THE ACTION has been heating up as the tag rugby season gets nearer to finals night at Foulkstown.
The chance to win some silverware will come even closer as the teams prepare to play in the semi-finals night tomorrow (Thursday) at the home of Kilkenny RFC.
Now in its sixth season the tournament, which is sponsored by Langton’s, is still attracting huge numbers every Summer with new teams joining a large number of regulars. More than 300 players across 26 teams have competed in this social tag tournament, which has taken over Foulkstown for the last seven weeks.
The semi-finals in Division One sees the ever-present O’Brien’s take on newcomers Go Hard Or Go Home, while Serbo face Victor Harper’s Terex in the second tie.
The winners of Division One semi-finals will contest the league final next Friday, with the losers playing in the plate final.
The Division Two semi-finals see Langton’s, with the ever youthful Paddy McDonald, taking on Active Club from Hotel Kilkenny, while Mugshot Cafe meet a determined Morrison’s. The Division Two Shield semi-finals will see Dave Matthews’ team Meet The Ruckers go up against Gerald Costelloe’s Tig and Tag who should be at full strength with injured players returning for the semi-final. The second semi-final is a hockey club derby between NEDs and Sons Of Pitches, with both teams having and up and down season so far.
Division Three sees the ever-youthful O’Neill Foley face off against new out Norfolk Enchants, who are led by Karen Brennan. The other Division Three league semi-final is between Macra’s Beer To The Ground and Cunning Stunts, who are captained by Brona Kelly.
The Division Three Shield semi-finals should be the games of the night with High Flyers, captained by John Harper taking on an improved The Young And The Rest Of Us, who are coached by Kilkenny Ladies rugby player Madeleine Carroll. The winners of these matches take on either Artful Dodgers from the Musical Society or Ruckin Good, who are led by the injured Killian Everard.
The winners of Division Two and Three semi-finals will also go into league finals, while the losers will play in the Plate final. The winners of the Shield semi-finals progress to the Shield final, with runners-up facing off for the Bowl final.
There are a number of Division Four matches this week, all of which will decide who plays in the League, Plate and Shield finals. Darren Brennan’s Core , along with Glanbia’s No Woman No Try, Dizzie Rascals from Macra, State Streets Kiss My Pass, and Bank Of Irelands Tag It Like Its Hot compete with The Pembroke Hotel for the honours in this grade.
The first group of matches down for decision tomorrow (Thursday, tip-off 6.50pm) are: Langton’s v Active Club, Morrison’s v Mugshot, NEDs v Sons of Pitches, Meet the Ruckers v Tig & Tag, O’Neill Foley v Norfolk Enchants, Beer to the Ground v Cunning Stunts.
The second round of matches, tip-off 7.40pm are: Go Hard or Go Home v Serbo, O’Brien v Terex, Dizzie Rascals v Core, No Woman No Try v Kiss My Pass, High Flyers v The Young & The Rest Of Us, Artful Dodgers v Ruckin Good, Tag It Like It’s Hot v Team Pembroke.
Matches will play to a finish. Drawn matches will have extra-time, with the next score winning.
Finals night will be held in Foulkstown on Friday, July 13. Matches will have earlier start times of 6.30 and 7.15pm.
Following the finals, there will be a prize-giving ceremony in the Set Theatre. There will also be prizes for the best referee of the tournament, as well as honours for the best male and female players of tournament. There will be spot prizes also for players or teams who are nominated by team-mates for any funny or unusual stories. Nominations can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.