|Tumeke of Acton Reign Supreme at London Championships|
The weather gods were smiling on the London Tag Rugby community last Saturday (18/08/12) with London producing a superb sunny 30 degree day with little wind for the 2012 London Tag Rugby Championships; the biggest event on the London Tag Rugby calendar!
28 teams descended on the East London Rugby club in West Ham to battle it out for the coveted title of who will be the best Tag Rugby team in London. Amongst the 28 teams were special guests, Bircroft Panthers & Panther Bears from Dublin as well as the Cyborg Sharpshooters from Reading.However this year’s event belonged to Acton champions,Tumeke, as they opened their campaign with a strong 12-1 victory over Gladstone Park’s, Jerome Brecard’s NW London No Stars Loves 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 Wandsworth’s, Astroburn.
With only two teams going through the pool stages undefeated (Bircroft Panthers & Tumeke), Acton’s premier team now had to face the much fancied Southfield Sharks in the semi finals. Tumeke sealed an 8-2 triumph which was a lot closer than 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 final score ended up 4-3 to Tumeke who secured the 2012 London Tag Rugby Championship trophy!
In the Men’s division, Garlic Towers reigned supreme with a 4-2 defeat over Finsbury Park’s The Hardy Boyz in the final, whilst in the Mixed Social division the Panther Bears of Dublin were too strong for Reading’s Cyborg Sharpshooters with a 10-0 victory in the final.
All Results from the 2012 London Tag Rugby Championships:
A big congratulations go to the following players & team:
To all players, we hope you had a great day and we look forward to making the 2013 London Tag Rugby Championships even bigger and better! A big thank you to all our staff, referees, volunteers, partners and sponsors! Without you, none of this would have been possible.
London Tag Rugby Championships Winners:
2012 - Tumeke (Acton) Mixed A, Panther Bears (Dublin) Mixed Social & Garlic Towers (Canada Water/Wandsworth) Men's
Official 2012 London Tag Rugby Championships Partners
London Tag Rugby Championships Details Announced - Article 15/08/12
2012 is set to be a landmark year for the London Tag Rugby Championship, now in its third year this year will see nearly 30 teams battling it out across three competitions for the honour of taking home one of the five prestigious trophies on offer. We have a number of exciting new developments this year, all of which will hopefully help the event to grow even further in future years. 2012 sees a new venue, a new partnership with East London Rugby Club, the introduction of Try Tag Rugby’s own Beer Tent and the provision of increased food options (extensive BBQ and Wood Fired Pizza!).
Perhaps the most exciting development however is the visit of highly decorated Irish Champions Bircroft Panthers who will be bringing two teams to London for the Championships. Try Tag Rugby would like to extend an extra special welcome to all the players and members of the Bircroft Panthers coming across to London. We are pleased to welcome you and we hope you have a great time!
It's not too late to get involved, there is still room for 1 men's team, female individuals to join teams in the mixed leagues and male individuals to be added to the men's league. If you'd like to play please register yourself here.
We hope you have a great time on Saturday! Please don’t hesitate to contact us (email@example.com) if you have any queries leading up to the event.
10:15 – 11:15 Registration – All team members need to be present before 11:15.
11:30 Captains Briefing in the Beer Tent
11:45 First Game starts*
17:00 – 17:30 Finals Finish*
19:00 – 23:00 After match Party
23:30 All off site. Party continues at Belushis, London Bridge. Free entry to Tag Rugby Players.
*Subject to the final fixture draw, this will be issued in the welcome pack during registration on Saturday
10 mixed Champions League, 15 mixed social and 4 men's teams are currently confirmed for the day. The teams confirmed are;
Mixed Champions League: Astro Burn, Boom!, Born to be Taggers, Churrr, Double Scrum & Coke, Southfields Sharks, Speights, The Panthers, Tokyo Drift, Tumeke
Mixed Social: #ProTAGonists, Broncos RL, Colin, Cyborg Sharpshooters, God Loves A Tagger, Incest is Best (Tag?), Must Tag Sally, O'Kiwis, Price Tag, Tag Queens, TägerBomb, The Panther Bears, Too Big To Fail, Trip and Chase, Westside Taginators
Men's: Clapham Strokers, Garlic Towers, One Day Wonders, The Hardy Boyz. (One team to be added)
There is still room for individual females to be added to mixed teams and individual males to be added to men's teams. If you'd like to play please register yourself here.
The following players have been added to the following teams;
Garlic Towers (blue shirts): Joshua Samuel Hayes, Jeremie Labbe, Jeremy Rossiny, Olivier Bourdeau, Johnny Potter, Conor Reynold, Tim Gatehouse, Richard Sellar, Craig Wright,
One Day Wonders (red shirts): Bill Martin, Gary Jeffery, Andrew Frost, Mark Hudson, Dane Brennan, James Harrington, Paul Gilbertson, Gavin Mantle, Ieuan Morgan, Gerry Wong
Born to be Taggers: Michelle Lawlor
Speights: Donal Lehane
Tumeke: Abi Chamberlain
Southfields Sharks: Trish Nooney, Liz Wycherley, Michael Pan, Warren Church
Incest Is Best (Tag?): Maurice Collins, Hilary Allen
God Loves a Tagger: Tracey Smith, Rebecca Burns
Too Big To Fail: Deirdre Reilly
#ProTagonists: David Kelly, Claire Martin, Emma Dunk, Brian McGrath
All individual players will be put in contact with team captains before Saturday.
The London Tag Rugby Championships will take place at East London Rugby Club. Click here for a map of the location. The address is below:
East London RFC,
71 Holland Road,
East London Rugby Club is located less than five minutes walk from West Ham station, which is less than 15 minutes from Central London and accessible on five tube or train lines; the Jubilee, Hammersmith & City, District, DLR & National Rail line from Fenchurch Street. West Ham is one stop from the home of the Olympics; Stratford, which is also extremely well served by public transport.
To plan your journey please visit the TFL website. Currently there are no planned engineering works on the Underground this Saturday.
When exiting West Ham station please use the exit for Memorial Avenue. Outside the station turn left down Memorial Avenue, keep walking until you get to Memorial Park at the end of the road. Enter the park through one of the gates, the changing rooms are the building just inside the gate. The marquee and main information point is located to the left of the 3G Football pitch adjacent to the clubhouse building.
Note: West Ham United have a football match at 15:00 on Saturday but due to its timing this should not affect transport to and from the venue.
Limited parking is available both at East London RFC (entrance at the end of Holland Road) and the Memorial Park Car Park (entrance off Memorial Avenue). All players and spectators are advised to use public transport where possible. All cars are parked at the owners own risk.
Note: There is restricted parking in the streets around the club, Olympic restrictions are still in place meaning any cars not belonging to residents will be automatically be towed away.
Try Tag Rugby Rules do not allow alcohol to be consumed or recreational drugs to be consumed prior to or during its competitions. If a player is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol/drugs Try Tag Rugby reserves the right to remove a player and/or team from the competition. Only alcohol purchased at the venue is allowed to be consumed on site. Please do not bring any alcohol on to site. Bag and person searches will be in operation at the entrance to the venue.
Social Competition Fancy Dress:
A fancy dress competition will be taking place with prizes awarded to the best dressed team and individual. The theme is “2012”, so think Olympic Athletes, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The European Football Championships.... the possibilities are endless! Please note, when playing, any fancy dress outfits need to adhere to Try Tag Rugby’s safety regulations regarding to jewellery, outside pockets or anything likely to cause an injury. Prizes will be awarded during the awards ceremony after the finals.
Male and female changing rooms with showers and toilets are available at the venue, these are located adjacent to the 3G Football pitch near the main entrance to the venue off Memorial Avenue.
Warning: these changing rooms will not be locked during the day and it is therefore strongly recommended that you do not leave belongings in these rooms during the day. We suggest all kit is stored either by the side of the pitch you are playing on or in the cloakroom inside the beer tent.
Note: East London Rugby Club will be closed to Tag Rugby players except those females wanting to use the Ladies Vanity Area after the finals have finished (See below for details).
Please note all bars and food stalls will be cash only during the day.
Note: There is no cash machine at West Ham Train station or in the area surrounding East London Rugby Club, please make sure you have sufficient cash with you before arriving at West Ham.
Try Tag Rugby Shop - Merchandise, Sale Shorts and Hire Shorts:
The merchandise shop will be situated in the cloakroom within the Beer Tent. Special edition London Tag Rugby Championships Shorts (£15) and Shirts (£20) will be available as a memento of the day. Also on sale will be standard black Try Tag Rugby Tag shorts (£12) and a range of Try Tag Rugby International Representative Shirts (£20) and Shorts (£15). Hire shorts will also be available to borrow from the cloakroom area. A drivers licence or credit card will be required to be left as a deposit for the shorts, collectable on return. Hire Shorts are free for players not already playing in a Try Tag Rugby competition. Existing players will be required to pay a £4 deposit for hire of the shorts.
Try Tag Rugby Partners Physio Edge will be on site providing free physiotherapy to Try Tag Rugby players. The physio will be located in the Try Tag Rugby branded Marquee adjacent to the Beer Tent.
In addition to the Physio the Rugby Football League who are using the venue for their London & the South-East finals day will have first aid on site. Anybody requiring first aid should make themselves known to one of the Try Tag Rugby staff around the venue, the information desk inside the beer tent or the physio inside the Try Tag Rugby Marquee.
10:30 – 7pm Caterers Etc will be running a BBQ serving the following:
Breakfast rolls, burgers, sausages, cajun chicken burgers, seafood kebabs, vegetable burgers, baked potatoes and corn on the cob.
7pm – 23:00 Streetzza Pizza Van
Freshly baked wood fired pizza slices and pizzas
All day – the cloakroom in the beer tent will be selling the following:
Crisps, Chocolate Bars, Fruit Jelly Sweets, Bananas, Bottled Water, Powerade & cans of soft drink.
Beer Tent Bar
The bar will sell alcoholic drinks throughout the day from 12:00. Please note: The bar is token only. Tokens should be purchased from the adjacent cloakroom before going to the bar. Tokens will be priced at £3 each or 12 for £30. Please try and purchase tokens during the day to avoid the rush after the finals have finished.
Note: For safety reasons players will not be able to consume alcohol until after they have finished playing. Only Spectators will be served alcohol during the day.
Bottled Water, Powerade and cans of soft drink will be available from the cloakroom inside the Beer Tent
A range of soft drinks including fruit juices will be able to be purchased from the BBQ.
There are no lockers in the changing rooms. Bags and jackets can be left in the cloakroom for £1 per item for the day. The cloakroom will be located in the Beer tent.
The DJ Kerry Stannard from Platinum DJ’s will be cranking up the tunes and getting the party going from when the finals finish. For more information on Platinum DJ’s please click here. At 11pm when the bar shuts the party will transfer to Belushis in London Bridge where we have arranged free entry. A DJ will be present at Belushis and the bar will be open until 3am.
**Ladies Vanity Area**
As a special addition to the London Tag Rugby Championships this year we will be introducing the new ladies vanity area. Located upstairs in the clubhouse adjacent to the beer tent we will be providing an area with mirrors and hair dryers for the ladies to use to get ready for the party! All ladies using the area will also receive a free glass of sparkling wine to enjoy whilst getting ready! The vanity area will be open after the finals have finished for around 1.5 hours.
Ladies please note: Shampoo, conditioner and shower gel will also be provided free of charge in the main female changing rooms.
The Tag Rugby Competition
Captains must register their teams between 10:15 and 11:15. The registration desk will be located in the Beer Tent (large marquee adjacent to the clubhouse). Upon arrival at the venue Team captains should go to the Registration desk to register their team. Within the registration pack will be the fixture draw and a team registration form. The team registration form must be returned to the registration desk completed with each players name, e-mail and signature before 11:15.
Registration is only complete when the team registration form has been returned.
Try Tag Rugby reserve the right to remove any team not registered before 11:15 from the competition.
Please remember we have 30 teams to register, if everybody turns up at 11:15 we will not be able to register you all at the same time. Please plan to get to the venue well before 11:15 to help us ensure the smooth running of the registration process.
If you have any queries regarding the registration process please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The final draw will be issued on Saturday morning to team captains at registration. All competitions will have group stages followed by play offs and finals. In the mixed social league and mixed champions league there will be both a cup and plate on offer.
For the group stages we will try and ensure that teams are playing on one pitch to reduce the amount of moving around required. Despite this please ensure you read the fixture list carefully. It is the teams responsibility to ensure they are at the correct pitch and ready to start their game on time.
Teams will concede 1 point for every 1 minute teams delay the start of the game. If teams are more than 5 minutes late the fixture will be conceded.
All teams are guaranteed 90 minutes game time
Captains of all teams are required to attend the captains briefing inside the beer tent at 11:30.
Regardless of what grade teams are playing in, Try Tag Rugby has planned the day to be a fun event. All players and spectators are reminded of this and asked to take part in competition in the correct spirit.
All competitions will be played in the 7 a side format. In the mixed competitions this will consist of 4 male and 3 female players on the pitch at one time.
The competitions will be played under Try Tag Rugby's version of the Oztag Rules. If you have never played under the Oztag Rules before please check out the Rules section of our website.
Players may only be registered for one team across any of the competitions unless otherwise agreed by the competition director.
There will be zero tolerance on talking back to the referee and on any illegal contact. Any players who do this may be penalised, sin binned or sent off.
The surface at East London Rugby Club grass. The recommended footwear is trainers, Astroturf boots or Rugby boots with blades or moulded studs. Rugby / football boots with metal studs will not be permitted for play. For safety reasons, players must not wear any jewellery such as rings or earrings on the pitch. Watches will also not be allowed during match play. Items of clothing with external pockets such as hoodies will not be permitted for play.
Tag Rugby shorts are compulsory for play. Tag Rugby shorts will be available to purchase from the Cloakroom inside the Beer Tent on Saturday for £12. Official Irish Tag Rugby shorts and Oztag Shorts will also be permitted for play. If you are not already playing in a Try Tag Rugby competition you will be able to borrow a pair of Tag Rugby Shorts for free. A drivers licence or credit card will be required to be left as a deposit for the shorts, collectable on return.
Presentations will be made to the winning teams of each competition including the fancy dress competition approximately 1.5hrs after the finals have finished. The presentation will take place in the Beer Tent.
Great Britain & Ireland World Cup Tag Rugby Team Raffle
Players from the Great Britain & Ireland World Cup squad who are heading to New Zealand in December for the World Cup, will be conducting a raffle and other fund raising initiatives on site during the day. Some great prizes have been lined up for the winners, so please get behind our side to help them raise funds to subsidise their World Cup campaign.
Official London Tag Rugby Championships Partners
2012 London Tag Rugby Championships Registration Open
Try Tag Rugby are proud to announce details for the 3rd annual London Tag Rugby Championships being held on 18th August at East London Rugby Club. The 2012 London Championships will be the biggest and best yet, with overseas teams confirmed, an easily accessible venue on the tube network, a bar and a BBQ on site. There will be a party atmosphere and a DJ lined up to whip the Tag community into a post game frenzy!Teams will take part in mixed and men’s competitions across two divisions. There will be a Champions League (to crown the best mixed and men’s teams in London) for any teams which made an A Grade Grand Final throughout 2012 (or equivalent outside of London), and a social grade open to all other teams. Each team which takes part will get a guaranteed 90 minutes of game time. Already confirmed for the mixed Champions League are Ireland’s 2011 Champion team the Bircroft Panthers. The Panthers are also entering a team in the mixed social grade as are a team from Northern England.
East London Rugby Club is located less than five minutes walk from West Ham station, which is less than 15 minutes from Central London and accessible on five tube or train lines; the Jubilee, Hammersmith & City, District, DLR & National Rail line from Fenchurch Street. West Ham is one stop from the home of the Olympics; Stratford, which is also extremely well served with transport.
The Tag Rugby tournament will kick-off at midday and run through until approximately 5pm. At the conclusion of play there will be a presentation and players can relax with a few drinks at the onsite bar. Afterwards, all players will get free entry into the after party where a DJ will crank up the tunes to get the Try Tag Rugby marquee rocking!
As well as prizes for the winning teams, an award will be given to the team which comes in the best matching fancy dress outfit. The theme is “2012”, so think Olympic Athletes, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The European Football Championships.... the possibilities are endless! Please note, when playing, any fancy dress outfits need to adhere to Try Tag Rugby’s safety regulations regarding to jewellery, outside pockets or anything likely to cause an injury.
The details for the London Tag Rugby Championships are as follows;
If you don’t currently play in a Try Tag Rugby league and would like to register a new team or as a new player, please proceed to the respective team registration section or individual registration section of the website to register your interest. If you are a team manager of a team which has played in one of our leagues before, please log into your profile here to re-register your team. If you are an existing registered player who wants to enter as an individual to be placed in a team, please register yourself here. All positions will be reserved by making a deposit of £100 for team registrations or the full £20 for individual registrations. The registration deadline is 10am, Monday August 13th!
If you have any questions regarding the 2012 London Tag Rugby Championships, please email email@example.com or call the Try Tag Rugby office on 02077 365 707. Stay tuned to the Try Tag Rugby website, Facebook Group and Twitter Account for further exciting announcements over the coming weeks.
D.T.F Crowned 2011 GOAL London Tag Rugby Champions!
In 2011 the Championships will run in two divisions:
- Champions League – This division will see the best mixed teams from across London, The UK and Ireland come together to fight for the GOAL London Tag Rugby Championships ultimate prize. Entry is only open to teams that have played in a Try Tag Rugby Grand Final throughout 2011. Teams from Ireland and throughout the UK are also welcome to apply for this division, provided you can show evidence of similar achievements throughout 2011.
- The Social Division – Open to mixed teams of varying standards from London, The UK, Ireland & Europe. You can also enter this division as an individual, and we will place you in a team. A prize will be awarded for the team which shows up in the loudest team shirts!
All teams will get around 90 minutes of game time.The event will be held at Osterley in West London. There will be changing rooms, food stalls and a bar on site, meaning plenty of opportunity for socialising with your team mates and opposition. The after party will run until 11:30pm and all players will receive free entry into The Church night club on Sunday August 21st. The UK Sports Club’s Pre-Season Cup competition will be held parallel to the 2011 GOAL London Tag Rugby Championships. This event will feature 20 Netball teams, 100 Touch Rugby teams and 30 Rugby Union Clubs creating a huge festival atmosphere.
The GOAL London Tag Rugby Championships aims to raise money for our charity partners GOAL for their Emergency Appeal in the Horn of Africa. GOAL is an international humanitarian agency dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the poorest of the poor. They are a non-denominational, non-governmental and non-political organisation. For more information on GOAL, click here.
The full details are as follows:
If you would like to register a new team or as a new player, please proceed to the respective team registration section or individual registration section of the website to register your interest. If you are a team manager of a team which has played in a Try Tag Rugby league or event before, please log into your profile in the top right corner of the website (or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org) to enter your team in this event. If you are an existing registered player who wishes to enter this event as an individual please click here or email us to be entered in a team. All positions will be reserved by making the full registration payment of £150 for teams or £17 for individuals. The registration deadline is close of business Monday, August 15th.
The inaugural GOAL London Tag Rugby Championships was won by Ref's Fault, the 2010 Gladstone Park early & late summer champions. With the number of teams playing week to week Tag Rugby in London doubling from 44 last summer to 89 in 2011, the 2011 GOAL London Tag Rugby Championships looks set to be a great event! If you would like further information on this event please call or email Alistair Davis on 07780 880 893 or email@example.com.
Try Tag Rugby is supporting their chosen charity GOAL with their Emergency Appeal in the Horn of Africa.
The UN has declared a famine in parts of Somalia. Millions of people there, and across the Horn of Africa, continue to face starvation.
GOAL has allocated €500,000 from their emergency funds to support efforts to alleviate the current suffering.
GOAL London Tag Rugby Championships 2010
Gladstone Park early & late summer champions, Ref's Fault have continued there winning ways by taking out the inaugural GOAL London Tag Rugby Championships on the 29th of August.
Ref's Fault recorded some impressive victories with a 10-2 defeat of Price Tag, 9-1 defeat of Finished Tagging, 12-3 victory over the North London Rampant Rabbitohs & an 11-3 win over the Mighty Randoms in the pool stages.
Finished Tagging gave Ref's Fault a scare in the first half of the final going into the half-time break at 4-4. Ref's Fault showed their class and ran away with the 2010 GOAL London Tag Rugby Championship trophy with an 8-4 triumph.
The Inaugural GOAL London Tag Rugby Championships had it all with sunshine, windy conditions and downpours all in the same day.
Each participant was treated to a Hog Roast and Evian water for lunch & a Chilli Con Carne dish for dinner at the Crown Hotel, Cricklewood as part of the entry fee. The after party was held at the Crown Hotel where a live band entertained the crowd into the early hours of the morning.
Ref's Fault were awarded 15 free tickets to any London Irish Rugby Union match of there choice as well as the GOAL London Tag Rugby Championships Trophy.
Ben Farlow from Ref's Fault was awarded, "Player of the Tournament" and received a free dinner for 4 people at Waxy O'Connors, London.
Try Tag Rugby CEO, Phillip Browne added, "The inaugural GOAL London Tag Rugby Championships was a big success! I believe this event will grow each year. The feedback from all the participants was really positive and we will ensure that the 2011 Championships will be even better"
Try Tag Rugby would also like to thank all the sponsors and partners who helped make the event a success. They are London Irish Rugby Union Club, The Irish Times International Edition, The Crown - Cricklewood, Waxy O'Connors & the RFL.