Orangutans yn Brwydro Nôl / Orangutans Fight Back

Orangutans Touch

Orangutans – Ennillwyr CSGT10, CSGT11 Winners

One team determined to continue their winning streak is Orangutans Touch.  The team are the current holders of the Cyffwrdd Sir Gâr Touch title having won in both 2011 and 2010. 

The 2012 season is off to a winning start with Orangutans registering two wins out of two, including last night’s authoratitive display against newcomers Charlie’s Angels.  Orangutans Touch experience and superior skills took them to a 14 – 1 victory. 

Elsewhere, 2012 Touch new boys, Y Mellt continued their promising start to record a fine victory against local rivals Hyrddod yr Hendy, 11 – 6.  Gower Dragons also made it two out of two with a fine 9 – 3 win against Lookilikies with Once Were Athletic becoming the fourth team to maintain a 100% record by beating Friendly Rivals, 5 scores to 1. 

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Referees / Dyfarnwyr

Cyffwrdd Sir Gâr Touch are again benefitting from strong links with Wales Touch Association, Referee Director, Kevin Hobbs (pictured).  Kevin attended CSGT last night in order to observe and provide feedback to our referees and hopes to do so on a bi-weekly basis (other Touch commitments permitting!). 

Wales Touch Association Referee Director Kevin Hobbs

Kevin is a vastly experienced Level 5 Touch referee having refereed in the Touch World Cup, Touch European Championships and Australian Touch State Championships – amongst others.  With Kevin passing on his knowledge and experience, the standard of refereeing in Llanelli will ultimately improve. Thanks to the WRU partnership, CSGT12 are usually able to provide two referees per game, meaning that CSGT12 is one of the few Touch leagues with dual referees, again ensuring a better experience for the players.

See the Who Would Be A Ref? post

Twrnamaint Gorllewin Gwyllt Tournament 2012

Amazingly after a week of solid rain, with more promised, the skies cleared and the first Touch tournament to ever take place in the area was underway – Gorllewin Gwyllt.10 mens and mixed teams travelled to Llandysul in Ceredigion to compete for the Cwpan Gorllewin Gwyllt (Wild West Cup) and the Cwpan Cardi (Cardi Cup).  Several teams made the trip up from Touch hot-beds, Cardiff and Llanelli to help spread the word of Touch to pastures new.  Officials from Wales Touch Association were also on hand to referee games and help with the organisation of the tournament.  Special mention must go to WTA Referee Director, Kevin Hobbs who refereed almost non stop throughout the two days!  Also refereeing were Matt, Phil and Dave – big thanks to you all!

Escargot Turbo eventually beat Barcudiaid in the Wild West Cup final, with a convincing win having eliminated The Red Team in the semis.  Rupert Moon Panthers overcame the Poppit Wiwers to lift the Cardi Cup.

All in all, it was a great weekend of Touch, particularly considering that most of the teams present had not played the FIT version of the game before, the standard was high and we look forward to bringing more regular competitions to west Wales in the near future.

Thanks again to all involved in the competition – the tournament would not have been possible without the help of several key people.

Family Day, Saturday 5th May

The first ever Gorllewin Gwyllt Family Day was held on Llandysul Fields on Saturday 5th May 2012.The day was a great success with four families competing for the Family Cup, eventually won by Thomas & Co.

Family Day began with coaching sessions introducing the rules and tactics of Touch.  Each family was provided with a mentor coach who took the teams through their paces with some drills and plays.

A tournament timetable was then drawn up with the four teams each playing each other once, followed by a Final.  The competing teams were Allblack-Wallaby-Boks, Barcudiaid, Teifi Trumps and Thomas & Co.

The top two placed teams on the leader board following the pool games were Thomas & Co and Teifi Trumps. A very close final game eventually resulted in a 2-0 victory to Thomas & Co. who were then presented with the Family Day award.

Gorllewin Gwyllt would like to thank the volunteer coaches that gave their time to help coach; Kevin Hobbs, Eddie Harris and Justin Lloyd!

10 Reasons to do your Touch Referee Course

10 reasons to be a Touch ref

Refereeing Touch - 10 good reasons to get qualified

Maybe you’re new to Touch, maybe you’re a casual player who wants to better understand the rules, or maybe you have ambitions of playing or refereeing representative Touch.  Perhaps you already referee rugby or another sport and are looking for something to keep you busy in the summer.

Whatever your situation, here are 10 good reasons why you should commit three hours of your life to doing the Level 1 European Touch Referee Course:

  1. Your understanding of the game will improve – that is beneficial to both players and referees
  2. You will be valued – referees are integral to the further development of the game in Wales
  3. You can earn some extra cashCyffwrdd Sir Gâr Touch pay £5 per game (usually three games per evening)
  4. You could represent your country at top level tournaments around the world
  5. Your fitness will improve – imagine doing shuttle runs for forty minutes (and that’s just one game!)
  6. You will enjoy it – refereeing is fun!
  7. You will enjoy the great camaraderie that exists amongst Touch referees
  8. You will gain a sense of satisfaction from facilitating games and helping others
  9. You can receive ongoing coaching and development from WTA referee director, Kevin Hobbs
  10. More qualified referees = more games played = higher standard of Touch

Level 1 European Touch Referee Course organised by WTA and Cyffwrdd Sir Gar Touch 

Wales Touch Association Referee Director Kevin Hobbs

Kevin Hobbs - Wales Touch Association Referee Director

WTA Referee Director and Level 5 qualified referee, Kevin Hobbs will be running the course.  Kevin recently returned from representing Wales as a referee at the Touch World Cup in Scotland.  He has refereed all over the UK, Europe and the southern hemisphere and is Wales’ only level 5 qualified referee at this point in time.


Sunday 25th March, 12pm – 3pm

Training Barn, Parc y Scarlets, Pemberton Retail Park, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, SA14 9UZ

More information available by emailing touch@carmarthenshire.gov.uk or phone – 01554 744 354

The course is followed by an open training session from 3pm – 5pm with Wales Touch international players and coaches.  Course attendees are welcome to join in with this playing session.

Complete the application form (link below) and send along with a cheque for £12.00 (payable to WTA) – no prior learning required for this course.

Ref App Form 25 March 2012

Who Would Be A Ref?

Kevin Hobbs, Neil Perkins, Gwion Kennard and Matt Enoch - Wales Touch Board

Kevin Hobbs (far left) seen here with the other members of the Wales Touch Association

A question many people probably ask is, Who Would Be A Ref?

It’s very often a thankless task, but of course without the referees we would have no game.  I would encourage anyone that plays Touch to give reffing a go some time – who knows, you might catch the bug!

I spoke to Wales’ top Touch referee, Kevin Hobbs, to try and understand the reasons why someone might take up  a vocation whose attractions are a mystery to many.

The National Director for Touch referees in Wales, Kevin recently become Wales’ first FIT Level 5 qualified referee and was one of three Wales referee representatives at last year’s World Cup in Scotland.  He has played or refereed Touch all over Europe as well as in New Zealand, Australia, Japan and South Africa.

The Player

Wales Touch Referee Director, Kevin Hobbs

Level 5 Black Badge - one of the few European Referees to reach this level

Born and bred in Pontypridd, Kevin was introduced to Touch through a friend some years ago and began playing in the Cardiff leagues.  However, it wasn’t always an easy transition, as many Rugby Union players will probably testify,

‘It took me a while to appreciate the game – I got frustrated by the over-stepping and Touch-and-pass rule!’

Having played for a few seasons on and off, Kevin had the opportunity to represent Wales at the 2003 World Cup in Japan.  It was there that he noticed the gulf in class between the relative newcomers from Europe and the ‘Big Guns’ from the Southern Hemisphere;

Seeing the quality of the Australian and New Zealand players, I realised what a quick and skillful game Touch is and fully committed to improving my own game after that.

The Referee

Coming from a background of playing the game made Kevin appreciate just how integral the referees role is and having become critical of many officials, he decided that it was only right to give it a go himself.

I realised the importance of good refereeing to the development of the game, so I attended all the courses necessary to get upgraded.

He has recently retired from playing in order to concentrate on refereeing.  This has paid off as he became the first Level 5 or Black Badge Touch Referee in Wales and prior to the World Cup in June 2011 he spent time refereeing at the State Championships in Australia.  Having never refereed any other sport other than one game of rugby union, this is testament to Kevin’s commitment to Touch refereeing.

Committed Administrator

But Kevin is not just a referee.  Touch now takes up a significant portion of his spare time; Kevin sits on the Wales Touch Association (WTA) board of directors with a dual role of referee and financial director.  He is also been appointed as a board member for Touch Europe Referees.

Touch probably takes up about 80% of my spare time and 15% of my work time.  I do it because I want Wales to be able to be competitive on the World stage and the only way to do that is if we get more people playing and refereeing and raise the standard of our domestic tournaments.

Why Should You Referee?

It must be said that it takes a certain type of person to want to referee any sport.  For many referees in other sports it might be because they are too old to play the game.  This is an interesting dilemma for Touch, due to the fact that many people continue to play the game into their 50s and 60s, meaning that the number of ex-players are limited in comparison.

Refereeing does have it’s rewards.  Many refs site the camaraderie with fellow referees – and the honour of potentially representing your country cannot be ignored;

Referees also have an opportunity to travel to competitions around Europe and beyond, the higher the grading, the greater the opportunities

I have done a bit of refereeing myself and it can be enjoyable in a weird sort of way.  I am definitely not about to give up playing to take up refereeing, but doing it now and again to help out when short of refs is definitely part and parcel of the game!

A female Touch referee controls an international game

Referee Touch - Would You?

I would encourage anyone that plays Touch to try and attend the Level 1 Touch Referees course as it gives a great insight into the rules of the game and how difficult it can be to keep up with play and make good decisions!  It will make you a better player and you will gain a greater understanding and respect for those that make the game possible.

Contact Wales Touch Association if you would like to know more about becoming a referee or attending courses.

Australian Touch Referees

Camaraderie and representing your country at the highest level are two of the main draws to refereeing Touch