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***Major News: The #Blackheath #TagRugby League commenced Saturday January 11th on Blackheath.
The undisputed champions are ‘Blackheath Taggers’ who won last season.
If you are interested in joining this award winning fun tag rugby league you can do so by following this link. Individual sign ups ONLY open (Teams Closed)
Pictures from last season’s final HERE
PLEASE BE THERE 30-40MINS BEFORE KICK OFF FOR VITAL WARM UPS AND TEAM PREP
NEW SEASON STARTED TUESDAY NOVEMBER 19TH ENDS FEB 4TH
Every year the Royal Arsenal Tag Rugby club organise a final get together in the form of a good night out. This year slightly different the plan was a good day and a somewhat good night(out) for those who could handle the pace. It took place on Saturday 7th December this year with the 12 pubs of Christmas a Santa themed pub crawl with bells and whistles, through the highs and lows of the east end covering Hoxton and Dalston.
An intrepid group of Santa’s set off from the Arsenal with a warm up hot bevy in hand a bit behind schedule, probably something to do with the partying from the night before. Proceedings kicked off with charades on the DLR, but this was soon abandoned with the enactment of ‘Free Willy’ ruled out of order as there were kids in the carriage. The overground to Cambridge Heath nearly turned into a disaster. A combination of a carriage rammed with football supporters and not paying attention meant we had to wedge the doors open to get everyone off before the train pulled out. It was a close shave but we made it.
So on to the first Pub the Virgin Queen in Hoxton. A nice little homely boozer, where some more of the regular costume themed tag crew were lying in wait. Here the rules of the pub crawl were explained. A drink in every pub, a tangerine to be carried at all times and produced on demand, and a different rule in each pub. Among these, no eye contact, no talking, get a selfie with a stranger, someone else has to hold your drink when drinking, call the barman Guinness when ordering and if he serves a Guinness you’ve got to neck it. Break any of the rules and you’ve got to neck a drink or suffer a forfeit. Again, there were a selection of these like walking backwards to the next pub, sitting by yourself, drinking from the opposite side of the glass. you get the picture basically it was designed to turn into unadulterated carnage and only the brave, those with a strong constitution, or mates prepared to carry them, were likely to make it to pub 12 the Railway Tavern in Dalston.
Onto pub 2 and given that by now we were somewhere around 30 handed our arrival put a bit of pressure on the bar staff. Forgetting the no phones rule, I had to throw back a shot and already the pressure was on. Pubs 3 & 4 involved a meander through Broadway market, busy at the best of times on a Saturday but we managed to squeeze into the two chosen haunts which included the Cat and Mutton a well-known Gastro Pub. Only problem – food was forbidden unless you could grab it on the hoof, which the smart money did from the food stalls along the market.
A number of pubs then around London Fields with the rules being rigorously enforced and more and more shots being piled on top of an already hefty binge session meant that for some people, this lightweight included, the lights were starting to go out early. By about pub 8 my goose was truly cooked and the homing mechanism kicked in to take me back to good ole Woolwich Arsenal by way of a burrito, a double cheeseburger and a Domino’s pizza.
It was a wicked day out. Laugh a minute from start to finish and it’s hard to know how we top it for next year. It wis a pleasure to meet you all and in case you didn’t catch the name – My name’s Jacqueline……..Jacqeuline McCafferty!
RARC – New Member / Slag Player
***Major News: It has been confirmed that the next #Blackheath #TagRugby League will commence Saturday January 11th on Blackheath.
The undisputed champions are ‘Blackheath Taggers’ who won last season.
If you are interested in joining this award winning fun tag rugby league you can do so by following this link. Team and individual sign ups are currently open
Pictures from last season’s final HERE
Interested in Blackheath Tag League please let us know HERE
Another Tuesday another final for the RA tag rugby team. This time the Stratford North League final. This gives an indication how far RA has come as a club in a few short years. In the beginning our aspiration was to win the odd game. Now with the the consistency players have gained through experience and the development of the many players who have passed through the club, RA are now regularly competing in finals.
There was some consternation in the lead up to the match. While we could have sent out two men’s teams, we were struggling to reach the required quota of girls. The ever present Ann Maya was in the States and another stalwart Ellen ‘atomic boot’ Docherty was unable to make the final. Luckily our new female additions to Royal Arsenal Rugby Devi and Rachel stepped in to help fill the gap. It was a bitter cold night, although you wouldn’t know it to look at Devi who played the entire game in a vest.
The game kicked off with both teams getting a chance to probe each other’s defences, but it was RA who made the breakthrough with the first try. Always good to get that first try and no one realised at the time, but this was to prove highly significant at the end of the match. After this initial try there was a bit of a dip in performance on the part of the RA team and Taggin For It scored 5 points without reply, including two girl tries, to put some daylight between the two teams. Although the teams were evenly matched our opponents were having some success with the kick-through tactic and RA’s defence was struggling at this stage to neutralise it. They also had a distinct advantage with a very powerful girl kicker. Ellen’s absence meant RA had no response and they held an advantage on the kick off, with RA having to defend all the way back at the try line.
Part of the RA strategy on the night was to use the abundance of male players to substitute 3 players every 4 minutes and while this maintained fresh legs maybe there was a bit of disruption in terms of continuity for the players on the field.
With the realisation that the game might be running away from them, the team settled down and got back to what they do well, playing a patient ball to hand passing game and using the 6 tackles to progress the ball to the opposition try line. They managed to peg the deficit back to 1 point at half time, with the help a spectacular solo try from Alisa. Come the half time whistle we were right back in it. The team talk at half time concentrated on the fact that RA playing the better rugby in terms of breaking the line with passing and running, and if we could get on top of their kick-through tactic, the game was there for the taking.
The performance in the second half was steady with both teams pretty much cancelling each other out and scoring try for try. The pendulum did swing RA’s way, however and with 4 minutes to go we took the lead for the first time. Nothing is easy in a final, however, and our opponents stormed back with 2 tries to reclaim the lead. Things were looking extremely bleak with the opposition one up and in possession close to the RA try line with just a minute and a bit left on the clock. This team never gives up, however, and after regaining possession they managed to work their way down the field. Some slick running and a precision pass from Dan out to Luke on the wing saw the captain go over for the equalising try. With the score tied at 10 apiece it was heart in mouth time. With only seconds left, Taggin For It attempted another kick-through. it looked to be long and those of us on the sideline were blowing the ball to take it over the dead ball line. It did cross the dead ball line however, an opposition player managed to get hands on it but dropped it before it could be grounded. Immediately the final whistle with the score at 10 all.
There can’t be a tie in a final and someone has to win. In the event under official rules, the outcome was decided by the scorer of the first try. So that first try was all important in the RA team becoming the victors. Only one thing left and it was of to the pub for a night of celebrations. Tom White got the man of the match award while Ann Maya got player of the season but everyone was a hero who played their part on the night.
By Martin O’Donnell – Member/Player/Ref
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Most articles about sports, tips on becoming a better player, etc. focus on how to tackle or run lines, or out-manoeuvre the opposition. I thought it would be nice to have a look at more fundamental things that help me learn new thing in sports, before discussing the technique and speed tips. This is by no means the be-all and end-all, everyone has a different approach, but it’s just something I found useful throughout my not-so-long tag rugby career.
Despite having less experience in the tactical intricacies of tag rugby (or any form of rugby), I always try to prepare myself before each game; I am not talking about extensive stretching or running laps around the pitch, but rather, the technical aspect of my pre-game routine.
It starts at around 10.00 in the morning on the game day, after the daily update meeting at work. Like most offices, ours has one of those rooms with few sofas, a mini-fridge and those shapeless bean bags that you can sink into. I grab my moleskin notepad and a scalding hot coffee, and head to that room, hoping that everyone else is too busy having meetings at this time in the morning. Once I settle in, I start writing things down things I want to pay attention to in both defence and attack. The list usually includes moments like when to call for a kick or a switch or to remember to direct the marker when the ball has been recycled. So, it usually looks something like this:
Once the list is complete, I try to visualise each point several times, to get the picture in my head, and hopefully, in a game situation, things will work out as planned. Of course, to make these things work, you need a bit of field vision and speed, but this can help mentally put yourself in a game scenario. Where do you need to be when the opposition kicks their restart? How do I make sure the speedsters don’t outrun me? Just a bit of visual preparation goes a long way.
Moving onto the technical aspect of the game. One of my defining traits as a player is speed, and I have been lucky enough to score a few times, simply because the defenders were caught on their heels and couldn’t get there fast enough.
Once I realised that speed was pretty much the only thing I brought to the pitch in the early days, I had few conversations with sprinters at my local athletics club and got some pointers. Turns out, you can have twigs for legs like I do, and be fast, without having humongous leg muscles. Here are some tips on improving your speed:
Just a quick point about defence: in one-on-one situations, the defender should be on their toes, light-footed and be able to turn either way. Spread your arms wide, occupy as much space as possible, it is much more difficult for an attacker to get around you plus the width of your arm span, rather than when you are lunging for their tag with both hands.
I hope this helps you improve your game, and if you have any questions, give me a shout whenever you see me, I’m always happy to help out as well as learn anything from you. For now, have a good game!
Champion’s Cup – Away Game For The Club Royal Arsenal
My first time on a full size pitch and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.Before the match we warmed up as a group and got stuck into some drills which seemed suitable for all levels and abilities.
The teams were divided up fairly to offer a good mix of experienced and less experienced tag players. I really enjoyed the match!
I’ve only been playing a few weeks but I feel really encouraged and supported when learning the game and improving my skills.
ANNABELLE THORPE – NEWBIE WITH RIVER (HER PET)
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Royal Arsenal Rugby’s original Tag Zombie Run took place again in one of the UK’s splendid historic developments. Participants completed a daring 5K riverside run while being chased by blood-thirsty, running Zombies.
Saturday 26th October saw the latest in our series of 5k fun-runs on the Arsenal, the Halloween Zombie fun-run.
Registration for the event was at an all time high registering for the event. Unfortunately, the weather intervened, with an evening which reminded me of a wet weekend in Glasgow, and turnout didn’t match the numbers registered. At one point it looked like we might have more organisers than runners, but a late flurry saw a great turn out of dedicated fun runners head off on the now familiar route twice around the historic Royal Arsenal development.
Despite the weather it was a fun event with both participants and marshals sporting their zombie finest. Competitors ranged from those of an older vintage to a baby in a pram. Hats off to mum and baby who completed the run.
The winner was Daniel Brown who finished in a time of 22 mins 46 sec. Second was Anne Maya in a time of 24′ 10″, no mean feat as this was on the back of 2 tag rugby games for the Royal Arsenal tag rugby team earlier in the day.
Prizes were handed out in the Guardhouse including a prize for the best Zombie costume(Julie Brown). A huge well done to everyone who participated and a big thanks for turning out on an evening better suited to the indoors. The run was followed by a social event. This involved a trip on the clipper to Embankment with everyone in fancy dress, followed by a night of mayhem in Salsa nightclub right beside Embankment pier.
Love to tell you about it but what happens in Salsa stays in Salsa………
Contribution Editor – Martin O’Donnell
***Big Shout Out Goes To The Staff Marshaling and Especially Tanja & Lindsay in Registration!***
Keep an eye out on our Facebook pages for our next 5k which is the valentine fun run in February. REGISTER NOW FOR FREE
Remember too if you are looking to make new friends in the area, Royal Arsenal Tag rugby club is a great place to start, whether you want to play, help out or just join in the regular social events organised by NCR Sports on behalf of the Royal Arsenal Tag Rugby club.
Congrats to the First Participant to finish Daniel Brown – Time 22:46:00
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INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPANT PHOTO RESULT – TIMINGS