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Rugby: Lincoln Touch finished third at 02 tournament

Lincoln played in memory of the club’s founder Mike Beard

Lincoln Touch finished third at the RFU 02 Touch tournament in Nottingham on Sunday as their players honoured the memory of the club’s founder.

Michael Beard, who set up Lincoln Touch, died after his bike collided with a school bus in March 2015. Over four years later, his memory lives on at Lincoln Rugby Club and, in particular, with the Touch team who he had such a big impact on.

Lincoln Touch, who played under the name MB’s memory of Mike, took a mixed team of 14 people from age 13 upwards to the 02 Touch Tournament at Nottingham Rugby Club on Sunday, June 30.

Ed Morton in action for Lincoln Touch at the tournament in Nottingham. Photo: Beverley Parker Swann

Lincoln won three out of their four group matches to reach the semi-finals against Northampton side COYS.

The semi-final was a close fought game and tied at 1-1 at half-time, but COYS’ strength and experienced showed in the second half with three more scores.

Emma Jorden in action for Lincoln Touch. Photo: Beverley Parker Swann

Lincoln Touch coach Rob Smith was proud of his side for finishing third out of 10 teams. He said: “It was an awesome day in Nottingham and the players all played really well.

“They put in a great effort into each and every game and if we keep training that silverware will be ours next time. Mike would have been proud of you all just like I am.”

Lincoln Touch will be in tournament action again in Northampton on July 7.

Lincoln Rugby Club will host a car boot sale from 7am to 12pm on Sunday, July 7, with buyers able to attend from 7.30am.

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