TROPICAL SEVENS RUGBY KICKS OFF TOMORROW
International star flies in for rugby union derby
THE Tropical Sevens rugby union tournament in Port Douglas has expanded to a two-day event this year, starting tomorrow with a 24-team field of school boy teams as a prelude to the senior showdown on Saturday.
It’s the first time school boy teams have been involved in the Tropical Sevens.
The Sevens event has been on an upward path in Port Douglas since its inception.
Anticipation at the Port Douglas Raiders has been building for weeks following the news that one of the big- gest names in rugby union, Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Caslick, is going to be the star turn this weekend.
Tropical Sevens director David Cotton achieved the coup of attracting Caslick to Port Douglas’ sevens after her Olympic performance put her on his radar.
“I saw her win a gold medal and started do some research on her,” Cotton said.
He tracked down her manager and the visit was set in train.
Caslick is in Las Vegas for Sevens this week, and will come to Port Douglas virtually direct, along with fiance and Australian men’s seven rep Lewis Holland.
“She is the biggest name in world sevens rubgy at present and to have her here is an incredible opportunity for us to shine the spotlight on this growing event,” Cotton said.
Caslick and Holland will meet fans and sign autographs all day as well as into the evening at Rattle N Hum after 7 pm on Saturday.
About 38 teams will compete in the Sevens this year. It was won by SMC Townsville last year. Once again it’s expected a PNG team will join others from all over the northern region.
Some of the school teams are coming from as far as Rockhampton and Mackay.
“We intend to grow the Sevens as big as we can,” Cotton said. “It’s going to be a great weekend, with a real carnival atmosphere.”
“It’s fantastic to see the Sevens growing,” said club stalwart Adam Calcraft. “The game of sevens is growing all across the world.”
Under the wing of the Port Douglas Raiders club, the ambition for this event has no limit. One day, hopefully not too far away, it might even see Caslick as a player.
She is the biggest name in world sevens rubgy and to have her here is an incredible opportunity for us
Tropical Sevens director David Cotton
Coming to Port Douglas for this weekend’s Sevens: Olympian Charlotte Caslick