Caslick for Sev­ens derby

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

PORT Dou­glas Trop­i­cal Sev­ens has at­tracted the big­gest name in world rugby sev­ens with Rio Olympics Aus­tralian gold medal­list Char­lotte Caslick the face of the high­light sport­ing event to be held on March 11.

Trop­i­cal Sev­ens di­rec­tor David Cot­ton said it was coup for the re­gion to se­cure a player of Caslick’s cal­i­bre.

Caslick was part of the gold medal-win­ning women’s sev­ens team at the 2016 Olympic Games and was also recog­nised as the In­ter­na­tional Rugby Board’s Women’s Player of the Year last year.

“She is the big­gest name in world sev­ens rugby at present and to have her here is an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity for us to shine the spot­light on this grow­ing event.

“We are grate­ful to FNQ Rugby, who agreed to move its en­tire sea­son by a week to se­cure her,” Mr Cot­ton said.

Ms Caslick’s fi­ance Lewis Hol­land, from the Aus­tralian men’s sev­ens team, will also be a spe­cial guest.

They will be avail­able to meet and greet fans and sign au­to­graphs all day as well as into the evening at Rat­tle N Hum af­ter 7pm.

The in­au­gu­ral Port Dou­glas Sev­ens was held in 2011 and has since grown to be one of the lead­ing sev­ens events on the rugby cal­en­dar, at­tract­ing lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional teams.

This year more than 10 teams are ex­pected to com­pete with Pa­pua New Guinea’s Na­tional Sev­ens Team look­ing to re­turn as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Can­berra, Bris­bane and Townsville.

“We are still seek­ing spon­sors, in­clud­ing a nam­ing rights, to help with prize money, mar­ket­ing reach and ac­com­mo­da­tion pack­ages for vis­it­ing teams from PNG, Cen­tral Queens­land and the Sun­shine Coast as well as from within the Trop­i­cal North Queens­land re­gion,” he said.

The Grass is Greener Mu­sic Fes­ti­val will also sup­port the event with DJ’s, mu­sic and food stalls. “It will be a ter­rific day out with a car­ni­val at­mos­phere. Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to dress up in lots of trop­i­cal colour,” Mr Cot­ton added.

The tour­na­ment is or­gan­ised by the Port Dou­glas Rugby Union Club.

Char­lotte Caslick: in­ter­na­tional women’s Player of the Year

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