Cedars Cup Launches World Cup Campaign
Lebanon touch began its march to the 2015 Touch World Cup in South Africa with the inaugural
Cedars Cup played out on Anzac Day.
Twelve teams battled for supremacy and a range of events including relays, pass the ball competition
and tug-o-war meant there really was something for everyone. The tournament displayed a real
cultural atmosphere and the skills displayed were a marvel to watch as players combined to entertain
onlookers from a range of cultures and backgrounds.
Teams settled into the early round games with CRM, NORTONS and SHAGGED showing early
dominance in their respective Pools. Most attention was on the dreaded Pool B though, where the
tournament favourites CHICKS drew with a scratchy SPITISH TAN outfit before facing a fired up
SOUTHS JNRS for a place in the quarter finals. SOUTHS JNRS dominated most of the game in a
passionate display and were Quarter final bound before a try by CHICKS in the corner with 40 seconds
remaining, stole the game! SOUTHS JNRS continued
to gel together though, and went on to win the
PLATE division Semi final and Final later in the day.
The lunch break was lively as expected with the speed
& strength events. The team relay challenge saw all
12 teams span the main field and charge down in
unison like a scene from the movie Braveheart. Once
all the screaming and cheers settled, it was the young
speedsters from MAYS HILL that emerged as victors.
Unfortunately the tug-o-war was not as clear cut. In
the midst of each battle, members of the crowd jumped into the pit and joined in! The 6 a side contests
soon turned into a 20 man struggle for supremacy. Needless to say the judges were baffled at
announcing a winnerâ€¦
When finals time emerged late afternoon the air filled with anticipation as sudden death kicked in.
SHAGGED and NORTONS emerged as favourites with easy wins in their Quarters and then
ORPHANS and CRM played out a dramatic drop-off on the main field. ORPHANS snuck home and
were joined by SPITISH TAN who accounted for MAYS HILL in their Quarter Final.
SPITISH TAN won their way into the final against a leg weary ORPHANS while all eyes were on the
sea sawing battle between SHAGGED and NORTONS. NORTONS led early but ran out of gas late
in the game as SHAGGED picked up the tempo. The siren beat SHAGGED to the punch though and
NORTONS emerged winners to book a place in the final as red hot favourites.
The final went to script with neither team taking a backward step. Michael Ishac and Spiro Tourni
continued to rally the SPITISH TAN troops to take the game to their more fancied opponents.
NORTONS found themselves digging deep once again to stay in the contest. With the Championship
fading away, Trent Touma combined with Peter Ndeira to swing the game back in NORTONS
favour. In the end it was NORTONS getting home by 1 try, leaving SPITISH TAN wondering what
might have been.
Player of Tournament was awarded to ADAM FAHIM who was a
clear stand out on the day. TRENT TOUMA was awarded the
Player of the Final.
Lebanon Mens Open Coach Terry Cooper
presented the CEDARS CUP to the champion team
NORTONS to complete an excellent day of fun, sports and
culture all rolled into one.
LTA would like to thank their sponsors Inventcom, Schweppes and Mays Hill Touch for making the