The inaugural Manchester Tag Championships took place last Saturday, 13th October, at Chorlton High School in Manchester.
The sold out event saw over 80 Tag Rugby Players come together for a fun day of Tag before many of the players headed to Old Trafford for the Betfred Super League Grand Final and then onto a night out at the Revolution Bar in Deansgate Locks.
The teams started the day playing each other in the group stages before splitting into a Cup and Plate competition for the second half of the day. Despite its name, the Manchester Tag Championships welcomed teams from Yorkshire and London and it was great to see the Manchester teams mixing it with these teams, despite the Manchester region being a lot newer to Tag. A special thank you to those teams from outside Manchester who made the journey.
The Cup competition ended up being a War of the Roses game with the Protagonists from Manchester taking on Leeds based Gluten Tag. Congratulations to both teams for making the final and to the Protaginists for ending up 5 -2 winners and claiming the inaugural Manchester Tag Championship Winners title.
In the plate competition, it was an all Yorkshire affair as the White Roses took on the Wakefield Ragtags with the Ragtags finishing 9-5 winners and taking the Plate title back to Yorkshire.
It wasn’t just the awards for the Tag Rugby that were dished out on the day, but there was also the important matter of the Best Dressed Team! This year’s fancy dress theme was the letter ‘M’. We would like to thank and congratulate all the teams who made the effort to come in fancy dress, it really did help create a fun and colourful atmosphere throughout the day. Picking a winner wasn’t easy but the eventual winners were chosen as Tagony Aunt who came dressed as ‘Magaluf Tag Do 2018’.
When the Tag Rugby finished, many of the players took up the offer of some RFL exclusive tickets for the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford between Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors. With access to the 100 Club which we shared with the Womens Super League, players were able to relax and enjoy a drink both before during and after the game before heading back into Manchester for a night out.
Congratulations again to all the winning teams and individuals on the day:
Cup Winners = The Protagonists
Cup Player of the Final = Paul Stirk (The Protagonists)
Cup Player of the Tournament = Ben Hughes (Gluten Tag)
Plate Winners = Wakefield Ragtags
Plate Player of the Final = Gemma Robinson (Wakefield Ragtags)
Plate Player of the Tournament = Adam Bailey (Tagony Aunt)
Fancy Dress – Best Dressed Team = Tagony Aunt
Saturday 27th October – The North London Tag Festival
The day was only possible with the help of the following people. A big thank you to you all.
Try Tag Rugby Staff and Referees (Pictured).
Venue: Chorlton High School
First Aid: Reece from Northwest First Aid
Photos: John Ashton from Ickledot (www.ickledot.uk)
Grand Final Tickets: The Rugby Football League
The After Party Venue: Revolution, Deansgate Locks