Talented young rugby players from all over Test Valley went head-to-head at the annual Andover and District Primary Schools’ TAG Rugby Tournament.
The event, run by Andover-based housing association Aster Communities, Harrow Way Community School and Andover Rugby Club, saw over 400 children from 20 local primary schools pitching their skills throughout the day in more than 130 matches.
This was the tournament’s 9th year, and is split in to two age groups: mixed Year 3&4 and mixed Year 5&6. Group stages were followed by all teams advancing into one of three competitions – Cup, Plate or Bowl, with the winners and runners-up in each competition receiving medals. All players received a certificate.
‘Testway 7s’ points are awarded to each team throughout the day for sportsmanship, courtesy, play, efforts and general behaviour of all connected with the team. School teams with the most points are awarded the Fair Play trophy. This year’s Year 3&4 Fair Play went to Kimpton, Thruxton and Fyfield CE Primary School, with Vigo Junior School winning Year 5&6. Vigo will receive a donation of Sainsbury’s Active vouchers from Aster Communities staff.
There were also prizes for ‘Player of the Group’ following the morning’s group matches. Referees noted players from each game who displayed acts or performances deserving credit; eight players each received a ball and badge.
Test Valley will be represented at this year’s Hampshire games in Aldershot later in the summer by the Year 5&6 Cup winners.
Winners’ trophies and medals were presented by Test Valley Mayor Jon Lovell, runner up medals were presented by Hampshire Constabulary’s Sgt Steve Parker.
2015 Competition honours were as follows:
Cup Winners – St John the Baptist – Runner up – Clatford
Plate winner – Vernham Dean – Runner up – Broughton
Bowl winner – Hurstbourne Tarrant – Runner up – Vigo Junior
Fair Play winner – Vigo Junior
Cup Winners – St John the Baptist – Runner up – Smannell & Enham
Plate winner – Vernham Dean – Runner up – Portway Junior
Bowl winner – Shipton Bellinger – Runner up – Anton Junior
Fair Play winner – Kimpton
Dave Kane, ASB project co-ordinator for Aster Communities, said: “The tournament has grown in popularity over the past nine years and it has become the highlight of the sporting calendar for lots of local primary schools.
“Events like this allow us to promote so many important things to young people such as health and fitness, teamwork and sportsmanlike behaviour. Everyone really got into the spirit of things and we saw some terrific rugby. We welcomed personnel from the Rugby Football Union who helped out with refereeing, as well as students from Sparsholt/Andover College who attended as part of their sports studies. Well done to everyone who took part and helped make the day such a success especially Sheryl Scott-Clark from Tesco for feeding the hungry refs.”