MCM2 Descend on Slough for their Inaugural 7s competition




Slough RFC 7s competition

Sailors and Alumni of MCM 2 at first tournament
Dale Partington shows a clean pair of heels against High Wycombe, the group winners
Christian Chess breaking through Weybridge defence
Danny Lynch find the gaps and Alex Macaulay in support against the Millionaires

Against the background of the Elite Competition featuring the likes of specialist Sevens’ teams including the Apache Braves, Oxfam Crusaders, Olaf’s Axes and Royal Navy Sharks on Saturday 9th July, sailors gathered at Slough Rugby Football Club for the inaugural tournament of 2nd Mine Countermeasures Squadron summer 7s campaign.

Made up of serving sailors from the Squadron and Alumni, the team of 9 journeymen rugby players entered the aptly named ‘Beer Competition’. Understanding the level of skill required to compete at the top tier they opted to enjoy the day’s entertainment whilst dabbling in a little rugby!

The first game saw MCM2 lose 28-14, to a well drilled side from Reeds Weybridge RFC by two tries, with Chris Brettell running in 2 tries for the Squadron. The second game was a much more entertaining affair, with MCM2 dominating York Millionaires (a group of University friends brought together for similar reasons to the MCM2 team) by 6 tries to 2, with Danny Lynch running in 3 for the squadron, including a spectacular solo effort from the opposition kickoff. Having had a taste of victory the final game saw MCM2 soundly beaten by the eventual group winners, the Green Dragons, whose fitness and team cohesion were too much for the fledgling squadron side with the High Wycombe side winning 24-14 .

Unfortunately due to the tournament format this meant that it was the final game for MCM2 squadron, but the boys didn’t let that stop for fun, as they moved to Pitch 1 to watch the Royal Navy Sharks in the Elite Competition, whilst enjoying some well-earned refreshment.

MCM2 7s team actively support the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and wear their logo on the playing shirt in order to raise awareness for the charity and all the Service families they have helped.

Following in the footsteps of the RN Sharks, the MCM2 players will next take the field at the North Dorset 7s Competition, 23 Jul 16, hoping to improve on their solid start.

MCM2 Squad:
Ben Allen, Chris Brettell, Danny Lynch, Dale Partington, James Marsh, Christian Chess, Samuel Turner, Alex Macaulay, Jake Lundon.

Article by Ben Allen
Images by Alligin Photography ©John Walton