After two days of competition the 1st VII reached the final of the Cup competition at the Rosslyn Park National 7’s on the afternoon of Friday 29 March; the first Dulwich side to do so since the 1940’s. A truly outstanding achievement.
Day one started with strong victories over Sherborne (36-0), Coleg Gwent, Crosskeys College (40-10), before an Enzo Croy try with time expired gave victory over a powerful Denstone side (21-19), then a strong finish to the group stages against Bedford (40-10). Winners of the group, the team progressed to the Cup competition on Day 2.
The Day 2 morning group stage, started with an excellent first victory over Brighton, followed by an exceptional and nail biting 12-10 victory over tournament favourites Sedbergh. A truly outstanding team performance epitomised by a resolute defensive effort.
A tough win over a physical Blundells side in the last group game, led to a semi-final versus Clifton College. Two very tired teams battled hard with Dulwich coming out on top, 28-19. This took us through to the final against Sedbergh again (who had qualified by virtue of being the best runner up).
Unfortunately Sedbergh were the much stronger side second time round, and produced a magnificent performance which we could not match, with fatigue and injuries beginning to take their toll. Sedbergh were thoroughly deserving of their victory, despite an outstanding effort from the Dulwich team who tried valiantly to the final whistle.
The team were a remarkable credit to the College over the two days for their endeavour, sportsmanship and skill. A special mention to Oludara Odunlami who captained the team on Day 2, after Max Bliss became injured on Day 1, with some outstanding individual performances inspiring his team. Also to the Year 13’s who took part for their incredible contribution to College Rugby; Max Bliss, Oludara Odunlami, Mikel Davies, Jake Thomas, Nick Hwong and Tom Wade.
Max Bliss (Capt), Olu Odunlami (V-Capt), Mikel Davies, Jake Thomas, Tom Wade, Nick Hwong, Alex Cahill, Enzo Croy, Jack Springate, George Rawkins, Isaac Gleave, Marcus Marchant, Joe Colahan, Ben Potter.
Congratulations to Max and Oludara who will go on to trial for the England 7’s Academy squad this coming Easter - we wish them the very best of luck.
We are also delighted that the U16’s and U14’s qualified for Day Two of their respective competitions. Unfortunately they could progress no further but still demonstrating a healthy future of the shortened format of the game here at the College.