The Army had a strong showing at this year’s RAF Akrotiri 10s. The competition played over four evenings in the heat of the Cyprus summer attracted 10 Army men’s and women’s teams and is an ideal way to end the domestic season on a high.
The Army’s ‘big guns’ seven teams had made the effort to take part and a fast flowing plate final had 23 Pioneer Regiment RLC defeat 1 Bn Royal Welsh to claim the silverware on a warm and humid evening. The women’s final pitted the ‘on island’ team ‘pink ladies’ taking on the Royal Logistic Corps women’s team. After a close first half the ‘Loggies’ Ladies showed speed on the flanks and powered to an impressive win.
The last game of the competition, the Cup final was played in front of a large crowd kicking off nearing 2100hrs in humid and testing conditions. The top two Army 7s teams; this year’s Inter Unit 7s champions Scots Dragoon Guards based in Fallingbostal battled it out against the 2011 champions 17 Port & Maritime Regiment presently deployed and undertaking United Nations duties in Cyprus to be crowned champions. The match displayed why these two teams had picked up the Army’s silverware in the last three years.
The game was a classic! Both sides displayed the core values of rugby, great teamwork, skill, commitment and respect for the opposition and match officials, at half time everyone drew breath but no points had been scored. It had been an end to end ding dong battle. Eventually as the minutes ticked away in the second half the 17 Port & Maritime hooker showed great speed and powered over the line from 20 metres out, a second try closely followed and sealed the victory. Scots DGs were a defeated but proud team and their part in this final was every inch that of their victors.
Units are encouraged to advantage of this historic festival of tens rugby, entering the competition and by applying for an Army Sports Lottery grant and an ARU overseas tour grant literally covers all civ air costs, what could be simpler ! For more information on the 2014 event please contact the Secretary of the Army Rugby Union on