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.
|HashTags||28||8||Carlingford Knights||Group 1|
|Space Cadets||29||14||Derryvolgie Halss||Group 1|
|Tag Heures||17||11||Flat Liners||Group 2|
|Friesian Taggers||34||17||Taggers Bay||Group 2|
|Tag My Pitch Up||17||13||Sheep Taggers||Group 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.
|Joanne Orr||Friesian Taggers||4|
|Hazel Jordan||Tag My Pitch Up||3|
|Heidi Brede||Space Cadets||3|
|Julie Dennison||Friesian Taggers||3|
|Zahra Bonnar||Friesian Taggers||3|
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.