Minis are crowned West Sussex kings as club prepares for annual festival

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A STUNNING display of rugby from Horsham’s under-sevens saw 31 tries scored as they won the West Sussex minis festival at Chichester.

In the first of five games, Horsham beat Bognor 6 -2 with fine skills shown by Lucy Senneck, Rory Quigley and Harrison White.

Horsham then faced Pulborough, after a fantastic performance from both sides, last minute tries from Thomas Kimber and Henry Webster saw Horsham win 6-5.

After notable performances by James Norbury and William Newson, the next win was against Hove 4-3. After fine tries by Lewis Jones, Jack Green and Jack Smith Horsham beat Midhurst 9-3 to reach the final against Haywards Heath.

The final proved to be a brilliant demonstration of tag rugby and ended in a 6-6 draw.

Meanwhile, more than 900 youngsters aged from six to 12 years old will descend on Coolhurst for the 34th Horsham Rugby Club Minis Festival, and what promises to be the south-east’s minis rugby event of the season.

The first festival in 1978 saw 250 young players from six teams take part in what was to be the first of many and is now a highly anticipated fundraising festival attended by rugby teams from all over the south-east such as Brighton, Chichester, Crawley, East Grinstead, Effingham & Leatherhead, Hove, Lewes, Pulborough, Shoreham, Sutton & Epsom and Worthing.

More than 3,000 people are expected to pass through the gates on the day with the returning support and much appreciated sponsorship of MORE TH>N Insurance, Henry Adams Estate Agency and Handcross Park School. They are among many local businesses that are helping Horsham Rugby Club develop for the future as the inaugural stage of building repairs commences this summer with a new roof being put on the clubhouse.

The car park opens at 9am, entrance is £2 including a programme with barbecue and refreshments available throughout the day.

There will be a great raffle and the bar opens at 12noon.

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