THE weekend saw the biggest event on the London Tag Rugby calendar take place, the 2012 London Tag Rugby Championships.
Twenty-eight teams descended on the East London Rugby Club in West Ham to play in perfect conditions and battle it out for the coveted title.
As well as a strong London contingent, the Bircroft Panthers and Panther Bears travelled from Dublin, while the Cyborg Sharpshooters came from Reading.
However it was Tumeke, from Acton, featuring London New Zealand Tag Rugby representatives Matt Ashe, Kim Parkinson and Matt Rangi who took the honours.
Tumeke opened their campaign with a strong 12-1 victory over Gladstone Park’s Jerome Brecard’s No Stars Who Love Maree.
They were up against Finsbury Park’s, Boom! in the second round and
managed to secure a tight 6-5 win.
The third round saw them put out another strong showing with an
18-2 victory over Astroburn from Wandsworth.
With only two teams going through the pool stages undefeated (Bircroft Panthers and Tumeke), Acton’s premier team now had to face the much fancied Southfield Sharks in the semifinals.
Tumeke sealed an 8-2 triumph which was a lot closer then the score indicated and earned a place in the final against the Irish powerhouses Bircroft Panthers.
In a nail biter of a final, Tumeke scored first and were never behind on the scoreboard but the Bircroft Panthers were always in it until the final whistle.
The match finished 4-3 to Tumeke, with Ashe named player of the final.
In the men’s division Garlic Towers reigned supreme with a 4-2 win over The Hardy Boyz, from Finsbury Park, in the final while in the mixed social division, the Panther Bears were too strong for the Cyborg Sharpshooters, winning the final 10-0.
The Autumn Tag Rugby season in London starts on Wednesday 29 August.
Leagues will take place at Acton, Balham, Barnes, Bermondsey, Borough, Finsbury Park, Rotherhithe, Shoreditch, Southfields, Whitechapel, White City and Wood Green.
If you would like to get involved in one of the fastest growing sports in London, new team and individual registrations are welcome.
This is a great chance to develop a network of friends if you are new to London.
To register for a Try Tag Rugby competition or event, go to www.trytagrugby.com or email [email protected] for more details.