Hope Valley RFC again hosted the Merseyside and Derbyshire Annual Rugby social event versus Crosby St Mary’s this close season, which saw Crosby retain their trophy.
This year the tournament was expanded to include a veterans team from Colchester RFC, organised by former Valley player Mike Woodhouse, to increase the competition.
A gloriously sunny afternoon set the scene for a feast of rugby, with Hope Valley playing Colchester first.
In a keenly fought contest, Hope lead through an Austin try, converted by Somerton. Colchester fought back with an unconverted try, before a great break by Boot set up Johnson to get Valley’s second, with Somerton again converting.
Keeley finished off a backs’ move to score out wide to make it 19-5, and Colchester scored a late consolation to make the final score 19-10.
Valley then played a second game back to back against a fresh Crosby St Mary’s team.
Crosby dominated early on to establish a convincing lead at half-time, with Boak scoring the only try for Hope.
Somerton scored another to reduce the deficit, and Boot capped a great performance with a breakaway try under the posts.
The final score was a respectable 31-17 to Crosby.
The final game was Colchester v Crosby St Mary’s, and again the young Crosby backs showed their class.
Colchester stuck at despite the heat not letting up, and and brought the game level to 14-all.
Crosby were keen to keep their hands on the trophy, and bagged the decisive try to win 21-14.
That meant Crosby had yet again retained the trophy by a one try winning margin.
The players were happy to now put their feet up for a much-needed beer and BBQ, before everyone ventured down to sample the pubs of Castleton.
The festivities carried on for the rest of the evening, with everyone looking forward to doing the same again next summer.