The first qualifying rounds for the Citizen Commitment Games got under way on Thursday 3 April at the Group's head office in Paris. Flag Rugby* was the inaugural game.
The quarter finalists are…
The first teams arrived at midday on Thursday 3 April, and were welcomed by Group staff volunteers. Practice sessions were followed by the first matches; on completion of the pool games and once the "Citizen Rankings" had been factored in (based on the amount of money raised by each team), the teams that qualified for the quarter finals were: CGA Touch, Stendhals, Société Générale MCIB, OPERration: Allez le rugby, Rugby CIB, Flagadis, Flag'rant Délire and Cartouche.
This festive and citizen-focused event also gave credit to the teams with best off-the-wall names and who brought the greatest number of fans. It was Flag'rant Délire and OPERation: Allez le rugby who led the field in this area!
The Flag'rant Délire team on the road to Marcoussis
The matches progressed and the score-lines looked punishing: 13-1 to Flag'rant Délire against Cart'ouche! That put them into the final against CGA Touch. The 3rd place final pitted OPERation: Allez le rugby against FLAGADIS.
Flag'rant Délire won a closely fought final 4-3. Everyone who took part agreed: a great day and a great atmosphere! Congratulations to all the Rugby fans!
On Friday it was over to Table Tennis and five-a-side football
On Friday 4 April qualifying events continued for the Head Office, with Table Tennis trials at Val de Fontenay and the five-a-side qualifiers at Puteaux. East of Paris the party was already under way by 10 o'clock! Many matches were played, and it was the Bi4Care team that finally came out on top in and will play at Marcoussis. They'll be joined by the Ping-Pong players who will compete in qualifying rounds at La Défense on 9 April.
As for football, this was the main event for this qualifying phase. With 28 teams and nearly 200 players, it was the most popular sport for the Citizen Commitment Games in France. The partner associations took part to support the teams who raised money. The games were played with great enthusiasm. Foot Acagougle distinguished themselves with the originality of their team name! The 7 Merveilles (7 Wonders) brought the most supporters with them.
The semi-finals saw 7 Merveilles take on Energy Team and Foot BSC face Assurance Tous Risques (ATR). The qualification final pitted ATR against 7 Merveilles. The two teams could not produce a result, drawing a match that was nail-biting to the finish, despite the fatigue of the players. So it was the amount of money raised that separated the finalists and saw ATR win this contest. 7 Merveilles' disappointment was short-lived though, because they too will be at Marcoussis on 14 June to defend the colours of SOS Villages d'Enfants.
Head Office qualifications are continuing on 8 to 10 April, with Pétanque, Table Tennis and the relay race.
*Flag rugby is a non-contact team game based on rugby league, where each player wears a pair of flags or tags, attached to a belt or their shorts with Velcro patches.