Friday 12th May saw the return of the Yorkshire Corporate Challenge at West Park RUFC. The tournament, a staple in the Yorkshire Tag calendar since 2016, featured a record 9 teams, including representation from KPMG, DLA Piper, Channel 4, Burendo, BHP Financial Planning, Leeds University Officers’ Training Corps, Journey Further and returning champions Jet2.
Teams were initially split into two pools, with the top two teams from each pool proceeding to the Cup, and remaining teams fighting for the Plate. Pool 1 featured KPMG, Tag4TheStudio, Jet2, Journey Further & Leeds uotc. Leaving DLA Dolphins, Burendo, Pinsent Masons & BHP to make up Pool 2.
Tag4TheStudio remained unbeaten during the pool fixtures, progressing in good form into the Cup, joined by Jet2 as the runners up. DLA & Pinsent completed the line-up for the Cup after both remained unbeaten during their Pool, both with two victories and a draw.
The Semi-Finals saw two comfortable victories for Tag4TheStudio and Jet2, overcoming DLA and Pinsent 3-1 and 4-0 respectively. Pinsent & DLA would then face-off once more, Pinsent being 5-1 victors to claim third place. The final was contested between Tag4TheStudio & Jet2 and presented a re-match between the Pool 1 table-toppers. During the group stage Tag4TheStudio ran out 6-3 victors, but they were not as fortunate in the Cup final, with Jet2 exacting revenge, re-claiming their title as Cup Champions with a 3-2 victory.
In the battle for the Plate, Burendo overcame Journey Further 5-2, to knock them out of the tournament and progress straight to the final. Leeds uotc were to join them topping the table in a 3 team round robin with BHP & KPMG.
Leeds uotc went on to claim the Plate, battling to a 3-1 victory.
£1400 was raised from the tournament, with all proceeds from the tournament being donated to charity. As victors, Jet2 and Leeds uotc nominated Hope for Children, and SSAFA as their chosen charities, both receiving a 50-50 split of the prize fund.
Award winners from the tournament are summarised below. Congratulations to those who won awards, and a big thank you to all those who participated in what was another successful tournament.
Cup Champions: Jet2
Cup Player of the Tournament: Aristotle Orpheas Alexopolous (Tag4TheStudio)
Plate Champions: Leeds uotc
Plate Player of the Tournament: Cooper Shires-Robertson (Leeds uotc)