MALTON & Norton have entries in both the Men’s and Women’s competitions when Yorkshire’s biggest rugby sevens tournament gets underway in Pocklington on Good Friday.

The Warrendale Wagyu Pock 7s promises full days of non-stop rugby, starting with the Women’s tournament from 9.40am. 

The 64th annual Men’s event begins at 12.40pm, with the evening finale scheduled some six hours later. Gates open at 9.30am, with card payment entry only.

The draw includes seven past Fowler Trophy winners. And the eight-team Women’s 7s will be battling for the Amy Hardy Cup. 

The Pock 7s sees a good mix of local and invitation sides. Current holders, North-East side Cleveland Cougars, will be hoping to defend their title against the challenge from across Yorkshire and beyond, with the local clubs including Pocklington, Hull Ionians, Goole, Driffield, Selby and Malton & Norton. 

The Women’s competition, split into two groups, has Manchester’s Metrodogs vying to keep the trophy against seven others, last year’s runners up, Bishop Burton College, Pocklington, Malton & Norton, Northallerton, Blaydon, Selby and Beverley.

Over the years the Pock 7s draw has been made by a host of international rugby stars, headed by seven England 2003 World Cup winners. The honours for 2024 were undertaken by England Women’s and former Malton & Norton junior, Morwenna Talling.

While Friday is Pocklington’s big event of the weekend, the club’s juniors get in on the seven-a-side act on Easter Sunday with their Junior Sevens, with competitions for Under 14, Under 15 and Under 16 boys, and Under 14 and U16 girls. 

The Sunday action starts at 10.30am, on both the club’s grounds. The U14 and U16 girls, plus U14 boys, at Kilnwick Park, and U15 and U16 boys at Percy Road. 

There are entries from Castleford, Harrogate, Yarnbury, Malton & Norton, Driffield, Ripon, Bridlington, Wetherby, Hull Ionians, Mansfield and Beverley. 

The finals are scheduled for 2pm.