60 teams from 42 law and financial services firms lined up to play in this year’s Law Society RFC 7s & Netball Tournament on Sunday 18th September.
This year saw LTN & Partners sponsor the Fair Play Award, and Brockwell Capital return as sponsors of the rugby balls and netballs.
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. The tournament doubled in size from twelve to 24 teams in 2022 and saw some of the most vocal supporters on the day.
Last year’s winners Osborne Clarke had to settle for the runners-up prize, being beaten by Accenture in the Final of the Cup. Russell Cooke struggled to meet the standards set in 2021 (where they were beaten finalists), though were very happy to walk away with the Fair Play Award.
New entrants Norton Rose Fulbright won the Plate and have their eye on the Cup for next year.
The standard across the board had notably increased from 2021, helped by using official Try Tag Rugby referees.
20 teams lined up in the rugby competition including the return of William Fry, over from Ireland for the weekend. The final saw some of the best rugby the 7s has seen in recent years with Kennedy’s being beaten by a resurgent William Fry team to claim their first Tournament Cup which was added to when they were awarded the Fair Play Award from the referees for their sportsmanship throughout the tournament.
Milbank took home the Plate to cap a strong afternoon on the field.
Netball returned to its glory days with a full 32 teams lining up for the Cup. Freshfields, who have won the trophy the past two years were determined to claim the hat-trick and proved unbeatable on the day, taking down Simmons and Simmons in the final.
Having secured the hat-trick, Freshfields get to keep the Cup, with their captain Karen Gayle over the moon with the result.
Linklaters took home the Plate and new entrants EY won the Fair Play Award, with Simmons and Simmons also being highly thought of by the umpires.
LawCare were back 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.
Plate to cap a strong afternoon on the field.
Daniel How Tournament Director told us:
'This was the biggest and best tournament we have hosted, and we couldn’t be happier with the number of firms taking part. We were especially happy to see our friends from William Fry back over from Ireland, as well as so many new entrants – all of whom have said they’ll be back next year. Mixed Tag now looks like the binding tournament – bringing together the rugby and netball and enabling even those who have never played before to get involved. We can’t wait for next year.’
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