SITT 2014 was the largest tournament ever held in Shanghai with 136 games played in one day. 49 teams competed across 7 Divisions to take out the title. Despite some fairly average weather during the week we were very fortunate to have a rain and wind free day.
The Men’s Division was fought between 10 teams. In Group A The Hong Kong Blue Dragons were very dominate it from the outset and stamped their authority on Pool A with a string of comfortable victories.
Pool B was a much tighter competition with Malaysia and Beijing edging out the Singapore Bucks and the Shanghai Dragons to take the qualifying spots for the plate.
The Cup Final of the Men’s was won by the Hong Kong Blue Dragons who successfully defended their title from 2013. By beating the Malaysian Scorpions in the final 5 to 1.
In the 9 v 10 playoff game. T-rax registered their first win of the day by beating the HornyWolves 2-0 as the affects of a long day of activity start to take their toll.
In the plate Final the Shanghai Dragons edged out the Singapore Bucks 3-2 in the drop-off after the teams were tied 2-2 all the end of regulation.
The Masters division was even more competitive this year with strong teams from Beijing and Singapore.
The Singapore Monsoon team was very strong throughout the day and an initial competitive final with the Shanghai Dragons 7-2.
The Plate Final was won 4-1 by the Nanjing Warriors who were playing in their first SITT.
The Women’s division was competed in a full length touch game between Nanjing Mulan and Singapore Monsoon. Both teams had also been playing the mixed division so it was a heavy work schedule. In a very closely fought game Singapore 10-9.
In the Mixed Division the largest division being contested between 12 teams. Both China and Hong Kong sent their development teams who were preparing for next year’s World Cup. In the semi’s Hong Kong beat China Touch Development 3-1. In the other semi-final the duel of the Dragons Hong Kong beat Shanghai 4-2 to set up an all Hong Kongog Final. Blue Dragons won to successfully defend their title from last year by winning the final 4-2.
In the Mixed Plate Hong Kong T8 beat Nanjing Mulan 2-0 to take home another SITT title.
In the corporate competition there was a record 7 teams competing. The corporate league has been growing throughout the year and as many Chinese players new to the sport take up touch for the first time. After many close games the top team teams Dow Corning and PwC met in the final. The Grand Final was close and after the teams were tied 1-1 all in regulation Pwc were able to win the drop-off 2-1 to win back-to-back Corporate titles.
The National Schools Touch Championship grew larger this year with more competitive teams. The U14’s was won by the SAS eagles 3-1 over the Dulwich Panthers. The Plate was won by Shanghai United 2-0 over a South DongChang middle school who joined the competition for the first time. The U12’s was won by Xingzhi Primary from Nanjing who beat the Shanghai Singapore Sabres in the final.
Thanks to nforce all the photo action from teh day are here