JRFC Vets 10's tournament
The annual Jersey RFC Super 10s Veterans Tournament takes place annually on the first weekend of October.
Jersey RFC's Veterans Super 10s tournament was founded in 1997, so 2017 will be the 20th Anniversary (+21st running) of the tournament that's become an annual institution, and is kindly sponsored by Barclays. This year's dates are Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October 2017.
Although Jersey RFC has risen five rungs up the RFU ladder since the tournament started, and now has a professional 1st XV competing in the Greene King IPA Championship (level two of the RFU pyramid), the Vets has remained as a beacon of old-school rugby. There are no warm-downs, no protein shakes and the ice cubes go into the gin-and-tonics, not the bath.
Many clubs have been attending the tournament for many years, notably our friends from Brittany, the Super Frelons, as well as teams from all parts of the UK, including St Agnes in Cornwall (shown below in their 2011 team strip), Ossett in Yorkshire, Denbigh from North Wales, Old Freemen's from Surrey and teams from our own Island and nighbours in Guernsey.
The format of the tournament has remained largely unchanged, apart from a few tweaks to reflect changes in numbers of teams or amendments to kick-off times when there are World Cup matches to be watched. All teams gather for a Friday night reception where there is the chance to meet friends old and new and get into the swing of the event.
Around mid-morning on Saturday, the rugby gets underway - teams are divided into groups and play in a round-robin format. The rugby will usually conclude at around 4.30pm on the Saturday, allowing plenty of time for players to re-hydrate, initially at the rugby club bar and then at the many pubs, bars and clubs which Jersey has to offer.
Regardless of results on Saturday, everyone reports for duty, with just the odd modest hangover, on Sunday morning for the knock-out stages - all teams are split between the Cup, Bowl and Plate events, depending on their results on Saturday. The event culminates in the finals to the three events, followed by a presentation ceremony at around 3pm.
Although teams are playing to win, especially as the tournament nears its climax, the emphasis is also on fun and there are a number of awards such as the Champagne Moment, the Oldest Player etc.
2016 Roll of Honour
Cup Final: Henley 28 Guernsey 14
Bowl: Denbigh Dogs 26 RAF Vultures 14
Plate: Jersey Wanderers 33 Leeds Corinthians Rattlers 7Shield Final: Guy's Hospital Penguins 35 Tonyrefail Old Dogs 19
Among the teams already invited for 2017:
Basingstoke Old Gits
Guy’s Hospital Penguins
Leeds Corinthians Rattlers
Les Coquillarts, Saint-Brieuc
New Ash Green Pirates
Tonyrefail Old Dogs
If your club is interested, please contact tournament organiser Kate Innes - firstname.lastname@example.org