|Tour to the Pig N Porter with Try Tag Rugby!|
Tour to the Pig N Porter (Limerick, Ireland) with Try Tag Rugby!
This year, the Pig N Porter festival - Ireland’s largest and best sporting festival (to quote their website!) - celebrates it’s 12th anniversary with what promises to be the biggest and best festival yet. The Pig N Porter festival is expected to attract 4,500 people to the venue with a massive 120 Tag Rugby teams from Ireland and the UK expected to play as well as live music and a great craic.
There will also be the first ever International series between Great Britain Vs Ireland in the men's, mixed and ladies formats taking place on Friday evening, 12th July at Old Crescent RFC. Full details to be announced soon.
Following the success of the tour to the Pig N Porter festival in which the Try Tag Rugby All Stars made the final eight and won the Bull n Booze festival in 2011, Try Tag Rugby invites you to join us on tour in Ireland again to represent Try Tag Rugby.
This year, the Try Tag Rugby All Stars will be coached and led by Australian Tag Rugby World Cup men's representative, Mark Lee with fellow Australian Tag Rugby World Cup men's over 30's representative, Phil Collett also joining the squad. The A Grade team is expected to also feature a host of Great Britain & Ireland World Cup representatives.
For the less serious players, the Try Tag Rugby All Stars will also be entering two teams in the C grade in which the All Stars made the final eight at last year's event. The Pig N Porter is not just about the tag, with an annual fancy dress theme, on site bar and DJ cranking tunes until 3am, the Pig N Porter has the mother of all after parties!
Mark Lee will be conducting a number of weekly training sessions for the Try Tag Rugby All Stars leading into the tournament. The sessions will take place on 16/06, 23/06, 30/06 and 07/07 from 2pm at Hyde Park, the closest station is Knightsbridge. All touring players are welcome to attend the first two sessions, with the All Stars A team chosen after the session on 23/06. Any players not selected in the A team will be picked in the C Grade teams.
Last year's champions, the Chargers who are the current 2013 Wasps Tag Rugby festival winners will be back to defend their 2012 title as well as other challengers such as Tumeke who are the current 2012 London Tag Rugby Championships winners. There is also talk of more Try Tag Rugby teams entering the event so if you come on tour, you'll have plenty of teams to cheer on and hopefully one of the London teams will bring back the trophy!
Itinerary: The Tour will depart mid afternoon (for those wanting to see the GB Vs Ireland International series) or after work on Friday 12th July, and return on Sunday 14th July.
Any Irish Try Tag Rugby players (current or former) who have their own accommodation in the Limerick area are also welcome to join us for the day of the tournament. The cost for non touring players is £60, which includes entry to the tournament and the official tour playing jersey.
Try Tag Rugby All-Stars Go Back to Back in Malta! Article 10/09/12
London’s Try Tag Rugby All-Stars successfully defended their 2011 title when they claimed the 2012 Malta International Tag Rugby Festival with a 6-1 win over Malta’s Birkirkara Falcons in the final on Saturday, 1st of September.
A slight breeze eased the 30 degree plus Maltese summer conditions for the 10 participating teams; including eight from Malta and one from Gozo – as the Try Tag Rugby All-Stars went through the tournament undefeated for the second successive year at Hamrun’s Victor Tedesco Stadium.
For the Try Tag Rugby All-Stars, London Australia representatives Sarah O’Neill and Belinda Walmsley were amongst the tournament’s best players, as the Pat Ginty led team of English, Irish and Australians, diverted all eyes to their pitch when putting in dominant displays in each of the pool fixtures.
The Try Tag Rugby Malta tours have started a tradition with a theme song being allocated to the touring party each year. Here are the below tour theme songs:
The Malta tour has been extremely popular amongst the London Tag Rugby community and players are already looking forward to next year's tour! The greatest aspect of the Try Tag Rugby tours are the numerous new friendships that are made and the amount of fun that is had!
To see how much fun we had on tour, click on the below Facebook photo albums:
2012 Try Tag Rugby Malta Tour (Photos coming soon!)
The team at Try Tag Rugby would like to thank all players who have toured to Malta for making these tours so great! We would also like to thank the organisers of the Malta International Tag Rugby Festival, referees, volunteers and to everyone who has made us feel so welcome in Malta. Thank you! We will be back.
Tour to Malta with Try Tag Rugby! - Article 21/07/12
Need a break from ‘the big smoke’ that is London, why not join Try Tag Rugby on tour this summer to Malta?
2012 Malta International Tag Rugby Festival - Malta
This year's Malta International Tag Rugby Festival will be one tour not to missed! With teams already confirmed from Malta, Gozo, England & Ireland, the Try Tag Rugby All-Stars will be looking to defend their 2011 title!
The Malta International Tag Rugby Festival is the hottest Tag Rugby festival in Europe! Last year's tournament was played in 34 degree heat! The weekend is an amazing mix of sun, sand and sea, oh and of course - Tag Rugby!
On the pitch, there will be divisions to cater for mixed, mens and ladies, with winners prizes for all categories; and the competition, while strong, is played on a highly social basis and in good spirits!
Note: As per last year, touring members are welcome to arrive in Malta earlier and/or stay longer and join the tour on the 30th of August.
Cost: £169 per person (plus flights)
Try Tag Rugby Tour to the 2012 Pig N Porter Festival (Limerick, Ireland) - All who toured this year had an amazing time. Stay tuned for details on next year's tour to the Pig N Porter!
Friday 13th - Sunday 15th July - Pig n Porter Tag Rugby Festival, Limerick, Ireland
The Pig n Porter Festival (Limerick, Ireland)
Any Irish Try Tag Rugby players (current or former) who have their own accommodation in the Limerick area are also welcome to join us for the day of the tournament. The cost for non touring players is £55, which includes entry the tournament and the official tour playing jersey.
TRY TAG RUGBY ALL-STARS DEFEND TITLE IN IRELAND
On the back of winning the Malta International Tag Rugby Festival on 6 August, the Try Tag Rugby All-Stars have successfully defended their 2010 title to win the 2011 Bull N Booze Tag Rugby Festival in Bruff, Ireland on Saturday, 13 August.
The Bull N Booze Tag Rugby Festival had 38 teams competing for this year’s title with Try Tag Rugby sending three London based teams.
The Try Tag Rugby All-Stars A side went through the tournament undefeated and managed to beat the 2009 champions, the Limerick Lions 3-2 in a nail biting final after being down 1-2 at halftime. Rachael Speare from the All-Stars was named “Player of the Tournament” with Dane Challenor & Shun Tamura also having outstanding tournaments.
The Try Tag Rugby All-Stars C side, captained by Ian Kerr went onto to win the D grade final.
Try Tag Rugby All-Stars A: Steve Barry (c), Dane Challenor, Nate Cutforth, Shun Tamura, Dom Wilde, Shay Wilson/Phillip Browne, Claire Barry, Nina Populaire, Teagan Southwell, Rachael Speare
Try Tag Rugby All-Stars B: Amos Dadzie, John Dingley, Lakshman Harendran, Peter Kendhammer (c), Grant Maskell, Daniel Myers, Mark Williams, Kylie Jendra, Karen Gordon, Siobhan Quaid, Esther Watt
Along the way the All-Stars defeated Black & Yellow 28-0, 100% ME 22-0 and the Aussie Ex-Pats 18-2 in the semi-final. London Australia representative, Belinda Walmsley was named, “Player of the Final” with London New Zealand representative, Shay Wilson being named “Player of the Tournament”.
The Try Tag Rugby All-Stars are made up of players who compete in Try Tag Rugby competitions throughout London.
Try Tag Rugby All-Stars (Malta): Yamen El-Afifi, Pat Ginty, Hamish Jones, Peter Kendhammer, Arron Lombardo, Mike Morris, Shun Tamura, Shay Wilson, Michelle Hayes (c), Lauren Jolly, Anita McDonald, Belinda Walmsley
Try Tag Rugby will be sending three teams to the Bull N Booze Tag Rugby Festival in Bruff, Ireland departing this Friday (12 August). The Try Tag Rugby All-Stars are the reigning Bull N Booze A grade champions from 2011.
MALTA (1 team)
* Airport transfers
The Bull n Booze Festival (Bruff, Ireland)
With over 40 teams expected to enter the Bull n Booze festival in 2011, this year’s festival is one festival not to be missed! After the Try Tag Rugby All-Star first team took home the A grade title in 2010, Try Tag Rugby will again be attending the 2011 “Bull n Booze” Tag Rugby festival to defend our crown. Last year two teams from Try Tag Rugby were entered however this year we are planning to send three teams.
The Tour will depart after work on Friday 12th August before returning in the evening on Sunday 14th August.
Cost: £120 per person
We have booked out the whole of the only Bed & Breakfast hotel in Bruff! We have also booked a bus for return transfers between Shannon Airport & Bruff. Entry into the Bull n Booze tournament is also included plus other surprises to be announced.
What’s not included?
Flights. These are currently selling for around £75 with Ryanair. Very importantly you need to book yourself on the official Try Tag Rugby flights to connect with our bus transfer.
From London-Stansted (STN) to Shannon (SNN)
Depart Stansted at 19:55 and arrive Shannon at 21:15
From Shannon (SNN) to London-Stansted (STN)
How to book:
There are only 28 spots available on the tour, and these will be given away to the first 28 players who pay at least a non-refundable deposit of £60. The remaining £60 balance is due by Thursday, August 11th.
To book your place and pay the full £120 for the tour by card click here. Alternatively if you would prefer to pay the deposit of £60 now and the rest later please click here. If you have any questions regarding the tour please email Alistair Davis on email@example.com.
TRY TAG RUGBY ALL-STARS WIN ROCHDALE INTERNATIONAL MIXED TAG RUGBY FESTIVAL
Photo (right): All-Stars captain, Tim Ross accepts the trophy off John Stankevitch (Former St.Helens forward and current Rochdale Hornets Head Coach).
OFFICIAL TRY TAG RUGBY 2011 TOURS ANNOUNCED!
Check the diaries and get the suitcases ready! Try Tag Rugby is excited to confirm that we will be running official tours to the popular Tag Rugby Festivals in both Rochdale/Manchester and Bruff, Ireland in 2011. With the Tag festival circuit expanding each year Try Tag Rugby is also looking for expressions of interest into two exciting new Tag Festivals for 2011 which are Wales (July 1st) and Malta (August 5th). Try Tag Rugby Official Tours are a great way to pit your skills against different players, see more of the world and get to make loads of new friends! More information has been included below on each of the festivals but regardless of which of the tours you choose to opt for, you can be guaranteed that they will be plenty of fun!!
ROCHDALE INTERNATIONAL MIXED TAG RUGBY LEAGUE FESTIVAL
In 2010 the Try Tag Rugby All-Stars narrowly got knocked out in the semi finals (2-1) to the eventual winners and this year Try Tag Rugby are hoping to go one better and make it to the finals. Due to the tours popularity last year Try Tag Rugby are looking to enter two teams into this year’s competition. Although Tag Rugby is a large part of the weekend the tour itinerary also provides the opportunity to sample the atmosphere and sights of Manchester, a bustling and vibrant metropolis and one of the UK’s best loved cities outside of London!!
Saturday 28th May
The tour departs from central London early on Saturday morning. Travelling by train you will arrive in Rochdale just in time to check into the Hotel before putting your boots on and getting onto the Tag Rugby field. Following the action on the field, the off field action starts with an awards ceremony in the evening and a live band to ensure the party continues on into the night!!
Sunday 29th May
Allowing some time in the morning to recover from the previous day’s activities, a bus will provide transport to Manchester late on Sunday morning. On arrival in Manchester we will check into the Hostel accommodation before you will get the chance to have some free time and enjoy the sights and sounds of one of England’s most vibrant and best loved cities. For those who wish to we can then meet again in the evening for some food and beverages before checking out Manchester’s world renowned night life.
Monday 30th May (Bank Holiday)
Some much needed time in bed! Or for those who would prefer there will be some time to enjoy a hearty Northern fry up in a local Cafe before travelling back to London on the Train around midday.
Return train to Manchester and return coach transfer from Manchester to Rochdale. One night’s Hotel accommodation in Rochdale and one night’s hostel accommodation in Manchester. Entry into the Rochdale tournament.
What’s not included?
Drinks, meals and travel from the Tag Rugby after party to the Rochdale Hotel.
There are only 20 spots available on the tour, and these will be given away to those who pay a deposit of £65 on a first to pay basis. The remaining £65 balance is due by Friday May 27th.
To book your place and pay the full £130 for the tour, click here to be redirected to our online shop.
Alternatively if you would prefer to pay a deposit of £65 now and the rest later please click here.
The Bull n Booze festival hosted by Bruff RFC in Limerick is in its 5th year and is one of the best festivals on the circuit. Situated in the heart of Ireland’s beautiful countryside, in 2010 the festival attracted 33 teams. With many teams opting to camp next to the club house, the party begins on Friday night and doesn't end until early Sunday morning. Despite some sore heads, the action on the field is hot, with the top teams up to a standard that would test some of the best Oztag or Kiwi Tag players from down under.
With over 40 teams expected to enter the Bull n Booze festival in 2011, this year’s festival is one festival not to be missed! After the London Try Tag Rugby All-Star first team took home the A grade title in 2010, Try Tag Rugby London will again be attending the 2011 “Bull n Booze” Tag Rugby festival to defend our crown. Last year two teams from Try Tag Rugby were entered however this year we are looking at sending three teams.
Cost and how to book:
Full details of this official Try Tag Rugby tour including the cost and how to book will be released in due course. This tour will be a cracker so be sure to save the dates in your diary!
Details are included below of two exciting new Tag Rugby Festivals for 2011. Try Tag Rugby does not currently have tours planned to these events but is asking for expressions of interest. If we have sufficient interest, we will send teams to both events. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in a tour to either of these events. More details will be sent to interested participants...
2011 MALTA INTERNATIONAL TAG RUGBY FESTIVAL AND BOAT PARTY
TRY TAG RUGBY ALL STARS WIN 2010 BRUFF TAG RUGBY FESTIVAL
The London Try Tag Rugby All Star first team side has won the 5th annual “Bull n Booze” Tag Rugby Festival in Ireland, hosted by the Bruff RFC.
The successful tour saw the London Try Tag Rugby All Star first team defeat local favourites, Limerick Lions in the A grade final. The London Try Tag Rugby All Star 2nd team finished 3rd in B grade.
The “Bull n Booze” Tag Rugby Festival featured 33 teams, some were local whilst others came from all over Ireland.
First Team Match Report
Try Tag Rugby All Star first team: Tim Ross ©, Arron Lombardo, Caliph Snedden, Phil Browne, Yamen El-Afifi, Emily Smith, Fiona Maloney, Kylie Jendra & Rachael Speare
First team results
London A v Hookers n Lookers 12-1
v How I tagged your Mother 4-0
v Utter Rubbish 3-0
v Clonmel Rawhides 17-0
v Fat Kids always win at Sea Saw 3-1
v Slippery Eels 6-1
Second Team Match Report
The London second team began the day by conceding an early 3 point girl try to the All Whites. With most of the team having never played together, it looked unlikely that they could overturn such a deficit in a 15 minute game. However with the flying Peter Pedro Kendhammer unstoppable down the left flank, a fantastic fight back ensued. Kendhammer sealed the result by scoring in the corner thanks to a rather liberal interpretation of the simultaneous tag rule by the local ref.
The second game saw the B team up against the not very German looking team called Guten Tag. Again an early 3 point girl try conceded put the team on the back foot; however with Drew Kilah and Alistair Davis beginning to work up a decent combination in the middle the second’s dominated the match and sealed a hard fought 5-4 win.
Game three, again against the All Whites was one of the best performance of the day with the likes of Karen Gordon on fire is defence and Martin Kearney on form in attack. The touring party’s sole Irishman had a blinder as he ran in a hatrick in the 5-0 rout.
The return bout against Guten Tag had the second team only needing a draw or tight loss to confirm their place in the A grade quarter finals. A possible match-up with the first team lay on the horizon, could it even be in the A grade Grand Final? Sadly maybe this prospect went to the team’s head as a soft early try was conceded. For the first time in the tournament the seconds weren’t refereed by the head ref, and instead had to put up with a ref on a bit of an ego trip who presented Guten Tag with two four point penalty tries as a result of some clumsy tagging. Why a penalty try was worth four points in a 15 minute game we may never know, however the 9-2 result was enough to hammer the second’s points differential and hence leave them finishing second if the group behind Guten Tag. The B grade quarterfinals awaited.
The quarter final was one of the best performances of the day. Questions were raised about the loyalty of Irish ring in Dermot McEnery when he announced that the opposition Kilfinane Exiles were in fact the team he was supposed to be playing for. But after much bidding by both teams to buy his loyalty with drinks, McEnery played the house down particularly in defence. With Davis finding big holes in the middle of the ruck, firstly Anita McDonald and then Kylie Hampton showed fine support play to get across the line. From here the defence held sound to finish off a very frustrated opposition 8-3.
Fat Kids Always Win at Sea Saw awaited in the semi finals, a team which had given the firsts a great run for their money earlier in the day. The match didn’t get off to a great start when greeted by a ref who had played for the opposition in the quarter final. An early warning to Kearney, led to captain Davis being sin binned for repeated infringements in a case of mistaken identity. Unfortunately the opposition’s speed across the park was far too great for the seconds defence, and a convincing 9-1 loss ensued.
With thoughts of a cold drink on the horizon, the seconds were given the news that they had one more game to play, a battle for third place in B grade against the Bally Crew. With Kearney out with a wrist injury, a 7th match of the day with no male subs had the team a little scared. However Veronica Vella rose to the occasion scoring twice to cap an emphatic win and seal the mixed B grade bowl!
With 5 losses and 2 wins, the second team walked away very proud of a terrific days work. The beer and berry cider continued to taste very sweet whilst drunk out of the trophy long into the evening.
London Try Tag Rugby All Stars Second Team second team:
Alistair Davis (c), Drew Kilah, Martin Kearney, Peter Kendhammer, Dermot McEnery, Anita McDonald, Karen Gordon, Kylie Hampton & Veronica Vella
Second team results
v All Whites 4-3
v Guten Tag 5-4
v All Whites 5-0
v Guten Tag 2-9
v Kilfinane Exiles 8-3 (quarter final)
v Fat Kids Always Win at Sea Saw 1v 9 (Semi)
v The Bally Crew 7-2 (3rd place play-off)
For more pictures from the 2010 tour, check out our Facebook group.
Summer in Europe is a great time to travel. For many Londoners a holiday to Europe will involve attending a festival such as La Tomatina, The Running of the Bulls or one of Europe’s music festivals.
One recent addition to the festival circuit is Ireland’s Tag Rugby festivals. In county Limerick, Bruff RFC hosts the Bull n Booze festival. Situated in the heart of Ireland’s beautiful countryside, in 2010 festival attracted 33 teams. With many teams opting to camp next to the club house, the party begins on Friday night and doesn't end until early Sunday morning. Despite some sore heads, the action on the field is hot, with the top teams up to a standard that would test some of the best Oztag or Kiwi Tag players from down under.
Try Tag Rugby London will be attending the 2011 “Bull n Booze” festival in mid August to defend our crown. We intend to again send two sides, with the possibility of sending a 3rd team.
There is also the possibility of a second tour to Ireland at attend a separate festival. Further details will be revealed in early 2011.
Rochdale Tour Report
On the 2nd May bank holiday weekend of 2010, Try Tag Rugby London toured the north, visiting Rochdale for the Rochdale International Mixed Tag Rugby Festival. The team cruised through the group stages before controversially bowing out in the semi-finals to the eventual winners 2-1.
Despite the disappointments on the field, the fun was only starting to begin as the team enjoyed a few drinks at the club house before embarking on a night out in Rochdale which didn't end until around 4am.
The next day, the squad relocated to Manchester for a look around one of the UK's most famous cities. After a nice Italian meal and some comedy, the team partied on into the early hours of the morning.
Rochdale Squad (left to right) Jarrod, Yamen El-Afifi, Alistair Davis, Martin Kearney, Phillip Browne, Vicken Manougian, Caliph Snedden,
Rachael Speare, Jessica Hamilton, Charmaine Mellars