First rugby sevens tournament for Chipping Sodbury proves a winner

August 31 2015

PLANS are being drawn up to make a rugby sevens tournament in Chipping Sodbury an annual fixture after the success of the inaugural event, Naomi Iles reports.

Rugby sevens

PLANS are being drawn up to make a rugby sevens tournament in Chipping Sodbury an annual fixture after the success of the inaugural event, Naomi Iles reports.
The town’s rugby club organised and hosted the competition, which involved 12 senior men’s teams from as far away as Plymouth and Cardiff.
They competed in three pools to reach four semi-finals - Cup, Plate, Bowl and Spoon - ahead of the deciding matches.
Home team Sodbury Otters narrowly lost out to the Smiths 12-17 in the Cup semi-final, with the winners going on to a clinch the tournament 19-17 against Shredded Ducks.
 Avon 7’s beat Frampton, only to lose out to Cardiff 7-33 in the Plate final, while Sodbury-based SG23 defeated Old Cryptians 31-0 in the Bowl semi-final before being on the losing side against Avonmouth in a 37-0 drubbing.
Bath team Wallcott went through to win the Spoon final against the travelling UPRFC.
Organiser James Bennett said: “Despite a stressful build-up, the day ran smoothly and proved to be a fantastic starting point for what we hope will be a bigger and better event in years to come.”
He said the teams included mixed competitive sides, local players looking for a run-out and clubs from further afield making a weekend of the tournament.
There was a relaxed, fun atmosphere and the weather was mostly kind, giving people the chance to enjoy picnics, a barbecue and an outdoor bar.
Presentations were made in the clubhouse before a party with live music from Angel Heart and a DJ.
Mr Bennett said: “Chipping Sodbury RFC would like to thank all of the volunteers that made the day possible, the teams that attended and the spectators for showing their support.
“For the first event of its kind we were incredibly pleased with the result. We are looking to expand next year with the possibility of incorporating a cider festival into the day and introducing a ladies’ side to the tournament. We are already excited about the future.”

Photo courtsey of Jeff Gendall Photography http://www.jeffgendall.co.uk