TOUCH LLANDYSUL 2016
NEW FORMAT FOR TOUCH LLANDYSUL
New for 2016, Touch Llandysul will feature a Women's Open Division, alongside a Men's Open Division as the league moves to Monday evenings.
The season opens with a 'Try Touch Night' on Monday 16 May with league commencing the following week on Monday 23 May.
Gorllewin Gwyllt's Matt Adams explains; "For the last three seasons we have offered a Mixed Open league in Llandysul. However, in 2016 we felt that a change was needed and we wanted to try and attract more female players to the sport, which is why we are offering the female only division. We're aiming to have three to four female teams, as well as around six to eight male teams."
Touch is a fantastic sport for males and females alike of all ages and is a great way to keep fit, have fun and meet new people. Anyone interested in coming to give it a go is welcome to attend the 'Try Touch Night'. The evening will feature a basic overview of the rules and some friendly games and coaching from qualified coaches and referees.
Players that do not have enough people to form their own team are still able to come to the Try Touch Night and league organisers will endeavour to put them into an existing team or combine with other individuals to form a new one.
Llandysul Touch 2015
The season opened with a one-day tournament held on Sunday 24 May 2015 which was attended by four of the Llandysul based teams as well as teams from one of Wales' top Touch clubs, Gower Dragons.
The tournament was a great success with Dragons' two teams showing their class to make the grand final, with the Senior Dragons eventually overcoming their junior team in an exciting game.
We're now delighted to announce that more teams than ever are competing in this year's summer league. Seven Mixed Open teams will battle it out over the next couple of months to win the 2015 league title. ]
Newcomers Midge Attack, The Bigfoot Mafia, All Blacks, Springboks, Emlyn Tanks Juniors will join Whatever and 2014 league winners, Crwys Crusaders in this years competition.
TOUCH IN LLANDYSUL 2015
The 2015 season launches with a bang - the return of the one day Gorllewin Gwyllt tournament hosted at Parc Llandysul on Sunday 24th May 2015.
This will then be followed by a weekly league which has now moved to Wednesday evenings.
The Llandysul module will be run by west Wales club, Gorllewin Gwyllt, who enter senior teams in various competitions throughout the Touch season and have close links to the representative regional team the Red Kites (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire).
Gorllewin Gwyllt's, Matt explains;
"This is the third season that we have run a league in the area. We're moving to Wednesday nights as player feedback suggested that this would be more suitable."
"We're also bringing back the one-day tournament which was last held in 2012. This is a fantastic way to launch the season and is a chance for local teams to play against other teams from across Wales. We have already had enquiries from teams from the Swansea, Llanelli and Cardiff leagues so it should be a great social tournament."
"We again will offer the Family Cup category at the tournament. This was extremely popular last time (see photos and write-up below) and we had children playing in the same team as their older siblings, aunties and uncles, parents and even grand-parents!"
ONE - DAY TOURNAMENT ON 24.05.15
Sunday Tournament - 24 May 2015 (Times TBC)
If there is sufficient interest there will be three categories available (a minimum of four teams registered is required for a category to go ahead)
MEN'S OPEN - boys/men over 13 years old
MIXED - males and females over 13 years - must have minimum of 3 females on the pitch at all times
FAMILY CUP - must have 2 players under 12 years, 2 aged between 13 and 29 and 2 aged 30+
WEEKLY TOUCH LEAGUE - WEDNESDAYS
Wednesday Evening Mixed Open League 2015
To commence on Wednesday 27th May 2015 (times TBC)
This will be a mixed league - males and females over 13 years - must have minimum of 3 females on the pitch at all times
It is possible to field a team with less than 3 female players, however, teams that do field a team with 3 females will get one bonus point each game.
Registration for the one day or weekly competition is available here
Both competitions require qualified Touch referees. If you are interested in becoming a Touch referee but haven't yet completed your Level 1 course - click here
Existing qualified referees should contact us to register their interest in refereeing at the tournament or league. We're looking for referees for the weekly competition and there are payments available for suitably qualified referees.
LLANDYSUL COMPETITION 2012
CWPAN GORLLEWIN GWYLLT
Amazingly after a week of solid rain, with more promised, the skies cleared and the first Touch tournament to ever take place in the area was underway - Gorllewin Gwyllt.
10 mens and mixed teams travelled to Llandysul in Ceredigion to compete for the Cwpan Gorllewin Gwyllt (Wild West Cup) and the Cwpan Cardi (Cardi Cup).
Several teams made the trip up from Touch hot-beds, Cardiff and Llanelli to help spread the word of Touch to pastures new. Officials from Wales Touch Association were also on hand to referee games and help with the organisation of the tournament. Special mention must go to WTA Referee Director, Kevin Hobbs who refereed almost non stop throughout the two days! Also refereeing were Matt, Phil and Dave - big thanks to you all! We also persuaded a number of players to help out with reefing duties, so pat on the back to those that helped out!
Escargot Turbo eventually beat Barcudiaid in the Wild West Cup final, with a convincing win having eliminated The Red Team in the semis. Rupert Moon Panthers overcame the Poppit Wiwers to lift the Cardi Cup.
All in all, it was a great weekend of Touch, particularly considering that most of the teams present had not played the FIT version of the game before, the standard was high and we look forward to bringing more regular competitions to west Wales in the near future.
Thanks again to all involved in the competition - the tournament would not have been possible without the help of several key people.
The first ever Gorllewin Gwyllt Family Day was held on Llandysul Fields on Saturday 5th May 2012.
The day was a great success with four families competing for the Family Cup, eventually won by Thomas & Co.
Family Day began with coaching sessions introducing the rules and tactics of Touch. Each family was provided with a mentor coach who took the teams through their paces with some drills and plays.
The teams then competed against each other for the following two hours. Considering very few players had ever played the F.I.T. touch rules before, they picked them up very quickly and there were some fantastic skills on show throughout the tournament.
The youngest player was 6 and the oldest was 64, which just shows that Touch truly is the game for all!
Gorllewin Gwyllt would like to thank the volunteer coaches that gave their time to help coach the teams; Kevin Hobbs, Eddie Harris and Justin Lloyd! We couldn't have done it without you!