Honours Shared at Scottish Nationals

25 Sep 2016 @ 20:00 BST

Central Scotland won its first ever national title at a stormy Scottish National Touch Championships in Perth on Saturday. Amidst blustery conditions, their women's open side just edged out a strong Edinburgh team on points difference after their head to head ended in a 4-4 draw.

CSTA president, Euan Kerr commented: "Everyone from the region is so proud of our Women's Open. I'm delighted for them, and it's a fantastic achievement for the smallest of regions to take our first National title. A great mix of youth and experience, they should all be very proud of how they played."

Central almost made it a double in the Mens 30s but a North-East Scotland side full of international players narrowly won their final game leaving a delighted Iain Craik to pick up the trophy for that division, repeating their success of last season.

Meanwhile, a dominant Edinburgh team played some free-scoring touch to carry off the Mens Open trophy.  The side featured a number of players who have progressed through the ranks of the national under-18s set up and they showcased a bright future for the sport.

That result along with support from teams in the other divisions, including a strong display from their Womens 27 team, meant that Edinburgh retained their overall title as National Champions.

The Nationals were not just a success on the playing side.  With around 20 referees from all regions and abroad supporting the event, the championships also showcased top quality officiating despite the challenging weather conditions.