2008 European Championships

first_imgThe reigning European Champs were put through their paces in the finals series before securing both the Men’s and Women’s Open titles against Wales.The English Women’s Open team with 2007 World Cup Women’s Open MVP – Melanie Carsons, at the helm as player/coach, built their campaign on rock-solid defence as they swept a clean path through the opposition in the rounds. The English Men’s Open team also finished the rounds ranked number one in defence, and thus set the scene for the ‘Lions’ to hold their mantle as king of the hill in the European Touch community. England would not have it all their own way however, and in the Mixed Open division, it was 2011 World Cup hosts, Scotland, that rose to the top with a high scoring 12 – 9 victory over the reigning champs, preventing another clean-sweep. England were too good for Scotland in the Men’s 30’s division (6 – 3), whilst Wales prevailed over the Scots 6 – 4 in the Men’s 35’s, and Ireland outclassed France 9 – 3 in the Men’s 40’s category.After dominating all before them in the rounds, Sydney Rebels and the NZ Academy fought out a gritty encounter. NZ Academy just edged out Sydney Rebels 4 – 3 in the Mixed Open – Rest of the World Final in which Wagga Wagga’s Luke McKenzie was appointed as a referee to the final. In all, forty-five teams attended the event including teams from Belgium, England, France, Germany, Guernsey, Ireland, Italy, Jersey, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, and Wales.Men’s Open ResultsGold Medal Game: England (5) defeated Wales (4)Bronze Medal Game: France (9) defeated Scotland (1)Rest of the World Final: Colonials (9) defeated Netherlands (4)Women’s Open ResultsGold Medal Game: England (3) defeated Scotland (2) Bronze Medal Game: Scotland (2) defeated Germany (1)Mixed Open ResultsGold Medal Game: Scotland (12) defeated England (9) Bronze Medal Game: Wales (7) defeated France (5)Rest of the World Final: NZ Academy (4) defeated Sydney Rebels (3)Men’s 30’s ResultsGold Medal Game: England (6) defeated Scotland (3)Bronze Medal Game: Wales (6) defeated France (3)Men’s Masters (35’s) ResultGold Medal Game: Wales (6) defeated Scotland (4)Men’s Veterans (40’s) ResultGold Medal Game: Ireland (9) defeated France (3)Full scores can be found on the official European Champs website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-5205-0-0-0&a=COMPS Thanks to the Federation of International Touch website for providing the article content.last_img read more