Ju­niors try, try again in Sin­ga­pore win

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Residential -

THREE lo­cal ju­nior rugby play­ers are on top of the world after win­ning an in­ter­na­tional ju­nior rugby tour­na­ment in Sin­ga­pore.

Will Of­fer (South Perth), Jamie Drum­mond (Como) and Callum Roberts (Vic­to­ria Park) joined fel­low Ned­lands Rugby Union Club un­der-10s team­mates Oliver An­n­ear, Noah Shaw and Chase Ri­d­ley for the an­nual Cen­taurs In­ter­na­tional Youth Tour­na­ment in Sin­ga­pore this month.

The Cen­taurs tour­na­ment at­tracted more than 120 teams in the un­der-6 to un­der-16 grades from five coun­tries: Aus­tralia, Hong Kong, Thai­land, In­done­sia and host Sin­ga­pore.

The Ned­dies un­der-10s played six games over two days in their first time in the tour­na­ment and de­spite chal­leng­ing, hu­mid con­di­tions, got through to the grand fi­nal un­beaten to take on the Sin­ga­pore Cricket Club Academy.

In a thrilling fi­nale, Ned­dies coach Mark Drum­mond said the boys pre­vailed by two tries to nil, show­ing re­mark­able de­fence to keep their try line from be­ing crossed.

After the win, the Ned­dies play­ers were in­vited on to the main stage to be pre­sented with their win­ning tro­phies.

“The boys had ac­cli­ma­tised for the con­di­tions with a train­ing run at St An­drew’s Ju­nior School be­fore the tour­na­ment,” Drum­mond said.

“The win capped off what was a re­mark­able tour­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the boys.

“It was an ex­pe­ri­ence I am sure they will trea­sure for a long time.

“The boys are all keen to re­turn to Sin­ga­pore next year to de­fend their ti­tle.”

The vic­to­ri­ous team cel­e­brates.

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