Getting down and dirty at the Olneys 7s

It was a historic weekend at Olney Rugby Club as they celebrated the 10th annual 7s tournament.

Wednesday, 29th June 2016, 12:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 7:29 pm

With more than 140 games being played, there was plenty of entertainment despite the weather conditions making it challenging for both players and fans alike.

With scenes that could easily have been Glastonbury in the mud, spirits, sportsmanship and celebrations were evident throughout the day for what is the biggest tournament of its kind the area.

The Brakspear Men Open saw Rugby Agents and Sherrards Assassins, last year’s winners, go out in two very close semi-finals.

It was Ilkley 7s who took the Olney 7s Trophy beating Coventry Nighthawks in the Final where 7s experience showed to win 19-5.

Tom Jubb of Coventry Nighthawks was named Brakspear player of the tournament.

The Stimpsons Eves Men’s Social Tournament was won by the Stinger 7s with Olney Rapscallions winnng the plate.

In the Lamorna B&B Ladies Open the Snowballs team including a number of familiar Olney faces, were awarded the Trophy after winning their final against Camp Hill 20-0.

The Girls 7s saw Buckingham win the Under 13s tournament; Newark the Under 15s; and, Esher and Cobham Swans take the Under 18 title.

Olney 7s is part of the England Rugby 24/Sevens series, and the winning Mens and Ladies teams now progress to a regional play off at Allianz Park, home of premiership rugby club Saracens, with the competition culminating in a showpiece national grand final event with 24 teams at the end of July, hosted by England Rugby.