Anglet Beach Rugby 2009

July 27, 2009

The morning of the big day

Originally uploaded by Wertster

The Leeds Winoes travelled to the amazing coastal venue of Anglet near Biarritz in the South of France this weekend to take part in one of the best beach-rugby events of the year. After an amazing effort we made it through to the second round before crashing out and retreating to the beer tent. What an unforgettable experience and what an amazingly well organised event. Can’t wait for next year.


Bridlington Beach Rugby 2009

June 30, 2009

Post tournament Winoes

Originally uploaded by Wertster

Our veteran team of ex-ex players, affectionately known as the Leeds Winoes, made another showing at the Brid beach-tag tournament on the 27th June. We made a close 3rd place behind West Leeds (2nd) and Bridlington-A (1st) in a great competition. Next stop is our first ‘international’ in Biarritz, France on the 25th July when we take on the best of the European circuit. Might have recovered by then.

The Mean Machine on tour…

June 19, 2008

The Mean Machine on tour…

Originally uploaded by Wertster

We entered our first beach-touch-rugby tournament last weekend in Bridlington. Took some time to adapt to the tag-rules variant but made it into the semi-finals before running out of legs. Very respectable and a good day had by all :-).

We adopted the team name ‘The Leeds Winoes’ as a subtle play on ‘The Leeds Rhinos’ super league team. That is now our official brand…

More action here at the Leeds Winoes photo log.

Summer Beach Rugby…

January 10, 2008

A rare log entry about R&R. My days of full contact rugby were ended after a pair of serious injuries about 10 years ago. I’ve since attempted to get back into the game but just can’t get motivated enough simply because it now takes longer than a week for me to recover from each game…yes I’m getting old. That aint good when you’ve gotta play each week. So gradually I became deskbound and my active/potato ratio began to take a turn for the worst. Recently my brothers and a group of friends came up with a master stroke. We’d play informal touch-rugby as a means of getting fit without getting broken. It started small – and grew, and now we’re turning out weekly with an extended squad of about 20 guys. If you enjoy rugby as we do, but can no longer commit to the required level to compete in full-contact, then touch-rugby is an excellent way of getting a fix and is a fast, skillful, addictive game too.

The beauty of this plan is that now that our standard is improving we’ve broadened our horizons, and are now heading to the South of France to compete in a sponsored tournament circuit. Combining this with a family weekend in the sun – excellent. I never would have thought is – competitive touch-n-pass rugby on a beach in the sun with no physical risk to life and limb.


This link provides a taster

and so does this