Sixty teams from thirty-five law and financial services firms lined up to play in this year’s Law Society RFC 7s & Netball Tournament on Sunday 19th September, which saw the introduction of Mixed Tag for the first time in 2021.
Following a break in 2020 (for obvious reasons!) it was great to see so many firms back this year. The three tournaments saw a good standard of sport, amicably played, followed by the usual social interaction as firms came together to blow off steam.
The introduction of mixed tag in 2021 gave firms the opportunity of entering teams for experienced and new players to the sport, as well as those firms struggling to field a rugby team due to player availability. Twelve teams lined up in three pools to compete for the inaugural cup with Osborne Clarke beating Russell Cooke in the final to be named Champions.
Clyde & Co walked away with the Beer Cup and Linklaters claimed the coveted Fair Play Award, showing a great respect for the game and referees decision making on the field.
Twenty-four teams lined up in the rugby competition including new entrants Le Rugby Club du Palais, over from France for the weekend. The semi finals and finals saw some of the best rugby the 7s has seen in recent years with Lloyd’s of London facing Clyde & Co in the final having beaten Accenture and Kennedy’s respectively.
Clyde & Co narrowly walked away with the win and the Cup, the first time they have won the 7s since 2013. Slaughter and May beat Le Rugby Club du Palais in final of the Plate, taking this home for the first time since 2014.
Le Rugby Club du Palais took home the Fair Play Award, having shared several of their players throughout the course of the Tournament.
As with the rugby, twenty-four teams lined up to compete in the Netball Tournament with Freshfields retaining their Cup from 2019, beating all the teams they faced throughout the day, including Linklaters in the final. If they win it again next year, they get to keep it, and from the discussions we had with their captain Karen Gayle, we’re sure they will be back, looking to do exactly that in 2022.
Allen & Overy took home the Plate, beating Baker McKenzie in another closely fought final. Simmons & Simmons took home the Fair Play Award with the umpires feeling they were the happiest and most gracious in defeat team on the day.
Brockwell Capital once again provided balls for the teams to play with and take home, a great addition to the Tournament, and it was lovely to see LawCare on site promoting the support that they provide to members of the legal profession. The raffle took £1,200 on the day, with the charity very impressed with the generous donations of players and supporters.
Daniel How Tournament Director told us:
'It was great to have so many firms back this year, especially given the past eighteen months. The introduction of the Mixed Tag Tournament has given us an extra offering and we hope to see this grow in a similar fashion to Netball in the coming years. We’d like to thank Richmond Athletic Association for providing the wonderful grounds, the referees and umpires for their time and effort and the medical team (doctors, physio and ambulance) who attended to several injuries throughout the day. Finally, a big thank you to the firms for their continued support.’
For further information, and sponsorship opportunities for 2022,
please contact Daniel at: firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07889 641 939
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