Friday's 61st John Smith's Pocklington 7s was the focal point of a busy festival weekend of rugby at Pocklington, and Selby RUFC had four teams representing the Club. On Good Friday the senior men’s and u18 girls teams took part and on Easter Sunday the club's junior section represented by the u14s and girls u15s getting in on the seven-a-side act.
Pocklington is a stronghold of seven-a-side rugby. The Good Friday Pock 7s is the oldest and biggest competition in Yorkshire that regularly draws a crowd of around 3,000 to the event.
This year the Good Friday event got an early start with the inaugural Ladies u18 7s kicking off before the main event at 1 o’clcok. A good crowd gathered to watch some impressive rugby from a three way competition between Pocklington, Scarborough and Selby/Doncaster. Selby/Doncaster won both of their matches and were crowned the winners of what is hoped will become an annual event. The new cup hadn’t arrived so the girls “borrowed” the men’s cup for their picture.
You couldn’t have asked for a better day or venue and by the time the men’s matches started the club was buzzing. Selby started well against a good Hull Ionians side and won their match, shortly followed by losing to the eventual winners, The Mighty 'Peth, from Morpeth. I don’t think the boys were too disappointed as a decent contingency of supporters enjoyed a good afternoon and after match meal and a “few” beers.
The u14 boys won all three of the games in their pool (York, Pocklington and Stocksbridge). They played Beverley in the semi-final but sadly lost that game and West Park were the eventual winners of the u14 games.
Another first this year was a u15 girls 7s competition. The basics of Rugby - running, passing, tackling and decision-making - are key components of Rugby Sevens, as are creating space and keeping possession of the ball and the u15 Selby girls certainly managed this in all their matches getting through to the Final, but lost out in a fiercely fought match to Doncaster.
Looking forward to next year's 7s already!
Updated 13:03 - 22 May 2019 by Karen Ratcliffe