The story behind Driftwood Sevens
Driftwood Sevens takes off today at Mombasa Sports club and features top Kenyan teams battling it out for the maiden crown.
What stands to be interesting is the rich history of the third round of the 2022 National Sevens Circuit holds.
In the early 1980s the Driftwood Beach Club, a Hotel in Malindi donated the Driftwood trophy and asked for their long-forgotten sevens tournament which was prime and popular in the United Kingdom to feature at the sports club.
Nestled into the Kenyan coast, Driftwood Beach Club is a small, family-owned hotel with a distinctive and unique charm. This has therefore constantly created the ambience of the tournament for decades.
In 1990 a proper tournament layout was created and recognized by the federation with Harlequins being the first winners of the trophy.
Currently, Kenya Sevens head coach Damian McGrath is in Mombasa, where he will be scouting players ahead of the Commonwealth Games which begin in late July and most players will be hoping to get their maiden call-up in the national squad.
National Sevens Circuit leaders Strathmore Leos headline Pool A by virtue of victory in the second round at the Christie 7s and will do battle with Impala, Homeboyz and hosts Mombasa RFC.
Reigning national champions and Driftwood 7s title holders KCB are in Pool B with Kabras Sugar, Daystar Falcons and JumiaPay Pirates while Menengai Oilers, Kenya Harlequin, Topfry Nakuru and Blak Blad make up Pool C.
Western Bulls are top seeds in a Pool D that also includes Mwamba, Nondescripts and the Zetech Oaks who won the division two competition at the Christie 7s.