Formed 2004 ... Herts 7s U14 Runners-up 2005 ... North Herts U14 team, Herts Youth Games 2005 runners-up (coached by Letchworth)... Herts Superteams U14 Runners-up 2005 ... Herts SuperTeams "Fairplay" winners 2006 ... Rochford 10s U17 Champions 2006 ... East Midlands 10s U17 Runners-up 2007 ... East Midlands 10s U17 "Fairplay" winners 2007 ... National 10s U17 5th place and "Fairplay" winners 2007 ... Herts 7s U17 Plate runners-up 2007 ... National 7s U17 Plate winners 2007 ... RFU "President's XV" Award winners 2007 ... Herts Superteams winners 2007 ... Midlands 10s U18 Runners-up 2008 ... National 10s U18 4th place 2008 ... North Herts U11 team, Herts Youth Games 2008 runners-up (coached by Letchworth girls) ... London and SE 7s U18 Plate runners-up 2008 ... Herts 7s U18s runners-up 2008 ... National 7s U18s quarter-finalists 2008 ... Gloucester City 10s U18 Bowl runner-up (6th) 2009 ... Worthing 10s U18 Plate runner-up 2009 ... National 7s U18 Plate winners 2009... Worthing 10s U15 Plate winners 2010... Worthing 10s U18 Shield winners 2010... Herts 7s U15 and U18 Bowl runners-up 2010... National 7s U18 Plate runners-up 2010...

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Rescuing the game's past

One result of last weekend's double by Ellingham & Ringwood is that it is now possible to come up with a list of previous winners of the National 7s - or at least the U18 competition as the U15 trophy only has winners from last year (did the 2008 winners not return it?). For some reason the information is not available on the RFUW's website - or anywhere else - so its worth recording.

It seems that the first National 7s was in 2000 - and ferreting about a bit I think I have even unearthed most of the venues. So, the U17/U18 Roll of Honour is...
  • 2000 (at Worthing) - Lichfield U18
  • 2001 (at unknown) - Lichfield U18
  • 2002 (at Southampton) - Scorpions U18
  • 2003 (at Richmond) - London Sproggs U18
  • 2004 (at Univ Northumbria) - Worcester U18
  • 2005 (at Harpenden) - Worcester U17 (our first tournament)
  • 2006 (at Harpenden)  - Basildon U17
  • 2007 (at Leighton Buzzard) - Worcester U18
  • 2008 (at Leighton Buzzard) - Exeter Saracens U18
  • 2009 (at Harpenden) - Reading U18
  • 2010 (at Harpenden)  - Ellingham and Ringwood U18
First, one thing worth noting is the way that we have been drawn the eventual winners of the tournament in our group every year (apart from in 2008) - which seems to go against most laws of averages, I think...!

Second, it does show again how even very successful clubs can disappear just as quickly as smaller ones. Burfield are a partial revival of Lichfield (combined with Burton) - but there was a few years gap between; "London Sproggs"??? Who were they??; and Scorpions were a very successful team from Hertfordshire (based at Datchworth) who, after over five years of remarkable success, disappeared overnight in the middle of the 2002/3 season - the year before Welwyn began and two years before us. Their website still exists with their final season running well, it seems, right up to the (first?) regional programme, after which... (hmmmm... regional rugby having an effect from the start?),

You do wonder where all the girls went (do you recognise any names or faces?), as they had several England U16 (remarkably the RFUW had an England U16 squad!) and regional players (London & Home Counties region?).
  • Correspondents have now unearthed the following U16/U14/U15 Roll of Honour:
2000 (at Worthing) - Unknown
2001 (at unknown) - Unknown
2002 (at Southampton) - Scorpions U16
2003 (at Richmond) - Worcester U16
2004 (at Univ Northumbria) - Worcester U16
2005 (at Harpenden) - Dorking U14
2006 (at Harpenden)  - Cranberliegh U14
2007 (at Leighton Buzzard) - Cranberliegh U15
2008 (at Leighton Buzzard) - North Hykeham U15
2009 (at Harpenden) - Worcester U15
2010 (at Harpenden)  - Ellingham and Ringwood U15

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous1:18 PM

    Worcester u/16 won the national 7s in 2003 and the venue was richmond. Worcester u,16s also won the national 7s in 2004 .


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