Sixteen Schools entered the Rugby 7s with Bedford winning the Seaford Cup after beating Haileybury in the final and New Hall won the netball tournament.
Head of Rugby at Seaford College Ed Bowden commented: “It was a fantastic tournament with a very high standard of rugby played throughout the day. We were delighted to host our first Rugby 7s tournament here at Seaford College and thank you to all the schools that entered and made it such a memorable day.”
Georgina Hegarty, the Head of Netball at Seaford College, also felt the tournament was a huge success. “Thank you to the schools that came on Sunday and made the tournament such a great occasion,” she said. “This was our first Sunday tournament at Seaford College and the level of competition was very high. The fact that some of the schools brought both their rugby and netball teams really added to the spirit of the day and hopefully the tournament will get bigger and bigger every year.”
The standard of rugby on show was exceptionally high with the sixteen schools split into four groups. The winners of each group competed for the Seaford Cup which was eventually won by Bedford after beating Haileybury 33-12 in the Final. There were further Vase, Trophy, Bowl, Plate and Shield competitions for the schools that did not win their group. Reading Blue Coat School won the Vase, Dulwich College won the Trophy, Hurstpierpoint College won the Bowl, Portsmouth Grammar School won the Plate and St. Benedict’s beat Seaford College in the Final of the Shield competition.
The netball tournament was played in a league format with competing schools bringing both their 1st and 2nd VII’s. New Hall won both the Cup and Plate competition.
Seaford College first team player Josef Amin said he really enjoyed playing in the first Rugby 7s tournament at the School. “It was a really great tournament to play in,” he said. “We have beautiful facilities here at Seaford College and it is a great place to play your rugby. It has been a fantastic day.”
Antony Cook, the Director of Sport at Seaford College felt Sunday was the start of something that will only get bigger for the School in years to come. “It was a delight to welcome so many schools from all over the country to our facilities on Sunday and to provide a really competitive environment for both boys and girls,” he added.
“We will hopefully learn from Sunday in the hope that we can grow the day into a really large national event over the coming years. To see so many pupils participate in school sport on a Sunday was a real highlight and it just shows the commitment from all the schools and the staff to allow their pupils to fully embrace both tournaments, particularly as many probably had fixtures on Saturday as well.”
John Green, the Headmaster of Seaford College, was delighted with the way the day went: “It is the first time we have hosted both a rugby and netball tournament on the same day and it shows the strength of the school in being able to organise such a big event,” he said after presenting the trophies.
“We have some great facilities here at Seaford College with exciting plans for sport, the performing arts and in the classroom which will only push Seaford forward in the next couple of years. Those parents that have been here today will have been impressed not only by the atmosphere at our School but also by what we are trying to achieve here at Seaford College.”
Watch the video below to see an interview with John Green talking about the Seaford 7s and Netball Tournament on Sunday
Watch a montage of pictures from the Rugby 7s Tournament in the video below
Head of Netball Georgie Hegarty reflects on the first Sunday netball tournament in the video below