Warlingham in heaven with Sevens tournament, May 3

There will be an international feel to this year’s Sevens Heaven tournament at Warlingham rugby club’s Hamsey Green grounds on Saturday.

Warlingham promise an action-packed day of rugby, netball and beer festivals at Hamsey Green on Saturday

Warlingham promise an action-packed day of rugby, netball and beer festivals at Hamsey Green on Saturday

More than 200 rugby players are expected to take part, plus nearly 100 netball players competing in a netball tournament organised in parallel by Hillcrest Netball Club, on a day where the rugby matches get underway at 11.30am and continue through the rest of the day with food available and a beer festival, and all with free entry for spectators.

Among the 16 rugby teams taking part is the Icelandic national team, competing for the
Tim Osborne Cup and cash prizes. Dorking, the winners of last year’s first Warlingham Sevens Heavens tournament, together with local side Old Mid-Whitgiftians will be among the contenders alongside the Warlingham Wizards, the winners of the Old Caterhamians Sevens over Easter.

“It’s amazing how the seven-a-side game has grown in the last few years,” Jon Osborne, the Warlingham Sevens captain, said. “It’s really fast and often high-scoring so spectators get an exciting day’s rugby involving several very fit teams of players.”

There are 12 teams competing for the Champagne Cup in the netball tournament. Hillcrest Chair Gina Mattison said, “Lots of local teams have entered this year and it’s great to welcome them to our club and we do put on a really well run competition for them.”

 

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