THE popular Try Tag Rugby International Cup tournament which was Try Tag Rugby’s last one day tournament of the year was held on Saturday, 2nd November at Twyford Avenue Sports Ground in Acton.
The tournament featured three divisions which were Mixed A grade, Men’s & Mixed social grade. The Aussies were represented in all three divisions and were the current title holders of the Mixed A grade division, hence having a title to defend.
The International Cup featured London based players from the following countries; Australia, England, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales & the Barbarians (all other nationalities).
In the Mixed A grade, the Aussies started strong with some solid performances to cruise through the pool stages and into the finals. This time around it was the English and the Kiwis who progressed to the grand final with the Kiwis claiming their first ever International Cup Mixed A grade title.
This was the seventh International Cup tournament in the event’s history and in the Men’s division, the Aussie had won five previous titles and were the raging hot favourites to take it out again. The Aussies went through the pool stages undefeated but the Kiwis troubled them and managed to secure a 2-2 draw.
They were to face England in the grand final and managed to secure a 4-2 victory to claim their sixth men’s title.
The mixed social grade featured eight teams with the Aussies defeating much fancied opponents such as London Wales and some strong English and Irish teams to progress to the final to face the Barbarians. In a nail biter of a final, London Australia triumphed 2-0 courtesy of a Monique Pontifex break down the side line in which she left three defenders in her wake to clinch a memorable victory for Australia.
Meanwhile, Try Tag Rugby’s Late Autumn competitions commenced from the 22nd October onwards at the following venues: Barnes, Battersea Park, Borough, Clapham Common, Holloway (North London), Rotherhithe, Shoreditch Park, Tooting Bec & White City.
It’s still not too late to join some leagues for teams and individuals looking to be placed in a team. If you would like to play in a Late Autumn Tag Rugby competition, please register ASAP. The leagues cater for all standards of players from the complete beginner to the advanced.
If you would like to get involved in a Try Tag Rugby competition or event before the big cold comes back to London, go to www.trytagrugby.com or email [email protected] for more details.
Photo: The International Cup mixed social grade champions – London Australia. Credit: Sally Mills