Horsham minis rugby festival declared a success

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HORSHAM Rugby Club’s Minis Festival was a sun-sational success on Sunday as thousands enjoyed the unseasonably warm weather and some superb displays of rugby.

A total of 60 teams from across Sussex and into Surrey comprising 900 players in six-age groups battled out the honours on 12 pitches at their spacious Coolhurst ground.

Chief organiser Jacqui Paterson thanked all those who helped make the day go with such a swing. She said: “It was a very successful day. It was good for junior and minis rugby. I would like to thank Debs Collins, Wendy Longo and Karen Jones and many club members for their help and support for making it such a fantastic event. Also thanks to the local community for supporting it and putting up with the noise on a Sunday!”

It was a successful tournament for two of the club’s own teams, Horsham Under-12s and Horsham Under-10s Tigers who both won their age group finals.

The other winners were: Worthing Under-Sevens, Haywards Heath Under-Eights and Hove Under-11s while Horsham Under-12s Vince Everitt won the Henry Adams Cup for the outstanding player of the tournament.

Christ’s Hospital School were the medal sponsors and there was a welcome appearance by one of their old boys, Joe Launchbury of Wasps and England Under-20s who was the guest of honour.