The third edition of the Ibiza Beach Rugby Festival took place on May 3rd on S´Arenal beach in San Antonio, organised by Ibiza Sports Tours and Ibiza Club de Rugby with the help of San Antonio council. Five teams took part: two from England, Tabard RFC from Hertfordshire and Carrington RUFC from Manchester, Aniak consisted of ex-players who are playing in Barcelona/Madrid and a few up-and-coming players from the youth side of Ibiza Club de Rugby and the other two teams were made up of current players from the Ibiza club, the Spartans and Highlanders.

Teams had five players playing, plus seven rolling subs. Each of the teams played each other in a round robin tournament (four games each), scoring 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw.
Aniak won and were awarded with a trophy. The results were as follows:

Aniak – 7 pts
Spartans – 6 pts
Highlanders – 5 pts
Tabard RFC – 2 pts
Carrington RUFC – 0 pts

The Bartolo Planells Trophy for the Best Player went to Bienve Calvin from Spartans Ibiza.

There was a beach tag schools competition before the senior competition, between Cervantes, Vara de Rey, Can Coix, Guillem de Sant Antoni Montgrí and CP and the Sargantanas (the Ibiza Rugby Club’s under 8-9s age group). Can Coix were the winners in the three categories.

Under 8-9’s
1st – Can Coix
2nd – Ibiza Sargantanas
3rd – Sant Antoni

Under 10’s
1st – Can Coix
2nd – Cervantes
3rd – Vara de Rey

Under 11’s
1st – Can Coix
2nd – Cervantes
3rd – Vara de Rey

Next year the tournament will be on Saturday May 9th. There will free limited spaces for ladies teams and veteran teams who enter, hopefully bringing around 150 people to the island.
From a spectator’s point of view, it was a fun day out, sitting in the sun on the beach watching the games, accompanied in true Ibizan style: DJs playing music and cold drinks on hand from the local bars.
Put the date in your diary for next year now! Find out more on their website.