GREAT YARMOUTH HOST BEACH TOURNAMENT

Great Yarmouth hosted its third beach rugby tournament last summer. Beach Rugby is growing in the UK and is providing an opportunity for more players to get involved in the sport in a new exciting way.

The tournament took place last July on Great Yarmouth’s Central Beach. Seventeen teams from Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire competed in the tournament. The players ranged in age with the youngest participant aged just six with the oldest players being in their 50s.

The tournament was organised to appeal equally to veterans and to newcomers to the sport with a real emphasis on the taking part being what counted.

The event took the form of a touch tournament with a fine display of handling and tackle averting runs. The lack of full contact only helped to make the tournament appeal more to novices and increased the friendly feel to the tournament.

The tournament was organised by Asa Morrison, chairman of Broadland Great Yarmouth Rugby Club, in partnership with Betfair Rugby. He was incredibly satisfied with how the tournament went, praising the number of novices who took part and the wide range of people involved, with many coming with other generations of their own families.

The main tournament was won by the ‘Skegness Sharks’, with local team ‘The Billy Whizzers’ taking the plate competition, the shield was won by ‘The West Bog Trotters’ with a side from Swaffham winning the Bowl competition. The use of shield, plate and bowl tournaments ensured no one left the event too early, maintaining interest on the pitch for every team throughout the day.

The event, like many of the other Beach Rugby tournaments sprouting up around the UK and throughout Europe has proved a massive success and the future of Beach Rugby is looking bright. Every tournament reports a large amount of novices taking part and a great atmosphere enjoyed by all involved.

The tournament finished with the Sale – Worcester match on a big screen with a barbecue. The exciting match went against the latest Rugby Union betting odds, with Sale storming into an unassailable lead to win the match.

SET UP YOUR OWN BEACH RUGBY TEAM

Beach rugby is quite an interesting game to play and usually follow the same rules as that of the professional rugby football. They are played all across Europe and is most popular in Italy.

Beach Rugby is usually played casually with each casual game having its own set of rules governing the game. With the popularity of beach rugby, there are beach rugby championships that are being held across various places where they make use of a field on the beach which is nearly a fraction of the size of the total rugby field.

The size is approximately near about 30 to 35 meters long with a width of about 20 to 25 meters. There are no provisions for a goal post and this is done best with the use of lines making the in goals 3 to 7 meters deep.

The number of players in each team is also reduced in number as a result of the small space. One of the most popular tournaments that come to mind when one talks about Beach Rugby is 7’s by the sea which is an event hosted in Texas every summer.

The mode of calculation of points is usually one try one point system as there is the absence of goal posts on the field. The entire match is usually played for 10 to 15 minutes with each half being for 5-10 minutes.

During the extra time, some leagues for Beach rugby make use of the sudden death concept to obtain a winner, but this is only applicable when there is no other means left for a victory decision. The size of the ball used is of size 4 rather than size 5 which is the standard ball size used for all professional rugby matches.