This week sees the Wildcats touch rugby leagues enter their fifth week which will complete the first round of fixtures for all the teams taking part. In keeping with the traditional league format each team must play each other twice with the second round of fixtures due to start from next week.
The touch leagues have had great appeal, attracting 12 teams to the weekly competition at Belle Vue stadium – 8 of which have never played competitive touch rugby before! The teams contain players of various ages and both male and female and are divided into two separate leagues: Social A and Social B with competing players totalling over 120!
Battling it out in the Social B league are: The Card Factory Blues; The Card Factory Greens; The Pie Munchers; All Black Raiders; The Double D’s; and Less Pies, More Tries. In the Social A league are: The Cobra Kai’s; Belle Vue Cons; The Past Players; Sessel’s Seagulls; The Sensational Six; and Wakefield College Staff.
Touch Rugby is a fast moving, minimal contact version of our great game promoting the fundamentals of the sport (running, passing, evasion, defence etc) without the fear of getting hurt. It is suitable for beginners as well as experienced players for both men and women and people of all ages. This version of the sport is as much about the enjoyment of competing and playing as it is for the social aspect – both before, during and afterwards.
“As the competition reaches the halfway point it’s great to see how much enjoyment the teams are getting out of it. We have established touch rugby teams taking part alongside teams that have never player before! We have players that have retired from the professional game and players – such as members of the Wildcat Dolls – who have never even played rugby before taking part. That’s the whole idea behind touch rugby – to re-engage players that have left the sport and to introduce new players through a non-contact, social version of the game. I wish all the teams the best of luck in the remaining weeks and that their enjoyment continues” – Richard Cattley, Wildcats Development Officer.
At this stage in the competition only one side remains unbeaten – The Cobra Kai’s – who sit atop the Social A league just 2 points above The Past Players and Belle Vue Cons.