Untouchables break Panthers' hearts to scoop top prize on finals night
Cup Winners The Untouchables
Runner-Up The Bob-Barians
Plate Winners The Scrot Rockets
The final night of the three week Enniskillen Rugby Club Touch Tournament took place on Friday night and as always there were plenty of upsets and flair in abundance. The first two rounds saw the end of the league fixtures with ‘The Panthers’ sealing a clean sweep of the competition, going into the semi finals with a win over second placed side “The All Stars” with a last minute James Ferguson try. This set them up for a semi final fixture against fourth placed side “The Untouchables” who were looking much improved from earlier weeks, and staged a major upset to defeat the previously flawless “Panthers" side and nab a place in the final.
Elsewhere another shock defeat came as second placed “All Stars” fell to Rob Watson’s "Bob-Barians” to set up an unprecedented final between the third and fourth placed league finishers. The final was a fast paced and tense encounter as expected; Rory Gibson looked dangerous for “The Bob-Barians” and threatened the line often but “The Untouchables” were solid in defence and the young Portora side looked galvanised this week by the addition of the experienced Rhys Botha in the side.
Opportunities in the game were few and far between but it was “The Untouchables” who were the more clinical team on the night with Robert Baloucoune finding space down the sideline for an excellent score to seal the tournament victory.
Competition was also fierce for the plate as last year’s victors “The Scrot Rockets" failed to make the Cup semi-finals but were intent on taking home silverware. They won their semi against newcomers, James Gallogly’s “All Try-Eda”, to progress to face “The Ball Busters”, who had seen off Harry Patterson’s side “HITYM” in the previous round. Andrew Crawford’s “Ball Busters” side held up well for a time but the ex champions were in fine form with Patrick McCleery marshalling his team well, his outlandish J.P.R. Williams hairstyle homage only fuelling his troops' resolve. The pace of Ben Forbes and Jordan Hylton were too hard for the newcomers to contain and Kathryn Dane’s vision was outstanding as always putting her on the end of numerous tries to secure the Plate for 'The Scrot Rockets”.
All in all it was a fantastic night at the club with the tournament providing a more than adequate filler of entertainment at Mullaghmeen during the off season interlude and an unprecedented amount of talented young players taking part who will no doubt shine at Senior level in the near future.