Panthers shine brightly at rugby Solstice

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Chesterfield Panthers fielded its first ever Rugby 7s team at the 12th Solstice Sevens rugby tournament played at Nottingham Casuals RUFC at the weekend.

The 12-man Panthers squad joined 20 teams and, for a first outing, certainly didn’t disgrace themselves in the competition.The squad was named as one of the best eight teams and reaching the knock-out stages of the competition. The professional ‘Godfathers’ team won the Solstice Sevens.

Panthers showed great commitment throughout with six members of the 12-man squad never having played the shortened version of the game which involves each game being played for seven minutes each way with a one-minute half time except the final which is played for 10 minutes each way.

Captain of Chesterfield Panthers 7s, Rob Collins said: “The club did well to be part of the best eight teams on show and to progress through to the knock-out stages.

“The game was a valuable experience for the young members of the club who will become its future and represent Chesterfield Panthers in years to come. The desire, passion, commitment and teamwork were all there.”

With the 2013/14 championship winning season behind them, Chesterfield Panthers’ attention turns to pre-season training.

Panthers are keen to strengthen its ranks, and hopefully form a third team. Training is every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm at the Dunston Road ground. All are welcomed to come and have a go, regardless of ability.