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!