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Beach rugby fun at Lusty

By Beth Perry 6th September 2017

Beach rugby fun at Lusty
Tag rugby action at Lusty Glaze.

LUSTY Glaze Beach was filled with crowds of people for the annual tag rugby tournament which saw more than 60 teams competing over the sunny Bank Holiday.

The organisers of the competition have said this year’s event has arguably been their most successful ever with a packed out, three-day Bank Holiday beach rugby tournament and closing party bonanza.

In total, 62 teams took part in this year’s competition, all booked up in advance of the Bank Holiday weekend.

Many teams also brought hordes of cheering fans down to the beach with them, with supporters coming from as far away as Wales and Berkshire to join the fun. The tournament kicked off on the Friday with a family-focused warm up day for children and youth teams, before the competition and the banter stepped up a notch on the Saturday and Sunday.
With four trophies up for grabs – The Shield, The Bowl, The Plate and The Cup – competition was fierce.

After some nail-biting moments, The Shield was taken by TBC/Jason Ross, The Bowl by The Allsorts and The Plate by the Bishops. The Heat, a local team led by Lee Woodhatch, took home The Cup after being crowned champions of the Saturday/Sunday tournament, having beaten rivals the Newbury Blues in the final.

Mr Woodhatch said: “We’re absolutely ecstatic to win! This has been the best final and the best competition ever. We thought we’d lost but we brought it back. Well done to the Newbury Blues for an incredible game.”

The teams were presented with their awards at Sunday evening’s closing party, before a spectacular fireworks display lit up the beach. Local band SkintightFunk then took to the stage, with everybody up and dancing into the night.

The tournament is dedicated to the memory of Dominic Swanson, a budding rugby player from Newquay who tragically passed away in an accident in 2000. Before the final on Sunday, one minute’s silence was held in his honour.

All of the medals and trophies awarded to the winners were donated by Ruth Swanson, Dominic’s mother.

Lusty Glaze Beach’s owner, Tracey Griffiths, said: “The weekend is one of the most special events of the year and one that is particularly close to my heart.”

“It is so brilliant to see the beach light up with so much laughter and fun – a big thank you to all of the good sports who took part. Roll on next year!”

Events manager Robin Parris said: “This has been a fantastic summer for us with lots of firsts – being crowned Beach of the Year 2017, holding a sell-out gig from chart-toppers Razorlight and pushing new boundaries with our music line-up. To see an event that we hold every year continue to do so well proves just how awesome it is. Thank you to all who took part and made it so much fun!”

By Beth Perry 6th September 2017

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