After a tense week of steadily worsening weather forecasts leading up to the day, the rugby gods finally decided to give us some much needed sun for the 2016 Sevens. The tournament has and continues to be a great event, particularly for the growth of women’s rugby,and 2016 was another successful year, for that thanks must go to my Sevens Subcommittee; Katerina, Comfort, and Mimi.
The day was a great success for the women’s half of the tournament, attracting new and returning teams to University Park for a close fought competition. This year saw the Melrose and Dundee University clubs return, as well as the Manchester University Women’s Rugby Team travelling to compete with St Andrews Senior and Fresher teams. It was great for us to welcome back returning teams, as well as creating friendships with the Manchester rugby girls, establishing a relationship both clubs wish to continue in the future.
The entry of an all Fresher women’s team was a first for the tournament this year, and I have to say the seniors were scared pride was definitely at stake! The Seniors managed to maintain a winning streak, however a huge congratulations has to go the St Andrews Freshers who really stepped up to be serious competitors throughout the tournament, things are definitely looking promising for next season!
The whole tournament was, as always, in the spirit of both great fun and great
Competition with matches on R2 offering the women’s teams more spectators, giving them a great chance to show off some ‘champagne rugby’. After a close fought
round robin tournament it came down to a knockout final between previous champions Melrose, and St Andrews Seniors. St Andrews Seniors put in some amazing team work, and after an incredibly close game came out as St Andrews Rugby Sevens Champions 2016. This is the first time St Andrews have won the Sevens, and I know I speak on behalf of all the outgoing 4th years when
I say it was the best way we could have ended our time at Saints rugby victorious
And covered in champagne!
All in all the Sevens continues to be a great event for the showcasing and growth of
Women’s rugby, with this year’s tournament being no different, and I am confident that it will continue to expand in years to come.