For the fourth consecutive year, PwC has supported a community sporting event aimed at making rugby more accessible and encouraging more people to play and support the sport.
Organised by the Jersey Rugby Association, the Jersey international beach rugby tournament on Saturday, 20 July 2013 saw muddy rugby pitches swapped for the soft sand of St Brelade’s beach and the weather was once again on our side.
Providing a day of fun for families on the beach, the event attracted a large crowd of spectators. The tournament saw teams competing in the 5-a-side format split into three groups. The top two teams of each group progressed to the knock out stages and after a series of hotly contested games and rounds, the boys from Rawlinson and Hunter came out on top. Panthers won the bowl and Liberation took the final plate win over the visiting Great British and Irish Lads. However, the PwC team did not leave empty handed, with the team picking up the bowl runner up medals.
Aside from the main spectacle, the event attracted a number of other activities and attractions, including local and visiting junior teams, face painting and hair braiding at the Jersey Women's Refuge Tent.
Once again all money raised at the event was donated to Holidays for Heroes Jersey, with the charity’s ambassador Lee Mears attending as the guest for the event and performing the opening and prize-giving ceremonies.
''It was a fantastic day on the beach, made bearable by a pleasant breeze," said Chris Scott, outgoing chairman of the Jersey Rugby Assocation. "There was a great spirit, helped by a enthusiastic bunch of former servicemen visiting the Island thanks to Holidays for Heroes Jersey and our guest of honour, former international Lee Mears, who was happy to get among the teams and specatators and pose fo photos. The Lieutenant-Governor and Lady McColl also came down for an hour and thoroughly enoyed the action."
Next year's event is scheduled to take place on 5 July 2014.