O`Neills Egg7 began life way back in 2001, competing as the Old Edgarians – a purely social sevens team playing one tournament each year, the Penryn Easter Sevens. The concept was based on players aged 30 years or more, for a bit of fun and some serious social after the tournament. The team adopted national themes each Easter, featuring France, Mexico and Bulgaria down the years…until in 2010 the team decided to break away from its casual approach and devised a long-term plan to develop both on and off the pitch.
The Eggs competed at Newquay Surf7s in 2010 for the first time, with a new young a exciting squad with players from Penryn, Falmouth, Camborne and Redruth. A successful event led to a repeat in 2011, with a stronger team and an exciting day of sevens. Team Manager Richard Jackson could see the potential for a Cornish-based sevens team to take giant leaps on the UK sevens circuit, so the plan at the end of the summer in 2011 was to work all winter on a new management team, build a fresh and exciting squad and play in more tournaments than ever before.
The Eggs won the Penryn Easter Sevens for the first time ever in 2012, before reaching the semi-finals at North Petherton7s in our next outing – with almost a completely changed line up. Players were becoming keen to pull on the famous Eggs shirt, and at Westcountry7s in June 2012 we fielded our strongest ever line-up. A hard day of sevens in a tough group saw us win 1 out of 3 games, and a heavy defeat against Carmarthen Flamingos in the knock-out phases showed that we still had much to learn about Open standard sevens. A fortnight later at Newquay Surf7s we proved we knew how to learn our lessons, and a 100% group record of 3 wins from 3 saw us drawn with the Royal Navy Sharks in the Quarter Finals. A fantastic effort by the boys was not quite enough against the Sharks, and we bravely bowed out with determination to step up again in 2013.
As a team, our year-on-year progress has been astounding, so with a new kit deal with ONeills, a fantastic batch of players blended with some exciting new faces, and an even bigger tournament schedule, 2013 might just be our year!