Illawarra South Coast Rugby Sevens a hit with over 200 players

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By Community Rugby

The Illawarra region played host to over 200 schoolboys yesterday at its annual Secondary Schools Rugby Sevens Championships. Picturesque Kiama saw the region’s Under 18s and Under 16s take to the field, with the winners to represent the region against its City and Country cousins later in the year. 

The location has a proud Rugby Sevens history with the Kiama Senior Sevens event attracting nearly 50 teams each February, and for the past 41 years the tournament has been the premier one day event on the Australian Rugby Sevens landscape.
Keen to continue the Sevens history, 20 schoolboy teams from the Illawarra and South Coast area converged on the Kiama Showground. Many tried Sevens for the first time while others have participated in the ARU Sevens Development Programs based for the past 12 months.
The event continues the focus in the area with Primary Schools and Secondary Schoolgirls Sevens also on the calendar.
“The response this year has been great, and has flowed on from the positive rollout of last year’s pilot programs in primary and high schools, aimed at giving boys and girls an opportunity to discover Rugby Sevens,” said Sean Barrett, ARU Southern Region Development Manager.
“There were 36 games played today with both fields running. There were some great skills shown with each school playing four games including Cup and Plate Finals.”
The Under 16s final saw Nowra Anglican College overcame the strong Illawarra Sports High 17-5, while Edmund Rice College Wollongong won the Under 18’s final against the local Kiama High School team 27-7. They will now progress to the State Secondary Schools Sevens championships to be played later in the year. 
Schools that also competed during the day were Shellharbour Anglican College, Southern Highlands Christian School Bowral, Keira High School Wollongong, Nowra Christian School, Camden High Schools and Warrawong High.
Finals Results
Cup Final U18s
Edmund Rice College 27 def Kiama High 7
Cup Final U16s
Nowra Anglican college 17 def Illawarra Sports High 5
Plate Final 18s
Shellharbour Anglican College 24 def Nowra Christian School 7
Plate Final U16s
Warrawong High School 12 def Southern Highlands Christian School 5
Bowl Final U18s
Southern Highlands Christian School 24 def Shellharbour Anglican College (1) 0
The ARU Development staff ran the day and would like to thank the Illawarra Rugby Referees Association and Kiama Rugby Club for helping host the event.


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