Port to host Rugby 7s this weekend

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE rugby sev­ens are on again, and will see 18 teams - 14 men’s and four women’s teams, again from Black­wa­ter in cen­tral Queens­land, Townsville, Cairns and Districts and last year’s cham­pi­ons PNG are back to de­fend their ti­tle.

The ladies draw fea­tures a Townsville side and a FNQ side which came sec­ond in the re­cent state cham­pi­onships so a high stan­dard of ladies sev­ens will be seen on the day.

The men’s draw will see a strong com­pe­ti­tion with favourites PNG put to the test this year by im­prov­ing lo­cal sides and As­pire a sev­ens squad from Cairns that last week won the Ella sev­ens.

Or­gan­is­ers have kept the tour­na­ment size the same this year as the two field op­tion will not be avail­able un­til next year on­wards.

There has been in­ter­est from teams far and wide and with Sev­ens now be­ing an Olympic sport with its de­but in Rio fund­ing is avail­able from gov­ern­ing bod­ies from the in­ter­na­tional Rugby board down for clubs to in­sti­gate a sev­ens pro­gram.

The am­bi­tion is to grow the Port sev­ens into a two day 50 side tour­na­ment. The com­pe­ti­tion would be tiered based on the level of the teams en­ter­ing, we hope to at­tract teams from the South­ern rugby Cap­i­tals and emerg­ing na­tions in Asia.

To­tal prize money on of­fer this year is dou­ble last year, up to $5000.

The Ken­mac Con­struc­tion $500 Char­ity prize for the Run­ners up in the men’s com­pe­ti­tion is also up for grabs again this year

A full Day of Rugby Sev­ens this Satur­day from 8.30 am un­til the early evening, get down and watch the ex­cite­ment with live cov­er­age of the Su­per 15 games also, live mu­sic and much more.

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