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Rugby: Moycraig and Spa take Farmers tag rugby crown

Published 22/08/2007

After a week of tough heats throughout the province, the finals of the young farmers tag tournament took place last friday night august at ballymena rfc with spa and moycraig taking home the prizes.

Members from Young Farmers' Clubs throughout Northern Ireland displayed sheer skill throughout the week of the Association's annual Tag Rugby Tournament that is run in association with Northern Bank.

For the second year running, Ulster Branch Development Officers were heavily involved in the competition, refereeing the heats as well as the finals and they were very impressed with the level of talent displayed by both the boys and girls who competed in the tournament.

The tournament kicked off last Monday with teams from Counties Antrim and Londonderry going head to head at Ballymena Rugby Football Club.

After some excellent matches and some nail-biting action Garvagh YFC, Kilraughts YFC, Lisnamurrican YFC and Moycraig YFC were awarded a place in the Junior final.

The competition was equally as tense in the Senior section of the tournament with Garvagh YFC, Gleno Valley YFC, Holstone YFC and Moycraig YFC, being crowned as worthy winners and a place in the final.

The action moved over to Omagh Rugby Club on Tuesday night with teams from Counties Fermanagh and Tyrone battling it out for a place in the finals.

Teams from Derg Valley YFC, Seskinore YFC, Strabane YFC and Trillick YFC took to the pitch with vigour.

In the end Seskinore YFC clocked the largest number of tries in both the Junior and Senior leagues, which guaranteed the club a place in the final.

The final regional heat took place in Ballynahinch Rugby Football club for Counties Armagh and Down last Thursday.

After some very tightly contested matches Annaclone YFC, Newtownards YFC and Spa YFC won a place in the Junior Final.

In the Senior Section Annaclone YFC, Donaghadee YFC and Spa scored a place in the final of the competition.

YFCU President Adrian Cooper commented on the quality of skill displayed at the county heats of the YFCU Tag Rugby competition.

"This year we have seen a large number of teams take part in the competition and the skill displayed in the matches was excellent," said Adrian.

"The Tag Rugby tournament is a very popular competition with our members and to see them take to the pitches with such enthusiasm is fantastic.

"I would like to once again express our thanks to Northern Bank for continuing their support of the tournament and to Barry Willis and all at the IRFU Ulster Branch for all their help in organising and delivering the tournament," said Adrian.

Even though the rain didn't hold off, Friday night's finals proved to be tense affairs with some very close games in both the Junior and Senior sections.

All teams showed great determination and skill, and not put off by the weather they fought hard for their place in the finals that saw the two teams with the most tries scored getting through.

In the Junior section Spa and Seskinore battled it out for the junior winners title but it was Spa who came out on top, meanwhile over on the Senior pitch, Moycraig emerged the winners.

A great night of rugby was had by all and thanks must be extended to Ballymena RFC for hosting the final.

Belfast Telegraph

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