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By ARU Media Unit
The inaugural Essential Energy Sevens Primary Schools tournament has wrapped up with Redfield College taking out the Cup Final and Mascot Primary taking out the Plate Final at ANZ Stadium last Saturday night. The games were played as the curtain raisers to the Waratahs v Brumbies final Super Rugby match of the 2011 Season.
Over the last four months 211 teams have battled it out across ten regions in NSW with more than 2,500 primary school students taking part in the competition.
The top 10 teams from across NSW (one from each region) made their way to the NSW Academy of Sport at Narrabeen last Friday to contest the finals of the tournament.
The top 10 teams were:
• Central Coast – Wyong Christian College,
• Illawarra – The Illawarra School,
• Western Region – Assumption Primary Bathurst,
• Newcastle – Edgeworth Public School,
• Mid North Coast – St Augustines,
• Far North Coast – St Joseph Alstonville,
• Central North – Holy Trinity,
• Sydney West – Redfield College Primary,
• Sydney North – Mosman Prep School; and
• Sydney South – Mascot Public School.
The more than 110 players were treated to a skills session with Australian Sevens Captain Bernard Foley and team mate Jacob Taylor who took the players through a few drills and provided some words of advice to the young Sevens players in the lead up to the round robin finals the next day.
Fantastic weather on Saturday set the scene for some entertaining and attacking Rugby with an amazing amount of tries scored across the day. While most of the players wouldn’t be old enough to compete at the 2016 Olympics it is possible that several of the young players, should they continue their development, could represent Australia at the 2020 Olympics.
After some exciting and skilful Rugby throughout the round robin finals four teams managed to progress through to the Plate and Cup Grand Finals that night at ANZ.
Both Finals matches were evenly matched and went to Sudden Death extra-time. Thanks to some persistence down the left wing and a few good phases, Mascot were able to cross the paint in the second half of extra time to make it 3 tries to 2 and overcome Holy Trinity who were gallant in defeat.
It was slightly more tense in the Cup Final between Redfield College and St Augustine’s with both sides failing to gain the upper hand. The game remained all tied up at four tries a piece in the final period of Sudden Death. With time nearly out and what was possibly the last play of the match Redfield spun the ball wide from the breakdown and then, thanks to some strong work from one of the Redfield players, they crossed for the winning try to snatch a hard fought victory that saw jubilant celebrations from the players and the coaching staff.
Select this link for Video highlights of the Essential Energy Sevens Plate and Cup grandfinals and the trophy presentations.
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