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The IRFU Volkswagen Mixed Tag competition kicked off at Belfast Harlequins RFC on Thursday evening with 12 teams competing in the Ulster leg.

The competition was held with Covid-19 precautions in place which involved a strict schedule for the teams’ arrivals, limited access to the playing pitch and rugby balls and other equipment disinfected between matches.

The twelve teams had been split into three groups (see below) and they will be playing within their groups for the first three weeks to decide placings for the second half of the tournament.

The results, by group, are shown below.

HashTags288Carlingford KnightsGroup 1
Space Cadets2914Derryvolgie HalssGroup 1
Tag Heures1711Flat LinersGroup 2
Friesian Taggers3417Taggers BayGroup 2
Tag My Pitch Up1713Sheep TaggersGroup 3
Galacticos177RunawaysGroup 3


This gives the tables as follows.


We caught up with Benny Glendinning and Aoife Gordon from Tag Heuers after their opening win against Flat Liners.


For my first visit to an official tag tournament I must admit I did find it hard keeping track of the scores with female players getting three points and male players one but thanks to Claire McAteer at Tag in Ulster we do have the leading scorers which is something we’ll be monitoring throughout the tournament.

The leading scorers after Week 1 are shown below.

PlayerTeamTries
Conor GillowayFlatliners4
Joanne OrrFriesian Taggers4
Mark CoughlinDerryvolgie4
Colin MillarHashtags3
Gerard KellyFlatliners3
Hannah LewisHashtags3
Hazel JordanTag My Pitch Up3
Heidi BredeSpace Cadets3
Julie DennisonFriesian Taggers3
Peter DawsonHashtags3
Ryan TrainorFlatliners3
Zahra BonnarFriesian Taggers3
Tag in Ulster – Leading scorers table.

We have six galleries from the matches below with over five hundred images across the games. Pitch 1 games were covered by Bob Given Photography and Pitch 2 by John McMurtry.

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