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    Turbo touch season 2012-2013

    posted Jan 24, 2014, 7:56 AM by Touch Berlin

    Unfortunately due to weather constraints over the Winter period we are unable to play TOUCH regularly in the evenings. We do however have regular access to an indoor sports hall in Schoeneberg on Wednesday evenings from 20:00 to 21:30 and in Kreuzberg on Tuesday evenings from 20:00 to 21:30. As the hall is much smaller than the standard sized playing field, we play a derivation of the rules, namely Turbo TOUCH, which is designed to be played in the space available. Go to the link below to see the addresses.

    More info:  Turbo TOUCH (Winter) Click me to see addresses!


    Capital Cup 2013 - Inglorious Basterds defend crown.

    posted May 7, 2013, 5:01 AM by Touch Berlin   [ updated May 7, 2013, 6:25 AM ]

    Blue skies, perfect weather and 16 teams from all over Europe graced this year's Capital Cup as defending champions The Inglorious Basterds won the 2013 Grand Final with a 5-1 victory over Courant d'R from Paris.

    With the TiB fields booked on May 4, The Capital Cup was switched from Kreuzberg to Weissensee's Stadion Buschallee, home of Rugby Klub 03 Berlin, and more than 200 players, referees and supporters enjoyed a great day of sun-drenched touch.

    Amsterdam's Den Dam produced a strong showing on the day in the mixed tournament, bouncing back from a heavy defeat to the Basterds in the semi-final to finish third with a 5-3 win over a lively Italian side from Verona.

    In the end, TiB Red finished as the highest ranking German team as they beat Touch Munchen 6-1 in the 5th/6th-placed play-off, while Touch Frankfurt saw off TR Colognia 6-3 to finish ninth.

    For the first time, the capital city supplied four teams as TiB fielded a Red and Black team, as well as a Barbarians team, while the newly-formed Berlin BRC also entered a side, which showed plenty of potential.

    TiB Black finished 14th, losing 7-2 to London's Vorsprung durch Touch in their play-off, while Berlin BRC finished right behind in 15th, with Barbarians 16th and last as they fielded an all-male team.

    "It was such a great day," said Berlin's Kai Lawrence, who helped man tournament control.

    "All in all, I am really proud of all the Berlin teams, they smashed it!

    "Even the guys who had only played a handful of touch games before their first tournament.

    "This year's socials are gonna be great!"

    In the long list of people to thank, TiB Berlin president Rob MacGregor, and his long-suffering wife Claudia, again pulled off a superb tournament having organised the venue, set-up, catering and draw, pretty much everything and did a heck of a lot of work behind the scenes.

    Special mention to all the referees who made the trip to Berlin, under the tutorage of European Director of Referees Derek Fisher, and without the guys and girls in the middle, there would have been no tournament.

    Also thanks to TiB Black's Julian Boyce, the owner of Kreuzberg's famous Santa Maria Mexican diner, who supplied the after-tournament catering.

    Finally, a big thanks to chef Rod Leise, who helped provide the delicious pasta lunch and Anzac biscuits for every team, as well as Mark Hansen for organising the after-tournament party and Denis Soubrier as another who falls into the "did a heck of a lot of work behind the scenes" category. Merci, Denis!


    Outdoor training

    posted Apr 22, 2013, 1:29 AM by Touch Berlin   [ updated Apr 24, 2013, 6:00 AM ]

    The summer season has started so get on down to the fields. Training times and days are below:

    • Monday night separate female and male training at 6:00pm at TIB 
    • Thursday night Mixed touch at 6:00pm time at TIB
    • Saturday social games and BBQ at 12:00 at TIB. 

    Indoor Touch tournament

    posted Apr 22, 2013, 1:18 AM by Touch Berlin


    Touch moved indoors in mid-March when Touch Berlin took on the newly-formed TU Berlin Touch group in a five-way tournament.
    In a round-robin tournament over three hours, TU Urban Warriors were the winners with the Touch Berlin Red finishing second.
    The Lakers, a group of school kids led by Grade III referee Lars Sturm, came second while Touch Berlin black came fourth with the TU Untouchables finishing last.
    The referees voted Merlin Grieb as the player of the tournament, while the best female player award went to Karoline Fischer, congratualtions to both.
    With regular tournament days planned for all Touch players in Berlin this summer, the action will be continued out on the fields this summer to provide competition practice for those wanting to go to tournaments or to play for Germany with an eye on the 2014 European championships to be hosted by Wales in Cardiff.

    Turbo TOUCH season is on!!

    posted Nov 2, 2012, 2:21 AM by Touch Berlin   [ updated Nov 30, 2012, 12:03 AM ]


    Unfortunately due to weather constraints over the Winter period we are unable to play TOUCH regularly in the evenings. We do however have regular access to an indoor sports hall in Schoeneberg on Wednesday evenings from 20:00 to 21:30 and in Kreuzberg on Tuesday evenings from 20:00 to 21:30. As the hall is much smaller than the standard sized playing field, we play a derivation of the rules, namely Turbo TOUCH, which is designed to be played in the space available. Go to the link below to see the addresses.

    Back to School Social Extravaganza - Saturday, Sept 29, 2012 10:00am until 5:00pm

    posted Sep 12, 2012, 6:51 AM by Touch Berlin   [ updated Sep 12, 2012, 6:54 AM ]

    The days are getting shorter, the weather colder and everyone is packing their bags because Uni is going back. This is reason to party and Touch Berlin has the answer for you, on the 29th we are holding an Open Hat Social Touch tournament, open to anyone who wants to come yes that means if Wessies want to come over and play they are more than welcome. 

    To make this fun for everyone this is how it will work. 
    People arrive at 10am and put there names into one of our designated hats (men, women, beginner). Teams of 9 will then be picked and this is your team for the day. 

    Click attend on our Facebook Back to School Events page if you are going to be there. Depending on numbers we have a few options for lunch and refreshments. This will all come out once we have a good idea for numbers.

    Berlin claim 2012 Bembel Cup! (Deutsch Version)

    posted Sep 7, 2012, 8:43 AM by Touch Berlin

    Touch Berlin hat nach einem 6-5 Final-Sieg über Lausanne den diesjährigen Bembel Cup an die Spree geholt. Die Hauptstädter sind mit einem erfahrenen Team nach Frankfurt gereist, was sich im Turnierverlauf als entscheidend erweisen sollte. Das Finale konnte danke einer herausragenden Leistung des früheren Touch Deutschland Präsidenten Rob McGregor (3 Versuche) knapp aber verdient gewonnen werden. Club Präsidenten Jordi Boltsch, für den dieses Turnier das letzte im Trikot der Hauptstädter war, steuerte zudem einige Assists sowie zwei Versuche bei.
    Auf dem Weg ins Finale wurde Hamburg im ersten Spiel der Gruppenphase 9-2 geschlagen, bevor Erzrivale München in einer engen Partie 4-3 besiegt werden konnte. Die Newcomer aus Lausanne unterlagen dem Team von Robert McGregor 5-6, während die Gastgeber aus Frankfurt im letzten Gruppenspiel 5-3 besiegt wurden. Mit einem 5-2 Halbfinal-Sieg gegen das niederländische Team aus Den Haag wurde der Finaleinzug perfekt gemacht.
    Nach dem Aufeinandertreffen in der Gruppenphase konnte das Team aus Laussane den Turniersieg der Berliner, trotz einer Leistungssteigerung, nicht verhindern.
    Der Australier Nick Ward wurde für seine konstant hohen Leistungen über den gesamten Turnierverlauf als bester Spieler ausgezeichnet, während der ehemalige der Neuseeländer Chris Bisset durch seinen robusten Einsatz überzeugen konnte. Nationalspieler Russel Pillay gefiel zudem durch seine herausragende Übersicht und Spielintelligenz. "Es war wirklich ein toller Tag - wir hatten einen exzellenten Teamgeist. Besonders die weiblichen Teammitglieder haben sich nicht versteckt, sondern waren zur Stelle als die Mannschaft sie brauchte und haben mit ihren tollen Leistungen dazu beigetragen, Jordi den Abschied zu geben den er verdient hat." sagte das berliner Urgestein Kai Lawrence.
    Nachdem sich München in diesem Jahr durch konstanten Leistungen über die ganze Saison die deutsche Meisterschaft sichern konnte, liegt es nun an Berlin den Bayern im nächsten Jahr diesen Title streitig zu machen.

    Berlin claim 2012 Bembel Cup!

    posted Sep 7, 2012, 8:39 AM by Touch Berlin   [ updated Sep 7, 2012, 8:40 AM ]

    Touch Berlin were crowned winners of the 2012 Bembel Cup after beating Lausanne 6-5 in Saturday's final on September 1.

    Berlin took an experienced side down to Hessen and it made a difference in what was the final tournament as a Berliner for club president Jordi Bitlloch.

    In the final, a stand out display by former Touch Deutschland president Rob McGregor produced three touch downs, with a few assists and two touch downs from Jordi, to make made sure the Bembel Cup headed to the capital.

    En route to the final, Berlin got off to a good start in their group with a 9-2 win over Hamburg before Munich were beaten 4-3 in a tight game.

    Swiss newcomers Lausanne were then dispatched 5-3, while in the final group game Berlin saw off hosts Frankfurt 5-3.

    In the semi-final, Dutch side Den Haag were beaten 5-2 to put Berlin in the Grand Final.

    After the teams had already met in the group stages, Lausanne raised their game in the final, but Berlin held on to take the title.

    Australian Nick Ward finished with the best player award for a high standard throughout the day, while Kiwi Chris Bisset produced some eye-catching dives both in attack and defence in a robust display. National player Russel Pillay also put in some great work in what was a great team effort.

    "It was a truly great day, there was a brilliant team spirit and special mention has to go to all the girls who really stepped up and put in some great work to make sure we saw Jordi off in style," said Berlin's Kai Lawrence.

    With Munich having won the 2012 Deutschermeister title after their performances throughout the season, the challenge is now on Berlin to try and challenge their southern rivals next season.


    TiB fields are open again

    posted Jul 16, 2012, 1:56 AM by Touch Berlin   [ updated Jul 16, 2012, 2:06 AM ]

    Training and Social touch will resume as normal from Monday 16th of July at the TiB, Columbiadamm 111,10965 Berlin. We are less than 3 weeks out from our next tournament so get on down to training. :)

    2 Week Summer Break

    posted Jul 1, 2012, 10:10 AM by Touch Berlin   [ updated Jul 1, 2012, 10:19 AM ]

    There will be NO TOUCH at TiB sports fields for the next 2 weeks. (Fields need a break for the grass to recover).  Thursday Uni training will continue across the street at Tempelhof, although I think players will all meet at TiB and wander over together. However there will be no games as the Tempelhof fields are full of holes and quite dangerous. Possibly we will organise social touch at a different venue on Saturday. Get the latest updates from our TOUCH Berlin facebook group or email us at touchberlin@gmail.com

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