REDS SHAKE IT UP AT CAMPS BAY

The Reds have won their maiden Hot Summer of Touch event with a great victory over the Living Legends in the final at Camps Bay.

The youthful Reds didn’t put a foot wrong all day, winning all their group games and after trailing in the final by two tries to one, they showed a growing confidence to equalise and push the game into sudden death extra time.

They then scored a great try to seal the win and take their first title in the three years they have been involved as a Pro Team.

The result will make many of the players and supporters of the series very happy, as the series still remains wide open, chairman of the Western and Southern Cape Beach Touch Association, Rian Myburgh had to say. “ Its great for the game that we have new blood challenging the old guard and I expect this will make the more established teams even hungrier to perform better over the remaining legs of the series.”

The Open series was also once again very keenly contested with the New Born Rebels narrowly beating the Drifters in the final, one- nil.

Another great feature on a beautiful day in Camps Bay was the eight under fifteen teams who had a ball. The competition was finally won by the New Born Squirrels. Overall, forty teams took part and after a long absence at Camps Bay, it is evident that this event has been sorely missed and looks likely to be back for the long haul.

The action moves to Struis Baai on Monday 23rd of December where the tournament takes place on grass, which adds a whole new dimension.

LIVING LEGENDS PUT MARKER IN THE SAND…

The Living Legends staged a great comeback in the final of the All Gold Hot Summer of Touch second leg on Monday to overcome the Reds by two tries to one. The Reds took an early lead in the game and showed why they are going to be a force to be reckoned with on this year’s series by holding the Legends up until half time.

After defeating the Amazing Galaxy Warriors by a three to nil margin in the Semi Finals, it was possibly a bridge to far for the Reds who were overpowered by the Legends in the second half, looking for their first win at Onrus since 2009.

With the municipality restricting the event to just one field, it was a long day for players and spectators alike, but everyone was treated to another spectacular event and the capacity 32 teams that took part did not disappoint.

The Pro’s played in the Open tournament format for the first time since 2008 and the closeness in some of the results was evidence of the quickly narrowing gap between the top 8 teams in the country and the rest. The top performing teams outside of the Pro Series were the Drifters and the New Born Rebels who actually defeated the Stor-Age Barbarians, a Pro Team, to take their place in the Quarter Finals.

The action moves to Camps Bay on Saturday

Hot Beaches, Hot Bodies, Hot Summer of Touch…

The All Gold Hot Summer of Touch once again hits the Southern Cape Coastline in December this year for the 2013 installment of this hugely popular series. The Tour enjoys its 12th year on the beaches and the action will be Hotter than ever.

The series has been set-up to encourage mass participation, with an Open Tournament being offered as well as a standalone Pro- Series, which see’s the countries top 8 Beach teams battling out for the Title of “King of the Beaches”.

All Gold, the event Title Sponsors, are encouraging kids, of all ages to come down and get involved in the Touch Rugby as well as all the fun activities that will be arranged for them. A hugely exciting addition this year is kids section, open to any players still to turn 15 up till the end of the year.

Teams consist of a maximum of 8 players and entry fee is R250 per team for the Pro and Open sections while the Under 15 Kids section is free.

Registration takes place on the day of each event between 07:45 and 9:15. Please note that certain venues will be limited to 1 field (A maximum of 32 teams will be accommodated in these circumstances), which means that entries are on a strictly first come, first served basis.

With close to 400 teams taking part in 2012, this year’s series is expected to be even bigger and thousands of spectators are expected to flock down to enjoy the hottest action this summer. Players and Spectators alike can expect more than just a Touch Rugby Tournament with entertainment and laughs provided by celebrity MC Deon Bing, Giveaway’s galore from the event sponsors ALL Gold, Wellington and Cola, We Chat, Glider Sunglasses and PowerAde. There will also be Miss Touchies and Mr Six Pack competitions not to mention the most exciting and competitive Touch Rugby seen anywhere in the world

The series dates and venues are as follows:

14 December Strand

16 December Onrus Beach (Hermanus)

21 December Camps Bay

23 December Struisbaai

26 December Stilbaai

28 December Diaz Beach (Mosselbay)

31 December Hartenbos

BREAKING NEWS – ONRUS BEACH

Due to a series of unseasonal rains, the Onrus River Beach has been halved of its usual size. The Overstrand Municipality in conjuction with the local ward councilor have agreed to allow us to still stage the event, however we will only be allowed to play on one field.

This means that the event on the 16th of December in Onrus will be staged as one knockout tournament involving the Pro Teams as well as teams from the general public will take place.

There will be a maximum of 32 teams permitted to play and entries will be on a strictly first come first served basis on the day. Please ensure that you arrive early to avoid disappointment.

To make things as fair as possible, there will be prizes given to the 3 top finishers outside of the Pro Teams. Standard Open Tournament rules will apply

Unfortunately there will not be a kids section at the Onrus leg of the series.

The Strand event goes along as planned and takes place on Saturday the 14th of December!

For any queries, please call 021 439 2970 or email gbobrow@sportsman.co.za