RUGBY: ‘Super Sunday’ women’s touch rugby tournament at OLs

Old Laurentians will host the first Super Sunday tournament this weekend, June 21
Old Laurentians will host the first Super Sunday tournament this weekend, June 21

Over 13s invited to have a go at Fenley Field


The first of three women’s ‘Super Sunday’ touch rugby tournaments will be staged on Sunday, June 21 at Old Laurentians Rugby Club in Rugby.

The event at Fenley Field is being organised by the UK’s largest all-women touch league - the Midlands Ladies Touch League.

Any woman aged 13 and upwards can join one of the teams taking part and have a go at this fast and exciting non-contact sport, which involves passing and running with a rugby ball to score tries. Play will start at 11am and finish around 5pm.

Fizz Bewley, Administrator for the MLTL says that touch rugby is one of the fastest growing sports for women in the Midlands: “Because it is non contact, anyone can play – whole families in mixed or single sex events and it is a brilliant way to get fit, make friends and have a lot of fun. The MLTL is an open league and new teams can enter at any time in the season and women of all ages can find a club near them and have a go.”

The MLTL has grown massively in the last year and 16 women’s teams and nearly 200 women now regularly play, which means that the league, from this season, has been divided in two regions – North East and South West. Each of the regions hosts six regional league tournaments in the 2015 touch season, which runs from March to November, to find their regional champion. The three, all-team “Super Sunday” tournaments: two in the summer and a final in the autumn, will decide the overall MLTL winners.

The 16, all-women Midlands RFC teams that will compete at the first Super Sunday on 21 June are: Pershore, Redditch, Bredon (Worcestershire); Bromyard, Luctonians, Greyhounds, Ross (Herefordshire); Berry Hill (Gloucestershire); Stratford, Wellesbourne, Old Laurentians, Berkeswell & Balsall, Rugby St Andrews, Newbold on Avon; Camp Hill (Solihull); and Cannock (Staffordshire).

The MLTL, which is affiliated to the England Touch Association, organises tournaments at all of these clubs, which play to Federation of International Touch (FIT) rules, with trained referees and coaches.