More than 100 schoolchildren compete in TAG rugby festival

By Lottie Welch

1st Apr 2022 | Local Sport

Ten Schools - 120 children - from the area competed in the West Dorset Junior Schools TAG Rugby Festival at Bridport Rugby Club.

Supported by Morrisons Community Chest, with a free burger for each young player, every team played each other.

The rules are very specific in stating that of the squad of 12, there must be two girls competing on the pitch at all times, and my, could those girls run. Athletics coaches should have been present. The Bridport rugby coaches refereeing were hard pressed to keep up.

With two points for a win, one for a draw, the results table ebbed and flowed, but level on points, the final match was the decider, between St Catherine's and Marshwood.

In a nail biting final, St Catherine's won the day, its fourth consecutive win of the competition. Ryan Hobby, West Dorset schools sports officer, who had been instrumental in organising the event, asked Bridport Rugby Club president Peter Brooke to present the inscribed medals to the runners-up and winners.

Since the event, a number of children have joined Bridport, and the competition will in future be held in October.

Teachers, best get training if you want to dislodge St Catherine's crown.


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