Record entry for annual sevens tournament at North Walsham

Action from the 2015 sevens tournament at North Walsham. Picture: Hywel Jones

Action from the 2015 sevens tournament at North Walsham. Picture: Hywel Jones - Credit: Archant

North Walsham have attracted a record number of teams for their annual sevens tournament, which is being held at Scottow on Sunday.

This year's tournament will feature 20 men's teams, eight women's teams and four teams who will be playing the fast growing sport of touch rugby.

With a hog roast and a beer festival featuring 24 Norfolk ales and four Norfolk ciders, the event is billed as a day of fun for the family.

One of the event's organisers, Dan Goodrich, said: 'This year's Dardan Security Rugby Sevens is looking like it will be the best ever, with a full complement of teams for all competitions, many of whom have competed before as well as some exciting new names: and they're coming from all over the country.

'We're expecting a hard fought competition in both men's and ladies competitions, so it'll be a great day of rugby. The touch rugby competition is growing too. This is a great sport that attracts both men and women of all ages. Its popularity in Norfolk is seeing a number of teams springing up all over the county.'


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The tournament starts at 11am and runs until around 6pm. Each seven-a-side game lasts seven minutes each way, with the final 10 minutes each way, and games played concurrently on four pitches to give spectators plenty to see.

The men's cup finalists will play for the Jill Hambling Cup and a first prize of £750, with the runners up receiving £250. The men's plate finalists will play for the Vikings Plate and a first prize of £350, with the runners up receiving £150.

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Women's shield finalists will play for the George Campbell Shield and a first prize of £350, with the runners up receiving £150.

The day will also feature a visit from Aviva Premiership club Leicester Tigers, who will be bringing interactive games including the tackle bag and the speed pass challenge. Special guest will be the Tigers' mascot, Welford, ahead of Tigers holding a training camp at North Walsham in August.

Prior to the men's final, there will be a charity 'boat race', which is hoped will stretch the entire length of the first-team pitch, in aid of Stay Strong Stu, a charity set up in memory of Stu Ridley, a 25-year-old farmer and player of Northumberland club Tynedale RFC who lost his battle against a brain tumour last year.

Entry to the tournament is £3 per person and car parking is free.

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