Rugby players from around the region show off their talents
AN ESTIMATED 3,000 people came through the gates at Clifton's Cribbs Causeway ground on Sunday for the club's annual mini rugby festival.
A total 840 youngsters – 146 of which represented Clifton – drawn from 11 clubs – Berry Hill, Broad Plain, Cleve, Clifton, Dings, Dursley, Keynsham, Lydney, Old Bristolians, St Brendan's and Tetbury – turned on the style and, gave the large crowd plenty to cheer about on a beautifully warm and sunny autumn day.
Clifton junior chairman Ian Vaughan said: "This tournament is getting bigger and better every year, and we wouldn't be able to lay on this kind of function without a small army of helpers and volunteers. This year, club captain Aftab Hamid and his wife Sarah, were our tournament co-ordinators, and they did a magnificent job. The standard of rugby was of the highest order, and everyone who entered teams this season played their part in making it resounding success."
Hosts Clifton won the Under-7s cup, after a narrow 4-3 victory over Tetbury, Lydney won the third-placed shield.
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Keynsham pipped Old Bristolians to the post with a 5-4 win at Under-8s level, with Cleve winning the Shield.
Clifton and Cleve shard the Under-9s title following their tense 0-0 draw in the final. Old B's picked up the Under-9s shield. Tetbuy edged past Cleve to claim the Under-10s title (Keynsham shield winners), while Keynsham lifted the Under-11s and Under-12s trophies after victories against Old Bristolians (4-0) and Clifton (1-0) respectively. Cleve claiming the Under-12s shield.