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The Murri Magic 1 team have taken home the women’s title while the Kamilaroi Young Guns won the men’s title at the 2013 Ballymore Ella Sevens Tournament in Brisbane on Saturday.
The women’s competition saw four teams compete in a round-robin before contesting the finals.
Griffith University won the Plate Final over Walker’s Raiders 31-7, but were no match for the eventual champions, who conceded only two tries throughout the tournament.
Murri Magic 1 added to the 15-10 win against their counterparts, Murri Magic 2, to sweep the Cup Final 39-0.
In the men’s competition eight teams were split into two pools, with Moreton Bay looking impressive earlier in the tournament, scoring 144 points to 31 against.
Having previously lost to Moreton Bay 5-22 in the round-robin, the Kamilaroi Young Guns turned this disappointment around in the Cup Final, prevailing 22-19 in a tight contest.
Adding to the day’s silverware, the Griffith University men’s team complimented their women’s team with a win over Ipswich in the Plate Final.
The stifling 35 degree heat made for tough conditions, but did not dampen the skills on display.
With the previous two editions taking place in Cairns and Coffs Harbour; the 2013 series attracted over 53 teams and 600 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women.
A principle event in the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team’s (LMRDT) program, the Ella Sevens series provides players with an opportunity to represent their communities as well as compete for selection into the National Indigenous Rugby Sevens men’s and women’s teams.
The family and community spirit prevalent throughout the Ella Sevens series, were a hallmark of the Ballymore tournament.
Former Wallaby and Australian Sevens player Andrew Walker was in attendance, and although he did not compete, his family were well represented by daughters Cherie and Lowana, and son Dylan – who participated as part of Walker’s Raiders in the women’s and men’s competition.
LMDRT Executive Officer Tom Evans was pleased with the outcome, in what he described as a “tough but fair” tournament.
“Every participating team had a former ‘Lloydies’ representative, having competed at junior level before progressing into the senior teams,” Tom said.
The Ella Sevens series will commence in Coffs Harbour in 2014 and will see the introduction of the Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council as principal sponsors of the Cairns and Ballymore tournaments.
The three event series provides a pathway for Indigenous players to showcase their talent for an opportunity to represent Australia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games for men, and Rio 2016 Olympic Games for men and women.
To check out some great photos of the day visit the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team Facebook page
Tom Kingston was nearly a Sevens player five years ago, just as he entered the professional rugby ranks.