Games kicked off at 1pm and the beach season got underway with the very clear signal from the hooter.
Each pitch in place delivered the kind of games that were to be expected, all played with fun in mind, exemplifying the spirit of IRFU Beach Tag rugby.
The group winners went on to semi-finals for the Cup, group runners-up into semis for the Plate, third placed for the Bowl and last placed for the Spoon.
Final placings after the Group Stages were as follows :-
Keep On Movin
Gwan Our Crowd
As the semis began, folks got to the sidelines and settled for some playoff action. Ciddlers Freaks and Tagnum PI emerged as victors in the Spoon competition over Sock Pirates and Becknam Cougars respectively. For the Bowl, Hornets lost out to Keep on Movin setting up a final against Scrum Virgins who beat Amateur Transplants. In the Plate semi-finals, we saw Good4U defeat G'wan Our Crowd and Fairly Lively beating Beach Buddies. And last but not least, the Cup lined up Victorious Secret having won against Screw Looseys with Tag Bandits in wait after knocking out Tag Protestors.
CUP - Victorious Secret 5-12 Tag Bandits
PLATE - Fairly Lively 6-7 Good4U
BOWL - Scrum Virgins 7-6 Keep On Movin
SPOON - Tagnum PI 7-1 Ciddlers Freaks
What a day it was but was it all over after final fulltime hooter blew? Not in the slightest. In the true tradition of IRFU Beach Tag rugby being the quintessential 'Game of Two Halves', everyone met up back at Sligo RFC where a truly great night was had by all.
Many congratulations and thanks to all the players no matter if they won a trophy or not.
A special thank you to all who helped contributed in the smooth running of this event as volunteers and referees.
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