Friday the 24th of July saw Percy Park RFC host the first Friday Night Lights 7s tournament. Eight local teams entered for a night of sevens, Seaham, Westoe, Ashington, North Shields A and B, Mighty Peth, Percy Park Sharks and a Percy Park Acadmey team from 2011.
The eight teams were split into two groups of four; Group A, had the luxury of playing on the first team pitch and in front of a good gathering of supporters. It consisted of the two Percy Park teams, North Shields A and Seaham RFC.
Westoe, North Shields B, Ashington and Mighty Peth made up Group B. The night saw some good running sevens with the dry, warm night doing its part in making for an entertaining night of rugby; it was evident from the start that there was a contrast in styles from team to team, some teams choosing to stick to the 15 a side style while others adapted to the free flowing 7s style of keeping the ball alive.
Group A saw Percy Park Sharks dominate the pool with three easy wins to send them through to the cup semi-finals as top seeds, Percy Park Academy 2011 battled hard after their opening loss to the Sharks to claim victories over North Shields A and Seaham to go through as second seeds. North Shields A, were too good against a hard running Seaham team to go through as top seeds for the Plate semi-finals.