On Sunday 9th July, the annual North Devon Rounders Charity Tournament took place at the Barnstaple Rugby Club which saw over £900 raised for two local charities; ChemoHero and Honey’s Bravery Bags.
The morning saw the family tournament take place with 7 teams consisting of 84 players competing across 10 matches! There was a perpetual shield, a sportsmanship shield and first and second place medals up for grabs. Children who also took part in the tournament were given participation prizes including a Rounders set and a superbounce ball.
Reigning champions, The Ball Busters, claimed first place with The Rookies claiming second.
The adult tournament followed in the afternoon which saw 12 teams consisting of 131 players participating over 19 matches. A perpetual trophy, MVP and sportsmanship shields and first and second place medals were amongst the winning prizes.
It’s All About Pinny were crowned champions with the Wetty’s Whackers coming in second place.
The North Devon Rounders committee with the support from some of the regular players helped with running of the tournament. Various family members also got involved in different roles including umpiring and running the raffle. The event was also supported by SASP (Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership) colleague Stewart Collins who was the Head Umpire for the day.
Georgina Crossman, who coordinated the event said:
It was an amazing day! It was fantastic to see 19 teams enjoying rounders and to raise more than £900 for two such deserving local charities surpassed our expectations. It was lovely that Honey’s Bravery Bags and ChemoHero each entered two teams into the tournament – they were great sports and we’re hoping they will return to compete with us again next year.”
Lisa Wallis, founder of ChemoHero said:
The entire day was so well organised by the North Devon Rounders team and we felt honoured to be one of the chosen charities for the event. We would like to thank all those involved in making this charity event such a success.”
Founder of Honey’s Bravery Bags, Grace Brown said:
We were so honoured to have been nominated and then chosen by North Devon Rounders to be one of their two benefiting charities for this year’s tournament. It was lovely to work so closely with the other nominated charity and the day itself was so well organised and an absolute pleasure to be part of. We send our huge thanks and gratitude to the team.”
The ladies of North Devon gather every Thursday evening to play social rounders. The sessions are open to any females over the age of 14. If you’d like to get involved, visit the North Devon Rounders Facebook page or email them directly.