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A total of 35 teams from the U17’s Boys, Girls and Opens Womens divisions battled it out for the silverware in the Sevens State Championships Academy of Sport and Recreation, Narrabeen.
Over 450 young athletes took part in two days of exciting rugby that identified a stack of talent in the lead up to National Championships in November.
ICONZ snatched the championship in a close 26-17 win over Manly in the Boys cup final and it was Eastwood Blue who came away with a thrilling 35-5 win over Wests Juniors to claim their prize.
Sydney Women’s Sevens Competition winners, Pride 7’s, were again relentless in taking out the women’s division in day one of the State Champs.
NSW Rugby’s Coach Education and Pathways Manager, Matt Evrard said the weekend was a big success.
“We were stoked to have over 450 boys and girls sign up for the competition as it proves their eagerness to play at higher levels of the game,” he said.
The weekend prior housed the U13’s and U15’s State Championships at Coffs Harbour, which saw a truckload of talent which will appear at future tournaments to come.
Evrard said opportunities like the NSW Senior State Championships have “helped cement a clear pathway for all players of the game to take advantage of”.
“We recognize the game of Sevens is growing in NSW, and it is our duty to provide players with the assistance they need to grow and develop as they progress through the ranks.
“Our end goal is to gain youth boys and girls admissions into commonwealth games teams to compete in 2018.
“It’s great to see an extensive amount of talent making their way through the system”, said Evrard.
A number of national and state selectors were present at the State Championships over the weekend, says Evrard.
“NSW selectors were very impressed with the talent on-hand. From our program, Expo Mejia and Francis Cullimore were scouting out talent for their Youth Boys squad while James Barkell and Keiran Smith were assessing the contenders for spots in their Girls squad,” he said.
From here, NSW Sevens Youth (U17’s) Boys and Girls squads will be announced where they will represent the state in the Youth Nationals at Ballymore in early December.
“All NSW teams will be announced on October 29th, which falls on the Sunday of the Central Coast 7s competition,” said Evrard.
Head this way for a full photo album from the State Championships (courtesy of Adam MacDonald and John Flitcroft/Flitty Images): http://bit.ly/2hIk3C8
Dates for the Youth and Senior 7’s National Championships:
ARU National Senior 7’s Championships: November 24-26 (Bendigo, Victoria)
ARU National Youth (U17s) 7’s Championships: December 8-9 (Ballymore, Brisbane)
U17’s Girls Champions: Eastwood Blue 35 def. Wests Juniors 5
U17’s Boys Champions: ICONZ 26 def. Manly 17
Opens Women’s Champions: Pride 7s (undefeated)