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Your News Westoe maintain proud tag tradition

WHEN Westoe RFC decided to pick up the pieces after the demise of the South Tyneside School Sports Partnership and maintain competitive tag rugby within the borough they could only have dreamed that their inaugural tournament would reach the high standards that were achieved recently at Wood Terrace.

With tremendous support from the clubs volunteer coaches and parent helpers, local RFU staff, Newcastle Falcons Academy, school staff and Bryan Levey, the new School Sports Co-ordinator, the first Westoe RFC Junior Section Schools Tag Tournament came alive as 150 youngsters underlined the enthusiasm for the game in the district.

With 15 teams taking part in a structure that offered Cup and Plate competitions, the programme was never less than hectic.

It was also very closely contested, with St Oswalds Team 1 winning the Plate by a single try against Harton.

The Cup, which was also a qualifying competition for this seasons RFU Tag2Twickenham tournament, was dominated by St Aloysius School from Hebburn, who had all their three entries involved at semi-final level, with Lord Blyton the only team to break the stranglehold by reaching the semis.

At that stage they were beaten by the eventual winners, St Aloysius Team 1, who went on to beat the schools No 2 side in the final to become winners of the tournament for the second successive year..

They now go forward to the Tag2Twickenham regional tournament at Maiden Castle.

The winners were presented with the Cup by England Counties and Newcastle Falcons star and ex Westoe player - James Fitzpatrick.

The aim is that this will become an annual event at the club and that schools throughout the borough will continue to support it as rugby in the community goes from strength to strength.

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