OQA RFC - Bournmouth Sevens
Wednesday, 1st June 2011
During the 2011 May bank holiday weekend, Old Queenian's RFC made their second appearance at the world's biggest rugby sevens, netball and music festival.
Having grown significantly since the inaugural event in 2008, the 2011 festival hosted the largest rugby and netball festival in the world with over 200 rugby sevens teams and 100 netball teams competing in sunny Bournemouth.
Live bands and DJs entertained the crowds all weekend in the Kopparberg Campsite, Nintendo Festival Stage and Carling Beer Tent. During Old Q's down time from playing rugby, the team were usually found in the Kopparberg dance tent. They became such regulars, and stars of the weekend they have found their way onto the DJ's music videos, even making an appearance on the Sky Sports show, ‘The Rugby Club'. It must be mentioned it wasn't the team being captured mastering the rugby pitch, rather Sky TV decided to showcase the teams dancing talent.....or lack of it.
We were placed in a very competitive league this year, after a strong performance in the year before. Old Q's had a stronger squad than the year before with a bit of much needed younger blood joining in adding some pace to the side. After narrowly missing out in the first game, the team pulled it out the bag to take a convincing win in our second game.
This left us in a promising position to end the pool games on Saturday with two wins out of three, and progress to the knock outs on Sunday. The players showed great flare in the third pool game. We had Jonny pulling a behind the back kick over his own head to beat the defence, along with Triggol pulling goose steps so large he pulled his own hamstring! Going into the last phase of the game we were down by three points, and need a try to win. With the team attacking down oppositions 22m in the far right corner, our fly half pulled off an inch perfect cross field kick to the far left corner. The crowd could see what was about to happen, and even before our man caught the ball to put it down for try of the tournament there was a pitch invasion by ecstatic fans, only for the referee to call the man offside as being in front of the kicker. Needless to say the decision was highly controversial and left us out of the tournament. I think the bribe of a can of beer we gave the ref at half time impaired his vision back firing on us.
That left us the evening of the Saturday to enjoy ourselves. The team all wore matching sailor outfits which went down a big hit, even as much to get us invited into the Cadbury's VIP area for promo photos and free chocolate! The Sunday was an old school theme, with live music all day whilst watching the professionals show us how it's done on the pitch.
Once again can I say a big thank you to the Old Queenian's association for their support in entering the tournament, and we hope this relationship continues for many years to come!
Hope to see you all at the November reunion, where we will right the wrongs of the previous year and bring the score back to 2-1 for Queens over Wellington. Anybody who wants to play, don't hesitate to get in contact with me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All the best,