Plymouth Primary Tag Rugby Festival

Wednesday 20th May 2015

It was an early start for the organisers who started setting up at 7:30am, after a training session with the young referees the night before. With over 450 children arriving, there was lots to do.

For the last few years this tournament, run in conjunction with Devon and Cornwall Police, has been held at Marjons, however this year Plymouth Albion very kindly hosted. The children were incredibly fortunate to be allowed to play on the main pitch, who knows if in a few years some of them may play on it again as Albion players?

There were eight different pools on eight pitches, with 6 teams in each pool. Each team played all of the others and were awarded 5 points for a win, 3 points for a draw and 1 point for a loss. After all of the pool matches were played, the top two teams from each pool went through to Main Cup Competition, the third and fourth placed teams into the Shield Competition and the fifth and sixth placed teams into the Plate Competition.

 

A - High View, Old Priory Otters, Leigham Lions, King’s

B – Old Priory Panthers, Leigham Lemurs, St Peter’s RC, Beechwood, Manadon Vale, Riverside

C – Goosewell, Salisbury Road, Oakwood, Victoria Road, Keyham Barton, Hooe

D – Widey Court Cats, Boringdon, St Paul’s RC, Bickleigh Down, St. Budeaux, Elburton

E – Widey Court Cubs, St. George’s, Yealmpstone Farm, Dunstone, St. Andrew’s, Hyde Park

F – Whitleigh, Eggbuckland Vale, Compton Buffalos, St. Joseph’s RC, Lipson Vale

G – Compton Cougars, Laira Green, Woodfield, Austin Farm, Pomphlett, Cathedral St. Mary’s

H – Compton Aardvarks, Tor Bridge, Holy Cross, Drake, Ernesettle, Mary Dean’s

 

After lunch the competition became a knockout. Every team played in the second round and then the winners progressed to the quarter-finals, semi-finals and then finals.

 

Main Cup Winners – Compton Buffalo’s

Shield Winners – Holy Cross

Plate Winners – Lipson Vale

 

A huge congratulations to all of the teams who took part and made it such a competitive tournament. There were some extremely close games, but every game was played in good spirit with excellent team work, respect and fair play demonstrated by the young players. Unbeknown to them, every team was scored on their behaviour in each game, and at the end Old Priory Panthers came out as the winners of the Fair Play Award. They were chosen not only for their consistent good behaviour but showed great calmness and respect when adults caused a dispute, not an easy thing for any child to do.

 

More thanks are due to:

  • Hele’s and St. Boniface’s young leaders who referred, scored and did all sorts of jobs all day. We received so many good comments and emails about these leaders from teachers and parents praising them, so a huge congratulations to all who volunteered.

 

  • Plymouth University Sports Therapist students, who provided excellent pitchside first aid all day

 

  • volunteers from Devon and Cornwall Police who referred, scored, manned the results desks and provided support to anyone who needed it. 

 

The purpose of the tournament was to raise money for Child Victims of Crime, the national charity of the police force in the UK. Many teams donated far more than the suggested £25 per team and some very generous parents added their own contributions so thank you to everyone who don

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