Rugby sev­ens to en­cour­age U19s

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

SIGN-ON is now open for an un­der-19 rugby union sev­ens com­pe­ti­tion and all play­ers or in­ter­ested men should join in and rep­re­sent the Dou­glas re­gion.

Get in quick as the first mini-tour­na­ment is on next Fri­day, May 4, at West Bar­low, Parramatta Park and train­ing starts next week with the Port Dou­glas Raiders.

Cairns Rugby Union is putting on the com­pe­ti­tion, which will be five mini-tour­na­ments through­out the sea­son, to close the gap and pro­duce a path­way for school stu­dents into club rugby.

Cairns de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer and for­mer premier rugby player in Scot­land and also for the Sun­shine Coast St­ingrays Mitch Craig said clubs from around the Cairns re­gion will com­pete.

“All the clubs will be in the com­pe­ti­tion, the wan­der­ers, JCU, Broth­ers, teams from In­n­is­fail and Ather­ton,” he said.

“There’s noth­ing for this age group at the mo­ment and ev­ery­one is wel­come aged 18 and 19, and 17-year-olds have to get cleared with me.

“You get a good bond with peo­ple when you play rugby with them, it’s about the so­cial­is­ing and the thrill of scor­ing a try -that’s the rea­son why I play.

“Play­ing rugby union can cre­ate friends for life.”

Each tour­na­ment will ac­cu­mu­late points for po­si­tions when they play sev­ens, which goes for 14 min­utes play and there will be a grand final at the end.

Train­ing will be with the Port Dou­glas raiders on Tues­day and Thurs­day next week and for more in­for­ma­tion and to join the Un­der-19 sev­ens com­pe­ti­tion con­tact Mitch Craig on 0418 987 013.

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