March 23rd 2016, saw the annual Avara Tagfest competition take place at Luctonians. With close to 500 children in 40 sides, from 26 different schools across 3 different counties all taking part.
The quality of the rugby on the day was superb and the future looks very bright. I have no doubt that some of the players on show will go onto achieve great things. Some credit must go to the Cargill community coaches who provide tag rugby coaching in 16 of the 26 schools that entered. Many of those coaches also play in our 1st and 2nd teams at the club so it is great to see so many of them getting out there and helping bring through the next generation of superstars.
On the day the weather held out and thankfully for a change wasn’t scorching everyone! The day ran smoothly thanks to a lot of people, firstly to the 8 volunteer referees, again all of which are players within the club. Secondly a big thank you to Richard Wydenbach who once again gave up his time to run all the scoring and work out all the groups.
Onto the rugby itself! The tournament splits into 4 competitions for the knockout stages, the vase, bowl, plate and cup. The vase was won by St. Mary’s school of Credenhill. The bowl was won by Trinity primary school. The plate saw a very happy junior Bemand winning with Stoke Prior and the cup was once again won by the formidable force that is St Lawrence’s of Church Stretton.
Well done to all who took part during the day, the quality improves year on year so a big well done to all the coaches. And finally, probably most importantly, a huge thanks to Avara for the continued support in sponsoring our community coaching programme which continues to grow.