At the end of the League competition in this years Mixed Touch one team has stood above the rest. The Pitchford Pirates have been in excellent form winning four and drawing one of their matches. This has been based on the great team cohesion and understanding of the fundamentals of Touch play. Move hard and fast up the middle and create the mismatches.
The Pirates (Sandition Shield Holders and League Champions) didn’t have it all their own way however, the Roberts Raiders pushed them all the way falling just 3pts short of first place. The much fancied Sercombe Sabres could only manage joint 3rd on 14pts sharing the position with the Leeming Lancers. Fighting for the fifth spot the Keen Crusaders (13pts) just pipped the unlock Wilson-Hardy Warriors (11pts).
So moving into next week and the Grand Finals which of the pretenders to the Pirates treasure chest? Well there may be more than it first appears, yes the Raiders were closest competitors in league play but with the ranking system in play for Finals week anyone has a realistic shout! The average tries per game is taken into consideration, leading to the less successful sides getting a head start over the more successful sides. The Pirates will definitely be under pressure to secure their third piece of silver come Grand Finals week on Wednesday 21st May.
The Shield and the League are won, now only the Grand Final to play for before the touch footy boots are stowed away for another year, TEEEEE-OOOOUUUUCCCCCCHHHHHHH-IIIIEEEEE!!!