Juggers at EGOR 2017, Lisbon
We came, we saw, we conga'd
The Juggers participated in the European Golden Oldies Rugby Festival, in the very beautiful and very, very hot Lisbon. EGOR believe that the Festival is about Fun, Friendship and Fraternity.
Following a welcoming party on Wednesday evening, which saw the Juggers rendition of Delilah beamed live to the world (on the right facebook page), we had the honour of kicking the tournament off in the stadium pitch on Thursday morning. Our match, against San Idris RC from Spain, was an absolute cracker, and it started and finished with hakas, ours was 'less intense' than our Spanish friends. Afterwards a mixed team photo, or two. After a break, time to rehydrate, we played a team from France, Les Ruynes Des Cayac, who had a squad of thirty, none older than 36 !! It was another entertaining match, played as the temperature increased, followed by what was an obligatory mixed team photo. After this match we watched a team from Grenoble play a team from Argentina, and I am not convinced that they got the message that the emphasis was on fun ! Our final match of the day saw us play Gibraltar Vets, with the temperature now in the mid 30s. The highlight of this match saw Clarkey break a man in two with a tackle. The ref deemed it his personal 'hit of the day' and our opponents awarded Clarkey a man of the match award. Some more mixed team photos and then we all went off to look for a spine which had been dislodged on the playing field.
After we watched the British and Irish Lions, we made our way to Hades for our second day of matches.
First up was Zaragoza RC, played on a 4g pitch which was so hot we burnt the soles of our feet and the moulded studs melted into the plastic crumb in the pitch. We managed to kick the ball to a player celebrating his birthday, and watched on as his teammates left him on his own. Worth noting that Sebastien Chabal played for the opposition ! More photo opportunities at the end of the match, with players hopping so not to leave their feet on the ground.
By now, the temperature on the pitch was in the mid 50s, and play was suspended following a Gibraltar Vet suffering heatstroke (not the one that Clarkey broke) and an ambulance called.
At 2.30, we played La Rozas, from Madrid, with this game being played over a total of 20 minutes to try and finish before the players feet combusted. More photos, and manly hugging.
Shortly after this, a sprinkler kicked in and soaked a corner of the in goal area.
Our final match, against the Swiss Gnomes (don't know where they came from), was postponed and rearranged for much later.
In the evening 70 teams and over 2,000 players reconvened for a party, where we competed against the Gnomes in a boat race, you don't have to ask who won !
Overall, a brilliant festival, playing against and then mingling with players from all over Europe, and beyond.
Thank you again to our sponsors, the Juggers (Peter Talbott, David Dawkins, Stephen Moorhouse, shaun throne, Bruce Morley, Richard Parsons, Colin Thompson, Jason Hinch, Alan Graham (Tour Skips), Sean Hughes, David Harrison, James Clarke, Tony McClure (Skips), Jim Nugent, Lee Adamson, Steve Lilley, Mark Collin, Stuart Roddis, Tim Hargreaves, Tim Thompson, Nigel Cook and Rob Warlow) and our cheerleaders (Dick Clarke, Archie Bennett, Stuart Day and Michael Bean).
Here's to EGOR 2019, Split, Croatia.