Photos: Orkney Photographic
Two hundred children gathered last Friday for the primary schools tag festival with good weather present and firm underfoot conditions the stage was set for some fast action packed tag rugby. Schools that were taking part were; Dounby, Stenness, Orphir, Evie, Firth, Hope, Burray and St. Andrews taking part. Five pitches were being used to give the opportunity for all twenty five teams to play competitive matches again each other.
With all the isles schools having had their successful festival on the 17th May the mainland players were keen to show off their skills and did not disappoint with structured team defences, strong attacking play and much improved running onto the ball and support play which was a work on area within curriculum time tag rugby in the schools.
It is evident that from the schools continued efforts and involvement in the Community Rugby Project the standard of play continues to increase as well as the understanding of the game. There is also a broad appreciation from all event helpers that all players are fully involved and the girl’s tactical awareness is generally better than the boys showing evidence of utilising the space and ball skills.
Rugby Development Officer Bruce Ruthven stated;
“This has been a terrific day with the referees and pitch managers speaking positively of the games on display. The players have worked hard at their sessions with myself and Liam and continue to improve and enjoy their rugby. I would like to thank the players, teachers, parent helpers and the ORFC assistants and Chris Sharpe (Medic) for their time which is fundamental to the success of the festivals.
Neil McIntosh St. Andrews teacher commented;
Some feedback from pupils was;
"We have loved every session that you have done with us. We really appreciate you giving up your time to teach us tag rugby. You have taught us lots of skills through the years. We would like also to thank Liam for giving his time to help our tag rugby development".
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