This year’s Wasps Tag Rugby Festival attracted a record 30 team entries which beat last year’s record of 23 teams.
London’s most successful team, the Chargers were looking for their 3rd consecutive Wasps Tag Rugby Festival title and started the tournament off strongly, with solid wins over the Wandering Strokers 11-4 and the NZ Muddogs 6-1 in their first two outings.
The Chargers only loss in the pool stages was to Tumeke in which they narrowly went down 2-1.
Both these teams were due to meet again in the A grade final. Tumeke were too strong in the fast paced skilful final, sealing a 5-1 victory and claiming their first ever Wasps Tag Rugby Festival title!
With the festival containing a total of four divisions, there were some cracking finals across the board.
In the Cup final, Thunder Tags were to meet the mighty Speights. In a one point nail biter, Tooting Bec’s, Thunder Tags were victorious in a 4-3 thriller!
In the Plate final, it was Yippee Try-Yay Vs Show Us Your Reflexes. In another one point margin, Yippee Try-Yay of Rotherhithe triumphed 2-1 in another cracking final.
The last final to take place was the Bowl final in which Scrotag were too good for Show and Go with a 6-2 win, to be crowned the Bowl division champions.
At the conclusion of the tournament, there was a presentation to the 30 team strong field with plenty of prizes awarded. The night wasn’t finished there with a DJ and bar onsite to entertain the crowd for the next five hours to conclude a great day out!
In other news, Try Tag Rugby pride themselves on creating a great social environment for all players of all standards and their first social outing of the year will be taking place on Friday, 11th April at the Temple Walkabout.
The social outing will be the Try Tag Rugby summer season launch party. Try Tag Rugby members and guests will be treated to free entry, private booth areas and plenty of drink specials such as £3 pints!
Lastly, Try Tag Rugby will be holding a host of free Tag Rugby taster sessions over the next fortnight so people can come and see what all the hype is about. This is a chance to come down and try Tag Rugby in a friendly, fun, welcoming and non competitive environment to see if they enjoy the sport before committing to a league or one day event.
Free taster sessions will be held at the following venues, starting from 8th April onward; Balham, Clapham Common, East London RFC, Finsbury Park, Hyde Park, Newham Leisure Centre, Reading, Richmond, Shoreditch & Wimbledon. For more details and to register for a free taster session, check out: https://www.trytagrugby.com/play-tag-rugby/free-taster-session/
If you’re a 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.
Photos by Sally Mills