Marham Bulls Match Report: Newbury Sevens Rugby Tournament

This April saw RAF Marham Rugby Team journey down to Oxford for the annual rugby sevens competition held at Newbury Rugby Club. It has been an up and down season for the team seeing dramatic victories, like the one on Marham home turf finishing 72-3 against RAF Halton contrasting against some disappointing defeats.

The team has travelled across the country to take on other RAF stations as well as fixtures as diverse as Aylesbury Young Offenders Prison against the inmates. At the start of the tournament, it was difficult to predict which Marham side would turn up on the day.

The day started at six o’clock in the morning on a coach en route to Oxford for a 10:30am start for the initial group stage of the competition. 12 RAF station teams had been split down into two groups with the top 4 teams from each group going into the cup (top two spots) and the plate competition (3rd and 4th). Marham’s group saw them taking on Leeming, Odiham, Brize Norton 1st XV, Valley and Cottesmore/Wittering in the initial phase.

In our group, Marham recorded victories over Leeming, Valley and Cottesmore, but loses against Brize and Odiham meaning a 3rd place finish, securing a place in the plate competition. The semi final saw a game against Cosford with Marham comprehensive victors gaining a place in the final of the plate competition and, by twist of fate, again playing Odiham who had won their semi final match.

The final started well for Marham, who took an early lead and this was held until half time at 5-0. Shortly after half time, Odiham levelled the scores at 5-5 and all was to play for! With five minutes to go on the watch, Odiham again scored and missed the following conversion leaving the score now 10-5 to Odiham. The game ended on this score with Marham inches away from pulling even in the dying seconds, Odiham the worthy victors.

And so the tournament brought to an end a highly enjoyable rugby union season for the Bulls which has seen many new players and a massive improvement in game quality! The Bulls now concentrate on the Rugby League season for the summer months and all standards are welcome.

I would like to thank all those who participated during the season and encourage anyone interested to attend the cardio training on Monday’s at 1800hrs and skills and drills on a Tuesday at 1800hrs just next to the astro pitch next to the station football pitch.

Enjoy the summer! SAC Conrad J Quarmby

For more details feel free to get in touch:
OIC: Flt Lt Chris Pearson Ext: 3526
Club Chairman: SAC Conrad Quarmby Ext: 7274
Team Captain: SAC Chris Dorling Ext: 3476
Publicity: Cpl Stu Coates Ext: 4931


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