Port’s Sevens a suc­cess

Raiders flex mus­cle with wins ahead of sea­son start

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Shane Ni­chols

THE Trop­i­cal Sevens in Port Dou­glas last Fri­day and Satur­day was a thor­ough suc­cess, ac­cord­ing to or­gan­iser David Cot­ton.

“We were very pleased with how it went,” Cot­ton said.

Around 38 teams took part in the an­nual derby, which be­gan with a school age teams com­pe­ti­tion on Fri­day.

The main event on Satur­day was won by Bar­ron Bulls, who bet­tered their third plac­ing at last year’s Sevens.

Pre­mier Grade men­tor David Brooks, who served as an as­sis­tant at the week­end, said the fresh batch of ju­nior tal­ents were blend­ing nicely with the coach­ing ad­di­tions, for­mer play­ers Dwayne Irvine and Damien Swain, de­liv­er­ing a whole­some flavour.

“We have got a lot of youth com­ing through,” Brooks said.

“It was nice to go a bit bet­ter this year (at the Sevens),” he said.

“Last week in the Light­ning we were find­ing our feet and in the Sevens we built on that and hope­fully next week again we can con­tinue that.

“We played some re­ally good Sevens dur­ing the day.”

Be­sides the flex­ing of mus­cles by Bar­ron, Brooks hailed the ef­forts of evolv­ing FNQ Rugby ri­vals.

“Apart from win­ning it, the pleas­ing thing was see­ing Port Dou­glas and Innisfail go­ing well,” he said.

“Hope­fully they can keep get­ting their stuff to­gether, so that’s good to see.”

This year’s star at­trac­tion, sevens roy­alty and Olympic medal­list Char­lotte Caslick, proved a coup for the host club, the Port Dou­glas Raiders.

with her part­ner, sevens rep player Lewis Hol­land, she moved among the siz­able crowd, meet­ing peo­ple and let­ting them han­dle her Olympic gold medal.

“She was fan­tas­tic,” said David Cot­ton. “They both were. Such down to earth peo­ple.”

Pic­ture: LUKAS TEASDALE

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