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.