Colonsay RFC Annual Men's 10s and Women's 7s Tournament

  

Saturday 29 July 2017 - Colonsay - probably the smallest island to host a rugby tournament - hosted the Fifth Colonsay Rugby Festival.


 
This year we welcomed new teams and also our returning teams:       
                                                                 Ochaloch Bears
                                                                  Stirling University 
                                                                  EDinburgh University
                                                                  GLasgow University
                                                                  Strathendrick
                                                                  ALlen Glen
                                                                  Inverlith RFC
                                                                  Corry Vreckan (this is a new name, they came as Coll in 2014)

We were very sad that Islay could not come at  the last minute.
                                     
The first Festival took place on 28th of July 2012 and was a fantastic success. Four men's and two women's teams took party in a great weekend of rugby and dancing. The men's winners were Oban Lorne, the women's were the Warthogs from Edinburgh and Stirling. 

The second Festival was another resounding success. Some outstanding rugby played, with 3 new teams attending. Ochalochs were the victors after a brilliant final vs. Lomond. The Warthogs were victors for the second year playing two fantastic games.

The third Festival in July 2014 was even better. The standard of rugby has increased year on year and the family feeling and island welcome continues to make the festival very special. The final between Coll RFC and Oban RFC was very close, with Oban winning. Coll are determined to return in 2015 to take the trophy.

The fourth Festival was on a glorious day. The standard of rugby increased again with two fabulous semi finals and then a tight final between Oban and Corry Vreckan with Corry Vreckan winning in the last minutes.

We missed out on a festival in 2016 as the eldest son of the organisers was getting married!

But 2017 was probably the best festival of them all. Rainy and windy but great rugby from both women and mens teams, with dramatic semi final and then a very competitive mens final between Ochaloch bears (winners of the 2013 festival) and Corry Vreckan ( winners of the 2015 festival), with Ochalochs winning.

See our Facebook page for photos of all the Festivals. https://m.facebook.com/TheColonsayRugbyFestival/?locale2=en_GB

Dave Beaumont, President of Strathendrick: "Great organisation, excellent banter between the teams, and a totally enjoyable atmosphere in a superb location, what more could we want?" 

Rhona Lloyd, Captain Edinburgh University, " Now that my hangover has subsided I wanted to say thank you for a fantastic weekend as I don’t think I did on Sunday. I’ve done a lot of the island 7s tournaments and Colonsay takes the win. We’ll be back next year."

One of the highlights of the Festival is the ceilidh on the saturday evening when many islanders join the players late into the night.


The 2018 Festival will be on 28 july 2018.


To receive updates contact tournament coordinator Kate Middleton at colonsayrugbyfestival@gmail.com