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Southern Nomads RUFC win RNLI All-island Beach Tug of War for a second time

Lifeboats News Release

This year’s RNLI All-island Beach Tug of War Trophy took place last Sunday (15th May), at Chapel Beach, Port St Mary, where 16 teams battled hard to compete for the coveted trophy.

David Hill

The trophy being presented to Southern Nomads RUFC by the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man, Lieutenant General Sir John Lorimer

The event was opened at 2:30pm by The Hon Laurence Skelly MLC, President of Tynwald, and whilst the teams competed in the group stages the spectators enjoyed the variety of stalls, food and drinks on display on the lower promenade, and children took part in a treasure trail and sandcastle competition.

In addition to the tournament the crowd were kept informed of the day’s events by compère Chris Williams, and prior to the final taking place the Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drums gave a performance.

Southern Nomads road to victory was a hard fought one this year, and after topping their group stage, they went on to win against Swagelok in the semi-final, and then had to pull hard in the final against the volunteer RNLI crew of Port Erin Lifeboat, eventually going onto to beat them 2-0. The trophy was presented to Southern Nomads RUFC by the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man, Lieutenant General Sir John Lorimer.

Also in attendance was Lady Lorimer who judged the children’s sandcastle competition. The winning sandcastle was built by Constance and Edward Jones from Port St Mary primary school, who were then presented with a voucher from Davison’s Ice Cream.

Who can take the trophy away from them at next year’s event on Sunday 14th May 2023?

Sarah Jones

Lady Lorimer with sandcastle competition winners Constance and Edward Jones

David Scott

Southern Nomads RUFC pulling against Port Erin RNLI in the final

Laurence Skelly

The RNLI All-island Beach Tug of War taking place on Chapel Beach, Port St Mary

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