If it's raining in your part of the Cape Peninsula then you know it is time for the 43rd Villager Sevens, which has seldom been blessed by good weather but always by lots of enthusiasm and fun. It is one of the best rugby days of the year.
It starts at 14.00 on 2 September 2011 and will end at about 20.40. As last year there will be 32 teams from the 23 schools taking part and last year's excellent winners, Tygerberg, will be back to defend their title.
To start with 16 matches will be played deciding who takes part in the Trophy Tournament (16 Winning Teams in Round 1) and who moves onto the Plate Section (16 Losing Teams in Round 1).
Teams consist of seven players and three reserves. Matches are played seven minutes each way, with a minute's break in-between. The Final is 10 minutes each way. All matches which result in draw, will move onto Sudden Death. Spells will last 5 minutes each way until a team scores, resulting in the winner.
The 32 teams are: American Int., Bergvliet, Bishops A, Bishops B, Drakenstein, Fish Hoek A, Fish Hoek B, Groote Schuur, JAG ExcelsiorJAG/Reddam, JAG Malibu, Lagunya, Langa, Milnerton, Muizenberg, lumstead, Reddam Atlantic, Rondebosch A, Rondebosch B, SACS A, SACS B, SACS C, Tableiew, Temperance, Tygerberg Hoërskool, Tygerberg RFC A, Tygerberg RFC B, Voortrekker, Westerford, Wynberg A, Wynberg B, Zwaanswyk
The tournament was founded in 1968 by Dave Stewart and John Gainsford, who were backed by Logans Sportsmans Warehouse since its inception. The first match was played in 1969.
The matches are played across all three (A, B and C) of the Villager Football Club fields. Fields close progressively through the day, finally to a point where all of the finals are played on the A Field.
1982: Bishops B
1995: Kings College, New Zealand
1997: Northerns RFC
2004: Tygerberg RFC
2010: Tygerberg Hoërskool
1973: Wynberg B
1974: Fish Hoek
1975: Westerford A
1977: Fish Hoek
1979: Westerford A
1981: Rondebosch B
1982: Camps Bay
1984: Northerns RFC B
1985: St George's
1987: Rondebosch B
1988: Plumstead A
1989: St George's
1990: SACS B
1991: Lagunya RFC
1993: Fish Hoek A
1994: Primrose RFC
1995: Primrose RFC
1996: Lagunya RFC
1997: Bishops B
1999: Fish Hoek A
2000: Groote Schuur
2001: Lagunya RFC
2002: Jan van Riebeeck
2003: SACS B
2004: Fish Hoek A
2006: Tygerberg B
2007: No competition
2010: Temperance RFC
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