Historic rugby finals to be staged at Saffron Walden
PUBLISHED: 12:54 12 March 2014 | UPDATED: 14:58 13 March 2014
Local rugby fans are in for a treat after plans were announced for the last-ever cup finals in a popular knockout tournament to be staged at Saffron Walden Rugby Club.
The first ever Greene King Merit Table Cup Finals, which were first staged at the club in 2000, are returning to the town on April 26. It will be the last event before the league merges with other Merit tables from Suffolk and Norfolk to form several new leagues across the region under the auspices of the Eastern Counties RFU.
Clubs drawn from across Eastern Counties, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Essex and East Midlands County Unions have competed in the league, which was launched to provide more opportunities for lower XV teams to play, since 1997. The cup finals were introduced three years later as part of an expansion of the league.
Walden’s club chairman Ian McKernan said: “These finals have been an important part of the area’s rugby scene for many years and we’re delighted that Saffron Walden has been chosen to give them a fitting send-off.”
The 2014 finals will coincide with a beer festival and family fun day being staged to close Saffron Walden Rugby Club’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
The event will include a farmers’ market, live music, barbeque and a host of activities for the family.
Money raised during the event will go towards the club’s Fifty50 campaign which aims to raise £50,000. Funds raised are being used for repairs and improvements to the clubhouse and upgraded drainage for the pitches. The club is also investing in developing its Youth Academy, aimed at players aged 16-18.
To follow progress of teams in the Greene King Merit Table, visit merittablerugby.com