The annual Wasps Tag Rugby Festival held in Acton each year attracted 30 teams in 2014. The organisers were hopeful that this figure would increase in 2015 due to the annual event being known as the first one day tournament of the year and having a reputation for being a great day out.
This year didn’t disappoint with a record 37 teams on hand to battle it out across five divisions. The Tag Rugby action was at an all-time high standard across the board with many matches being decided by only one or two point margins.
The five divisions in order of standard were: A grade, Cup division, Plate division, Bowl division and Shield division.
The A grade title was taken out by 2MEKE. 2MEKE had an exceptional tournament, going through undefeated. However, it wasn’t a walk in the park with a few close matches such as a 5-3 win against Phibbers, 2-1 victory over Speight’s and a 1-1 draw against Tumeke. 2MEKE won the final 5-3.
In the Cup division, it was the Edge who took home the spoils with an exciting 4-2 win over Lights, Camera, ACTON! in the final.
The 2015 Wasps Tag Rugby Festival Cup division champions, The Edge! IMAGE: Sally Mills
The Plate division saw Tagkeshi’s Castle take on Donkey Punchin Kangaroos in the final. Tagkeshi’s Castle was too strong, taking home the trophy with a 7-5 triumph.
In the Bowl division, Eye Tagged A Girl & She Whacked It won in a cracking golden point extra time final 5-3 against GC sTAGs.
The 2015 Wasps Tag Rugby Festival Bowl division champions, Eye Tagged A Girl & She Whacked It. IMAGE: Sally Mills
Lastly, in the Shield division, Tagsmanian Devils won another nail biter against the North London All-Stars 3-2 to take home the silverware.
The tournament was lucky to be able to host a Paris-based team for the day. The Paris Tag Rugby club travelled over for the weekend to take part in their first ever UK Tag tournament. The feedback was really positive and it won’t be the last time we see them at a UK Tag event.
After the tournament and the presentation, the Tag community danced up a storm at the Wasps’ onsite dance floor and packed out the bar until closing time. A good day was had by everyone involved with many spectacular tries scored and many beverages consumed at the after party.
Early Summer League Registration Now Open Try Tag Rugby’s Early Summer leagues are now just four weeks away with leagues kicking off from 27 April onward.
There has been some exciting new venues added to the schedule and new men’s and ladies’ leagues have been added. New mixed leagues will be running at Finsbury Park on a Monday and Clapham Common on a Thursday.
The full Early Summer schedule is as follows:
MONDAY: Acton (mixed & men’s), Borough (mixed), Finsbury Park (mixed), Thames Valley (mixed & men’s), Wandsworth Common (mixed & men’s)
TUESDAY: Balham (mixed), Canada Water (mixed), East London RFC (mixed), Hyde Park (mixed), Shoreditch (mixed & men’s)
WEDNESDAY: Finsbury Park (mixed & men’s), Hyde Park (men’s & ladies), Shoreditch (mixed), Wandsworth Town (mixed & men’s)
THURSDAY: Canada Water (mixed), Clapham Common (mixed), Fulham (mixed), Highbury (mixed), Hyde Park (mixed), Richmond (mixed)
SATURDAY: Clapham Common (mixed)
If you would like to get involved in a Try Tag Rugby Early Summer league, you have the option to register a team, part team or as an individual.
For all details and how to register, click here.
If you’re an Aussie or Kiwi new to the UK, 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.
If you would like to get involved in a Try Tag Rugby competition or event, go to www.trytagrugby.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.