Three pitches were lined out due to the increase in teams upon last year. This rise in team numbers will undoubtedly continue in 2015 given the enthusiastic feedback throughout the day.
With three tables of teams finishing up their games mid-afternoon, everyone was in the running for silverware and the semi-finals went as follows:-
Citi Sharks 6 The Others 5
Coleraine RFC 6 Mighty 2's 12
Ulster Wizards 4 Tag My Beach Up 4
(Ulster Wizards won 5-4 in extra-time)
CCRCB 1 The Leagles 4
Friesian Taggers 15 Bee Taggers 1
The Mexicans 8 Bee Tiggers 0
Citi Sharks 9 Mighty 2's 2
Leagles 4 v Ulster Wizards 4
(Ulster Wizards won 5-4 in extra-time...AGAIN!)
The Mexicans 3 Friesian Taggers 10
Teams later met up at The Anchor in Portstewart for some gratefully received food. Trophy presentations took place there at half-time of the Argentina v Ireland test which was shown live and then the DJ took over making sure everyone present enjoyed a great evening.
As always, many many thanks to our refs, Neil R, Neil M, Stevie and Davey, Apres-Tag hosts The Anchor, the wonderful National Trust (www.facebook.com/PortstewartNT), Claire McAteer and of course to each every tag player who made it such a special day. We cannot wait until next year's event which will prove even bigger and better.
Teams eager to give beach tag a try have one more chance this Summer to do so with the venue being Strandhill in Co.Sligo, another firm favourite. Registrations are live online at www.irfutag.ie with places available subject to availability. Deadline for teams sign up approaches, so please do not leave it too late! for more details see Beach Tag section of the tag website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.