Rugby Union

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

PORT DOU­GLAS Un­der-19 rugby union play­ers have proved them­selves a tal­ented team, com­ing out of the first tour­na­ment in the 7s com­pe­ti­tion un­de­feated.

With four more tour­na­ments to come, the strong side will get a chance to hone their skills and get a full team to­gether - this round due to short­ages, Port joined forces with In­n­is­fail.

The of­fi­cials de­cided the first round was a warm-up and did not keep score, which led to con­tention but the com­pe­ti­tion is about en­cour­ag­ing younger play­ers to have fun and en­joy union.

The next round will count, which means Port Dou­glas needs to keep train­ing to prove it was not first round luck, when they verse the wan­der­ers, JCU, Broth­ers, Ather­ton and In­n­is­fail.

Port Dou­glas pres­i­dent Adam Cal­craft said the team went re­ally well and will fo­cus on mak­ing the team an even stronger side.

“We had quite a few young guys, we had 15-year-olds on the side which is en­cour­ag­ing they still went well and won ev­ery game,” he said.

“Mitch (or­gan­iser) has done a great job, it’s a great con­cept get­ting the U19s play­ing even though tim­ing is hard, a lot of guys play AFL and league, so hats off to the Port guys.

“Luke Humphrey was a stand­out, an in­di­vid­ual try from Luke Humphreys - no one re­ally had the speed to run 70 m but Luke did and also ju­nior Cowe, there was more good rugby in few 7s game than we have seen from se­nior Cowe.”

The next round will be held the next Fri­day May 18 at West Bar­low, Parramatta Park and train­ing is on Tues­day and Thurs­days with Port Dou­glas Raiders.

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