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.
Worcester wing Ben Howard has been named in the England Under 20s team to take on New Zealand in the semi-final of the IRB Junior World Championship in Vannes, France, on Tuesday June 18, kick off 1945 (GMT).
The Warriors Community team have been busy working with people across Worcestershire over the last year and have been given the perfect reward for their efforts after being nominated for a top prize at the All Parliamentary Premiership Rugby Community Awards 2013.
The Worcester Warriors Community department joined forces with Stourport Rugby Club on Tuesday to welcome nearly 90 children from local primary schools to a tag rugby tournament supported by the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme.
Ben Howard scored two tries as England Under 20s stormed to a record-breaking 109-0 victory over USA to book their place in the IRB Junior World Championship semi-finals alongside South Africa, New Zealand and Wales.
Sign up with the Warriors before this Thursday (June 13) and you will also be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of tickets for this summer's J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series at Kingsholm!
Worcester Warriors is delighted to announce its successful long-term partnership with CitySigns is to continue after the family signage and leading display firm was confirmed as the club's Official Signage Partner.
England Under 20s - who included Worcester wing Ben Howard - fell agonisingly short against world champions South Africa in the IRB Junior World Championship, losing 31-24 in La Roche-sur-Yon on Sunday.