At the last competition of the summer season, the Bamboos Women’s team played in the National Finals of the Secure Trading 24/Sevens Series at the famous Rec in Bath. Getting to this stage was already a fantastic achievement, making it all the way to the semi-finals was the icing on the cake of an exceptional season.
This Sunday, the Bamboos Women’s team will travel 120 miles down south to Plymouth Albion RFC in order to compete in the Secure Trading 24/Sevens Regional Finals 2018. This is the second time, the team gets involved in the South-West division of this challenging RFU-managed competition, where hundreds of amateur sevens teams determine the best one in the country.
At last year’s regional final in Exeter, the girls were fighting bravely but just fell short of making it to the national final after losing to hosts Exeter University in the deciding match. This year, however, the team has an excellent opportunity to go all the way and qualify for a potential space in the nationals, two weeks later at the famous Rec in Bath.
The squad is constantly growing and developing at the moment. In their previous three tournaments, the Bamboos either made it to a semi-final or final as well as winning the Plate at the SW7s in Bristol. The performances have been consistently solid this year and the team is very excited and motivated to play in such a high-class event, says team manager Max Lueck ahead of the tournament.
England Rugby’s premier competition for amateur men’s and women’s sevens teams is returning for the fourth year, with a new streamlined format which will see the best men’s and women’s teams from local qualifying tournaments progress to National Finals.
7 Bamboos’ flagship tournament, the Hartpury Sevens, which is organised in partnership with the Hartpury Sports Academy, has been selected once again as a local qualifier for the Secure Trading Sevens Series.
In a few days’ time, another year comes to an end.
2018 has been the fifth year for 7 Bamboos Rugby, and like the previous ones, it has never been short of excitement and special moments:
In glorious sunshine and temperatures above 25 degrees, the Bamboos Women’s team progressed all the way to the final of the Secure Trading Regional Finals in Plymouth yesterday.
In the Cup final, the girls faced the strong and experienced 7s side Swansea RFC Women’s, a familiar team which already won the SW7s and Frome 7s this season. On both occasions, the Bamboos left the pitch defeated. In yesterday’s contest, our team started strongly and kept up with the high tempo of the Welsh side. However, eventually, it just wasn’t enough to beat them. Rachel Taylor and captain Sue Neumann both scored in the final which ended 31-12 to Swansea.
Nevertheless, the performance by the Bamboos throughout the day was outstanding and probably the best one yet this season. The team started the campaign with 38-21 win against hosts Plymouth Albion, before beating Plymstock in the other pool match 45:0 to qualify for the Cup semi-final where they faced a strong Oakmedians RFC team. This match was a lot closer and tight all the way to the end. However, once again the girls kept their composure to win 28-14.
The search for the country's best amateur men's and women's sevens side returns in 2018 with entries now open for the Secure Trading 24/Sevens Series now open.
The community sevens series, now in its third year, aims to continue to grow sevens rugby and increase participation among men and women.
The competition features 40 local qualifying events with teams progressing to one of four regional play-offs before the national final in July. The annual Hartpury Sevens tournament, managed by 7 Bamboos Rugby, on 19th May is one of them.
Last year's series saw Northern Lights walk away as the women's winners at Bath's Recreationg Ground while Ilkley won a tense final in the men's competition.
Women’s and men’s Players of the Tournament, Rebekah Wilson (Northern Lights) and Ben Magee (Ilkley) won a trip to next year’s Singapore Sevens in April, providing them with exposure into the elite side of sevens rugby.
"The Secure Trading 24/Sevens series is growing year on year, welcoming teams and players from across England’s grassroots game," said RFU Rugby Development Director Steve Grainger. "There has never been a more exciting time for rugby sevens."
"As the tournament grows, the quality of the game does too, with some fantastic rugby on display for spectators at every stage of the series.“There has never been a more exciting time for rugby sevens as we get set to cheer on England Sevens at the Commonwealth Games in April and at the Sevens Rugby World Cup in July.
England Sevens Head Coach Simon Amor added: “The growth of the Secure Trading 24/Sevens Series is fantastic for sevens in our country, providing a great opportunity for talented players across the country to compete on the national stage.”
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