The 'Wooden Spoon Marauders' won the coveted Mens Elite Trophy in the 2014 Heineken Kinsale 7s, scooping â‚¬10,000. They beat the Wild Geese, last yearâ€™s winners with a convincing score of 30-0.
In the Menâ€™s Open Competition, The Lightning Bolts narrowly beat The Crusaders in an exciting final that finished 10-10, winning the trophy for a consecutive year. The â€˜Bolts, from Dublin, ran in the first try after the final whistle, winning the match, much to the delight of their supporters and â€˜water boyâ€™ Irish golfer Shane Lowry who enjoyed touring with the team again this year.
The Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies 2 deservedly won the Mens Social Competition, beating the Ruckaroos 12-10. This was quite a poignant victory as the team were remembering their team mate Alan Feeley who died of a brain haemorrhage last year. Alan had toured with the â€˜Rubber Duckiesâ€™ for the past two years. www.alanfeeley.com is their site that is dedicated to Live Life Give Life â€“ a campaign promoting organ donation and healthy living.
The Wooden Spoons a UK childrenâ€™s charity team won the Womenâ€™s Competition for the second year in a row, victorious over the Adler 7s from Germany in a closely fought contest 15-12. Adler 7s are made up primarily of members of the US forces residing in Germany.
The Heineken Kinsale 7s is the longest running Club organised tournament in Europe with a prize fund of â‚¬30,000. Overall prize winners included:
The Wooden Spoon Marauders
The Lightning Bolts
The Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies 2
Womenâ€™s Elite / Open
The Wooden Spoons
The Lady Rogues
Despite the â€˜softâ€™ weather, a blast of 86 teamsâ€™ technicolour rugby jerseys set the scene for the 2014 Heineken Kinsale Rugby 7s, with over 8,000 players, spectators and people of Kinsale enjoying two days of competitive rugby as well as fun and festivities that Kinsale always attracts.
Featuring elite and club players from Norway, Germany, Luxembourg the UK and throughout Ireland, the 2014 Heineken Kinsale 7s celebrates the spirit of a top-class rugby tournament with a great atmosphere.
The Heineken Kinsale 7s generates a massive boost to the local economy at the start of the tourist season and is staffed entirely by volunteers.
For the sixth year, Kukri is the official event wear for the Kinsale 7s. At the launch, Philip Stokes, Tournament Director announced that Kukri has just signed a deal for a further three years and thanked Terry Jackson, Managing Director of Kukri for their continued involvement and support.
Other partners include Pride Passion Party; Hayes Caravan Services, Kinsale Town Council and EMC. Charity partners this year include Kinsale Youth Support Services Project (KYSS) and the Wooden Spoon Childrenâ€™s Charity of Rugby.
The Heineken Kinsale 7s had over 150,000 facebook friends during the weekend, demonstrating the vast network the event connects. For Results and updates, visit www.kinsale7s.com of follow us on facebook and twitter @kinsale7s.