MFC Touch Tournament: Finals Day Recap
April 10 2021
The Touch Tournament finals day was greeted by a cold temperature, with rain in the air, but no spirits were about to be dampened. The climax to a fantastic tournament took place on the Top Pitch with minimal spectators due to COVID restrictions. The layout of the flags, gazebo and touch hoardings gave the day a real finals day feel. Before we got underway, all of the teams took to a line on the pitch with the Club President & Chairman in the centre. First to obersve the National Anthem, followed by a minutes applause in honour of HRH Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh.
We were extremely lucky to have RFU referee Tracy Pettingale on hand to officiate all of the finals games, which was her first refereeing outing in a little over a year. The large trophy sat proud awaiting for the captain that was going to be wrapping their hands around the silverware come 3pm.
The first semi-final saw favourites and Colt side To Be Confirmed up against Will Fox's side of PC Simpson & the Criminals. It was an absorbing first game, which was quick, back and forth and a war of attrition pitting speed against experience. They traded scores but with 78 second on the clock, Sam Pearson crossed the line to put the older side 3-2 up. The young bucks came straight back down the pitch, but were halted agonisingly less than a yard out. The favourites, were out. The question was, had Will Fox's team pulled an England and earned an improbable semi-final victory, only to wilt in the final?
The second semi-final had the Slammers up against DC Comicals. This game wasn't as close but entertainment was most certainly on show. Dave Charlton scored with a trademark show and go, and Dave Tugwell even showed some great pace to score in the corner. The younger players had a little more intricacy and speed, as they managed to pull away finishing winners at 8-5.
Eager to crack on and with the weather becoming bitterly cold, the final kicked-off fifteen minutes early. The game was close for a while, but Ian Lee and Alex Clark were beginning to dovetail extremely well, forming the 'Horse and Clark' that put the PC Simpson side 4-0 up. The Slammers responded but seemed to struggle to click in the second half, leaving the final score of the tournament at 5-1 to overall winners PC Simpson & the Criminals.
The official photographer was on hand capturing some cracking moments and providing a keep sake for an overall successful day for the whole club. It was just a shame about the weather. The spirit of rugby and the spirit of MFC was on display throughout the tournament as well as the day. A special well done to Jason Smith for his hard work in getting the tournament set up and played.
Finally, thanks to all of those that played and supported. It may only have been an inner-club thing, but it was certainly anything but just a tin pot event.