ARFC 7's Win Plate at Abingdon 7's
ARFC 7s squad win Ivor Boas Plate after defeating Chinnor in close fought final
The ARFC 7's had a very successful campaign in the Abingdon 7's winning the Ivor Boas Plate.
The ARFC 7’s squad took part in the Abingdon RFC Sevens Tournament, one of the oldest sevens tournaments in England, dating back to 1956.
In the group stages ARFC faced teams from Henley Wanderers, RAF Brize Norton and Witney.
ARFC had a great start to the tournament defeating Henley Wanderers 31-0 with trys from Matt Fitchett, Perri Lucatello, Pete Gorley and Andy Blacklock.
In their next game ARFC slipped to a narrow defeat against Witney 7-12 with Ay’s only try coming from captain Adam Moore.
In their final group stage game ARFC came out winners against a very determined RAF Brize Norton side. This game went right down to the wire with Brize leading 26-22 with only minutes left on the clock. With the final play of the game Ay’s captain Adam Moore crossed the line to put ARFC ahead. He then added the conversion to give ARFC a 29-26 win.
These results put ARFC into the semi-final of the Ivor Boas Plate where they faced Mackinnon 7’s. ARFC booked their place in the final through scores from Adam Moore and Matt Fitchett. Final score 14-5.
With Chinnor Kites winning the other semi-final this then set up the perfect local derby finish to the afternoon.
Half time saw both ARFC and Chinnor Kites level at 7-7 with Ay’s score coming from Pete Gorley.
The second half saw Pete Gorley once again cross the white wash for a try and conversion to take Ay’s 14-7 ahead.
However Chinnor responded with another 7 points of their own to again bring the scores level.
Chinnor quickly followed this up with an unconverted try that put them 19-14 ahead.
With the clock running down Pete Gorley sprinted in under the posts to put ARFC ahead again with his third try and conversion of the game.
Minutes later as the referee called the final play of the game Ay’s captain Adam Moore picked the ball from the back of the scrum and booted it off the pitch to secure the victory. Final score ARFC 21-19 Chinnor Kites.
The ARFC 7’s Squad:
ARFC Head Coach Dave Larham:
“The Plate Winners achievement is representative of the character of this young squad.
We have trained well in early pre-season and wanted to measure our skills and fitness at the Abingdon 7s. We demonstrated skills in attack and defence, and a degree of maturity and self-belief.
I am delighted that the squad of 13 players have a tangible reward for their hard work. We were superbly lead by 7s captain Adam Moore, both at the event and during the planning and training stages.
We now re-focus on the new season and continue to make the improvements needed.”