THE much anticipated 2013 London Tag Rugby Championships took place on Saturday 17 August at East London RFC. 42 teams took part, playing 136 matches under 17 referees across nine pitches; a UK record for an adult tag rugby tournament.
The Champions league was an invitational division, with invites only going out to A grade teams who have made a final throughout 2013. The best teams in the UK battled it out in a hotly contested league, with multiple cracking matches throughout that were won by only 1-2 point margins.
Special guests, the Ireland Barbarians, consisting of Ireland national rep players, made it through to the final to take on the perennial bridesmaids, Tagquila Shots, who were yet to win a title this year but have been runners up on numerous occasions.
In a thrilling final that could have gone either way, Tagquila Shots lifted to the occasion and ran out 4-3 victors with inspirational Aussie, Patrick Wright, producing some sensational form to win both the Champions league player of the final and player of the tournament awards.
The men’s division was won by the touring Tongan men’s o/30s national team who defeated London’s best men’s team, Tag Me Maybe 2-1 in a nail biting final.
The Tongans will now take on the Great Britain men’s o/30s on Tuesday 20 August at East London RFC before departing for Ireland to take on the Ireland national team.
The social division was taken out by Shoreditch Parks Tokyo Drift who were in amazing form and went through this division undefeated.
Attention now turns to the Autumn leagues which start next week from 27 August onwards at 11 venues across London which include; Battersea Park, Borough, Highbury, Tooting Bec (all Monday), Shoreditch Park (Tuesday), Finsbury Park, Rotherhithe, Shoreditch Park, White City (all Wednesday), Barnes, Highbury (both Thursday), Clapham Common (Saturday) and Hyde Park (Sunday). Some leagues are nearing capacity so register ASAP to avoid missing out on your preferred venue. New team and individual registrations are welcome.
If you would like to get involved in a Try Tag Rugby competition before the big cold comes back to London, go to www.trytagrugby.com or email [email protected] for more details.