The thirty eight teams in the festival were split into groups of five giving us eight groups with two mixed teams to make up the numbers. The games were mainly for enjoyment and to develop rugby skills and teamwork.
The tournament was slightly different however as it had four teams in each of the four groups which gave us a great contest in the competition. The top team of each group went into a group of four themselves to see who would come out on top.
In the top group there were two Stromness teams and two St Andrews teams but it was St Andrews who came out on top at the end of the day with Stromness coming 2nd.
“Well done and thanks to you and all those helpers from the club and beyond who came and made this another fantastic success. One of the things I've failed to mention in the past is the improvement in the skills of the young referees who are there to help and encourage the youngsters throughout their day and ensure they are not only aware of the rules but are respected and comfortable in the games they play. Well done to those young folk!”
“From the pupils perspective it was another huge success. Pupils from all over the islands came together to enjoy and appreciate the game of tag and play at such a high level. The standard of play from everyone today was truly fantastic. Great skills and awareness of each other as well as control, support and gamesmanship were very noticeable today.”
Our pupils have these quotes for you:
"It was another fun and enjoyable experience. We enjoyed the competitive league and can't wait to do it again!" Freya and Gavin
"We thought the competitive league was fun and challenging. We through it was really well organised and the ref's weren't mean and everyone played fairly!" Keith, Senga and Jack
"The rugby was really good fun and we tried our best!" Ryan, Amy T and Archie
"It was wet at times but great fun. Today was the best and I wish we could do it everyday!" Owen and Jenna
"We really enjoyed the festival and we are really excited for next week’s tag session". Amy B, Leah and Faith
"Really enjoyed it. Best one yet!" Murray, Zoe and Emily
“It’s been a fantastic start to the school year with today’s tag festival and tournament.
The tournament was an added feature to the day which worked out really well and gave the schools an opportunity to play in slightly more competitive games.
The standard of play throughout the day was a real credit to the children and once again the bar has been raised in respect to the players continued development.
A big thank you must go to the volunteers who did a great job throughout the day and also to CashBack for Communities for their assistance towards schools travelling expenses.
The next Festival is scheduled for Friday 2nd of May. Myself and Mark look forward to seeing you around the schools or at your local mini section.”