ALL-STARS GO BACK TO BACK IN MALTA
Sunday 2 September 2012
London’s Try Tag Rugby All-Stars successfully defended their crown when they claimed the Malta International Tag Rugby Festival with a 6-1 win over Birkirkara Falcons U18’s in the final at the weekend.
A slight breeze eased the dry Maltese summer conditions for the 10 participating teams, including eight from Malta and 1 from sister island Gozo, as the All-Stars won through undefeated for the second successive year at Hamrun’s Victor Tedesco Stadium.
The festival saw the top two teams proceed to the final after a round-robin draw, and the All-Stars were tested early by the Falcons youths, but consolidated in the second half after taking a 3-1 lead into half-time.
For the All-Stars, Belinda Walmsley and Sarah O’Neill were best on field and Phill Browne was sharp, 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 30-minute fixtures.
The Falcons, in finishing overall festival runners up and best mens team while made up of 16 to 18 year olds, also claimed the best domestic team award, players Aaron Borg, Andrew Vella and 14-year-old Andre Galea all making great contributions to the team according to coach Joe Borg.
This year’s festival, where a highly social element of the sport was greatly promoted throughout also an opening night bar crawl and final night boat party, saw a clear growth in local participation numbers, three entries under the Birkirkara rugby union arm alone, Gozo Rugby Club making their second appearance in as many years, and even Hilton Malta’s LivingWell Health Club not to be outdone when they entered a mixed team of largely no experience that surprised all when they recorded a second-up win.
Sliema Stompers Ladies featured in their first competitive outing and recorded a victory against the Knights invitational entry, Kavallieri RFC Youths and The Pit both scoring a win and loss, while festival organisers Boom Events – on behalf of Malta Tag Rugby, thanked volunteers, players, supporters and major sponsor – the Nordic Bar, and partners Dove Men+Care and the Malta Rugby League (MRL) for their valuable support of the festival's second edition.
2012 Malta International Tag Rugby Festival Standings: 1) Try Tag Rugby All-Stars, 2) Birkirkara Falcons U18’s, 3) Kavallieri RFC Youths, 4) LivingWell Health Club, 5) Gozo Rugby Club, 6) The Pit, 7) The Knights, 8) Sliema Stompers Ladies, 9) Birkirkara RFC, 10) Birkirkara OLI.>>>
LOCAL TEAMS WELCOMES TO INTERNATIONAL TAG RUGBY FESTIVAL
Thursday 19 July 2012
Malta Tag Rugby has welcomed final expressions of interest for next month’s Malta International Tag Rugby Festival.
Local teams 100% ME, The Knights and Gozo Rugby Club have already confirmed their participation in the day long international festival that warms up with a Pub Crawl on the Friday evening and continues with the Island Boat Party to the Blue Lagoon on the Saturday evening before festival major sponsor The Nordic Bar hosts the official after party.
International opposition from England and Ireland is on its way to this year’s festival in the form of two teams from London’s Try Tag Rugby competition including last year’s festival winners – The Try Tag Rugby All-Stars.
Irish based teams The Credible Hulks and Wolfpack are set to make an Irish debut at the festival after French and Scottish teams came to Malta in 2011.
Last year’s festival saw 100% ME win the ‘Best Local Team’ Award and Gozo RC registered their first competitive victory in the festival when they defeated Ayr Boys from Scotland.
This year’s festival again includes categories for Mens, Mixed and Ladies, with all fixtures to be played from 9am on Saturday 1st September at Hamrun’s Victor Tedesco Stadium.
Malta Tag Rugby officials are anticipating up to 12 teams to contest this year's festival.>>>
OVERSEAS INTEREST HOTS UP
Tuesday 6 March 2012
Malta Tag Rugby is in talks with four overseas based teams looking thus far to contest the 2012 Malta International Tag Rugby Festival.
London's Try Tag Rugby wishes to send two teams this year after their only team won the inaugural festival last season. Another two teams, one from Ireland and the other from Northern Ireland are very much set to join the festival in 2012. Ireland has a strong domestic tag rugby calendar and the festival in Malta fits right into their domestic playing calendar.
Malta Tag Rugby are also hosting enquiries from Scotland, Lebanon, Holland, France and Spain for the festival that is six months away.
NORDIC BAR TO SPONSOR MALTA INTERNATIONAL TAG RUGBY FESTIVAL
Tuesday 20 December 2011
Malta Tag Rugby is proud to announce that The Nordic Bar will be major sponsor of the second edition of the Malta International Tag Rugby Festival.
The popular Scandinavian bar retains the naming rights to the festival that will take place in Malta over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of September, 2012.
Defending champions in the mixed division, Try Tag Rugby, will return to Malta with two teams, with event organisers also hosting enquiries from Ireland, Scotland, Lebanon, Holland, France and Spain for the festival that is over eight months away and culminates with the famous Island Boat Party to Comino’s Blue Lagoon.
Maltese Tag Rugby officials also took the announcement opportunity to confirm they are in discussions for a Maltese team to enter the Tag Rugby World Cup to be held in New Zealand in December 2012.
INFORMATION PACKAGES NOW AVAILABLE
Thursday 1 December 2011
Interested players and team officials are now able to receive more information about the second edition of the Malta International Tag Rugby Festival in 2012.
2013 MALTA INTERNATIONAL TAG RUGBY FESTIVAL