Gozo is best local team in International Tag Rugby Festival
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The Gozo Rugby League entry in today’s Malta International Tag Rugby Festival saw the greens complete the tournament as the best local team, beating all its local opposition.
The Gozitans welcomed ladies player Dorianne Attard into the team and the former Malta rugby union international was named as overall player of the tournament.
However it was London based Tumeke who went undefeated in winning the third edition of the Malta International Tag Rugby Festival, stopping the Try Tag Rugby All Stars from claiming their third straight Maltese title.
Teams descended on the Qormi pitch but after leading 2-1 at the break, first time visitors to the Maltese tournament, Tumeke took out the final 4-2.
For the back-to-back reigning champions, player of the final Mike Berry did all he could to bridge the gap, including the play of the match, an effort that saw him beat everybody but the try line.
Captain Lee Parkinson and Mark Lee were strong throughout hot conditions in leading Tumeke to their maiden Maltese title.
The festival commenced after a high intensity workout exhibition was carried out by THE PIT, a sponsor of the festival along with The Nordic Bar.
Gozo RL finished as best local team, with Nordic Alligators in fourth place.
Maltese womens player Dorianne Attard, taking the field for Gozo RL, earned player of the tournament in a festival that featured players from a multitude of backgrounds including Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland and Zimbabwe as well as teams from Malta and Gozo.
Try Tag Rugby Managing Director Alistair Davis was delighted with what is quickly becoming known as the hottest tag rugby festival in Europe.
“It’s been a great weekend with a good standard of tag rugby on display and a tournament played in extremely good spirits completing what has been a very successful festival,” said Davis.
The majority of visiting players are enjoying a week-long stay taking in Malta and Gozo and a host of off-field activities that included a Three Cities tour and a boat trip to the Blue Lagoon.
Festival co-hosts Try Tag Rugby and Malta Tag Rugby closed in thanking sponsors The Nordic Bar and The Pit for their support in a successful 2013 festival.
Tag Rugby is a non-contact team sport born of Rugby League. It is also similar to Touch Rugby and has its highest participation numbers based in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Malta Tag Rugby held its inaugural festival in 2011 featuring teams from England, Scotland, France and Malta.
Malta Tag Rugby fielded a mens opens and a mixed opens team at last December’s Tag Rugby World Cup held in New Zealand achieving some positive on field results.
2013 Malta International Tag Rugby Festival winners: Tumeke 2013
Malta International Tag Rugby Festival best local team: Gozo RL
Photo by Matthew Scerri – Gozo RL’s Mario Mercieca in action in today’s Malta Internationall Tag Rugby Festivival.