NEW MILTON RUGBY CLUB held their second annual Great 8 Charity Sevens and Touch tournament last Saturday at Ashley Rec.
Storm Hannah was predicted to bring in rain and high winds but thankfully the rain kept off for most of the day as mothers, daughters, dads, sons, friends, family and guests, all came together to play and celebrate the memory of former NMRFC player Harry Corbett.
Harry’s brother Jack and his mum and dad Barbara and David all took to the field to take part.
Jack captained Corbett’s 7 side and mum Barbara was part of the Mother Ruckers’ ladies touch team that lit the tournament up with their turn of pace, skills and stylish outfits.
This year the chosen charities were Papyrus (Prevention of Young Suicide) Calm (Campaign Against Living Miserably) and Samaritans.
After a day of relentless running the final of the sevens event was between the top two pool sides the Lonely Goats and Corbett 7s.
The Corbett 7s had beaten Goats in a tight pool game but in the final Goats exacted revenge to take the title.
The Corbett 7s took the lead after breaking through the Goats defensive line early in the first half. However, Goats’ top tournament try-scorer Ryan Morrell touched down to get them back into the game.
Finn Wood added a second for the Goats, but skipper Jack Corbett dived under the posts and converted his try to give Corbett’s a 12-10 lead.
In the second half, the Goats came out firing and Alex Boulter rounded the Corbett 7s defence to hand his side the advantage. With the game winding to a close, Boulter scored and converted his try to give the Goats an unassailable lead.
Corbett 7s scored a consolation just before the final whistle, but Boulter’s double was enough to provide the Lonely Goats their first sevens title of the season as they sealed a 24-19 win.
Two ladies’ teams, inventively named the Mother Ruckers, were entered into the touch festival, one in each pool group.
The afternoon started off with strong winds that made handling difficult, however due to all the hard work that had been put in the preceding months the ladies’ handling and defensive organisation was impeccable.
Both ladies’ teams finished the day strongly in mid table but just missed out on the finals. However, in the true spirit of the festival both the New Forest Nags and the Lads & Dads touch finalists decided that they would play the final with an additional three ladies on each side.
The rain and hail then descended but it could not dampen the spirit during the final with the New Forest Nags scoring the deciding try in the final few minutes.
The afternoon ended with a lovely touch that encapsulated the whole day. During the presentation of the touch trophy the Nags skipper graciously handed the trophy to the ladies’ captain as the winning try was scored by one of the Mother Ruckers and in his words “the last try wins”.
Charity organiser David Corbett said: “If rugby binds us, then today cemented us all under the NMRFC banner.”