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Your News Seckford Shield touch rugby tournament an outstanding success

At a well-supported final the Woodbridge Old Mariner pub claimed bragging rights for a year as it won the first ever Seckford Shield after its A team beat stiff opposition from local rivals the Coach & Horses, the Angel, the Red Lion and Bell & Steelyard pubs. The final was held on Sunday 11 Sept at a warm and windy Woodbridge Rugby Club. Many of the players had trained the day before on the hallowed turf of the Home of Rugby itself; Twickenham having been selected as one of only ten teams to play Touch Rugby at Twickenham having won the O2 Touch Facebook competition with the extensive coverage of their popular tournament (see attached reflections from one of the players and pictures).

The initiative for this six week tournament saw Woodbridge Rugby Club joining with Suffolk Coastal District Council and Suffolk Sports lottery-funded Sportivate campaign to organise, coach, host and provide players for the inaugural Seckford Shield which lasted through August 2011. The Mariners put up two teams, and all of the pubs hosted after-game food and drink for supporters and players.

The event was supported by the RFU who sent the Rugby Development Officer for Cambridgshire & Suffolk; Lee Adamson to present the shields. Lee commented like so many Clubs Woodbridge represents the grass roots of rugby, a focus in the community. With senior mens and womens teams as well as 300 youth members this place is buzzing with regular training and matches. O2 touch rugby events like the Seckford Shield aim to get players of both genders out of the pubs for some fun exercise playing a simplified game of rugby on a Sunday evening. Woodbridge has shown that this is attractive and relatively easy to organise.

Touch rugby is a shorter fun version of rugby that is NOT full contact and is suitable for mixed teams - young & old alike. You need no great rugby heritage to enjoy this sport! Local pubs were invited to enter a squad of ten players aged from 15yrs and upwards and featuring at least two female players. Games are seven-a-side with unlimited substitutions but one female player must be on the pitch at all times.

The last word must go to victorious publican Huw Thomas at The Mariner who said The whole event has been an outstanding success, from the putting together of the teams and the touch rugby venues to the various pubs of Woodbridge all taking their turn to host the six weeks of league games, for our part the pub was packed to the gunwales on our host day, and that was even after the actual matches has been postponed due to wet weather. We were fortunate enough to win the competition with our first team and our Vets team even brandished their wooden spoon with pride!

We would certainly be willing to do this again next year and hopefully we will perform equally well. Thanks for including us in the competition

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