Updated: Jun 6, 2019
We hold our hands up, last year we took our eyes off the ball and we don’t want that to happen again.
Rugby 7 is why this festival exists and this year we are putting it at the heart once again. Yes, we are keeping our off-field entertainment, Friday night it kicks off with some music, a BBQ and camping opens. Saturday, evening music, food, cocktail bars, it’s all there still. The exciting news for Friday evening is we are having rugby, opening up FNT (Friday Night Touch) to all, so if you are planning on camping on the Friday night, get your boots on and join in, before having a few drinks, listening to some chilled tunes and enjoying a burger and sausage.
The men’s tournament has grown massively since our first tournament in 2013, the David Worthington cup in recent years has been won by the Royal Navy, RAF and last year the shredded ducks took the cup home, just before becoming national champions. We really are hosting the best 7s teams in the land. However, our social tournament has been littered with teams who aren’t as social as we at North Dorset would like, which in our eyes is unfair on those who are bringing the social. This is one of the main reasons we have decided to have one big open tournament, 32 teams all competition for the big one, could a social side surprise themselves and compete against the big guns, who knows, but we believe it could bring some romance to the festival. Who knows Route one 7s could take down the shredded ducks, or the pelicans could beat Sherborne, anything is possible.
To make things fair, we are going to seed teams, that why we are asking for the level of rugby most of your players play at. Teams will be drawn in to 8 groups of 4, before we move into the knockout stage. This is when we find out who is going to compete for the cup, plate, bowl and Barrel.
If you win your group you qualify for the cup quarterfinals, runners up go into the plate, 3rd place into the bowl and 4th place into the Barrel. Each competition then has a quarter final stage, semi-finals and final. This means every team is guaranteed 4 games and finalists will play 6 matches.
Our Women’s tournament is a social one, again this year it is only for 8 teams, hopefully in future tournaments we can expand the number of teams we have involved. There are 2 groups of 4, which then quarter final stage, semi-finals and final. This means every team is guaranteed 4 games and finalists will play 6 matches.
Hope that explains any questions you have about this years format, if you have any questions please email email@example.com