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Vienna Tournament 2009 Print E-mail
Written by Lok Man Ho   
Saturday, 02 May 2009

Just like last year, Touch Rugby Vienna hosted the opening tournament of the touch season. We were greeted with fantastic sunshine and a beautifully prepared stadium field in Purkersdorf, with a slightly smaller second field to accommodate the tight schedule. With many of the usual suspects of the European touch scene attending, this is a serious test of how the skills and fitness have improved or faded over the winter.

With opening games on the larger field against the mighty Brussels Celtics followed by the Glasgow Spiders (who coincidentally stayed in the same hostel and would go on to become the victor in the tournament), we were thrown straight into the deep end. The match began with a high error count and lots of drop balls from both sides, but when the game settled, the score remained at 0-0. With our strong defence, we were in the game with a sporting chance. After a tight, hard-fought match Brussels emerged victorious with 3-2. Despite the loss, the Munich team was upbeat.

Vienna Team 2009 

Our next opponent, the Glasgow Spiders seemed to be in a class of their own. 7-3 against Brussels, and another convincing win in the morning as well. “They're really fast”, declared a Brussels player. The referee blew the whistle and the test was started. Surprisingly the Spiders were not too difficult to contain with our well-drilled defence, although they were very dangerous once given some open space. Although we could be proud of the narrow defeat of 3-2, with two losses we were effectively relegated to the 5v6 playoff in the best case. A bit disappointing, but that's sport.

The rest of the games were routine affairs, with 3-0 and 4-0 victories against the Vienna A-Team (their development team) and the Barbarians respectively. Unfortunately Andreas twisted his ankle and Lok Man and Tony both hit cramp problems (which were treated by the part time masseurs Duncan and Amanda), which limited our options in the final match against the “Irish Furters”, a jumble of players from Ireland and Frankfurt. A 3-4 defeat in their hands wrapped up a day where “close but no cigar” was the story.

The Touch Muenchen team would like to thank Dan Travers and his organisation team at Touch Rugby Vienna for this fantastically organised tournament. We were most impressed by the numerous prizes and their prize presenters (although I was not overly impressed by the presence of the New Zealand ambassador with the Australian counterpart on ANZAC day!), especially since our team won a box of L'Oreal beauty products for having the most number of female players on the team. In fact, the only team with more girls than guys!

We were also very proud of our “tournament virgins” and congratulate them on getting through their first touch rugby tournament. We hope that Christina and Kim will be with us for many future events to come. Well done to Ani who won our Player's Player award and got to lug home a poker set for her troubles.

And to Andreas, get well soon!

Lok Man Ho

Touch München