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SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE TOUCH SERIES; ROUND TWO – WHEATON ASTON & PENKRIDGE; 14TH JUNE 2019.

By Steven McLuckie

Stafford Wasps top the table after a competitive tournament in Penkridge.

Twenty members from Stafford rugby club took the short trip to Penkridge last Friday night for the second tournament of the South Staffordshire touch series. The regulars from the Wednesday night mixed touch rugby combined with members of the ladies Friday night touch rugby to form two formidable teams the Stafford Wasps & Bees. The players settled into the tournament to take on twelve other teams from Cannock, Eccleshall, Essington, Rugeley, Walsall, Wheaton Aston and Penkridge.

The weather rained itself out just prior to the first game leaving behind a warm & dry evening to form the backdrop for a competitive series of games. Both teams put in some strong shifts, especially the ladies compliment showcasing their skills by carrying some hard yards in attack and menacing any unfortunate members of the opposition who stepped within striking distance in defence. Special mention must go to Gavin Hogan for the try of the night as he rose like a leaping salmon to snatch a spiraling ball out of the air and completed the arching dive by crashing across the line to bring us back into contention.
The evening ended in victory for Stafford Wasps as they topped the table taking first place. Stafford Bees finished a creditable fourth only two points behind Wasps. A huge thank you to all players that turned out to make it a fun packed evening. Also mentioned in dispatches are Darren Roe, James van Nijkerk & Richard Baker who not only played but took turns as the referee throughout the night.

Stafford Wasps Team:
1. Ben Dodd
2. Cath Anthony
3. Chris Banton
4. Malcolm Heath
5. Mark Cooper
6. Megan Howe
7. Richard Baker
8. Richard Clarke
9. Sam Robbins

Stafford Bees Team:
1. Craig Hillman
2. Darren Roe
3. Gavin Hogan
4. James van Nijkerk
5. Keith Richards
6. Laura Banton
7. Laura van Nijkerk
8. Lewis Cantrill
9. Marie Hillman
10. Steve McLuckie
11. Tim Hogan

The next round of the tournament is at Essington RUFC on Friday 28th June. All players welcome or if you fancy a go at touch rugby it runs as a mixed session on a Wednesday night or ladies only on a Friday night.

Updated 17:15 - 15 Jun 2019 by Steven McLuckie

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