The UON Central Coast Sevens Youth Girls Tournament has raised the competitions bar with the announcement that the New Zealand wasps will be sending their under 17 girls team to the Central Coast for the first time in 2016.
The Wasps have been regular competitors at the tournament in the international women’s division over the last two years touring very impressive and powerful sides full of talented up and coming players.
David Mays the Wasps Director of Coaching said ” it’s a massive boost to the CC7s banner having an under 17 event to support the prestigious senior event. The team will be coached by Richard ‘digger’ Wilson and Fred Cox. These 2 coaches have worked with Bay of Plenty Under 18 & Under 15 teams for last 5 years and will come with a real quality, predominantly Bay of Plenty based team, but may add a few X factor players who are moving from surrounding provinces to boost their program. Digger and Fred have a long list of thirty players to whittle down to twelve for the October deadline, with training and talent ID having already commenced!”
The inaugural youth girls tournament will see eight teams do battle on Friday 21st October alongside an eight team youth boys event kicking off a massive weekend of sevens action with the youth tournament followed by the International Men’s and Women’s Tournaments, which are set to feature some of the best teams in the world.
Tournament Director Craig Morgan welcomed the inclusion of the Wasps Youth Team saying “we know the Wasps facilitate a quality program, they will be a tough team and they will add that international flavour to the girls tournament, bringing a new level of excitement for the competing teams along with the big challenge that New Zealand sides always bring to the rugby field”.
The youth tournaments will double as a selction trial and talent identification event for the New South Wales Waratahs Sevens Program who will be casting a close eye over the talent on show as they prepare in readiness for the National Titles later in the year.
Morgan added “we are pleased to be able to offer a platform for the players to showcase their talent and be identified for state and national representative programs. The competition will be extremely strong and the perfect stage to unearth talented players who shine over the competition”.
The eight teams are close to finalised with a final announcement pending providing great anticipation for all teams who will be eager to learn their fate on who they face over pool stages of the tournament.