THE annual, very popular Pubs Sevens tournament brings the curtain down on Petersfield Rugby Club’s season at Penn’s Place on Sunday.
With over 20 teams entered, there is a competition for everyone – those who take it seriously, those less seriously and those who just want to party from the start.
The action-packed event, again sponsored by the Trooper Inn, will kick off at 10.30am and the carnival atmosphere will keep going on until the final, scheduled for around 4.30pm.
Reigning champions White Horse will be tested by the strong teams entered by Queens Head and Tap. The tournament welcomes back Coxy’s Windmill Inn after last year’s sabbatical, but the Penguins will be missing as team manager John Delahunty recovers from illness.
Gracing the competition for the first time will be Petersfield’s own Charlie Amesbury. He will be turning out for Cloisters and it will be a radical change from the ruby he played with Harlequins, Newcastle, England Sevens and, more recently, captaining Oxford University in the Varsity match.
In honour of local publican and club supporter Gerry Hicks, his wife Sarah will be judging the Best Shirt competition and presenting a tankard in his name.
Petersfield RFC will be backing up its commitment to support the Rosemary Foundation by emblazing its logo on the referee’s shirts which have been generously sponsored by CWC Research.
A great day of rugby is in store for the spectator, but it’s also a chance to catch up with old friends and ponder on another successful year for the club.
Petersfield’s 1st XI retained London league status after last season’s promotion, while the 2nd XV finished mid-table in the Solent 2 Merit league.