Photograph: Simon Maycock
The Doom Bar Newquay Sevens, Cornwall’s largest rugby sevens tournament, took place at Newquay Tretherras School in glorious sunshine.
The Weekend Warriors, from Barry, South Wales, met Mother Ruckers, from Penryn, in the woman’s plate finals, where the Weekend Warriors took home the title, winning 19 – 10 in a close game. The woman’s cup final was played between the Nomads Sevens and the Wooden Spoon Marauders with the Nomads coming out on top 22 – 17.
The men’s cup final was won 35 – 12 by Sam’s Rangers, who beat Wooden Spoon Marauders, while the men’s plate final was won by Aniers, from Wellington, who beat the Royal Marine Reserves, a military team from Bristol, 24 – 10.
The tournament prides itself on championing women’s rugby and has also in the past welcomed teams from abroad, including the Netherlands, along with the very best of English women’s sevens teams, such as the Moody Cows, Pink Babas, and three times champions, The Wooden Spoon. This year, there were 16 women’s teams and 16 men’s teams.
Doom Bar Newquay Sevens has, over the years, also supported the Referee Development Programme, and organiser Andy Hawken was delighted to see names who once refereed in the Newquay Sevens tournament now refereeing at the top level. Among those are Luke Pearce, who has refereed several games at European level, and Sarah Cox, the first woman to referee a men’s premiership rugby match.
‘The tournament has become hugely successful’
Hawken said: “This year’s event was truly phenomenal. Over the past decade we have seen this tournament become hugely successful, and we’re absolutely thrilled to yet again have welcomed familiar teams, as well as new ones.
“We’re very grateful to Sharp’s Brewery and the Sailors Arms in Newquay, who are our main sponsors. This year was another highly successful one and I’d like to thank all the players who travelled far and near to join us here at Newquay Tretherras. We hope to see you all again next year.”
Dai Griffiths, commercial director at Sharp’s Brewery, added: “We’re proud to once again have been a sponsor of the Doom Bar Newquay Sevens tournament. We have a strong affiliation with Cornish grassroots rugby and are now sponsoring a number of key clubs across the county and, of course, this Sevens tournament.
“The sheer popularity of this sevens tournament and the fact that we see the same teams returning each year is an acknowledgement of how loved it is within the rugby sevens community. Well done from all at Sharp’s to the teams that competed in this year’s tournament.”