Rugby 7’s: Results

Photo by Tomos Nolan

Photo by Tomos Nolan

BLAENDOLAU playing fields were swamped with hordes of rugby players at the beginning of May as the annual Rugby 7’s tournament returned to our shores.

Mighty Morphing Moose People were victorious in the Viper 10 Cup, beating West Coast Vikings in a tight affair by 26 points to 19. They had smashed Elite Y Geltaidd in the semi final 34-5.

The Stone Willy’s Cup, the final of the women’s competition, was won by Merched Y Geltaidd. They beat Port & Cheese Official 17-10. Both teams had topped their respective leagues, scoring almost 600 points between them.

The playoffs for the Aberystwyth University Cup were an exciting affair. The semi-finals were tightly fought. The Desperados triumphed over BlackAber Goes Forth by a large score of 27-5 to secure a route through to the final.

The other semi-final saw Harlequims safely through with a 21-10 win over Buddgie Smugglers. The final itself saw The Desperados grab a well-deserved victory. Harlequims fought hard but it just was not to be.

The Mid Wales Travel Cup was won by Super Stags who had been unstoppable from the start. They beat Surf on Turf in the final 38-5. That was the only try that the Super Stags conceded in the play offs, as they won their semi-final 38-0 over Inter Yournan RFC.

There were some outstanding performances from individuals in the tournament and there was a player of the tournament award for both men and women.

The men’s award was named in memory of former Aber RU player Sean Morley who tragically passed away in 2012. The Sean Morley Player of the Tournament was Sean Gorman of The Desperados.

The women’s player of the tournament was Leonie Mahon of Port & Cheese Official. Mahon is very active within sport at the University and she will be captain of both Rugby and Cricket for the next academic year.

Several players told ASM of their experiences at Rugby 7’s. Player for No Woman No Try, Thomas Jackson told us that he loved the “spectacle” of 7’s saying “you can watch rugby when you’re not playing and play high intensity rugby on the pitch.”

Katie Woodbine named 7’s the “best weekend of the year”, stating that it was the “atmosphere” that made it what it is. Outgoing Tarannau President Josh Tumbridge also spoke of the great atmosphere making the weekend. “We get all our old boys back and it’s just a great opportunity to see everyone.”

One of the strengths of the Aber 7’s tournaments is the amount of players who are new to the sport. Emma Robertson told us that she had “never played before and neither had most of [her] team.” Despite this, the whole team thoroughly enjoyed the event. Miss Robertson said that it was great to get an opportunity to play a team sport.

A full list of Rugby 7’s results can be found on www.aber7s.co.uk and next year’s registration will be available soon at www.aber7s.com.