Alhambra Nievas A Century Of Sevens


Alhambra Nievas, the referee from Granada, is no stranger to records, or firsts, most of which I have been fortunate enough to witness as both a journalist and a friend.

On Thursday, in the warmth of Dubai, there was another one to add to the ever extending list.

At 12:44 local time she refereed  a match between Russia and England, nothing unusual there you might think, except for the fact that it was her 100th Women’s World Series Sevens match.

A journey that started on 15 February 2014, in Atlanta,Georgia, with a match between Australia and China, has taken Alhambra around the world and back, and there are still plenty more departure gates to negotiate and jet lagged days to come, for the Andulsian arbiter, who seems to be getting better with age.

She in her modest way will not want a big fuss, but when you look at the full list of the one hundred mtches listed below, it makes you realise what an achievement this really is.

Match 100 Dubai 


Match 100 Russia v England


Matches 99-1


Clermont Ferrand Cup Final    AUSTRALIA 7 – 22 NEW ZEALAND

25-06-17 Clermont Ferrand  Quarter-final CANADA 31 – 0 IRELAND

24-06-17 Clermont Ferrand  ENGLAND 31 – 24 BRAZIL

24-06-17 Clermont Ferrand FRANCE 31 – 14 FIJI

28-05-17 Langford Cup Semi-final CANADA 17 – 10 AUSTRALIA

28-05-17 Langford Trophy Semi-final FIJI 24 – 19 BRAZIL

27-05-17 Langford  NEW ZEALAND 43 – 7 ENGLAND

27-05-17 Langford  AUSTRALIA 21 – 0 IRELAND

23-04-17 Kitakyushu Bronze Medal AUSTRALIA 19 – 17 FIJI

23-04-17 Kitakyushu  Quarter-final FIJI 26 – 19 UNITED STATES

22-04-17 Kitakyushu  AUSTRALIA 17 – 12 FIJI

22-04-17 Kitakyushu  NEW ZEALAND 19 – 14 FRANCE

22-04-17 Kitakyushu  CANADA 29 – 12 ENGLAND

04-03-17 Las Vegas Final   AUSTRALIA 5 – 28 NEW ZEALAND

04-03-17 Las Vegas Quarter-final   NEW ZEALAND 26 – 5 RUSSIA

03-03-17 Las Vegas  UNITED STATES 14 – 7 FIJI

03-03-17 Las Vegas. FRANCE 19 – 22 RUSSIA

03-03-17 Las Vegas  AUSTRALIA 31 – 14 ENGLAND

02-12-16 Dubai Cup Final   NEW ZEALAND 17 – 5 AUSTRALIA

02-12-16 Dubai Cup Semi-final   ENGLAND 10 – 31 AUSTRALIA

01-12-16 Dubai Pool A  AUSTRALIA 19 – 10 UNITED STATES

01-12-16 Dubai Pool B   NEW ZEALAND 19 – 10 FIJI

01-12-16 Dubai Pool B   FRANCE 14 – 21 FIJI

29-05-16 Clermont Ferrand Final   CANADA 29 – 19 AUSTRALIA

29-05-16 Clermont Ferrand Semi-final   ENGLAND 10 – 31 CANADA

29-05-16 Clermont Ferrand Semi Final   JAPAN 0 – 33 IRELAND

28-05-16 Clermont Ferrand AUSTRALIA 19 – 12 FRANCE

28-05-16 Clermont Ferrand   CANADA 29 – 12 RUSSIA

28-05-16 Clermont Ferrand   FRANCE 40 – 0 IRELAND

17-04-16 Langford  Semi-final   AUSTRALIA 5 – 15 ENGLAND

17-04-16 Langford Quarter-final   UNITED STATES 7 – 29 ENGLAND

16-04-16 Langford  NEW ZEALAND 19 – 7 UNITED STATES

16-04-16 Langford  AUSTRALIA 28 – 7 BRAZIL

16-04-16 Langford   ENGLAND 29 – 5 IRELAND

09-04-16 Atlanta Cup Final   NEW ZEALAND 19 – 24 AUSTRALIA

09-04-16 Atlanta Cup Semi-final   CANADA 14 – 26 AUSTRALIA

09-04-16 Atlanta Cup Quarter-final   ENGLAND 19 – 12 RUSSIA

08-04-16 Atlanta   NEW ZEALAND 5 – 12 UNITED STATES

08-04-16 Atlanta    FIJI 7 – 28 ENGLAND

08-04-16 Atlanta    CANADA 26 – 5 RUSSIA

21-02-16 Sao Paulo Cup Final   AUSTRALIA 29 – 0 CANADA

21-02-16 Sao Paulo Plate Semi Final   FIJI 26 – 12 ENGLAND

21-02-16 Sao Paulo Cup Quarter-final   USA 22 – 12 ENGLAND

20-02-16 Sao Paulo    RUSSIA 10 – 40 NEW ZEALAND

20-02-16 Sao Paulo    AUSTRALIA 19 – 5 IRELAND

20-02-16 Sao Paulo    NEW ZEALAND 35 – 5 UNITED STATES

20-02-16 Sao Paulo   AUSTRALIA 26 – 17 FIJI

04-12-15 Dubai Cup Semi-final   FRANCE 0 – 26 AUSTRALIA

04-12-15 Dubai Cup Quarter-final   CANADA 12 – 17 ENGLAND

03-12-15 Dubai Pool C   AUSTRALIA 43 – 0 JAPAN

03-12-15 Dubai Pool A   NEW ZEALAND 7 – 33 RUSSIA

23-05-15 Amsterdam Cup Final   AUSTRALIA 17 – 20 CANADA

23-05-15 Amsterdam Semi-final   AUSTRALIA 26 – 0 ENGLAND

23-05-15 Amsterdam  Quarter-final   CANADA 33 – 0 FRANCE

22-05-15 Amsterdam   AUSTRALIA 24 – 7 ENGLAND

22-05-15 Amsterdam   UNITED STATES 36 – 14 FIJI

22-05-15 Amsterdam   AUSTRALIA 29 – 7 RUSSIA

16-05-15 London Cup Final   CANADA 17 – 20 AUSTRALIA

16-05-15 London 11-12th Place   SOUTH AFRICA 14 – 7 BRAZIL

16-05-15 London Quarter-final   UNITED STATES 19 – 12 FRANCE

15-05-15 London  CANADA 31 – 0 ENGLAND

15-05-15 London   UNITED STATES 24 – 19 FIJI

15-05-15 London   NEW ZEALAND 34 – 0 BRAZIL

19-04-15 Langford Cup Final   RUSSIA 10 – 29 NEW ZEALAND

19-04-15 Langford Semi Final   AUSTRALIA 10 – 29 UNITED STATES

19-04-15 Langford  Quarter-final   UNITED STATES 0 – 17 FRANCE

18-04-15 Langford   CANADA 19 – 15 UNITED STATES

18-04-15 Langford   AUSTRALIA 40 – 0 CHINA

18-04-15 Langford   NEW ZEALAND 38 – 14 FIJI

15-03-15 Atlanta Semi-final   UNITED STATES 19 – 14 RUSSIA

15-03-15 Atlanta Quarter-final   NEW ZEALAND 36 – 0 BRAZIL

14-03-15 Atlanta  NEW ZEALAND 57 – 0 UNITED STATES

14-03-15 Atlanta  ENGLAND 24 – 0 BRAZIL

14-03-15 Atlanta   AUSTRALIA 36 – 0 FIJI

08-02-15 Sao Paulo 3-4th Place   FRANCE 0 – 19 CANADA

08-02-15 Sao Paulo 11-12th Place   SOUTH AFRICA 17 – 31 CHINA

08-02-15 São Paulo  Semi Final   FIJI 24 – 22 SOUTH AFRICA

07-02-15 Sao Paulo  AUSTRALIA 38 – 7 FIJI

07-02-15 Sao Paulo FRANCE 14 – 12 UNITED STATES

07-02-15 Sao Paulo  ENGLAND 31 – 5 SOUTH AFRICA

05-12-14 Dubai  Semi-final   FRANCE 10 – 31 NEW ZEALAND

05-12-14 Dubai Quarter-final   AUSTRALIA 47 – 0 FIJI

04-12-14 Dubai  NEW ZEALAND 29 – 12 RUSSIA

04-12-14 Dubai  ENGLAND 29 – 7 BRAZIL

04-12-14 Dubai  AUSTRALIA 24 – 10 FRANCE

17-05-14 Amsterdam Bowl Final   S AFRICA 7 – 29 NETHERLANDS

17-05-14 Amsterdam Cup Quarter-final   AUSTRALIA 33 – 0 BRAZIL

16-05-14 Amsterdam AUSTRALIA 36 – 5 RUSSIA

16-05-14 Amsterdam CANADA 28 – 0 BRAZIL

22-02-14 Sao Paulo 7-8th Place   JAPAN 13 – 5 NETHERLANDS

22-02-14 Sao Paulo Semi-final   AUSTRALIA 31 – 0 ENGLAND

22-02-14 Sao Paulo  Quarter-final   N ZEALAND 35 – 7 NETHERLANDS

21-02-14 Sao Paulo   BRAZIL 14 – 20 NETHERLANDS

21-02-14 Sao Paulo RUSSIA 29 – 0 ARGENTINA

21-02-14 Sao Paulo  NEW ZEALAND 36 – 0 IRELAND

16-02-14 Atlanta 11-12th Place   IRELAND 5 – 20 BRAZIL

16-02-14 Atlanta  Quarter-final   NEW ZEALAND 42 – 0 JAPAN

15-02-14 Atlanta  BRAZIL 7 – 21 JAPAN

15-02-14 Atlanta  AUSTRALIA 31 – 0 CHINA

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