Last Wednesday was the opening night with close to 60 teenagers from Celbridge, Leixlip, Maynooth, Lucan and Ballyfermot taking part…

Temperatures in the mid 20’s and long sunny evenings mean tag rugby season is back in NUIM Barnhall. Off the pitch the barbeque was lit and the tunes were playing over the PA system whilst on the pitch the matches were fast and fun. There was a great blend of experienced players and players new to the game. Some had never played any form of rugby before!

Tag Rugby is a non-contact form of rugby and is played in teams of seven players. There must be a minimum of three girls per team although there may be more.  The emphases are on passing, teamwork and running into space. Girls are awarded three points per try whilst boys are awarded one point per try.

On pitch one Kayleigh Nolan and Shauna Kelly from St. Dominic’s Secondary school were on fire making some great runs and passing well whilst Hollie Leach from Celbridge, Lorna Hallinan from Leixlip and Alison McMurray from Lucan all shone as stars of the future. Jamie Burke and Max Saunders showed their experience with some skillful play setting up scores for their less experienced team mates as well as scoring a few try’s themselves.

Tag for Teens is open to boys and girls aged from 13 years old to 17 and will be running in the club for the next five weeks. All are welcome and it is a game suitable for all levels of fitness and skill. Newcomers are always welcome to NUIM Barnhall and there was an abundance of coaches and volunteers on hand to help the new players learn the essential skills of passing, receiving and running into space.
 
If you are interested in playing tag rugby you can contact us at info@nuimbarnhall.com  or just turn up on the night at 7pm in Barnhall. The games will be fast and fun; the barbeque will be perfect for the post match munchies and a good night is guaranteed for all.
 
Entry is only €;2 and you get a free Burger and soft drink to replenish your tired body.