Explosive Sevens Festival Set To Ignite the Central Coast
Central Coast Sevens Media Release –
A powerhouse line up of teams are set to contest the 2013 Fitness First Central Coast Sevens International Rugby Festival to be held on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October at Wyong Leagues Club.
The festival is shaping as an explosive weekend of end to end tries, exhilarating skills and big collisions with five Fijian teams set to fly in to contest this year’s event alongside teams from Samoa, Japan and New Zealand in both men’s and women’s events with a total prize pool of $50,000 up for grabs.
In addition to the on-field action, a weekend of entertainment has been planned with a family friendly carnival, amusement rides, face painting, market stalls, cultural performances, international food, an appearance by the NSW Waratahs, music, dance crews and a special performance by X Factor contestant Tee.
On field in the men’s tournament, Flying Fijians Tokatoka Westfield Barbarians are returning to defend their title after sweeping through the 2012 event. The Babas – who blitzed the 2012 Fijian domestic circuit – will rightfully start favourites for this year’s event however several teams are expected to challenge strongly for the title. These include Australian powerhouse teams Sunnybank from Queensland and Randwick from Sydney, which is regarded as one of Australia’s most famous rugby clubs.
The women’s tournament will be also be fiercely contested with defending champions Sunnybank set to face off against the might of New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty in pool rounds. The tournament will see one of the strongest fields in the Southern Hemisphere forming to contest this year’s event including Japan’s Kanto Champion Rugirl 7 who have been preparing for the tournament for several months. International Invitational side The Mamas feature International and Provincial level players from around the world including Norway, Germany, Australia and Uganda, proving that being a mother does not mean having to give up being an elite athlete. The Te Whanau team – semi-finalists in 2012 – are expected to feature a number of the World Cup winning Australian Rugby League team members in their squad.
The weekend will feature over 80 explosive matches of rugby sevens and a full weekend of family fun & entertainment with the cultural performances including a traditional Haka and Maori Hangi.
The Fitness First Central Coast Sevens takes place 26 and 27 October at Wyong Rugby League Club from 9.00am through to early evening.
The tournament is offering free passes to children aged 13 and under via their official Facebook page.
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