Roughyeds Cup 2016
04th April 2016, 14:08
Saturday 2nd of April saw a great days Rugby League at Oldhams Whitebank Stadium. As the First Roughyed Cup was staged as a fundraiser for Oldham RLFC, organised by Oldham RL and Urban Angels; Graham Hibbert and Danielle Hadfield. The competition along with the accompanying fair raised much need cash for the Oldham RL community.
Played under the rules of EuroTag (tag the ball) Rugby League, a game developed by the RLI as a coaching tool but now widely in use a a social competition game around Europe, the competition attracted a high calibre of Rugby League player; Super League and International Stars with a combined 1000+ appearances in top flight Rugby League, such as Paul Johnson, Darrell Goulding, Paul Highton, Damian Munro, Des Foy, Mick Farrell and Chris Tuson to name but a few.
Wigan were the best team on the day narrowly defeating Oldham Juniors in the deciding game. Wigan playmaker Jon Farrell said "It was great to be able to play with such a huge mix of players and i think everyone enjoyed their game time, EuroTag is a great concept as it allows everyone a chance to get involved in days like this, and stays true to Rugby League rules and culture"
The RLI team which consisted of players from five RLI club sides did well against the challenge, most notably earning a draw with eventual champions Wigan. Coach Des Foy said "It's a great development tool for us and these competitions mean we can get players with limited experience playing against and learning from the best Super League and top class amateur players . They can bring this Rugby League culture back to Ireland with them to their clubs."
Manchester Canalsiders added their usual brand of hard work and determination to the contest scoring some well worked tries whilst Oldham Juniors played with arguably the most flair on the day putting on a sensational handling display in their first outing.
The day finished with an 11-aside Ireland Vs Cup Allstars match, the first of its kind. Ireland running out winners 3 Tries to 1 with West Dublin Bears debutant Jake Fitzgerald claiming the best try of the match.
There were a number of great individual footballing performances throughout the day, however the competition committee agreed that "Man of the Tournament" was undoubtedly referee Gavin Laing, Gavin recently moved from Sydney took on the concept and officiated in the spirit of the game, he also donned the green and put in a solid and skillful stint for the Irish Team.
All Eyes now move to Lodz, Poland where May 14th will see a European Cup of EuroTag RL with accompanying touch and 9's competition.
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