Last weekend saw the first round of the Illawarra U14 7s Championship played at University Oval in Wollongong. With strong support from parents and a beautiful Sunday morning, it was a great way to kick off the new 7s competition. Our Bowral Blacks team did themselves and their club proud, reaching the cup final against Kiama.
Bowral Blacks were the first team on the paddock, playing Kiama, who were very strong and ran out easy winners 27-0. Blacks next pool game was against University 1, who looked every bit as dangerous as Kiama had been. However the Blacks rallied superbly after a couple of quick Uni tries and the game ended a draw at 21-21. The Blacks 3rd pool game was against University 2 and the Blacks players lifted their game another notch and recorded a dominant 22-12 win.
This put Bowral into the Cup final against Kiama who were so far undefeated. Our Blacks players started superbly, with 2 quick tries in the first half against a stunned Kiama who were clearly expecting an easy run. But Kiama’s class soon prevailed and despite fantastic and sometimes desperate defence from the Blacks, they eventually ran out winners 26-14. That scoreline flattered Kiama a little, with the game being very tense and close until the last minute, but Kiama were ultimately deserved winners.
Our Blacks team started the tournament a little shakily, but by the last game had gotten the hang of the speed and width of 7s rugby and performed superbly. Mention should be made of Jordie Maule who captained the team and led by example in every game. Oskar Watson and Liam Ryan-East, playing their first games for the Blacks, scored tries and were excellent. Angus Peattie and Will Docherty didn’t stop working in the forwards, Max Loiterton and Nic Wansey directed their team with skill, and Sam Shepard always looked dangerous with the ball. And special mention should be made of Brock Plowman who played his first game of rugby in any code and had an auspicious first tournament.
Round 2 of the 7s Championship will be on May 31 at Kiama.