Success of QE Sevens

The 33rd annual Rugby Sevens tournament at Queen Elizabeth’s School was a great success, with good rugby underpinned by excellent organisation.

The annual seven-a-side tournament, believed to be the country’s second-biggest schools sevens competition, takes place on the second Sunday each March. This year, it featured 40 leading schools, with teams from as far afield as The Wirral, Gloucestershire and Wales. Games are played on fullsize pitches at the School and at Barnet RFC.

Teams compete in group stages at U14 and U16 levels, with 32 teams in each age division. The winner of each group goes through to the Main quarter-finals, while the second-placed team proceeds to the Plate quarter-finals.

QE U16s reached the semi-final of the Plate competition, while the U14s were knocked out following the group stage.

Head of Games Mark Peplow said: “This was another highly successful tournament that ran smoothly throughout the day, with very competitive rugby played in an excellent spirit of good sportsmanship.”

Mr Peplow paid tribute to the contributions made by the staff, the London Society of Referees and by the QE ‘tea mums’, who raised £250 for the North London Hospice.