Wednesday saw the final night of the Wildcats touch rugby league summer season.
Over the past 23 weeks, 22 teams have played in 3 different leagues in social and serious touch rugby divisions to be crowned champion of their league. Last night was the final week of the social league which has been running for the last 11 Wednesday nights and began way back in July.
12 teams competed in the division over all, with Belle Vue Cons, last years joint Touch Challenge Cup and former Wakefield College Touch Cup winners, took the title of Social league champions. They did it in style by going the whole campaign undefeated scoring 148 tries in the process and averaging just over 13 tries a match!
Belle Vue Cons skipper Jonny Morgan said, “It’s great to come down and play touch here at the Wildcats. It’s run extremely well and, as all the lads are local and Wakefield fans, it means all the more to play on the Belle Vue turf. We’re looking forward to having a go at retaining our title in next year’s competition!”
Belle Vue Cons join the winners of the Wildcats other touch events in 2011 with Cobra Kai’s being undefeated in the Serious division 1 and Wakefield CRL winning Serious division 2 and the Wakefield College cup.
Organiser Richard Cattley said this, “Its testament to how popular touch rugby is becoming as a version of our sport and to how well we run the events here at the Wildcats.”
“We had 12 teams competing last year and this year that number has leapt to 22! Touch is great as it opens rugby league up to people who couldn’t necessarily play full contact open age rugby for whatever reason. I’d like to thank all the participants we’ve had take part this year in all our events, we are hoping to get something organised for the winter and we will again hope to expand in 2012.”
Additionally, the Wildcats have been delivering touch sessions throughout the local colleges in the district and have so far been to Wakefield College and the Rothwell branch of Leeds City College. The plan is to introduce touch to the pupils and to follow that up by creating a mini league with their college. The community team also plan to visit other colleges with New College the next on the agenda. Below is a picture of the Leeds City College pupils being put through their paces:
If you would like to learn more about touch rugby visit www.therfl.co.uk or contact the Wildcats Development Team via emali at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call 01924 211611 to keep up to date on Wildcats touch events.
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