Grey skies and the threat of rain certainly didn’t dampen the spirits at Olney for the annual 7s tournament.
The eighth running of the competition without doubt lived up to expectations with some keenly contested pool games followed by some enthralling encounters in the later knockout stages.
The Brakspear Open Tournament attracted teams who frequent the national 7s circuit including the 2012 winners CLIC Sargent Godfathers, Sherrards Assassins, The Seven Dwarves and the Welsh outfit Top She-Haggers. Club sides included Olney and local teams Bletchley, Northampton Mens Own and Bedford Athletic as well as National 2 sides Shelford RFC and Cambridge RFC (Blood & Sand 7s).
Olney club players could also be seen playing for The Hammerheads and a number of the social tournament teams!
Sherrards Assassins won a convincing semi-final against CLIC Sargent Godfathers to take their place in the Olney 7s Trophy final.
Their opponents Top She-Haggers had a narrow victory against Bedford Athletic in the quarter-final, winning 17-14, and again against Shelford winning by one score, 24–17, in the semi-final.
The final could have gone either way with two good early tries from the Assassins and Top She-Haggers coming back strongly in the second half.
However, Sherrards Assassins held out well to win 17–14 and lift the Olney 7s Trophy for 2014.
Olney RFC, who had had both finalists in their pool, worked their way through the knockout stages of the plate to meet The Qube (fielding a large number of ONs players) in the semi-final, winning 17– 2, and Zoti Guns 7s in the final, winning 26-22.
Ex-Olney player, Duncan Taylor (Scotland and Saracens) was on hand to present Olney with the Brakspear Bitter Plate.
The Country & Stable Social tournament displayed a good standard of rugby and proved to be just as entertaining.
Wrong Direction 7s won the Country & Stable Shield and Godfathers Cugines the President’s Bowl.
The Brakspear Bitter player of the tournament was Tommy Gray from Sherrards Assassins.
Olney 7s 2014 proved once again to be a excellent rugby day for all involved and post tournament celebrations, with a hog roast and live band, continued well into the night.
Garth Hannaford, from CLIC Sargent Godfathers who have been taking part for a number of years said: “Olney 7s provides one of the best organised tournaments and venue that they go to on the 7s circuit each year.”