2014 Championship Format

Championship Eligibility

Player Eligibility

To be eligible to compete in the Championship, all players MUST be:

(a)     (i) 18 years of age on or before the first match day; or
         (ii) 16 years of age or over on 1st January in the year of the Championship (DOB 1997); and eligible for an exception to play Senior Rugby under ARU Senior Rugby Policy. (A Senior Rugby Consent Form - if applicable - must be submitted with declaration of team).

If submission is approved, all Team Management must complete the relevant ‘Working with Children’ paperwork for their State and submit it to their State Union.; and

(b)    currently registered for the club association and/or the Participating Union they represent; and

(c)    registered for the Participating Team on the Team Registration Form (Appendix 3). 

Championship Rules

IRB Laws of the Game

All matches shall be played in accordance with IRB Laws of the Game of Rugby Union, including the Seven-a-Side Law Variations. (A copy of the Seven-a-Side Law Variations applicable to matches in this Championship is included as Appendix 4).

Duration of Matches

The duration of all matches, other than the Cup Final, will be 7-minutes each half with a 2-minute half time. The duration of the Cup Final match will be 10-minutes each half with a 2-minute half time. The Time Keeper shall be responsible for keeping time.

Extra Time

NO extra time will be played during the pool, quarter and semi-final matches, even in the event of a match being drawn at the end of normal time; no extra time will be played. In all finals where there is a drawn match and extra time is required, after a break of one minute the extra time is played in periods of five minutes. After each period, the teams change ends without interval.

Pool points calculation

All teams in each Pool will play each other on a round robin basis. Championship Points will be awarded for the matches on the following basis:

Win 3 Points
Draw 2 Points
Loss 1 Point (for a loss within 7 points)
Loss 0 Points (for a loss of more than 7 points)

Format

Seeding

The Championship will be a twelve (12) team competition format comprising of 3 pools of four teams. Teams will be allocated by the ARU to the three pools based on the following principles: 

(a)    Teams will be seeded based on their final position at the 2013 National Women’s Rugby Sevens Championship

(b)    Teams who did not compete at the 2013 Women’s Rugby Sevens Championship will be seeded only after allocation of participating teams from 2013 have been finalised

Finals Knock out stages - Cup & Plate

1st place vs 8th place
2nd place vs 7th place
3rd place vs 6th place
4th place vs 5th place

Finals Knock out stages - Bowl

9th place vs 12th place
10th place vs 11th place

Determining ranking positions - Pools

If two teams are equal on points for any position on the table (and overall finals ranking) following the round robin Pool matches, such position in the ranking table will be determined on the result of the Match between the two equal Teams. The Team that won that Match shall be deemed to have finished higher in the rankings.

If however the Match between the two Teams equal on competition points at the end of the pool stage was a draw, then the following process shall be used to determine the placing.


(a)    The margin of points scored for and against a Team in all pool Matches shall be considered. The Team with the highest positive margin of points shall be ranked higher in the ranking table.  If the tie remains unresolved then:
(b)    The margin of tries scored for and against a Team in all pool Matches shall be considered. The Team with the highest positive margin of tries shall be ranked higher in the ranking table.  If the tie remains unresolved then:
(c)    The Team that has scored the highest number of points in the pool Matches shall be ranked higher in the ranking table.  If the tie still remains unresolved then;
(d)    The Team that has scored the highest number of tries in the pool Matches shall be ranked higher in the ranking table.  If the tie still remains unresolved then:
(e)    The tie will be resolved by the toss of a coin between the Team Mangers concerned

If at the end of the pool stage more than two Teams (i.e. from different pools) are tied on points then the following process shall be used to determine the placing:

(a)    The margin of points scored for and against a Team in all pool Matches will be considered. The Team with the highest positive margin of points shall be ranked highest in the ranking table.  If the tie remains unresolved then:
(b)    The margin of tries scored for and against a Team in all pool Matches will be considered. The Team with the highest positive margin of tries shall be ranked higher in the ranking table.  If the tie remains unresolved then:
(c)    The Teams concerned shall be ranked by reference to the number of points scored in all pool Matches. The Team with the highest number of points scored in the pool Matches shall be ranked higher i in the ranking table.  If the tie remains unresolved then:
(d)    The Teams concerned shall be ranked by reference to the number of tries scored in all pool Matches. The Team with the highest number of tries scored in the pool Matches shall be ranked higher in the ranking table.  If the tie remains unresolved then a coin will be tossed between the opposing Team Managers.
 

Determining ranking positions - Quarter & Semi Finals

In case of a draw in the Quarter and Semi Finals, the team scoring:

(a)    most number of tries wins
(b)    if tries are equal, the first try scorer wins
(c)    if no tries are scored, the first goal wins
(d)    if no goals are scored, the highest ranked team from the pool matches is deemed the winner

Trophies / Awards

Trophies will be presented to;

(a)    Cup Winners (1st)
(b)    Plate Winners (5th)
(c)    Bowl Winners (9th)
(d)    Player of the championship

The Cup winners will also receive medals

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