With 17 teams registered it was an increase from the humble beginnings last year in which 12 teams entered the inaugural tournament.
Tumeke were looking to defend their title amongst the 17 strong field and they started strongly by topping their pool and earning a place in the top division alongside Speight’s, Tokyo Drift and Phibbers Tagadactyls, all of which have won recent titles at Try Tag Rugby competitions this year.
After the second stage of pool matches, it was Speight’s who earned a place in the 2014 Hog n Ale Tag Rugby Festival final to face the defending champions. Tumeke proved too strong again to claim the Hog n Ale title for the second time.
In the other divisions, titles were won by Donkey Punchin Kangaroos (Cup title), We Love Ale (Plate title) and Don’s Dirty Dozen (Bowl title).
With the weather gods providing everyone with a fantastic day and with seven new teams playing Tag Rugby for the first time (who entered via the London Irish club’s networks), in which a great time was had by all, the tournament organisers declared the event a success!
The Hog n Ale Tag Rugby Festival will be back in 2015 at London Irish’s new home ground in which it will surely get bigger and better in future years.
Meanwhile, Try Tag Rugby’s biggest ever Early Summer season (May – June) which kicked off on 28th April at a record number of venues, still has limited space available in some leagues. Most leagues are running at full capacity but some leagues can accommodate more individual players.
Early Summer leagues are taking place at the following venues: Acton (men’s & mixed), Balham (men’s & mixed), Borough, Canada Water, Clapham Common, East London RFC (West Ham – men’s & mixed), Finsbury Park (men’s & mixed), Fulham, Highbury, Hyde Park, Reading (men’s & mixed), Richmond, Shoreditch (men’s & mixed), Wandsworth Town (men’s & mixed) & Wimbledon
Following on from the success of the 2014 Hog n Ale Tag Rugby Festival, the next one day tournaments to take place during the Early Summer season are:
Sunday, 25th May – The Nathan Cubitt Tag Rugby Charity Event at Keighley, Yorkshire (all money raised goes to the Nathan Cubitt Trust and the Matt Hampson Foundation)
Saturday, 31st May – Summer Social Tag Rugby Tournament at Richmond