Super 7s ready to rumble
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.