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Touch Muenchen 2009 - Club Positions
Written by Keith Ball   
Friday, 13 March 2009

At the recent AGM the club elected the following people.

  • Chairman: Duncan Binger
  • Vice Chairman / Club Secretary: Keith Ball
  • Treasurer: Jonathan Mullender
  • Captain: Esther Althenfeldt
  • Vice Captain: Keith Baxter
  • Manager / Head Coach: Keith Ball
  • Social Secretary: Bob Kalman
  • Home Tournament Organiser: Suzi Seitz and Katrina Murray
  • Away Tournament Organiser: Simon Chenery

You can now download the minutes from the AGM on the forum.

2008 Player Awards
Written by Keith Ball   
Thursday, 12 March 2009

As announced here are the 2008 Player Award winners.

  • Players' player Male - Bob Kalman
  • Players' player Female - Ann McMaster
  • Newcomer Male - Manuel Schmidt
  • Newcomer Female - Kate Stout
  • Worst haircut - Patrick & Mully
  • Hospital - Amanda
  • Nerdy German - Manuel Schmidt
  • Most in need of a hug - Esther Altenfeld
Deutsche Meisterschaft in Köln
Written by Lok Man Ho   
Monday, 06 October 2008
For the first time in recent history, Munich turned up to a tournament with the smallest team in the competition, and were most certainly short on female players. With Esther rotating with the boys for the day, Susi and Katrina filled one female position. This resulted in a (-4) touchdown penalty in every match (-2 for each missing girl). As a result, expectations were pretty low, given that the Munich Babarians were previously in a similar situation and did not fare too successfully against the other Germans teams. So we thought, 'let's just enjoy it'.

And enjoy it we did. It was the probably the most disciplined display of touch by the Munich team in a long time. We were switched on from the opening whistle and picked up early touchdowns. The conditions were VERY wet, and we held on to the ball. We drove it up the field, and we played line attack within the opposition 10m. We were quick at turn overs, and did not throw silly passes. And in defence we worked hard and absorbed the pressure. Like a sponge, as Captain Baxter would say.

Admittedly it does make life easier to play with 5 guys and one girl. But to beat Frankfurt and only lose to Köln by one (and keeping them scoreless on the field), and then beat Berlin convincingly in the final, was quite an achievement. Well done to all that participated in the this fantastic showing, particularly to Esther who was our player of the tournament. Baxter showed that when he's got enough Ibuprofen he can still turn on some dazzling rugby, and Keith Ball and Phil showed a surprising turn of speed as they sped past some rather fit opposition to pick up some great touchdowns in the corners. Patrick picks up the most km's run award, while the girls defended fantastically on the wing as well. We also had the pleasure of playing with some of the international referees, Matt and Bernard - anything to get the refs on our side!

In the end, the home team Köln took out the tournament by one touch down in a tight final against Frankfurt. Congratulations to them on the triumph. There was a game of German Babarians vs. the Brussels team at the end of the day, which was a good contest that the Germans won.

At the evening party there were plenty of farewell speeches. Dave from Köln is going to Qatar, Brad and Tine are going to Australia, and Derek is leaving to go down under as well. And Shäggy and Yvonne are going for a round-the-world trip next year.

Scores: (in brackets - corrected scores with -4 penalty for having 2 extra male players)

München vs Berlin 5-5 (1-5)
München vs Frankfurt 6-1 (2-1)
München vs Köln 3-0 (0-1)
München vs Brussels 4-3 (0-3)

3rd place play-off
München vs Berlin 8-1 (4-1)
Bavarian Open
Written by Lok Man Ho   
Sunday, 07 September 2008
The Bavarian Open, the touch rugby tournament held in Munich, took place again in its usual spot on the touch calender this year in August. With a number of players recently returning from the European Championships in Paris, the expectations were high for the German teams. With Berlin unable to attend, the tournament was graced by the following teams: Munich, Munich Barbarians, MRFC (Munich Rugby Club), Cologne, Frankfurt, Vienna and Prague. With a new round-robin format and a new location in Trudering, this was shaping up as an interesting event.

While the Munich team consisted of regular players, the Bavarians demand some explaining. In the end the team consisted purely of Munich players, down on overall numbers but high on energy testosterone (percentage male players). With a four touchdown penalty (for fielding only one female player) to overcome in every match, they struggled to only win two of their matches. But remarkably, on the field they had won every match, beating some much more experienced and trained teams. Jeremy blazed away to the leading touchdown scorer of the tournament with around 2.5 touchdowns per match. Bravo, and well played Babarians. Before the halfway mark he already asked me if there's a prize for the top touchdown-scorer ...

The Munich team cruised through the first 3 matches against less experienced teams, in readiness for the hard-slog that were the last three matches. The Barbarians were formidable opponents that really sapped us of energy. Cologne were a little better than us on the field, but the Munich team played well and were unfortunate on some occasions, also let down by the inability to catch the ball within sight of the touchdown line. The match against Frankfurt saw the level of play drop off a bit which resulted in a loss, and with that we finished third behind Cologne and Frankfurt in the tournament. Overall it was a spirited and exciting performance from the Munich team, with excellent contributions from all players. Ann McMaster won the Most-Valuable-Player award once again, thoroughly deserved for her high work rate and some wicked running and steps.

The local derby against the Barbarians was one of the highlights of the day, and represented what touch in Munich is all about – serious competition, without forgetting the fun and giggles. The Barbarians won on the field 4-3, and Munich won on paper 3-0. To this day the jury is still out on who actually won the local derby. A rematch could be on the cards ...

The tournament saw the debut of the two new team war-cries from the Munich teams. The “Babas” engaged in laughing in a circle, an intimidation tactic that worked a treat. The Munich team took team bonding to a whole new level with a “Feel the love” theme. No point being too serious, eh?

A big thank you from all of us to Susi Seitz, who did an excellent job with coordinating the organisation, as well as all others who helped out with the organisation. It was a very well organised event and the feedback from other teams have been fantastic.

Bring on the Deutsche Meisterschaft in Köln!

P.S. Our very own injured photographer extraordinaire has put together this highlights reel:
Some photos are also available here.
Touch Rugby European Championships 2008
Contributed by Lok Man Ho   
Thursday, 17 July 2008
On Thursday 10th July 2008, a little after 6 p.m., the German national anthem accompanied the walk of the German touch rugby team into the opening ceremony of the European Championships in Massy (near Paris). This was to be the third time that the Germans competed among the best of the Europe for the ultimate prize, and among this team were plenty of proud players from Munich – a mix of seasoned players as well as some have played the game for less than two years.

The German Squad
Euro 2008 - German squad
The 3 day competition kicked off with an impressive demonstration of the game between the Sydney Rebels (who plays in the top touch league in Australia) and the New Zealand Academy Team, and this was to set the high standards of the matches in the championship. After 8 matches, the womens team punched above their weight once again as in the last Euros. They beat some countries who have had significantly more touch development and only narrowly lost 2-1 to Scotland in the 3rd place play-off. The Mens team were outclassed in their first day matches but bounced back strongly to be more competitve on the second day, with the highlight being an entertaining 8-8 draw against Switzerland. The mixed team, which consisted of many inexperience players, improved with every game and were close to winning some of their final matches. The players also had the valuable experience of playing against the Sydney Rebels.

Munich players played important roles and received accorlades at this tournament. Ann McMaster was elected the Most Valuable Player of the mixed team, while Robert Kalman and Esther Altenfeld led the mixed team as coach and captain respectively. Simon Chenery and Keith Ball scored touchdowns in the Mens team, while Amanda also contributed to the score card of the Womens team. Bob, Kat, Ann, Manu and Andreas all scored for the mixed team. Special congratulations to these players. We would also like to thank the organisers and the team managers, including Harit Khana (mixed manager) and Dagma (mens manager).

We would like to extend our wishes of speedy recovery to the players who were injured in the tournament. Our Amanda suffered from an unfortunate fall which fractured both arms, and we wish her all the best with the upcoming operations, and hope to see her back on the touch field soon.

Participants from Munich:
Womens: Anita Piringer, Amanda Currie
Mixed: Robert Kalman, Esther Altenfeld, Ann McMaster, Manuel Schmidt, Andreas Rauber, Katharina Schuette, Kate Stout
Mens: Simon Chenery, Jonathan Mullender, Keith Ball, Michael Siva, Patrick Chambers, Lok Man Ho
Referee: Gideon Yeomens
Team Managers: Dagma, Harit Khana

Link to detailed competition results:
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