Due to my inherent laziness I never updated you about our trip to the Biggar 7s, well it was a horrible day weather wise but another great day of 7s Rugby.
We played Broughton and Annan in the group stages winning both games, due to team withdrawals this was enough to put us into the final where we played Corstorphine Cougars, Cougars it should be noted made up the bulk of our squad at Howe, so I knew they’d be good and so it proved with Cougars winning another 7s tournament, cracking group of players. But with a new squad on a rotten day runners up was ok by me.
So next up, and with all due respect to all the other 7s comps, it was the big one, Edinburgh City 7s, I went into this really not knowing what to expect, we had another pretty much all new squad, only 2 players had played for us previously, I knew we had good players, but nobody knows if they’ll gel, as you’ll see I shouldn’t have worried!
We were in a group with Hillhead Jordanhill, Pigbarians and Cougars.
First up it was Hills and they gave us a scare taking the lead in the 1st half, but i soon realised this squad had a bit of fight and no little skill and we fought back, winning 26 - 20.
Next we played Pigbarians, like us they’d had to put together a squad late on, they pushed us hard but thankfully we were starting to play as a team and we ran out 34 - 10 winners, i might have got the score wrong, but we definitely won.
Then it was Cougars, not going to lie, I thought we might struggle and though Cougars kept running at us this was our best defensive display of the tournament, so that coupled with two good tries was enough to see us through, 12 - 7, next up the semi final and as group winners!
In the Semi we met School of Hard Knocks, but charity begins at home, and though SOHK played some good rugby, orchestrated by Scotland 15s & 7s player Lisa Martin we had enough to win the match 22 - 12
The Final, at this point I’ll admit that pre tournament I thought we’d do well to get out of the group as runners up and then lose in the semi, so being so wrong was very pleasant, in the final the opposition was Rex Club Red Kites, Kites are a great side and annoyingly they’re nice folk as well, damn them!!
Their tournament favourites tag was well deserved and they proved to be our Arnhem Bridge, google it, at times they were a joy to watch, a couple of times I forgot it was my team they were scoring the great tries against.
So well done Claire and Gordon and the Kites squad, well deserved Champions, but my lot can definitely hold their heads high, the last player added the night before, most of them didn’t even know each other, players from 6 different teams or was it 7, I’m so proud of everyone one of the players.
Also Akuma Sports need a mention, they manufactured a great quality kit in a very short space of time, obviously they were working with a great design.
Then two great folks need a massive Pat on the Back, Lucy Brown & Eric Jones, not only great coaches but they had to put up with my constant stream of emails and Whatsapp messages, these 2 have the patience of saints.
Lastly all the players, I already knew that Women’s Rugby was full of marvelous folk, but this lot just increased my respect for the People involved in rugby ten fold, talented committed hard working People, the rugby world is just the best environment to be in.
So that’s it, RP 7s is over, I’ve had some great times since starting Rugby People, but this has been the best and due to that I’m going to do my best to make sure it happens again next year, so watch this space RP 7s will be back in 2020, I can’t wait.