The touch rugby Challenge Cup took place last night with all the teams from the ten week tournament pitted against each other. Winners of the preliminary games entered the Challenge Cup and losers contested the plate.
In the plate final, vastly improved Sensational Six took on Sessel’s Seagulls. The Six gained a final berth after registering their first ever touch rugby victory in style posting a 15 – 3 scoreline over the Pie Munchers. The plate victory went to Sessle’s Seagulls with the winning scoreline of 3 – 0.
In the Challenege Cup the shock was the absense of the Past Players who were denied a final berth by Belle Vue Cons who contested the final against the Cobra Kai’s. In another shock the final ended up in a dead heat with th cup being mutally agreed to be shared after a 4 all draw at full time.
The community team would like to thank Wildcats Dale Morton who was on hand to present the trophies to the winning teams.
It has been a very enjoyable and competitive season for the Wildcats touch and we would like to thank all the participants for contributing to such a great event. We look forward to next years event.
Here is a breakdown of each teams season:
All Black Raiders
A veteran touch rugby team now with two generations of players within their ranks. Originally hailing from the Crigglestone club, the Raiders made a good account of themselves in a competitive ‘B’ league finishing a respectable 3rd. Made it to the Challenge Cup group stages. High point: Sitting top of the ‘B’ league for weeks two and three. Low point: Losing to bottom side Card Factory Green 8 – 4
Belle Vue Cons
A team made up of Wildcats fans that are easily recognisable playing in a former Wildcats strip. Have been playing touch regularly throughout the last few years and have a large squad. Their base is Belle Vue Conservative Club behind the Wildcats stadium. They finished 3rd in a touch ‘A’ league. High point: Sharing the Challenge Cup with the Cobra Kai’s. Low Point: A 6 – 3 Defeat at the hands of Sessel’s Seagulls
Card Factory Blue
A group of work collegues boasting a cosmopolitan line-up with both male and females. Led by Jimmy Turner, they had a successful season taking away the ‘B’ league title. Were unlucky in the Challenge Cup when having players that ‘doubled up’ came back to haunt them. High point: Winning the ‘B’ league. Low point: Crashing out of the Challenge cup at the hands of Wakefield College and not making the the plate final.
Card Factory Green
Collegues and bitter rivals of the Blues, the Greens had a different year compared with their counterparts. Initially struggling to get results they showed an improved run of form towards the end. Disappointingly missed out on entry to the Challenge Cup due to work commitments. High point: First victory of the season against high flying All Black Raiders. Low point: Losing out to the Blues on both occasions.
The only side to remain unbeaten the Cobras dominated the ‘A’ league and took the title in doing so. In their fith season of competition they have had to replace departing team member Ed Curran with newbie Dan Hardy. Strong in attack and defence the Cobras showed consistant form throughout the league. High point: Winning the ‘A’ league unbeaten. Low point: Sharing the Challenge Cup with Belle Vue Cons, an out and out win was expected.
The dads club did well despite having low numbers for most weeks. Were a different side without main man Gavyn ‘go for an interception’ Lightowler. Came agonisingly close to taking the league title but were pipped by the Blues. Low numbers struck again on Challenge Cup night when they crashed out of the plate without a single victory. High point: Second place league finish. Low point: Draw with Less Pies, More Tries
Less Pies, More Tries
Good debut season for the ‘pies’ finishing 4th in the ‘B’ league. Suffered a couple of injuries early in the season which may have hampered their chances. Won through to the Challenge Cup group stages into a difficult group with Cobra Kai’s and Wakefield College. High point: Beating the Blues 5 – 10 in week one. Low point: Losing both ‘Pie-off’s’ with the Pie Munchers
A team lead by Dave Wandless with a smattering of championship and super league talent ran the Cobra Kai’s close for the ‘A’ league title. The 1 – 1 draw with the Cobra’s is a new Wildcats touch rugby record for lowest scoring match. Will be disappointed with their performance in the Challenge Cup. High point: 1 all draw with Cobra Kai’s, the only team to take a point from them. Low point: Defeat to Belle Vue Cons, eliminating them from the Challenge Cup.
Another veteran team very much in the same vein as All Black Raiders. Regular attenders of touch rugby events around the city. Had a disappointing season fiishing 2nd bottom in the ‘B’ league. Another mixed gender team with plenty of entusiasm. High point: Winning the ‘Pie-offs’ Low point: Being the first team to lose to Sensational Six in emphatic style: 15 – 3!
Placed in a tough group turned out to be the divisions whipping boys. The only side not to register a point in the league campaign but kept showing up every week with smiles on their faces. After an initial first week hammering by Sessel’s Seagulls they steadily improved and deserve the ‘Most improved team award’. Finally got their first victory in the Chaalge Cup plate groups – a Huge 15 – 3 demolision of Pie Munchers, putting them through to the Plate final. ‘B’ league watch out next season! High point: First victory and plate final appearance. Low point: 24 – 4 defeat by Cobra Kai’s, the biggest defeat of the competition.
A youthful outfit with pace to burn, made a great start to life in the ‘A’ league. As the weeks went on they slipped down the league as they came up against the higher placed teams. Would surely have walked the ‘B’ league if they were entered into that. Won the Plate against a vastly improved Sensational Six in a very close game – a far cry from that 19 – 1 victory in week one. High point: Plate winners with a ‘nilled’ scoreline. Low point: 16 – 4 Defeat by Cobra Kai’s
Another team that would have done well in the ‘B’ league. A case of too good for one, not good enough to win the other. Made a good showing in the very tough ‘A’ league finishing 2nd from bottom, which is nothing to be ashamed of in this league. Showd their worth in the Challenge Cup brushing aside ‘B’ league winners Card Factory Blues. High point: Either the Draw with plate winners Sessels Seagulls or the Victory in the Challenge Cup. Low point: Onlt two league victories, both over bottom side Sensational Six