Touch Championships: Hosts sign off with two wins

On the final day at Les Quennevais, the hosts’ Mixed Open contenders claimed fifth spot with a 9-3 defeat of their Sarnian counterparts, while the Senior Mixed representatives clinched fourth on their tournament debut thanks to a 6-5 success against the Welsh.

The Men’s Over-40s finished with a 7-3 loss to the Middle East – ending the weekend as the sixth best European outfit – and the Over-45s, who began training together just six weeks ago, continued to fight as they fell to the veterans of England (14-0) and Scotland (6-2).

For the Mixed Open squad there were hopes of claiming fourth place, but Friday’s defeat to France ended any hope of matching the ranking achieved in Swansea two years ago. The disappointment of the 6-3 reverse result was quickly forgotten by coach Jeremy Johnson though, and he is already prepping his team, which has an average age of just 21, for bigger and better things.

‘I’m proud of these guys, we’ve got a young team so we’re just building foundations for the years to come; it’s work in progress,’ he said. ‘They’re all very keen touch players and the group is more than happy to stay together, and I’m sure we’ll be pushing for a top two finish in two years’ time.’

Full report, plus pictures and results, in Monday’s JEP.

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