On Saturday, Fraser Coast Anglican College hosted their 13th Fraser Coast Invitational Sevens Carnival. Sunshine Coast representation was strong with several teams from the Coast participating including Nambour Christian College, St Andrews Anglican College and St John’s College.
It was a hot and humid day and after three pool fixtures, Sunny Coast teams were well represented within the three age divisions within the finals.
In the U13 Trophy Grand Final, St Andrews managed to continue their fine form from earlier in the day to take the out the final and be crowned U13 Champions. The SAAC 13’s were undefeated all day and put on an impressive display against Shalom College in the Grand Final.
In the U18 Grand Final, it was a complete Sunshine Coast affair with St Andrews Anglican College taking on St Johns College. Both teams topped their pools and were undefeated at this point of the competition and the stage was set for a great battle. The final lived up to the expectation and both teams showcased great Rugby Sevens shape in attack and absolute desperation in defence. In a tight contest, St John’s College managed to take out the game 17-15 in what was easily the Game of the Day. Due to injury, SJC were down to nine players for the final which in itself was a pretty amazing achievement.
In the words of Luke Zeremes (SJC Head Coach), “In my time of 14 years of involvement across 15-a-side and 7-a-side rugby, I have never seen a more gutsy effort than what I saw today. Words cannot describe how proud I am of these players for their conduct on and off the field and the resilience that was on display is something seldom seen by young men within any arena, let alone a sporting field.”
Steve Robson (SAAC Sports Director) went on to say that, “the carnival was a great experience for their three Rugby Sevens teams and is the ideal preparation for their Term 2 Sevens Rugby campaign. It is hoped that Sunshine Coast schools can work collaboratively to ensure plenty of opportunities for boys and girls to take part in this exciting brand of Rugby in 2017 and beyond.”
Alex Moses (St Andrew’s Anglican College) was last year selected in the Qld Open Schoolboy Sevens Program along with Alex Gow (Sunshine Coast Grammar). It is hoped that through more exposure to Sevens Rugby, the Sunshine Coast can have even more players selected for these types of programs.
To make the carnival even more memorable, St John’s College Rugby Captain and chief play-maker, Harry Wright, was named Player of the Tournament by the Qld Reds representatives who had been observing all the fixtures at the carnival. This award is not only awarded for playing ability, but also for sportsmanship and appropriate conduct shown throughout the day.
In two weeks, St John’s College head to Sydney for the prestigious Scots College Invitational Sevens. As the only school selected from Queensland, SJC will be up against schools from Fiji, New Zealand, Singapore as well as NSW, ACT, VIC and WA. We wish them luck at this wonderful event.