London French claimed the Attic Storage London 10s cup after a fantastic day's rugby at Spring Hill


The London 10s returned for it's second edition on Saturday with over 150 people decending on Hackney for a day of Rugby festivities


The tournament opened with Hackney team 2 winning in what turned out to be one of tightest games of the day against Hampstead 2nds. Guy Watmore and Sam Wilkinson were among the scorers as skipper Johnny Crockett and his sunshine band enjoyed the fair weather early on in the day. After Hampstead's first team won over Woodford in the first ever 10s game on the bigger pitch at Spring Hill, the Emporer and his young guns, aka Hackney team 1 took to the smaller pitch to the stirring sound of the Steptoe and Son theme over the PA and claimed victory in the only Hackney derby of the day against a battle hardened team 2.

Men's rugby wasn't the only thing on the agenda as the Hackney Gladies played there first fixture of the season against Harlow in a freindly. With tries from Geraldine McGrogarthy and Alice Smith with a conversion from Alex Snider, Hackney led by 10 points at half time. After a longer than usual break watching Hackney team 1 demolish Hampstead 2nds on that pitch inspired by the additional space and strong running from Ollay Kazeem & Will Burrows, the Ladies returned to increase their advantage with perhaps try of the day scored by Ella Harte after a length of the field team move. An encouraging performance ahead of next week's league season kick off emphasised by a number of impressive debutants including fly half Justine Despins.

As this was happening over on the smaller pitch the final placings were beginning to take shape in the mens tournament. Woodford's victory of London Japanese gave them 5th place while confining the Asain expats to the wooden spoon playoff. The final pool matches saw Hackney's two sides who were unbeaten at that point fail in their bid to reach the final, team 3 losing in close encounter to an skillful looking young Hampstead 1st team despite an great performance from Alastiar Dunlop and a pre-game airing of Dire Straits on the PA to inspire Will "geordie music connoisseur" Bowers. Consolation could be found for captain Ben Chamberlain who claimed his first victory as skipper earlier on in the competition after nearly 10 years at the club.

As the rain began in earnest, the final kicked off and a powerful London French side took an early lead which was increased when a Hampstead player was sin-binned. The conditions couldn't dampen the high standard of rugby which had been evident throughout the day but stepped up for the last game. A Hampstead fightback through their speedy backs set up a breathless finish but the French hung on to lift the Attic Storage cup.


Thanks must go out to Damien, AJ, Dan Worth, Patch, Cian, Jess Cobb and Mark Nunn for their contributions to the day. Possibly the largest scale event we've held at the new clubhouse, it wouldn't of been such a success without you guys!!