Su­per 7s ready to rum­ble

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

OVER 500 ju­nior net­ballers and rugby league play­ers will com­pete in the an­nual Moss­man 7s sports car­ni­val next week.

Thir­teen other re­gional schools from as far away as Ma­landa, Yarrabah and Ather­ton will join stu­dents from Moss­man State High School com­pet­ing for glory.

Moss­man State High School’s head of sport Craig Hamil­ton said this is a good op­por­tu­nity for the stu­dents to get a home ground ad­van­tage.

“We spend a lot of time trav­el­ling to Cairns so this is a good chance for Moss­man kids to play at home and have the schools come to us,” he said.

The car­ni­val is in its eighth year and this year Moss­man is hop­ing to get past semi-fi­nals, which is where the Un­der14 rugby league team and Un­der-16 net­ballers fin­ished up last year.

“We are con­fi­dent, we have a good show­ing across all groups and the U14 rugby league boys are a par­tic­u­larly tal­ented group,” Hamil­ton said.

“There will be a to­tal of 46 teams com­pet­ing from the 14 schools and with a max­i­mum of 12 play­ers per team, you get the idea of numbers.”

Home eco­nomics stu­dents will be cater­ing for the vis­it­ing coaches and man­agers and other stu­dents will also be in­volved in the run­ning of the car­ni­val.

The North­ern Pride and North Queens­land Cow­boys are send­ing their staff to help ref­eree, with mem­bers of the ju­nior and se­nior Sharks also help­ing ref­eree and pro­vid­ing the line mark­ing at the Moss­man Show­grounds.

“There has been a lot of com­mu­nity sup­port for the event,” Hamil­ton said.

“DNA (Dou­glas Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion) has been re­ally sup­port­ive to help um­pire and our spon­sors ANZ and the Port Dou­glas and Moss­man Tree Lop­pers and also Hoff­man’s paint­ing who supplied the bar­be­cue cook­ing by the cater­ing stu­dents.

“With­out that sup­port, there would be no way we could run a car­ni­val of this size, the school can do only so much and the com­mu­nity sup­port is amaz­ing.”

The tour­na­ment was meant to be held to­day but had to be resched­uled be­cause of the weather. Any­one is wel­come to come and show their sup­port next week.

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