North Walsham

Great day planned for Rugby 7s tournament

Just Regional
May 13, 2015 3 mins read

The annual North Walsham Rugby Sevens tournament is kicking off on Sunday, May 24th at North Walsham RFC’s Norwich Road, Scottow ground with the organisers planning to build on the success of last year’s tournament, which attracted a full compliment of 16 men’s teams and the club’s first ever ladies tournament.

Again, 16 men’s teams will be competing, with the ladies’ competition comprising six teams. Sevens and club teams from throughout the eastern counties, east Midlands and London have signed up and will be competing for the Jill Hambling Cup for the men’s competition and the George Campbell Shield for the ladies’ competition. The total prize pot this year is £2000.

According to one of the event organisers, Dan Goodrich, the form book shows that it could be a hard fought battle for honours. “With last year’s winners unavailable this year, there will be a different name on the cup in 2015. But runners up, the Sydney Knights, and a number of last year’s contenders back again, and several new teams, it will be very open indeed. It’s great to see so many teams coming to North Walsham for the first time.”

The event this year is being sponsored by timber and builders merchants, Jewson, who have branches throughout Norfolk, including in North Walsham and Wroxham. Jack Morrell of Jewson, said: “If last year is anything to go by, this will be another brilliant day of rugby sevens, which we are delighted to support. It’s great to see teams coming to Scottow from so far away, as well as a number of Norfolk clubs being represented, like Wymondham, Lakenham Hewitt, Norwich, North Walsham, Norwich Medics and Stowmarket.”

The event is a great family day out and is about more than non-stop rugby action all day, with a hog roast, a beer festival featuring 20 different beers all from Norfolk breweries, a Pimms tent, volley ball, a display of touch rugby, live music and more.

The tournament starts at 11am and runs until around 6pm. Each seven-a-side game lasts seven minutes each way, with the final 10 minutes each way. Games are played concurrently on three pitches, providing spectators with plenty see.

Dan Goodrich adds: “We are delighted that so many teams have signed up.

“Rugby sevens is all about fun and it will be a fabulous day both for players and spectators. We are also planning a world record attempt at the longest ‘boat race’ at the end of the day and very much hope that everyone will stay right up to the end to find out about it, watch – or even join in!”

North Walsham RFC is at Norwich Road, Scottow NR10 5BU. Entry to the tournament is £3 per person and car parking is free.

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