On Wednesday 9th July the Bath Rugby Community Team ran a Teacher Tag Rugby Festival at Walcot RFC as part of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme.
With over 80 teachers from 10 schools hailing from Bath, Trowbridge, Radstock and Midsomer Norton attending, this 'friendly' festival was sure to be a competitive affair as they all vied for the trophy and the honour of being Bath Rugby Teacher Tag Rugby Champions 2014!
The games started at a frenzy as some teams had clearly misinterpreted the rules about which way to run and pass - and the fact it wasn't the 'contact' version of rugby! With two pools of five teams, the pressure to top the group and go into the final was too much for some to handle as mistakes crept in at crucial moments.
After 90 minutes of non-stop action, Beechen Cliff Bath and Welton Primary Radstock topped their respective pools. The final proved to be a thriller with end-to-end action and with time up on the clock the score stood at three tries apiece. Referee Jack Howden checked the rule book and instructed the teams there would be 'Golden Time'. Now the pressure was really on with both teams passing up opportunities to win it, with 1min 40secs of 'Golden Time' played it was Welton Primary who got the ball over the line to seal an incredible victory and spark huge celebrations that went on long into the evening!
Joanne Randall, Deputy Head at Welton Primary, said: "This memorable event was full of fun, laughter and a chance to play Tag Rugby with colleagues and friends. It was great to see the players giving it their all, whilst us spectators cheered and whooped from the sideline! Thanks go to Bath Rugby for providing such a well-organised and exciting tournament! The support they give to schools is exceptional and so many of our pupils benefit from everything that they do - Bath Rugby at its best. The trophy stands proud in our cabinet!"
The best-dressed school award had to go to St John's Primary Midsomer Norton who turned up wearing the Midsomer Norton RFC under15's kit. (They even managed to get a sneaky picture with the trophy!)
A massive Bath Rugby thank you to all the attending schools and supporters for making it such a fantastic evening; also a big shout out to Dave Parsons at Walcot RFC for all his help in organising the festival and for the use of the wonderful facilities at the club.