Guam – Ten teams clashed through one-on-one matches last night at the Dededo Sports Complex to begin the two-day table tennis competition for the Guam National Guard’s 2012 The Adjutant General (TAG) Cup series.
Over 100 participants and spectators, including fellow Guard members and families, came to play or watch the matches.
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.
The 254th Air Base Group is the Air Guard team with most wins and will be playing for the TAG CUP championship tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 2. The Army teams still have three more games to play, and maybe more if there is a tie. The Army matches will also be played on Thursday to determine who will compete with the 254th ABG for the 2012 TAG Cup Table Tennis Championship.
The Air Guard teams entered were 254th ABG, 254th SFS, 254th FSS, and 254th RHS. The Army teams included 105th Troop Command, Battalion 1, Battalion 2, GUARNG Element (GE) 1, GE-2, IBU (composed of units from the Medical Command, 94th Civil Support Team and Recruiting and Retention.
“The event was well received and well supported. The site, at the Dededo Sports Complex, was centrally located and easily accessible to the public. It was attended by up to 150 participants and spectators. The Guam Table Tennis Federation (GTTF) provided the space, tables, and equipment, and five referees and support staff to administer the elimination games. They even stayed almost an hour past the cut off time. I want to also thank the Dededo Sports Complex Manager, Mr Rudy Manglona, who was very accommodating and helpful from the get go,” said Table Tennis event co-chair Senior Master Sergeant Reuben Dalalo.
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.