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Every year after the conclusion of the regular season, The Townsville & Districts Rugby Union hosts the Annual Townsville Festival of Rugby 7s. Over the years, the event has grown to be now spread over a month, incorporating the Primary Aged 7s, Teenage 7s and the Senior 7s. This huge month of 7s events will continue in 2019, see below for dates & NOMINATIONS!
Previous Editions of the Festival of 7’s Newsletter:
Performance Physio Group PRIMARY AGED 7s
Date: Friday 18th October
Age Groups: U9-10-11-12 (Mixed), U12 (Girls Only)
Performance Physio Group – TEENAGED 7s
Date: Friday/Saturday/Sunday 25-26-27th October
Age Groups: U13-14-15-16-18s Boys, U14-16-18 Girls
Flynns Irish Bar – Townsville 7s
Date: Saturday/Sunday 2-3rd November
Divisions: Mens, Womens, U20s
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INTRODUCING – Townsville Rugby 7s
The past and future of the event: Since its inclusion as an Olympic Sport in Rio, interest in Rugby 7s for both Men and in particular Women has exploded in popularity nationally. It is currently one of the fastest growing sports in the World. In Australia its profile amongst Girls and Women alone is expected to be boosted off the back of the Aussie Women’s 7s teams Gold Medal winning performance in Rio and Silver Medal performance in the Commonwealth Games. Below is a brief timeline of achievements and milestones of the Townsville Rugby 7s over the past 8 years.
2011 – First Townsville Rugby 7s held featuring just 16 Men’s teams from the local area
2012 – Inclusion of Womens and Masters (Over 35) Divisions as part of the Senior Tournament 24 teams across the 3 Divisions
2013 – Junior legs of the Townsville 7s start with a Primary Aged and Teenage 7s (Boys only) included in the program along with a Under 20s Division at the Senior Tournament
2014 – Junior legs of the Townsville 7s expand with new divisions, Teenage 7s grows into a 2-day event encompassing Friday and Saturday. Island Breeze win the Men’s division featuring current Melbourne Rebels player and Qantas Wallabies flyer Sefa Naivalu. The travelling team of Fijians have attended the tournament 7 out of 8 years of its running.
2015 – Interest explodes in the Junior Tournaments in particular with the inclusion of Teenage Girls as part of the Teenage 7s. Teams from as far north as Cairns and South as Brisbane participate in all tournaments. 82 teams in total across the month of 7’s.
2016 – Teenage tournament (41 teams) outgrows the Senior competition with 87 teams in total across the 3 tournaments. QLD Reds 7s coaches attend to identify talent for Mens, Womens, Youth Boys and Girls (Under 18s). Bri Rossato (pictured) selected in QLD 7s going on to be contracted with AON Uni 7s UQ side, narrowly missing a contract with the Aussie side now currently playing professionally in Japan.
2017 – 100 teams and over 1000 players with over 1500 spectators over the course of the ‘Festival of 7s’. Teenage sensation Sam Warner (Pictured) who has played Rugby since he was 10 identified for the QLD Youth boys 7s team alongside Jessee Santo from Charters Towers in the Youth Girls. Sam goes on to Represent Australia in the Youth Oceania Championships where they were crowned champions.
2018 – Saw the introduction of further divisions in the Junior 7s with Under 9s incorporated in the Primary age and U13 Girls in the Teenage 7s. Participation grew to 120 teams, 1200 players, 2000 spectators and supporters. 2018 also saw the most representation from the TDRU in the National 7s Tournaments at Ballymore. Tom Vinson and Sam Warner featured for Queensland in the Mens teams with Tamika Bray and Daisy Darcy (Pictured) featuring in the Youth Girls squads. With the addition of Rugby Australia’s new non-contact game of 7s ‘FOXTEL TOUCH 7s’ in the very near future the game is set to explode to see the Townsville Festival of 7s become a hallmark sporting event on the North QLD Sporting calendar.
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