MORE than 200 fun loving rugby players turned out for the annual Horsham Rugby Club Touch Tournament.
The fifth edition of the tournament saw 16 adult teams enter, with a further eight teams from the minis and juniors section last weekend - all donning a wide array of colourful and comical costumes.
And the day was saluted as a success with more than £1,000 raised for children’s charity Wooden Spoon.
Horsham Rugby social secretary Rob Grantham-Hill said: “We had outstanding team costumes this year, a really good turn out for the M&J’s (minis and juniors) tournament and plenty of sun. With so much interest this year we sadly could not invite all the teams that tried to apply. Bring on next year - I can’t wait to start planning how I am going to keep the day getting bigger and bigger.” The minis and juniors event saw teams named after teams competing in this September’s World Cup. Scotland beat Russia to take third, while Wales beat New Zealand 6-5 in a thrilling final. Matt’s stunning 20 yard pass to Bob sealed the winning try. Scott Saunders was named best young player.
After the pool matches in the main tournament, Hip Hip Anonymous saw off a valiant fight by team Wrestlers to win the Plate final 7-3.
In the main Cup event two time winners Pink Panthers, led by Stuart Charnley took on Horsham Nomads, winners of the first tournament, and captained by Rob Clegg. And it was the Panthers who lifted the cup with a closely fought 5-2 win - a boost for the club, as many of their players are Horsham first XV regulars.
Nomads skipper Clegg said: “The Panthers were definitely pink, but we were mostly red with envy. Wishing we were all ten years younger and with as much speed and fitness.”
And the club’s new club manager John O’Sullivan added: “The club has some great friendly and bubbly volunteers/staff who make these kind of days very special.”