On Saturday 3rd June Hamburg Exiles RFC hosted their 41st International Sevens in the Stadtpark. Although the morning was a little damp, the weather gods provided perfect conditions in the afternoon for both players and spectators.
The Exiles were pleased to welcome Blaenau Ffestiniog Clwb Rygbi from the mountains of north Wales and a party from Garches Vaucresson RFC from Paris who ably managed by Victor an Exile from a couple of years ago. We also welcomed Kiel returning to Hamburg 10 years after the unexpected death of their Michael Clarke at this tournament. After a few words, a minute silence was observed in remembrance.
The Exiles were also pleased to welcome sevens from our Hamburg neighbours St. Pauli and HSV as well the Berlin Bruisers and Jenners. Last but not least in every sense, the Front Row Club provided again their unique approach to Sevens.
The pool stage provided entertaining rugby throughout with quite a number of close games and exciting finishes. The two French teams, (the Drunken Frogs and the Beer Barrels) Ffestiniog and St Pauli met in the semi-finals. The Plate and the Final were clear cut games with Drunken Frogs taking the title. However the Welsh took their revenge by winning the traditional post final beer race.
NDR television filmed during the day even with a drone so there is an overhead shot of an Exile forward side stepping and scoring. The link: http://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/sendungen/das/DAS-mit-Silvia-Frank,dasx11126.html The report starts at 16:10. after a lady discussing washing powder. This is not a joke!
The partying went on well into the night and I believe we were drunken dry which must be some sort of a record!!
Come on 2018!
Exiles Sevens 2017 - Results in Full
Winners: Drunken Frogs (Garches Vaucresson RFC)
Exiles vs HSV 19-24
Beer Barrels vs Jenners 24-19
Ffestiniog vs Exiles 19-12
HSV vs Beer Barrels (Garche Vau) 14-20
Jenners vs Ffestiniog 7-27
Exiles vs Beer Barrels 5-17
HSV vs Jenners 17-31
Beer Barrels vs Ffestiniog 10-22
Exiles vs Jenners 17-0
HSV vs Ffestiniog 17-26
Drunken Frogs vs Kiel 31-0
St Pauli vs Front Row Club 40-5
Berlin Bruisers vs Drunken Frogs 0-31
Kiel vs St Pauli 5-12
Front Row Club vs Berlin Bruisers 20-22
Drunken Frogs vs St Pauli 29-0
Kiel vs Front Row Club 33-0
St Pauli vs Berlin Bruisers 40-5
Drunken Frogs vs Front Row Club 45-0
Ffestiniog vs St Pauli 22-0
Drunken Frogs vs Beer Barrels 15-12
St Pauli vs Beer Barrels 38-10
Ffestiniog vs Drunken Frogs 5-33
Boat Race - Ffestiniog
Updated 07:24 - 10 Jun 2017 by Matt Milligan