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.

5×60 Comp photo album on Facebook

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.