The 43rd Guinness Carrick Sevens will take place this weekend the 1st to the 3rd
of May. The festival of sevens rugby will see 50 teams taking part from England,
Scotland and Ireland in six different competitions.
This will include the Kukri Sportswear U18s at 6pm on Friday, which will see 8
teams such as Edinburgh College, CIYMS and Carrickfergus amongst others. For
the first time will see a girls U18s competition with Belfast Harlequins, Bangor and
Carrickfergus taking part.
Saturday’s tournament is the Quigg Golden Open, commencing at 12:00. Last years
winners the Ulster Exiles have retired after succeeding 3 out of the last 4 years, which
will the compettiton wide open. Teams to watch out for will be Queens, Ards and the
Belfast Exiles who previously took part in the Dubai sevens. Along with these sides
there will be a number of Fijians teams as well as the usual Scottish visitors.
Straight after the finals on Saturday, at 5 pm and as part of the club’s 150th
celebrations a Junior Inter provincial match will take place between Ulster and
On Sunday the Abbey Ladies 7s and the Manvik Qualifying League kick-off at 12.00.
In the men’s competition CIYMS will also be going for four in a row but Dromore,
PSNI and the host club shall be trying to spoil their party. The women’s tournament
will see Queens wanting to defend their title, however Cooke and City of Derry will
be thinking differently, along with English sides Ormskirk and Novos. After the
success of last year the Ladies Development tournament involving Coleraine, Newry,
Cavan and Carrickfergus will be hotly contested.
Throughout the whole weekend there will be plenty to cater for all the family, with
the usual barbeque and kidzone, plus a craft fair on the Saturday and Sunday featuring
nearly twenty stalls. For the first year we will also have an inflatable Irish bar
In the evening you will see great entertainment starting with the Discobeards in the
clubhouse on Friday night (free entry). In the Guinness Live Marquee on Saturday
one of the biggest acts around Flash Harry will take to the stage and on Sunday
Sunshine will be headlining! Both costing £10 per ticket.
Along with Guinness, Kukri, Quigg Golden, Manvik, and Abbey Insurance, the event
could not take place without the financial and logistical support of Carrick Borough
Council and including the NK Group.
So with only a couple of days to go to the biggest and oldest rugby tournament in
Ulster, Carrickfergus RFC is ready and waiting to host for many is the best rugby
weekend on the calendar.
Eleanor Wilson of Abbey Insurance and Heather Connor of Manvik Plant & Hire
David McNeice of Quigg Golden and Leona Wells of Kukri Sportswear