JRFC Vets 10's tournament
The annual Jersey RFC Super 10s Veterans Tournament takes place annually on the first weekend of October.
Although Jersey RFC has risen five rungs up the RFU ladder since the tournament started in 1997, 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.
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 12noon 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/5pm 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.
2018 Roll of Honour
Cup Final: Henley Suckers 28 RAF Vipers 21
Bowl: Guernsey 5 Breizh Lascars 35
Plate: Old Freemen's 21 Henley Fockers 26
Shield Final: Les Coquillarts 21 Jersey New Ash Green 28
Participating teams for 2019 (October 5th & 6th):
If your club is interested in future tournaments, please contact tournament organiser Kate Innes - firstname.lastname@example.org