact me for more details (matt@gorllewingwyllt.com) if you would either like to enter a team or be part of a team looking for players.

See Pendine Sands Tournament Is On for more details.

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Dragons Tighten Grip / Dreigiau yn Tynhau Gafael

Gower Dragons take the spoils against another of their closest rivals to stay on top.   No Dropped Balls get their first win of CSGT12 with an outstanding victory over the Friendly Rivals.  Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf and Once Were Athletic both vie for the final Play Off position.  

Because of one of the wettest summers on record, we were forced to play two rounds of Touch in one evening in order to catch up on the games.  The season is reaching it’s climax with only one game remaining for eight out of the ten teams and it’s nail-bitingly close at the top of the table.

Last week they ended the Orangutans three-year unbeaten record, this time it’s Y Mellt whose winning streak comes to an end at the hands of the Gower Dragons.

Gower are now the only unbeaten team left in the competition with an outstanding 5-4 win against Y Mellt.  It was Y Mellt that started the evening strongly with a 6-3 victory over play-off hopefuls, Once Were Athletic, whilst the Dragons powerfully overcame the Friendly Rivals with a 9-2 win.  However, Y Mellt could not overcome the Dragons in the second game of the evening, meaning that the Dragon’s 100% record continues.

Looking to be involved in the end of season Play Offs, Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf’s defence held firm to withstand a come-back from youngsters, Hyrddod yr Hendy in a very close game – YGN eventually winning 5 scores to 4.  And it was more of the same from Y Genhedlaeth with a convincing win over Charlie’s Angels, 12-0 – a scoreline that  helps their points scored tally no end.

And it is only because of their superior score difference that Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf are currently in the fourth and final play-off spot.  Once Were Athletic are biting at their heels though, also on 16 points, but it is YGN five extra scores during the season that are keeping them on top at the moment.  They also hold a game in hand over Once Were Athletic, but they must overcome Y Mellt in a re-arranged fixture in order to benefit from this advantage.

In fact, Once Were Athletic had a very tough evening, having to play the second placed Orangutans and third placed, Y Mellt on the same evening.  Whilst not managing to pick up a victory, they performed admirably and could still be a good bet for making the play-offs this year.

No Dropped Balls finally come good and have an excellent evening winning both of their games.  The first game is a truly fantastic win against Friendly Rivals – 7-6 and they follow that up with a 3-0 victory over Charlie’s Angels.  These two wins see them leapfrog up the table in to seventh place and they could climb further with a win in their final game of CSGT12.

Hyrddod yr Hendy bounced back from their close loss against Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf, with a close win against Lookilikies – eventually coming out 4-3 winners.  And Lookilikies went on to lose their second game, giving the Orangutans a very close run for their money, losing only 7 scores to 9 against the winners of both CSGT10 and CSGT11.

All in all, another great night of Touch in this year’s CSGT12 and it really is too close to call a winner.  It looks like the Gower Dragons, Orangutans and Y Mellt have secured their Play Off places, with either Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf or Once Were Athletic taking the final spot.

Remember there are no games this Wednesday 18th July – final league games to take place on Wednesday 25th July.