This weekend marks the return of the St. Andrews Brewing Company 7s, and this year, the competition celebrates its landmark 50th year.
With 26 men’s teams and 10 women’s teams, the student-organised competition remains as healthy as ever, and the men’s and women’s tournaments will be running alongside one another across six pitches on Saturday.
The men’s tournament begins with pool stages before the first- and second-placed teams from each pool advance into the Cup competition, with those in third place dropping into the Plate competition.
The smaller women’s competition operates in a round-robin format, before the top two teams compete for the Cup with third and fourth place teams going head-to-head for the Plate.
The finals will take place on University Park, the University’s 1st XV’s pitch.
St Andrews Brewing Company returns as the event’s headline sponsor, after supporting the event last year and they will also operate the bar on the day.
A food village also features again this year as regular attendees Blackhorn burger restaurant and newcomers Fire & Dough will be on-site to provide burgers and pizzas to the day’s spectators, who usually number in their hundreds.
New to the event, hairdresser’s Club 51 will be offering raffle-winners the chance to have a free pitch-side hair-cut, while the UK’s first high-alkaline ionised water manufacturers, Actiph Water, are signed on to provide the water for the 36 attending teams.
Second-year student and captain of ‘Socks and Sunglasses’ team, Alex Lockie sees the event as unmissable, and plans to host friends from south of the border who have made the journey north for the competition.
Speaking on the event, he said: “St Andrews 7s is a great event and for me, it’s a chance to get some of my mates from home up to St Andrews so they can see the town in the sun and enjoy some running rugby.”
This year’s 7s Convenor, Michael Sutherland is looking forward to overseeing another successful competition in what will be his final year at University of St Andrews.
Looking ahead to the 7s, Michael said: “The sevens tournament is the pinnacle of the University of St. Andrews rugby club’s sporting calendar.”
“We always look forward to hosting a wide variety of teams from across the UK and the quality of players has been improving year on year and the tournament is becoming increasingly more competitive as a result.”
“Preparations are almost complete, and we’re looking forward to putting on another day of 7s for everyone to enjoy.”
Image Caption: Steve Sims Cavaliers’ Harry Jose fends off the tackle. Credit: St Andrews 7s Facebook