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A Short History of DUFFA Hat



When we started DUFFA Alan Heckman, our Chair, suggested over a RPA (reasonably priced ale) that he'd like to run a Hat Tournament.  After initial grumblings of "effort" and "we quite like things the way they are" the idea got some support and, as is usual in clubs like ours, there was a small power struggle when a fringe member tried to take it over *. The Hat was saved due to some political wrangling but not before the words "you won't be able to run a tournament without me" were uttered.  That, if it were required, provided the inspiration to make DUFFA Hat (in our opinion) the best damn tournament in the world!  

We continue to strive to make it unique and special - it's only thanks to the numerous people behind the scenes that give up so much time to make it happen.  The world needs more Hat tournaments!

* The old adage "too many cooks spoil the broth" is apt here. 
 

2008 – DUFFA Hat

Price:  £16 or £14 if you signed up with four or more people!
Attendees: 110
Venue: Burnage Rugby Club

Our first Hat – many people couldn’t believe that one of the two organisers hadn’t been a tournament before and the other not to one in the UK.  We had cotton T-shirts and the concept of pitch music was a shock.

2009 – Heroes vs. Villains

Price:  £19.50
Attendees: 192
Venue: Burnage Rugby Club

We went to town on the theme!  Good vs. Evil ran through everything – your team was either good or evil.  We had pitch side music and the party was bigger and better!  Steve Morgan finally got his way and we had a bouncy castle!

2010 – When I Grow Up!


 
Price:  £25
Attendees: 288
Venue: Old Bedians Rugby Club

Following feedback we moved from cotton T-shirts to athletic tops.  The party was a bit of a squeeze. This year featured some of our favourite fancy dress efforts of what people wanted to be when they grew up! 

2011 – It’s Showtime! Circus theme


 
Price: £28
Attendees: 288
Venue: Old Bedians Rugby Club

We added a marquee to provide party space and had a live band!  The shirts were better quality and all uniform.   The party featured jugglers and circus games.  We woke people up on the Sunday morning with a bugle rendition of “Reveille” followed by the very wonderful Stockport Silver Brass Band. 

2012 – A Blast From the Past!

Price: £28 (early bird) £33
Attendees: 288
Venue: Old Bedians Rugby Club

We added a marquee to provide party space and had a live band!  A hog roast was provided and each team had a battle standard that they got to decorate.   The bouncy castle was replaced with a titantic inflatable slide!

2013 – Commotion in the Ocean

Price: £33 
Attendees: 288 - 3 minute sell out!
Venue: Old Bedians Rugby Club


After selling out an incredible 3 minutes after opening registration (our server threw error messages our sys admin hasn’t even seen before due to load) we threw everything we had into 2013..  and it didn't disappoint! Our ocean themed spectacular, with new TD Richard Harrison at the helm, featured some of the best fancy dress costumes DUFFA Hat has ever seen and the coveted player spots gave it a special feel for those that got to come.
 

2014 – Out of this World!

Price: £35 
Attendees: 288 - Lucky Lottery Winners!
Venue: Old Bedians Rugby Club


After the previous 3 minute sell out we created a weighted lottery. Over 500 people applied for a space to go into Outer Space! The fancy dress winner was none other than WALL:E and the spirit felt higher as players felt lucky to make it through our weighted lottery.
 

2015 – Rumble in the Jungle!

Price: £38 
Attendees: 288 - Lucky Lottery Winners!
Venue: Old Bedians Rugby Club


Yet more new blood to our organising Committee brought exciting new ideas and enthusiasm! With Simon Ingram joining as Co-TD, registration and accounting duties ably handled by Sam Jones and even with a guest trainee DJ "power hour" slot we had a RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE! Highlights included: our 23rd vs 24th game was interrupted with silver service beer and a Benny Hill moment with a Gorilla chasing a Banana (you had to be there).
 

2016 – DUFFA Hat ROCKS!

Price: £38 
Attendees: 288 - Lucky Lottery Winners!
Venue: Old Bedians Rugby Club


We turned the volume up to 11. With Co-TDs Alan Heckman and Simon Ingram and replacement DJ Richard Harrison DUFFA Hat 2016 truly rocked! Highlights included: a live band, rock God Mark Mynett waking campers up playing electric guitar on top of a moving stage...
 





DUFFA are proud to wear kit provided by:
DUFFA Hat Tournament 2017 is once again kindly supported by:

DUFFA Hat is a completely non-profit tournament! It only works thanks to our business sponsors - we're looking for sponsorship for 2017, please email us and see our sponsor pack for details of what we provide in return!

Sponsor us and get your company logo here!

DUFFA are proud to wear kit provided by:
DUFFA Hat Tournament 2017 is once again kindly supported by:

DUFFA Hat is a completely non-profit tournament! It only works thanks to our business sponsors - we're looking for sponsorship for 2017, please email us and see our sponsor pack for details of what we provide in return!

Sponsor us and get your company logo here!