VIDEO: 254th ABG Claims TAG Table Tennis


Guam – After waiting for more than a day, the 254th Air Base Group team outplayed the GE-2 team to capture the 2012 The Adjutant General (TAG) Cup series Table Tennis tournament last night at the Dededo Sports Complex.


254th ABG had to wait for more than a day, however, to find out whom they were going to play in the overall championships of the two-day event.  

There were six teams competing for the Army Guard championship and their elimination matches could not be completed on Tuesday. Yesterday, four Army Guard teams still had to duke it out. GUARNG Element-2 and BN-2 ended up the last two teams to play for the Army bragging rights. 

GE-2 won the first three of their five matches, giving them the Army Guard championship and the right to represent in the overall contest.

254th ABG, however, wasted no time and won its first three matches, under a best of five set format for each match. Only two of the matches went to four sets, as the Airmen outplayed the Soldiers.

Ten teams clashed through one-on-one matches Tuesday night at the Dededo Sports Complex at the start of the two-day competition. 

The matches were split into two groups – one for Army Guard teams and the other for Air Guard teams. Entered were four teams from the Air Guard, while six teams from the Army Guard competed among each other. Each team was composed of 5 players, including a required one female player.

Major General Benny Paulino thanked the Guam Table Tennis Federation for providing the equipment, space and personnel who officiated the matches, and the Dededo Sports Complex for supporting the two-night event.

The TAG Cup is an opportunity for members of the Guam Guard and their families to participate in sports events that aim to foster camaraderie and promote positive competition among units, as well as promote continuing physical fitness that is so important to the readiness of the Guard force. It is also part of the Guam National Guard’s celebration this year of its 31st anniversary. 

This year’s TAG Cup is comprised of 14 events that include Bowling, Table Tennis, Billiards, Softball, Golf, Fishing, Marksmanship, a Talent Show, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Cooking, the GUNG Annual 5K Run and the Toughest Responder Competition. The Adjutant General is the official title of the Guam National Guard Commanding General, Army Maj. Gen. Benny M. Paulino. 

A one-night bowling competition was held on Jan. 23, which was won by a Guam Army Guard team, IBU-1 (composed of Soldiers from the Medical Detachment and 94th Civil Support Team).  Second place went to another GUARNG team, BN-2 (made up of Soldiers from Charlie Company, 1-294th Infantry Regiment). 

Major subordinate elements in the Army and Air Guard selected and fielded teams composed of Soldiers, Airmen, family members, civilian employees and retirees from their units.  The teams accumulate points for wins and placements in each of the 14 events in the TAG Cup series. The overall winner is announced and awarded the TAG cup, and the bragging rights that come with it, during the Guam Guard’s anniversary celebration in July.

The events are spread throughout a seven-month period between January and July. Sporting event championships are scheduled to be held sometime in mid July. 

Information from a press release.