The first Warlingham Sevens Heaven tournament gets underway promptly on Saturday morning, May 4, with 18 Rugby 7s sides from across the south-east signed up to compete.
Hillcrest Netball Club is also staging a tournament of its own during the day at Hamsey Green, where a beer tent, hog roasts and other attractions are laid on for what could establish itself as one of the area’s top annual sporting fixtures. Ground entry for the day is free.
Warlingham want to build upon the successful staging of the Surrey 7s championship, and with rugby an Olympic sport from 2016, for men and for women, interest in the short-form of the game is likely to increase greatly in coming years.
The tournament begins with a group stage, with teams playing each other in seven minutes each-way games. The winners go forward into the a knock-out stages, though the second- and third-placed teams in each group also have further matches in the afternoon in “plate” and “bowl” competitions – so there’s action guaranteed through until the evening.
Clubs who have entered sides include Dorking, Croydon, Old Cats, Sussex All Blacks, Brighton Old Boys, RAF Honington and Old Mid-Whitgiftians.
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