The Bowral Blacks Rugby Club will host the fifth annual Southern Highlands Rugby 7’s tournament on October 1, 2016 at Eridge Park, Bowral.
The Southern Highlands 7s is now one of the largest rugby 7s tournaments in Australia. This year 76 teams from Sydney, the ACT and rural and regional NSW will descend on the Highlands, including NSW Waratahs (Development teams), ACT Kookaburras (ACT Development teams), Sydney University, Warringah, Hunter, Southern Districts, Parramatta, Penrith, Liverpool, Riverina, Campbelltown, Subbies, Illawarra, Oatley, Shoalhaven, Chevalier College, Oxley College, University of Wollongong, Lindfield and many others.
They will be competing for silverware and more than $8000 in prizemoney in a range of age groups including, Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Men’s Colts (U20), Boys U18, Girls U18, Boys U16, Girls U16, Boys U14, Girls U14.
With its recent return to the Olympics, rugby 7’s is now one of the fastest growing sports in the world. In particular the Australian Women’s team gold medal at Rio is inspiring girls and women across the country to take up rugby 7s, and this is being seen at the Southern Highlands 7s where womens and girls entries have almost doubled to 26 teams.
The Best & Fairest Colts (U20) player will again be presented with the Thomas Kelly Cup to honour Thomas’ memory.
Bowral Blacks Rugby Club President Mark Freund said, “Bowral Blacks are very proud to be hosting the fifth annual Southern Highlands Rugby 7’s tournament.
“The Southern Highlands 7s is one of the few tournaments in Australia catering for youth teams, both boys and girls. Bowral Blacks continue to invest in our youth which we know is important for the long-term development of sport in the region.”
“It’s a great day out for the entire family. Come along to enjoy the tournament and also our Southern Highlands hospitality.”
Tournament Director for the Southern Highlands 7’s David Loiterton said, “Rugby 7s is a game that’s attractive to everyone, both men and women and across all age groups and football codes. We have several rugby league teams join us every year and we welcome them and enjoy the chance to compete on the same field. It’s fast and it’s fun for both competitors and spectators.”
Food and beverage outlets will be available for spectators and supporters to purchase refreshments, as well as Southern Highlands 7s merchandise.
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Media contact: Alex Stone 0428 188 551
The Southern Highlands 7’s Rugby tournament first started in 2011.
The Southern Highlands 7s is sanctioned and supported by NSWRU & the ARU.
Southern Highlands 7s merchandise will be available for sale on the day.