Ophir Rugby Club gears up for annual Sevens tournament

Launching the upcoming Ophir Rugby Annual 7-a-side tournament are Mayor of Newtownabbey Alderman Thomas Hogg, Deputy Mayor of Newtownabbey Alderman Pat McCudden and Ophir RFC President Martin Morrison (far right) pictured with (back row) Robert and Jonah Press, Gavin Robinson; (mid row): Neal Gray, Will Lucas; and (front row) Daniel Robinson, Ethan Lucas, Seth Lucas, Daniel Gray, and Hannah Press. INLT 32-901-CON
Launching the upcoming Ophir Rugby Annual 7-a-side tournament are Mayor of Newtownabbey Alderman Thomas Hogg, Deputy Mayor of Newtownabbey Alderman Pat McCudden and Ophir RFC President Martin Morrison (far right) pictured with (back row) Robert and Jonah Press, Gavin Robinson; (mid row): Neal Gray, Will Lucas; and (front row) Daniel Robinson, Ethan Lucas, Seth Lucas, Daniel Gray, and Hannah Press. INLT 32-901-CON
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The annual Ophir Rugby Sevens tournament is set to take place over the weekend of August 15 and 16 at The Cottonmount, Mallusk and promises to be an action-packed few days of sport and family fun.

Starting on Friday evening (August 15) an Under-16s tournament will take place from 6.30pm. On Saturday morning (August 16) it’s the U18s competition (9.30am kick-off), with the main event staged over the course of the afternoon (1pm start).

The Sevens has been held every year since 1974 is heralded by organisers as the traditional start of the rugby season.

This year there are three competitions being held over the course of the weekend culminating in the main event with 12 teams competing for the title and the chance to get their hands on the coveted Will Totten Memorial trophy.

Launching the event, Newtownabbey’s mayor, Thomas Hogg, commented: “This promises to be a great weekend of rugby for all to enjoy, with a range of activities to add to the atmosphere. I’d like to wish all the players good luck and hope to see a good turnout of spectators to cheer the teams on.”

Teams from all over the Province will be in attendance, including defending champions Queen’s, Ballyclare RFC, Randalstown RFC, Academy RFC, Carrick RFC and others.

The event is supported by Newtownabbey Borough Council. Young and old are welcome to come along to spectate free of charge and enjoy the festivities.

As well as a great weekend of rugby, on Saturday there will be a barbecue and children’s entertainment with a bouncy castle and face painting.

For any additional information contact Dean Holmes, Sport and Play Development Officer by email dholmes@newtownabbey.gov.uk, or telephone 028 9034 0065.