Draw announced for Safaricom 7s pools

The draw for this weekends Safaricom 7s in Nairobi has been made and throws up some fascinating ties in the Pools.

Shujaa, the strongest looking Kenyan squad, will face Kiwi’s Auckland Metro, Sharks and Germany in Pool A. In Pool B Top Fry Samurai will face IRB Sevens core team Spain along with Golden Lions and the third Kenyan side Simba Saba. Continue reading

Welsh Warriors clinch Safaricom Sevens crown

Debutants Welsh Warriors lifted a maiden Safaricom Sevens with a hard fought 24-17 win over Argentina in the final at Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani on Sunday. The Warriors were caught cold by Argentina, going 7-0 down courtesy of Segundo Tuculet’s converted try before Sam Isaacs unconverted effort cut the deficit to 7-5. A Ramiro Finco effort saw the Argentines take a 12-5 lead into the breather.

When Alex Muller (later declared the tournament’s Most Valuable Player) touched down, Argentina seemed to be coasting as they lead 17-5 but this instead set the stage for a remarkable Welsh Warriors turnaround, Rob Coote grounding to bring the scores to 17-10 and when England Sevens star Matt Turner scored and converted his own try, the sides were all square at 17-17. Mike Muller scored the decisive try, Turner converting to ensure the 24-17 result for the Warriors.

Continue reading

Sam Billings and Charlotte Edwards named Kent players of the year

Sam Billings and Charlotte Edwards were named men’s and women’s players of the year at a historic Spitfire Kent Cricket Awards. The pair picked up the top honours after a public poll as Kent Cricket’s men and women celebrated in an historic joint end of season awards.

Billings, who has extended his Kent contract, said: “It’s a huge honour to be voted player of the year by Kent Members and Supporters. To play for my home club is a massive buzz and I feel we have made a step forward this season and there’s more to come.


Continue reading

Mark Footit crowned Derbyshire Player of the Year

Mark Footitt was crowned Derbyshire’s 2014 Player of the Year at the club’s annual awards evening. The 28-year-old claimed the award in recognition of a memorable season, during which he claimed 106 wickets in all competitions, more than any other Derbyshire bowler since 1965.

The left-arm paceman also picked up the LV County Championship award after ending the season as the country’s leading wicket taker with 84 first-class wickets at an average of 19, including six five-wicket hauls and career-best figures of 6-48. He had already been presented with the club members’ player of the year prize.

Continue reading

TeamDerby Samurai University of Derby

University of Derby join #SamuraiFamily

Team Derby are pleased to announce that Samurai Sportswear have been selected as the University of Derby’s Sports Kit Supplier.

The deal will see Samurai supply playing kit to all University Sports Clubs and Team Derby’s first professional sports team in the new National Badminton League Franchise.

A range of leisure wear will also be made available for Student, Staff and the General Public as Team Derby enter into one of the biggest years of sport ever seen at University of Derby.

Continue reading