The Brass Monkey Taipei Touch League starts this Saturday at Bailin Riverside Rugby Fields. This League sees seven teams participating including, for the first time, a team from Taipei American School – TAS Varsity Touch. The 2-times defending champions, the Taiwan Celts, will be looking to make it a three-peat this League, but will need to fight off challenges from the other six teams involved.
The League provides a great stage on which players in Taipei can improve their touch skills, and also learn more about the sport by getting involved as referees and officials.
The League will run for four weeks (Nov 22, Nov 29, Dec 6, Dec 20), with a playoff style Finals Series to be held on the final week. Spectators, supporters & helpers are always welcome to come down to the field. Our other sponsors, Leo’s Tuckshop & Redpoint Brewing Co. will be selling delicious pies & beers at the event, while Mr Sausage’s Kitchen will also be putting up prizes for players.
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A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the organizers (CTTA Committee, Paul Rose, Trent Prestegar, Fershad Irani, James Chang, David Lee, Antoni Barry, Papa Pete, Team HUKIT), volunteers, coaches, captains, players, cameramen/women, referees (Paul Rose, Ayaka Sung, Antoni Barry, Fershad Irani, Harry Stokes, Trent Prestegar, David Liao, Hideaki Nara, Niuone Eluita, Grant Dexter, Allen Lin, Lorraine Lin, Andy Yi, Ricki Nethercofte, Matt Small, Sebastian Town, Daniel Bowley, Adrian Brink, Spencer Jemelka, Rachel Grantham), Chinese Taipei Rugby Football Union, Taipei International Rugby Football Club (Taipei Baboons) parents (mother of the year, Mrs Lin!) and friends of participants who entered the 2014 Chinese Taipei Touch Tournament. James Chang & Sean Carless/Jethro Q. Walrustitty for time keeping and making sure everything ran smoothly, Wai Lee & David Liao for getting the water for everybody! Tommy Wu for doing an Ice run, Ben Hall, Antoni Barry & Nurse Ho Ya-Hui for driving the injured to the hospital. Thank you to Leo Chang from Leo’s Tuck Shop for keeping everyone fed with your delicious NZ styled pies and Max Murphy for hosting the dinner and prize-giving at The Brass Monkey! Thank you to Hide Nara, (who is doing his Touch World Tour), thank you for making the trip to Taiwan and thank you for coaching/teaching/taking photos and being a great ambassador for the sport of touch, I am sure people playing with you and against you have all learnt a trick or three. Last but not least, we would like to say THANK YOU to FIT Asia Coaching Commission, Rachel Grantham, for showing us the true SPIRIT OF THE GAME, your passion for the sport we love and your determination to help grow the sport of touch within Asia, it is the selfless people like yourself, whom makes this sport so much more enjoyable.
This year, over 200 people participated in the 2014 Chinese Taipei Touch Tournament with 12 teams entering the Open Mixed Division with 3 teams from Hong Kong (Flashmob, Strive, Dilwl SU Rugby), 1 team from Taichung (Juggernauts), 8 teams from Taipei (HUKIT, Sexy Beasts/Celts, Taipei Baboons RFC, Fivewoods RFC, Pacific Dragons, Westlake OBs, DMB, Sausages/Hulks). We thank you all for your support and participation, and we wish to see you again in the near future!
除了感謝感謝還有感謝。 2014年的Chinese Taipei Touch Tournament 臺灣觸球競標賽在三月一號舉辦的。我們需要感謝的包括 臺灣觸球委員會，Paul Rose, Trent Prestegar, Fershad Irani, James Chang, David Lee, Antoni Barry, Papa Pete, Team HUKIT, 志願者, 教練, 領隊, 隊員, 攝影師, 裁判 (Paul Rose, Ayaka Sung, Antoni Barry, Fershad Irani, Harry Stokes, Trent Prestegar, David Liao, Hideaki Nara, Niuone Eluita, Grant Dexter, Allen Lin, Lorraine Lin, Andy Yi, Ricki Nethercofte, Matt Small, Sebastian Town, Daniel Bowley, Adrian Brink, Spencer Jemelka, Rachel Grantham), 中華民國橄欖球協會, 臺北國際橄欖球俱樂部, 所有參加競標賽隊友親朋好友們。 James Chang 和 Sean Carless 確保賽程一切進展順利，Wai Lee & David Liao開車載水給大家，Tommy Wu 中途去買冰塊，Ben Hall, Antoni Barry & 何雅惠開車送傷者去醫院。 Leo Chang里奧的灶咖 – Leo’s Tuck Shop 提供美味的獨一無二的正宗紐西蘭風味私房鹹肉派給大家填飽肚子，感謝Max Murphy 在銅猴子舉辦晚餐和頒獎典禮。感謝Hide Nara (他正在進行觸球世界旅行). 感謝您來到臺灣，並且教導、教學、聊天、拍照，您是一位很好的觸球形象大使! 我相信在場上的雙邊球員都有跟您學了兩三招。
最後，我們想跟FIT 亞洲委員會的Rachel Grantham 說最大聲的感謝您！ 因為您展示了這個運動的真正精神，您對於在亞洲發展觸球的熱心是令人佩服的！
今年的臺灣觸球競標賽有超過200位參賽者，成人男女混合組有12支球隊；三支香港球隊 (Flashmob, Strive, Dilwl SU Rugby), 一支臺中球隊 (Juggernauts), 八支臺北球隊 (HUKIT, 性感野獸/愛爾蘭足球隊, 臺北猴王橄欖球俱樂部, 五木橄欖球俱樂部, 太平洋火龍橄欖球隊, 西湖校友橄欖球隊, DMB, 臺北綠巨人/香腸先生欖球隊). 我們感謝大家的支持和參與，我們非常希望在不就的將來能夠再次見到您！
Thank you all very much, see you all very soon!!