The 2018 domestic touch season concluded with the Touch Nationals at St Ives in Cambridgeshire over the August bank holiday weekend and the Juniors & Masters Touch Nationals in Oxford in September. These tournaments are contested by representative regional teams and double as trials for England squads, with participation mandatory in order for a player to be eligible for international selection.
13 Canterbury Touch players were selected to compete in the opens and seniors divisions across three days in St Ives. The South East Sharks were victorious in both the men’s open and women’s open categories, with Canterbury’s Max Howard, Ayla Payten, Erin Payten and Lydia Ticehurst bringing home the medals.
Men’s Open: Max Howard, Rory Howard, Vaughn Meredith
Women’s Open: Ayla Payten, Danni Payten, Erin Payten, Lydia Ticehurst
Mixed Open: Meg Fox, Matthew Mayall, Charlie Meredith
Women’s 27s: Jemma Whyman
Men’s 30s: Dan Dyer, Tom Humphreys
Representation was even stronger at the Juniors & Masters event in Oxford with 26 of our members involved, including an impressive 17 in the Southern Mavericks junior teams, reinforcing Canterbury’s reputation as arguably the leading club in the country for junior development. The U18 boys and U18 girls were both runners-up in their sections while the mixed U15s went one better and won their category.
U15 Mixed: Connor Hughes, Iris Nasir, Abigail Pritchard, Alice Summers, Marley Stevens-Greenwood
U18 Boys: Gus Lister, Matthew Mayall, Eliot Nye, Sam Phelps, Morgan Rolfe, Alex Sariev, Danny Ticehurst, Ethan Tighe
U18 Girls: Flori Nasir, Erin Payten, Lydia Ticehurst, Alice White
In the masters categories Canterbury provided the majority of the South East Renegades men’s 45s team and also had representatives in the men’s 35s and women’s 35s competitions.
Men’s 35s: Dan Dyer
Women’s 35s: Suzanne Wilson
Men’s 45s: Marc Boyd, Paul Coakley, Eddie French, Angus Lapsley, Spencer Nye, Martin Reynard, Adrian Riggs