CALGARY TOUCH ASSOCIATION (Canada)

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The Calgary Touch Association sent two teams to the May 2001 tournament in Dallas, Texas.


The toursist both Calgary and Toronto mug it up for the camera.

After playing in our own little pond for three years this was an opportunity to check our ranking in North America. The ambient conditions in Dallas were somewhat challenging (90F or 30+C and 90% humidity) compared with what we had faced at home, (maximum temperature to date of 72 F and humidity of 30%). Both teams acquitted themselves well, making it to the semifinals of the main tournament. We combined both teams for the Consolation final and were successful in a competitive and good-spirited Consolation Final against Dallas Hurricanes (despite Calgary providing the referee!) We had a great time and learnt a lot. Funds for the trip were raised at a BBQ/karaoke and silent auction evening at our sponsor Big Rock Brewery, and a generous donation from Canadian Pacific Railway. Calgary will host the 2nd Western Canadian Championships on Sunday September 2nd. (This is the Labor Day Weekend in U.S. and Canada.) In addition to the usual divisions we are looking at including an over 40's division. For more details contact jghjenkins@home.com. We invite all teams to send teams to Calgary. It's a great place to visit (big-city amenities, small-town friendliness, safe and clean) so bring the family for a few days and come see the magnificent Rocky Mountains, real live bears and our other attractions. If you're coming from the U.S. your dollar buys 50% more. Visitors are more than welcome and if business or pleasure brings you to Calgary any time for a short or long duration, please feel free to contact us and come out for a game or two, followed by some cold refreshment.

Geoff Jenkins, Western Canada jghjenkins@home.com

 

TOUCH IN DALLAS USA May 2001
"Fear not to touch the best."
Sir Walter Raleigh On Saturday,


May 19, 2001, thirteen touch teams gathered in Dallas, Texas to determine who were going to be the best. The tournament was organized and hosted by the Dallas Touch Association who has been playing touch in the Dallas area for the last three years.
Teams came from Calgary, Hawaii, San Diego, and Toronto, and along with six local teams played from morning until dusk to establish who were the North American Champion.



The early rounds of play established the front runners, and the quarter finals had San Diego No3 (Del Mar Hoodz), Toronto, the Calgary Outriders, the Calgary Warthogs, Dallas Harlequins Rugby Club, Toasters, San Diego No2 (Del Mar Hoodz Mixed) and Dallas Touch's own Untouchables playing off for the semifinals. The semifinals saw Toronto versus the Toasters and Del Mar Hoodz versus the Dallas Harlequins. After two tough games the stage was set for the finals with Del Mar Hoodz matched with the Toasters as the headliner, and the Harlequins versus Toronto for third place. Due to the excessive heat and humidity, and the fact that Toronto had played the entire event, six games total, with only seven players (an incredible feat), they declined the playoff game. A women's game was played as the curtain raiser for the final with great ability displayed by both teams. The Dallas ladies were narrowly beaten by San Diego. What a brilliant sight it was to have more than 60 spectators cheering on the women's game. With a slight breeze and cloud cover finally cooling the fields the Del Mar Hoodz lined up against the Toasters. As expected the level of play was excellent with great settling moves and tricky inside passing. The Del Mar Hoodz played a flowing game with long passes and sweeps from both sides of the field setting up their trademark "dump and go."


Bryan Leach has a go at defence

The Toasters exhibited tons of pace and were well drilled giving the Hoodz a tough game and scoring in the last minute to close the gap. It should be noted that both these teams had players that went to the 1999 World Cup in Australia (crikey, it was a beaut!). Final score: Del Mar Hoodz 4, Toasters 3. This is the Hoodz' fourth win in a row, having won the USA Nationals in 2000, the San Diego Invitational, the Newport Beach Tournament, and now the Second Annual Dallas Touch Association Tournament. Prize giving festivities, food and beer closed the day out at the Blarney Stone Pub in Dallas. We hope to see all the teams back next year for more great touch and camaraderie. Richard Brownjohn Dallas Touch Association www.dallastouch.com