Super Rugby


10/17/2016

Regional Rugby Shines at Sevens Tournaments


Two of Queensland Rugby’s biggest Sevens tournaments were held over the weekend with nearly 100 teams competing across the All Schools Sevens in Brisbane and the Western Sevens in Emerald. 


At both events, Regional Rugby took centre stage, demonstrating the success of the Queensland Rugby pathways outside of Brisbane. 

At the All Schools tournament held at Ballymore, Sunshine Coast Grammar secured the Under 18 Division 1 title with a 22-5 victory over GPS Rugby champions Brisbane State High School, while the school also competed in the final of the Under 13 competition, going down to State High 29-28. 

The victory confirmed the growth of the Sunshine Coast program and head coach Dan Robotham noted the result as evidence Sunshine Coast Rugby could provide a pathway for players. 

“We’re really proud of what we’ve achieved at Sunshine Coast Grammar and to come down here for the All Schools Sevens and defeat the GPS champions Brisbane Sate High is a really nice way to finish our season,” he said. 


“We lose a lot of kids from the Sunshine Coast down to GPS schools and I think sometimes they get the message that they have to go down to a GPS school to make it, but it’s not true. We have a good development program and if you’re good enough, you’re going to get there from anywhere.” 

This message was supported by Director of Sport at St. Brendan’s College Dallas Williams who identified Rugby Sevens for the opportunities it provides. 

“I think the pathways that the boys have in Rugby Sevens is far more lucrative when compared to other sports. The type of athlete that we have at St. Brendan’s College really suits the type of play and Rugby Sevens is only going to get bigger with the success at the Olympics this year,” he said. 

St. Brendan’s made the trip to Brisbane to compete in the Division 1 U18 Boys competition, while up in Emerald the school took out the U14 title with a 32-0 victory over Rockhampton Grammar. 


At the same carnival held at Emerald State High School, Marist College secured the U16 competition and the Cathedral College secured the U18 title. While Rockhampton Girls secured both the Emerald girls divisions with victories in the U15s and U18s. 


Despite going down in the U18 Division 1 final, Brisbane State High School secured the U13 and U15 girls before their U18 girls capped off a successful weekend with a 45-5 victory over St. Teresa’s Catholic College. 


Queensland Rugby head of participation Reg Tayler acknowledged the performance of a number of players across the weekend and identified the carnivals as a pathway to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.


“There was a couple of players from St Brendan’s Yeppoon that we had never seen before and were quite impressed with. These carnivals give us another viewing platform for students outside of the Brisbane or South-East Queensland area, to have a look at leading into our Queensland programs,” he said.

“Looking at our girl’s program, around 60 per cent of our QAS squad has come through our All School Sevens and also our Youth Girls development programs. This now sees them in a position to vie for the Australian team which will ultimately compete at the Commonwealth Games."



WESTERN SEVENS – Finals Results 

Under 10s: Moranbah State School 10 defeated Tieri State School 5 
Under 12s: St. Patrick’s Blue 17 defeated Blackwater North State School 7 
Under 14s: St. Brendan’s College 32 defeated Rockhampton Grammar School 0
Under 15 Girls: Rockhampton Youth Girls Development Squad 19 defeated Chanel College 5
Under 16s: Marist College 17 defeated St. Brendan’s College 7
Under 18s: The Cathedral College 26 defeated Rockhampton Grammar 24 
Under 18 Girls: Rockhampton Youth Girls Development Squad 10 defeated Gladstone 0


ALL SCHOOLS SEVENS – Finals Results

Under 13s: Brisbane State High School 29 defeated Sunshine Coast Grammar 28 
Under 15s: Marsden State High School 34 defeated Brisbane State High School 17  
Under 15 Girls: Brisbane State High School 36 defeated Sunshine Beach SHS 24
Under 18 Division 1: Sunshine Coast Grammar 22 defeated Brisbane State High School 5
Under 18 Division 2: John Paul College 42 defeated St Teresa’s Catholic College 5
Under 18 Girls: Brisbane State High School 45 defeated St Teresa’s Catholic College 5 

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