Under 14 Tag Rugby county champions

November 7, 2018

Team:  Back   Billy Clancy, Jack Cuddihy, Sean Ryan, Aongus McDonald, Eva Fitzgerald, Eimear Boland, Leanne Murphy , Eamon Murphy.

Front    Robert Barton, Tom Hayden, Fergal Keane, Inis Noonan, Aine Ryan.

For those of you who are not familiar with Tag rugby, it is a game of non contact rugby where possession of the ball is won by pulling tags from the waist of opposing players. When a team looses six tags, possession is handed over to the other team. Tries are the only score and the ball has to be carried forward not kicked. It’s a game which requires fast hands and the speed to run with the ball while dodging opponents so as not to loose your tags. When the opposing team has the ball its all about the ability to pull tags from opponents to regain possession. For the community games competition, teams are seven aside selected from a panel of twelve. But there must be a minimum of two girls on the field of play at all times.

Having won the under 14 county finals last year the boys and girls of Drangan and Cloneen were all out to retain their titles. This year 5 teams Cashel, Carrick, Fethard, Silvermines and Drangan and Cloneen competed to see who would represent Tipperary in the munster finals to take place in Limerick on the 5th June. A bye in the first round put our lads straight into a semi-final against Silvermines. After a close game our boys and girls won by a single try which put them into the final against Cashel who had defeated Carrick in their semi-final. The first half of the final saw Cashel take the lead and led at halftime. In the second -half the boys and girls of Drangan and Cloneen fought back bravely and got back in the lead but unfortunately Cashel got a try to level the game in the dying minutes. Extra time had to be played and after another thrilling 10 minute of play it was Drangan and Cloneen who won and now go forward to represent Tipperary in the Munster finals in June. This is the third year in succession that we will be representing Tipperary in the Munster finals and huge credit must go to their coaches Billy Clancy and Eamon Murphy.They now prepare for the Munster finals which will be held in UL limerick on June 5th and lets hope they can go one step further than last year and bring home a Munster title.