Olney Sevens!

Olney Sevens 2012

Olney 7s 2012 With five hugely successful events behind the club and a growing reputation the 2012 Olney 7s promises to be another great rugby day out. The standard of 7s and the quality of competition at Olney 7s continues to improve year on year. This year’s event takes place on Saturday 7th July at the home of Buckinghamshire based Olney Rugby Club, not far from J14 of the M1. The main Data-Re open tournament, for up to 20 teams, has a cash prize of £500 to the winning team.  Competition for this tournament looks good for 2012 with previous winners POD, joined once again by Carmarthen Warriors, Clic Sargent Godfathers, Qube, Hammerheads and Marauders Belief Academy.


New faces this year include Trojan 7s, Royals Sevens, The Cockatoos, Redstone 7s and Olney’s local rivals Aylesbury RFC.  With returning teams including Hollywood 7s and Crispin Rhodes Crusaders the player’s complimentary Olney 7s T shirts will be seen all over the country after July 7th!

Now in its second year is the Hopping Mad tournament, aimed at players who are mainly over 30 or play in lower club or work sides.  Interest in this social tournament has been very high and places were filled quickly.  This may have something to do with the liquid prize from the tournament sponsors; The Olney based Hopping Mad Brewery! Olney 7s is a superb spectator and family day out.

Entrance is free with both tournaments starting with the pool stages from 10.30 in the morning, continuing with all teams entering the knockout stages in the afternoon.  Finals and presentations to the winning teams should be complete by 6.30 pm.  BBQ and food is on sale and the bar is open all day.

The social side continues into the night with a hog roast and MK band ‘Legion’ playing live on stage. ‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank Olney for having us for the weekend. The club were fantastic hosts and the event seemed to be exceptionally well received across both tournaments. Looking forward to Olney 7s 2012!’ said Phil Tomlinson from Sheffield Bears after last year’s event.

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For more information on the Olney 7’s see the links below.

www.olneyrfc.co.uk  and www.pitchero.com/clubs/olney7s


Ohhh what a night!

Ladies night is long-awaited amongst the busy Leicester Tigers events teams schedule and all I can say is, what a night!

Harry Ellis, Mel, Debs and I

Arriving at Welford Road fashionably late of course I chucked my jacket into the temporary cloakroom in what I am only used to seeing as the Final Whistle. Also inside this makeshift closet were the boys all 120 of them! The room was open plan with a bar at either end, perfect I hear you cry. With 60 tables laid up with wine the girls took to their seats and nervously awaited the gents that would be serving their table. Each table was assigned two players usually a combination of senior and academy. While most of the ladies were hoping for a current member of the Elite Squad, personally I was hoping for a Tigers veteran, George Chuter because lets face it, his banter is top-notch. As the table numbers were announced roars and cheers went up when ladies received their wine waiters to “use” for the evening. And then it was getting closer to our table, 21 Dan Cole…. us next 22…. George Chuter accompanied by the lovely academy player Mitch Turner. Well that was it we had set the standard with the loudest roar and not even Castro could compete. Chutes was attentive and Mitch followed perfectly like a good young apprentice. We couldn’t have asked for anymore!

Before dinner it was announced that there was a photo booth to use with no other than Harry Ellis followed by Tom Croft, Martin Castrogiovanni and Geordan Murphy. seeking a bit of a giggle my party elected for snaps with Castro and Harry. See the results at your own risk.

Big time Castro!

 Next followed a lovely three-course meal, although I must admit I didn’t eat the dessert. A combination of wine and a certain player having the munchies stopped this. Still it was lovely food and served by a great team of staff. The boys were great again in filling up the wine glasses and were perfectly attentive, I spy a post playing career profession for a few.

Next followed the post dinner entertainment which was a sing off between Ed Slater, Niall Morris, George Chuter and Cookie from the academy squad. It was a close fought competition with Morris undeniably singing the best but our boy Chutes had the crowd on side and it was declared a draw. Next followed a surprise rendition of “La Bamba” by none other than Castro and Horatio Agulla. That was that, the floor was taken to by pretty much everyone there and there was some serious dancing to be had.

The songs were good the atmosphere was great and someone must have turned up the heat because pretty much all the academy boys found it necessary to remove clothing (Photos below). I did have to put my eyes back to where they should be however when I remembered that most of them were only about 17.

The night was a huge success and this is mainly due to the dedication put in by all, the Tigers events team are always at the top of their game and coupled with The Matt Hampson Foundation the night could not have been anything but a triumph. The most important thing that came from the evening though was knowing the money raised was going to Matt’s fantastic cause supporting others around him in similar situations. That message was underlying all the fun and I think that the evening was made more enjoyable knowing that I was drinking and being surrounded by handsome men for such a worthy cause.

So cheers to Matt Hampson and all that work and are involved in his foundation.

So now for our awards for the top five players that attended to us that evening. They are in no particular order because that would be cruel. It was a very hard decision and all the boys were great but these really stood out for me individually.

George Chuter and Mitch Turner (yes I’m allowed to make them into one person). Our fabulous wine waiters, the best we could have hoped for that you so much!

Harry Ellis. A great sport and never one to turn down a photo or a laugh, and really did give us a very special photo to take away and share with you.

Kieran Brookes. Spent a lot of time on our table and helped our boys out, especially huge credit due because he was doing the evening with his leg in a splint/cast!

Gastro (Geordan Murphy and Martin Castrogiovanni) Epic patience with us when taking photos and for those who don’t know, Castro always smells divine and Murphy gives the best “cuddles” ever!

Now this was hard a toss-up between Calum Green and Ben Pienaar. But lets face it its all for charity so both are worth a mention. Calum Green was on great form and Ben’s banter is second to none especially taking me calling him a “shit” tweeter! Sorry Ben!


I hope you enjoyed my review.


Cheers for reading!




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Looseheads Cards

Twitter is a marvellous invention no? Maybe you will come across the Looseheads (@looseheads) as I did and love the idea they had for charity. Looseheads sell rugby related cards for charity. All designed and made in house to secure maximum donations for those who they support and also give that sentimental touch to the products they create. Below Phillip Collins (not “the” Phil Collins but still) tells The Rugby Diary how the idea came about and and where the money goes

The Brain Wave

The idea was born over a few pints by a couple of blokes who meet in the pub and talk nonsense; mainly about rugby, reminiscing about our playing days and planning just one last game! Occasionally we come up with an idea we put into practice, like this range of rugby themed Christmas and general greetings cards.We started producing the cards in 2008 with 4 designs, illustrated by the girl who poured our pints. These were sold just locally around Chipping Norton and raised a modest amount for our rugby club funds, Chipping Norton RUFC. Five new designs were added in 2009, before our barmaid ran away to Australia.

We set up a website that year to sell the cards online, which led to a dramatic increase in sales. We also donated a large proportion of the sales revenue that year to the Matt Hampson Trust. Last year, 2010, we added 3 new Christmas designs.

We have been lucky to have had these new cards illustrated by James Wade, well known for his illustrations in the comic strip Mr Badshot which appears in the Shooting Times. We again were able to donate a considerable amount to the Matt Hampson Foundation and also to sponsor Chipping Norton Under 14s new rugby shirts for the new season. We have also added our range of Ruck ‘n’ Roll greetings cards.  These too have been drawn by James. This year donations from the sale of our rugby themed Christmas cards will go to Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby and the Matt Hampson Foundation. LooseHeads is run by CN Events, a not for profit organisation which aims to help local sport and national sporting charities, through the sale of cards and also by promoting the Chipping Norton RUFC Beer Festival.

So if you are yet to purchase your Christmas cards have a look at their website http://looseheads.co.uk/. Or if like me you like to have cards stock piled for any eventuality, pop onto their site as they have several designs that can be used for any occasion.

Good luck Looseheads we wish you every success!