The highly successful Hunter Sports High School Youth Boys & Girls Rugby Sevens teams have been confirmed as the latest teams set to contest the 2016 UON Central Coast Sevens youth tournament.
Hunter Sports High have a strong sevens program that has a recent history of success with the girls program achieving the following results:
2014 – Under 16 State Champions, 2015 – Under 18 and Under 16 State Championship Runners Up, 2015 – 4th Place, Trans Tasman Sevens with four players currently in the New South Wales Blue Belles State Representative team.
The boys are not to be outdone as Runners Up in 2014 at the Central Coast Sevens NSW Schools Tournament and 2015 – Hunter Secondary Sevens Champions.
The youth tournament in the under 17’s age bracket will feature both boys and girls tournaments and will be utilised by the New South Wales Sevens Program Coaches as a talent identification event and potential selection trial for the state sides national title campaign in November.
Tournament Director Craig Morgan said “We welcome the inclusion of Hunter Sports High to what is shaping as a very strong inaugural youth event across both the boys and girls tournaments, there is a strong emphasis on the youth category with the NSW 7s Coaching Staff wanting the very best preparation before the national titles. This is a great opportunity for existing players to bolster their positions within the state team and a great chance for competitors to stand up and be identified and selected from their performance at the tournament”.
As an Olympic Sport the under 17’s age category is viewed as a key development pathway heading toward the 2020 Olympic Games. The Central Coast Sevens tournament is set to feature both domestic and international teams providing competitors a real test with interest being received from teams from Fiji and New Zealand alongside domestic competitors.
The UON Central Coast Sevens Youth Tournament will kick off on Friday 21st October followed by two days of World Class International sevens action where some of the best teams in the world will contest the international men’s and women’s events over the Saturday and Sunday.
Morgan added “this is a great opportunity for the youth teams to compete in a premier tournament environment and then enjoy the international action over the weekend, it is a great experience the young players can get up close to some of the best players in the world and see exactly where they want to be in a few years time, the opportunities are endless in sevens, its an exciting time for the sport.
Nominations are currently being accepted for both youth boys and youth girls categories with limited places remaining, to nominate visit www.centralcoastsevens.com.au and visit the tournament page for online nomination forms.