16 schools from eight counties as far flung as Suffolk competed in the 23rd Pinewood 7s Tournament . The schools were split into four groups with the winner and runner up playing in the Main Competition and the 3rd and 4th placed teams competing for the Plate.
Pinewood struggled with the change from XV Rugby to 7s and went through into the Plate Competition. Suddenly they developed a late understanding of the differences and started to play some good 7s. In the quarter finals they beat Old Buckenham Hall and then reached the Final by beating Winchester House in a match which went into extra time. The final was a nail biting affair which Pinewood narrowly lost to Cheam (Cheam were coached by the only coach to have brought a team to the first ever Pinewood 7s tournament – Huw Powell).
In the Main Competition Swanbourne House lost to Wycliffe in the first semi-final, while The Elms beat The Downs, Malvern. The final was an excellent match between two evenly matched teams, but The Elms managed to scrape a narrow victory and were awarded the Steggall Trophy.
Our grateful thanks go to the referees, who were house masters or rugby coaches from the following senior schools: Marlborough, Cheltenham, St Edward’s Oxford, Rendcomb and Dean Close. The pitches were wonderfully manicured and marked by the ground staff, and the players and their parents were fed by the school catering team. Without the full support of the whole Pinewood Team this tournament would not be the success that it is.