Port’s Sevens a success
Raiders flex muscle with wins ahead of season start
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.”
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