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Viper 10 Blog
Taking place over the second weekend of December, Tobago International Rugby 7s Tournament proudly welcomed Esher Golden Lions to it's Golden Shores.
Following success in the groups stages with wins against Invictus (Trinidad side) and New York City (USA Northern Olympic development team) who recently played in World Club Champs at Twickenham, Esher pulled out a further convincing 31-5 win in the semi-finals against USA invitational side, Atlantis, who many viewed to be tournament favourites.
Facing the same New York team in the Final, Esher went out hard scoring 12 unanswered points in the first 4 minutes. Unfortunately New York pulled back 7 points with the last play of the half and momentum began to shift.
The second half was always going to be a tougher, against the breeze and a slight hill. New York scored 2 more quick converted tries which took the wind out of the Golden Lions. New York City had a red card, but it was just too late for Esher. It was a spirited performance and although the boys lost, they could hold their heads up high.
Final score: 21-12 to New York City.
The BBC Sports Unsung Hero Award aims to recognise those people that work tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure people enjoy their sport.
For more than 45 years, Gloria Keech has lived and breathed netball, giving up over 50 hours a week to ensure that 100s of netballers are able to participate.
Setting up Hertfordshire Mavericks franchise from scratch, Gloria has been instrumental in their success and Viper 10 are proud to be working with such a forward thinking and evolving Superleague Franchise which is testament to Glorias hard work.
Nine years on from when the franchise was developed, Hertfordshire Mavericks have won league titles, produced England International Netballers and regularly attract crowds of nearly a 1000 fans.
Alongside her role at Hertfordshire Mavericks, Gloria also finds time to chair the Bedfordshire County Netball Committee. With the Winner to be announced on Friday 6th December, Viper 10 would like to wish Gloria the best of luck and recognise how lucky netball is to have Gloria on its sidelines.