Percy Park Pirates Touch edged out in cup final

Percy Park Pirates Touch, front, from left, Jenny Johnson, Aimee Findlay, Erica Robertson, Christina Finlay, Fran Henzell, Lesley McCallion; back, Gerard Hargreaves, Richard Moody, Julian Wilson, Dave Dernie, Peter Hall, Dave Scribbins, Paul Ainscough, Will Vickery.
Percy Park Pirates Touch, front, from left, Jenny Johnson, Aimee Findlay, Erica Robertson, Christina Finlay, Fran Henzell, Lesley McCallion; back, Gerard Hargreaves, Richard Moody, Julian Wilson, Dave Dernie, Peter Hall, Dave Scribbins, Paul Ainscough, Will Vickery.

Percy Park Pirates Touch mixed open team attended the England Touch Series finals in Manchester, competing aginst teams from Galaxy London, Bristol, Wigan, Widnes, Civil Service Sport and Hot Custard London.

Pirates went into Saturday’s tournament sitting in fourth place following the three previous series events held earlier this year.

Three tough pool games were played in the morning, resulting in a loss, a draw and a win, taking the team into the afternoon knockout games in third place.

Pirates advanced to the plate final, played at the end of a long day against Halton Storm (Widnes).

Halton edged ahead in a closely fought final, Pirates missing out with a final score of 5-2.

Pirate MVPs for the days games were David Dernie with his relentless defence and sharp attacking play and Aimee Findlay with her solid line defence and attacking pace.

Touch is a ‘sport for all’, no tackles, minimum contact, no scrums. Males and females play alongside and against each other in mixed teams.

Social sessions are played every Thursday at Percy Park RFC, Preston Avenue, North Shields.

Family Touch starts at 6.30pm and Adult Social at 7pm, complete novices and experienced players are welcome.

Checkout Percy Park Pirates Touch on Facebook or contact Lesley McCallion on 07816 220167 for more information.