Saturday 31st August saw the Vulcans made the trip across Yorkshire to compete in the first ever Humber 10s Tournament, hosted by Hull Roundheads at the impressive Hull Ionians RUFC ground. Celebrating the Roundhead’s 1st Birthday, a team of Vulcans were happy to get involved. Alastair Geddes writes about the event and what the Sheffield Vulcans took from the day.
Four teams were competing on the day – with the Newcastle Ravens, Lancashire Typhoons and of course the Hull Roundheads present. Like the other teams, the Vulcans squad consisted of a mixture of experienced and newer players – with a couple of players actually playing in their first ever competitive matches!
The format of the games was two ten-minute halves with a brief pause at half time – an intense and challenging format with the fast-paced action of the 7s format combined with the attritional nature of the regular game. The Vulcans began the day with a competitive match against the Typhoons – where they were beaten in a close match despite gaining an early lead. The next challenge came in the form of the Newcastle Ravens – one of Britain’s top IGR sides – who ran out well deserved winners in that match, before going on to lift the trophy at the end of the day.
The final game saw the Vulcans face off against the host side – the Roundheads – where again they found themselves getting over the line several times early on before ultimately falling short. Every single player did themselves and their club proud, and there were some really promising signs going into the new season. All the matches were conducted in the usual great spirit of rugby, with a great atmosphere carrying on throughout the day.
Perhaps inspired by England’s heroics against Ireland the previous weekend, Vulcans’ top scorer on the day was Leftie, while Dan was awarded forward of the day. Back of the day was Matt after some slick work in the backs while Captain Innes was awarded ‘D*ck of the Day’ (probably for suspect tackling) despite all round mischief in the breakdown by the rest of the team.
Food and drinks in the clubhouse followed, with most then venturing into Hull for further refreshment afterwards. Thank you to the Hull Ionians for putting on a great weekend and congratulations to the Newcastle Ravens for a very impressive performance.
Our weekend in the 2017 City of Culture did not disappoint, and we look forward to returning in the near future!