Guerillas Touch World Cup exploits

Posted: July 11, 2011 by guerillastrc in World Cup 2011
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Below is a brief summary of the achievements of the Guerillas players at the recent Touch World Cup.

In the M40s Dave Matthews demonstrated his knack for scoring netting 7 touchdowns, almost a quarter of the teams’ total. Dave’s daughter was born only a few days before the World Cup started but clearly the lack of sleep and a drive to Aberdeen and back was not affecting him too badly! The question is has Dave signed off on his international scoring record with a last second touchdown against World Champions Australia?

Neil Fraser lead by example as M35 captain scoring a team leading 6 touchdowns, including a hat-trick vs USA. The Guerillas combination of Neil, Paul Smith and Iain Craik was a highly effective attacking threat. In a 5-8 defeat to USA all 5 of Scotland’s scores came with the Guerillas on the pitch.

Paul perfected his diving technique during the course of the tournament to notch 3 scores and set Neil up for a few of his in their mid-mid teaming. Iain also chipped in with 3 touchdowns from link and just came out on top in the MVP points for the Scotland M35 team.

As usual it wasn’t difficult to know when Fee was on the pitch. Even when approach a WO game from some distance away Fee could be heard making her presence felt on the wing! She racked up a trio of World Cup scores, against Germany, England30s and Japan.

Senga Derrick returned to playing international touch after being recognised as the most improved referee at the Euros. Senga (April ’11 quote: ‘I can’t dive’) fully justified her selection to the WO team with a series of strong performances and a number of diving touchdowns. She contributed 5 TD to the WO score total, joint 2nd on the team.

The 2011 Womens 30s team was much changed from the team that ran out at last year’s Euros. However Monica Coyle was reunited with some of her team-mates from the W30 squad that had won the Mainland Cup in 2009. So Mon’s two TDs vs Austria and Germany were against familiar opponents. Shortly before the World Cup Mon passed her practical assessment for the Level 2 touch coaching qualification. It remains to be seen if this means the end of an international playing career and a move into coaching Scotland teams!

Ross enjoyed his first international touch tournament being part of a Scotland mixed open team that finished in 7th overall, up several places from their 13th seeding going into the event. As one of the youngest players in the squad there’s potentially a long international career ahead there. Ross’s first World Cup touchdown came against the lemon & line hued Guernsey team.

In Mark Chiverton’s first major international tournament he finished as the M30s top scoring winger and 4th on the team with 6 TDs. He put his French heritage and time spent in England behind him to notch up scores against both those teams. He added a further score against Wales and a hat-trick vs a hapless Luxembourg team.

Fellow M30 player Simon was hampered by a calf injury during the tournament and missed some of the games (including the help yourself TD-fest vs Luxembourg). Although Simon openly embraced the naked run around the pitch after finishing the final game scoreless we suspect the touchdown drought will be a motivator to further international action. Of course it’s not all about scoring and Simon’s power and pace were in evidence in the hard driving of the M30s team.

Guerillas mens team player Ewan McKenzie added scores against England, Luxembourg and South Africa to the M30 total.

Further good news is that the Guerillas contingent came through the tournament relatively unscathed. Although Simon missed some games, and at one point we had Guerillas occupying all four beds in the field hospital / physio tent, all were able to run (well a fast jog at least) in the following Wednesday’s games contributing to a semi-final win and sealing the two premier Aberdeen league titles. So a big thank you to the SPACE physio team for all their treatment during the tournament.

There were several notable achievements from other Aberdeen players. Leopard Kristy Burnett was the overall WO MVP with 21 points. Meerkat Moose Hollis had another strong tournament, following up her 2007 World Cup team MVP, by coming second behind Kristy in the team voting this year.

Campbell Scott and Lianne Campbell come away from the World Cup as the top scoring Aberdeen based players with 9 touchdowns each, 2nd in respectively their MO and XO teams. Nicola Crozier’s hatrick against Austria saw her end up as the top scorer in the W30s.

Meerkat Shona Ballantyne was joint top of her W30 MVP scoring taking 10 points from 10 games. Shona’s team-mate Tim Hollis was 2nd in MVP voting for the M30 team.

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