Morecambe beach rugby tournament a big success

Battling Dan Helme in action for the Atoms at the Morecambe tag rugby beach tournament.
Battling Dan Helme in action for the Atoms at the Morecambe tag rugby beach tournament.

The Morecambe Beach Tag Rugby tournament returned on Saturday with a record number of teams on one of the hottest days of the year so far.

Twelve teams gathered on Morecambe Beach to battle it out to be named 2013 champions.

Teams returning again were Bondys Beachtrotters, Arnside Warriors, Vikings and Baywatch, with two teams from Heysham Atoms able to come back to the event after a year out with a free weekend in their successful Domino’s North West Division One season.

New teams were entered from Lancaster Royal Grammar School Sixth Form, Scough Dogs (Myerscough College), Garstang RUFC, FGH Spartans Security, Vale of Lune Tag Ons and a group from University of Cumbria named Dogies.

The pitches were set up with 10 foot plastic rugby posts to add authenticity, with games being played competitively but added in was the perfect social element to ensure everyone enjoyed the day.

Two leagues of six teams were organised so all players were able to play as much, or as little in some cases, time they wanted.

Group A was won by Atoms A who pipped Vale of Lune Tag Ons followed by Baywatch, Scough Dogs, FGH Spartans and Dogies propping up the table.

Group B was a lot tighter with Atoms B just taking the win over LRGS, Arnside Warriors, Bondys Beachtrotters, Vikings and Garstang RUFC.

The group games provided plenty of tries and some quite impressive ‘swan dives’ which would not look out of place at Twickenham Stadium.

Each team played one more game against the respective team in the other group but all eyes were on the all Heysham Atoms Final with bragging rights were at stake.

Atoms B started the brighter and went into a 4-1 lead in the 10 minute game, refereed superbly by Roscoe Travis.

But some entertaining play by Atoms A brought it back to 4-4 with the full time whistle going so ‘Golden Try’ was asked for. Atoms A won the ball and did not make a mistake with some great support play to score the winning try and take the trophy which they also won in 2011.

RFU Community Rugby Coach, Martin Powell, who organised the whole event, said: “With more than 120 players taking part in the event it was the biggest Morecambe Beach Rugby in the three years existence, offering something a little different is a good way of getting people interested in the sport and it has shown over the three summers so far.

“I think a lot of players by the end were hoping they could play the games in the sea instead because of how hot it was.

“It was another successful event and with the interest we have gained now next year we will be looking to grow it even more with a juniors league and possibly a ladies-only league to attract even more potential players.”

To get involved in rugby in the local area contact Martin on or 07894 489 418.