Boy, what a hard, hot, exhausting and slightly idiotic day! I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The set-up team got to the field around 08:00am to start our day of touch. Tents were pitched, tables unfolded, and the draw was set. Thank you to all of you who helped set-up.
The planned 10:00am start time ran a little late, but that was to be expected considering a few traveling teams and apparently a late night for some. The draw had to be amended since we had 7 teams participate although they did have some good numbers. The teams that played were: RB Black, RB Grey, Houston, Austin, Fort Worth, DARC and Red’s Sevens. I would estimate close to 100 people in total which was a great achievement for Texas Touch.
We had Craig out from USA touch and his passion for our sport was really evident. He was more than happy to ref or jump on a team that needed a few more numbers. Ella was a NZ’er on a foreign exchange student program that made it out too. She was also very willing to ref and run which was a big help to the smooth operation of the day. We say a big thank you to Craig and Ella.
The games themselves flowed really well. All the teams who participated showed their strengths. The rugby guys had their fitness and agility while the touch guys had their touch plays and experience. We had an assortment of people from young to old who were all from different walks of life. The social aspect of the day was great and very rewarding.
We held a round robin tournament starting with 7 teams. The temperatures hovered around 100°F which made the day exhausting. We ran the teams hard with only 15-20 minute breaks in between each round. Each team was set to play 6 games before the finals were decided. We know this was a tough task, but every team was ready to play when the refs whistle blew.
Unfortunately we lost a few teams throughout the day. Injury and heat was the main contributors for the teams that didn’t quite have the numbers. The remaining teams were then organized into final and semi final position based on their score from the round robin. However, the RB blacks and Austin had the same number of points, so a play off game ensued to see who would play in the final and semi final out of these two teams.
The play off game was tough. Yes, we were tired, but everyone pushed through like champions. Cramps came on and took their toll. Pickle Juice was thrown around like a first aid kit while the sun continued to beat down upon us. It was a close game but the RB Blacks made it to the final versus the Houston Hurricanes.
The final game started after a 15 minute break for the RB Blacks. The boys gave it their all. Dan and Calamus still had energy and gave it their all on defense. We were exhausted, hot and sore but we knew our competition was as well. Cramps took a few more casualties but everyone was fine with a few minutes of break while in injured hobbled off the field. We all knew we needed it! Houston has a good touch game going. Their communication and game play was something everyone can learn from. They had a bit more energy than us and came away with a well deserved win.
The exhausted looks on everyone’s face was evidence we did our job well. Touch Fest will be spoken about as a great challenge. A challenge against other teams, but also a challenge against the heat and fatigue. The day was a complete success and we thank everyone for coming out and giving it their all.
The beverages flowed at The Lake House where we took over the indoor area and basked in the air conditioning. Brews and food were served and everyone took some time to catch up with each other and recuperate. The trophy was presented to Houston then we held a small action for the World Cup memorabilia that E bought back.
The community of Texas Touch is a great one to be a part of. The only way this sport can go it up. More teams, more exhaustion, and more touch!