Two senior teams represented Somerset College at the Annual All Saints Anglican School QRU Rugby 7's tournament, Wednesday 10 October. The Senior Boys and Senior Girls acquitted themselves admirably, considering each team only had two to three training sessions prior to the tournament.
The Senior Girls had an exhausting schedule, playing five games before 1.00pm. Despite a lack of preparation and a limited amount of knowledge on the intricate rules of Rugby Union, the girls played with extreme courage and determination. With each game the girls advanced their knowledge and skills and despite playing some very adept teams they never shirked and were extremely competitive up against teams like Miami State High and Keebra Park High who have had upwards of 50 games this year alone. A good win over archrivals All Saints was one of the many highlights of the day.
Special mention must go to Madizen Wilkins who has been asked to join a girls development squad after completing a stellar tournament which included three tries, numerous try assists and some crunching tackles, one against a certain Saint Stephen’s girl that left the crowd wincing after a cacophony of ‘Oooohhhs’. Notable mentions also go to Alice Neale, Abigail Kavanagh and Solange Paige Stephens for their excellent level of play.
The Senior Boys did not quite have as intense a schedule as the girls, nevertheless their level of play was exceptional and they showed the other teams at the tournament how to play an expansive and skilful game of 7’s Rugby. They dispatched both Kings Christian College 2 and All Saints Anglican School in pool play by margins of 30 plus points. This qualified them for the final against Kings Christian College 1. The game was a much closer affair than the prior games but the team still cruised to victory with a 24 to 5 win. Sam Dalton and Rhian Stowers were at their elusive best bamboozling their counterparts at will with fancy footwork and excellent acceleration. The Senior Boys team gladly accepted the winner’s trophy, completing a hot and tiring but very successful day for both teams.
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