600 boys play in the Suffolk Sevens at RHS
Suffolk held its annual youth sevens at the Royal Hospital School on 28 September, with two competitions at each of four age groups, on 9 pitches.
Over 600 boys in 52 teams from 12 clubs took part in a competition that encompasses the potential premiership player to the beginner. The warm sunshine brought out some spectacular rugby and the new format ensured many very close and competitive matches.
Pupils, parents and staff from the Royal Hospital School put on a barbecue throughout the day and raised a impressive £2,000 towards their forthcoming U14 and U15 cricket tour to Barbados.
Suffolk Sevens Results
- U13 Trophy Southwold 19 Colchester 15
- U13 Shield Brightlingsea 22 Bury B 20
- U13 Plate Woodbridge B 22 Woodbridge A 12
- U14 Trophy Hadleigh beat Woodbridge A
- U14 Shield Stowmarket 17 Colchester B 14
- U14 Plate – Bury B 33 Southwold 14
- U15 Trophy Colchester A 31 Woodbridge 15
- U15 Shield Hadleigh 19 Colchester B 14
- U15 Plate Woodbridge B 35 Brightlingsea 28
- U16 Trophy – Colchester A beat Hadleigh
- U16 Shield Woodbridge B 19 Colchester B 19 shared
- U16 Plate Colchester C beat Sudbury
- U16 Spoon Stowmarket 12 Colchester D 10
Ross Cowie, Chairman of Eastern Counties Club and Community Development Group, managed the tournament and commented, "This tournament grows each year, and it so good to see so many boys from across Suffolk and North East Essex taking part in one of the largest community rugby events in the country. Although Colchester, with its huge youth section, managed superb wins at U15 and U16, this is also a day for all the players in the other teams, who all contributed to a very successful event. It is most pleasing to see the brilliant ongoing development in the smaller clubs, and it is fantastic to see Brightlingsea, Southwold, Stowmarket, Woodbridge and Hadleigh compete, but even more so to see them lift silverware particularly Southwold who claimed the U13 Trophy and Hadleigh who took the U14 Trophy."