The Phuket Vagabonds beat the Mosquitoes F team 12-7 in the Cup final at last weekend’s Chris Kays Memorial Rugby 10’s tournament held at the Horseshoe Point Resort from May 3-4.
The fourteenth staging of this popular sporting event was played in a mixture of stifling heat and heavy downpours, however the heavy showers did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of all the participants or spectators.
Phuket Vagabonds pose with the trophy after winning the Cup final at the 14th Chris Kays Memorial Pattaya Rugby 10’s tournament at Horseshoe Point Resort, Sunday, May 4. (Photo courtesy Harpic Bryant)
There was some tremendous rugby displayed both in the main tournament and in the Kingdom Property Youth tournament for boys Under 16. The foreign visitors included Stade Khmer a team from Cambodia, the Stray Cats from Australia and two returnees from Hong Kong, the Valley Griffina and the Hong Kong Scottish.
In the youth tournament Surawittyakarn from Surin retained the trophy in a hard fought battle with the Bangkok Barbarians, a newly founded team who were making their debut at this tournament. The Kingdom Property Plate was taken out by Thepsirin from Samutprakarn who outlasted Kanjanpisek from Chacheongsau in the final game to emerge victors 12: 7.
Back in the main event, the Bangkok University team beat Khon Kaen Blue Hawks 14-7 in the Shield final while Hong Kong Scottish went home with the Bowl after a low scoring 3-0 victory over Thammasat University. Meanwhile, the Plate competition saw the Royal Thai Air Force overwhelm Bangkok Bangers 31-0.
Note: A full report of the 2014 Chris Kays Rugby 10’s tournament will be included in next week’s Pattaya Mail.