Networking and SEX!
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BNI Tag Rugby, 25th September, 2010
The Grosvenor Chapter togged out for the annual BNI Tag Rugby Tournament on 25th September last. A first for the Chapter, 8 of our finest took part - each team comprising of 6 players, one of which had to be a woman, played 3 10 minute games.
Excitement for this event began well before the first ball was kicked with about 700 emails sent around in the lead up. However, injuries robbed the Chapter of two of the greatest – John Cullen sprained his ankle after falling from an ironing board while Paula Flanagan did her back in the night before. However their mentorship from the side-lines proved invaluable support.
The pre-match warm up went very well – Ronan Purcell easily justified his selection with a great show of stretching, balancing on one leg and pulling up his ankle with one hand while skilfully holding a lighted cigarette in the other hand. A must buy DVD for Christmas.
Lack of experience was the main concern of the gathered few, however all fears were allayed with the late arrival of Stephen Brown wearing his Irish international rugby jersey. He also was brave enough to bring his wife and kids along which assured the rest of the team that he was unlikely to make a fool of himself.
The referee, a nice chap with great patience, took considerable time to explain the rules to the Gruesome Grosvenors. His mantra being “no contact, no line-outs and no scrums” Grosvenor kicked off the first game.
With the opposition running at full speed it became very clear that Ronan Purcell, who later admitted he’d been on a diet of pints and chips for the tournament, had heard “full contact and full tackle” as with his head down and shoulder forward he sent all ball carriers to their back-sides. Ronan thought the tags were for medical use. The first game ended in a thrashing. It was obvious that the best dressed team lacked cohesion, tactics and skill. Ian Meagan ran his legs off (for 2 minutes), living in Blackrock being the closest he is to rugby tradition.
During the second game, the Gruesome Grosvenors got their act together with some superb running by Stephen Brown and try scoring. Stuck in the back row, Dave Shipsey was a tower of strength. Martina Kenny, later awarded man of the tournament, made some key intercepts which resulted in a very narrow defeat.
In the final game, the Grosvenor slow burners finally got going with a great display. Brian Colgan’s youthful running and Fintan Keenan’s slithering in for a brace of tries resulted in a well deserved victory and sent everyone off to the after match bar-b-que. Barry Walshe and Eva Acton took time off to act as cheerleaders.
Well done to all and roll on next year!