Try Tag Rugby ran their second annual Valentine’s Day Challenge tournament on Saturday at Coram’s Fields in Russell Square. It once again proved to be a hit amongst single taggers with participation numbers almost triple the amount of the inaugural tournament. Cupid’s arrow sure did fly!
Due to popular demand, the Valentine’s Day Challenge featured a morning tournament and an afternoon tournament.
The Valentine’s Day Challenge tournament has a unique format as you are teamed up with five players of the same sex and throughout the day you get the chance to play with every player of the opposite sex in a rotating draw format. Match results and points differential are registered for each match and the team at the end of the tournament with the most wins or better points differential is declared the winner.
The morning session featured four teams and it was Team B (Frank Ellis, Tom Griffin, Mikey Liu, Robert Oxley & Richard Smart) that claimed the morning title.
In the afternoon session there were eight teams taking part. The combination of Team B (Dave Dunk, Jon Lees, Oliver O’Mahony, Edward Pizzey & Peter Smith) and Team 3 (Kerry Childs, Meg Davies, Nikki Devantier, Tracy Leong & Lisa Thurston) were declared the afternoon champions.
Afterwards, all taggers went back to the nearby Perseverance pub where they were greeted with a free glass of bubbly and nibbles on arrival, whilst all players got the chance to be further acquainted over some beverages and Six Nations Rugby.
With six hours pub time for the morning players and three hours pub time for the afternoon players, the group then headed to the third part of the day which was at Zebrano bar in Oxford Circus. This is where most of the magic happened with Cupid’s arrow flying left, right and centre.
With the inaugural event featuring plenty of hook-ups and one relationship which is still flourishing to this day, will the second annual Valentine’s Day Challenge tournament be responsible for the start of any new relationships? Time will tell.
All in all, the day was deemed a big success with a great time had by all and numerous new friendships were made.
Spring leagues set to be sprung
In other news, Try Tag Rugby’s spring leagues kick off next week (23 February onward) with an anticipated record spring season of over 180 teams expected to take part. With a large number of teams set to return from their winter breaks, places at some venues will be extremely tight and will run at full capacity.
The Borough, Highbury/Shoreditch (Thurs), Olympic Park, Rotherhithe & Tooting Bec leagues have officially sold out for teams (some individual spots are still available).
Spring leagues will be taking place at 11 venues across the capital; Acton, Barnes, Battersea (men’s & mixed), Borough, Clapham Common, East London RFC, Highbury/Shoreditch, Olympic Park, Rotherhithe (men’s & mixed), Shoreditch (men’s & mixed) & Tooting Bec. So if you live in London there will be a competition accessible to you.
Spring league registration is open for teams, part teams and individuals looking to be placed in a team. The majority of leagues have divisions to cater for the various playing standards, ranging from the complete beginner right up to the elite level. New players are welcome.
All spring league details and how to register can be found here on TryTagRugby.com
If you’re an Aussie or Kiwi new to London, if you get involved you will make a heap of new friends, keep fit and have plenty of fun. We hope to welcome you to a Tag Rugby pitch soon.
IMAGES: Courtesy – Sally Mills (Parasol Marketing)