The climax of the Warrior Summer Touch Rugby League 2009 took place at Sixways Stadium on Wednesday (August 6) as teams battled it out in the three divisions for top honours.
In the first round of matches on Cummins Farm saw the League Three final between Villapool Gunner and Modus. A tense final which, compared to previous league fixtures, was relatively low scoring the advantage was with Villapool Gunner as they took a 4-1 lead into half time and eventually lifted the trophy with a 6-3 win.
In the third place playoff, an under-strength County Sports Partnership (CSP) team managed to pull through to a 2-0 win against a much fancied Sharon's Team. The battle for the wooden spoon between Neville's Team and Chaddersley Corbett provided probably the game of the evening with a last minute winner from Chaddersley to seal an 11-10 win.
1. Villapool Gunner
4. Sharon's Team
5. Chaddersley Corbett
6. Neville's Team
The hotly anticipated battle between the top two teams throughout the tournament saw Merlins Mavericks take on Lloydy's Lovelies in the Grand Final of League One. This was clearly going to be the tightest game of the night with no score for the first 15 minutes. The deadlock was broken with the team in red -Lloydy's Lovelies - scoring in the corner. It was then an exchange of tries between the teams until the Lovelies broke away to finish the game and run out 5-3 winners. Olly Banwell, the skipper, was on hand to raise the trophy. Due to two teams not being able to raise a side, the other game in League One was between The Persh and Worcester Wanderers, with The Persh winning the game 4-3.
Due to the weather and two weeks of the original schedule being postponed, the Touch Smut and Joshites Grand Final will be played this Wednesday (August 12) as all Joshites are away on holiday. Like League One, a couple of teams were missing due to not being able to raise a team and in the third place play-off Merlins M&W took on the Hasbeens. At least one Merlins Team of the night proceeded to take away a victory with a convincing 5-3 win. In the other fixture of the evening, Halcrow managed to grab fifth place beating Desperados 3-2.
1. Touch Smut Or Joshites
2. Joshites or Touch Smut
3. Merlins M&W
7. Pink New Black
8. Touch and Feel the Quality
Finally, Warriors Community team would like to say a big thank to all the referees that were involved over the eight-week period. They were subject to the usual ranting and raving from both players and managers, however they kept their cool, remained level headed and were excellent throughout the tournament. They were Dave Field, John Robbins, Chris Hargreaves, Duccio Baldi, Mark Rose, and Nick Edwards.
Warriors youngsters Huw Taylor and Jack Singleton will start for England in the World Rugby Under 20 Championship final against Ireland this Saturday night at Sale Sharks' AJ Bell Stadium (kick-off 7pm).
Worcester Warriors Chief Executive Jim O'Toole has dismissed suggestions made in a national newspaper that the Club is pulling back on its long-term financial commitment to become an established Aviva Premiership Club.