Thursday, January 4, 2018
Bay of Plenty's Rebecca Kersten
Photographer: Rick Moran
The 2018 Bay of Plenty Provincial Sevens Tournament proudly sponsored by Seeka is set to kick off the New Year’s Sevens action at Blake Park this Saturday 6 January.
The tournament will feature the current tāne Provincial Sevens title holders Waikato in addition to last year’s Bayleys National Sevens tāne winners Counties Manukau and a talented Samoan Barbarians side. A distinctive local flavour will be present with the selection of two Bay of Plenty tāne sevens sides will compete for tournament honours.
Current competition holders Manawatu will look to defend their title in the wāhine section, alongside Southern Regional winners Canterbury, Northern Regional winners Waikato and local wāhine favourites Bay of Plenty.
The Bay of Plenty Provincial Sevens tournament will be the final opportunity for teams to prepare for the Bayleys National Sevens tournament kicking off on Saturday 13 January at Rotorua International Stadium.
Bay of Plenty Men’s Sevens’ Head Coach Paul Tietjens has named a largely unchanged team which competed at the Northern Regional Qualification Tournament in Cambridge late last year.
Tietjens highlighted the need to establish his twelve players, in particular a starting seven for the upcoming Bayleys National Sevens at Rotorua International Stadium.
“This weekend as a team we will be looking to establish some good combinations to take forward for nationals. Ideally by the end of the weekend we hope to have a top starting seven that we will take into our first game against Mid Canterbury. It will also be our final opportunity to finalise my squad of twelve, so hopefully my players get through the injury free and play some great rugby sevens.
“I want the boys to build confidence around their own game. I want them to go into next weekend full of confidence with how they how they played this weekend,” said Tietjens.
The Bay of Plenty Men’s side will kick off the day against Sir Gordon Tietjens Samoan Barbarians team.
Tietjens excited for the challenge to face his father’s team this weekend expects there will be some friendly banter on the side lines.
“I am looking forward to the challenge, both coaching against an international side and obviously against a close family member. There will definitely be a bit of banter on who will take the cake for that game and I am looking forward to the challenge. It will also be a great for my boys to have the chance to play against a strong group of Samoan players it will be a good physical battle for them and will be a positive challenge for them to,” finished Tietjens.
Bay of Plenty Men’s Sevens Side:
Te Aihe Toma – Captain
Head Coach: Paul Tietjens
Assistant Coach: Euan Mackintosh
Manager: Courtney Barrow-Fraser
Trainer: Aidan Butterworth
Physio: Nicola Shanks
Bay of Plenty Men’s Academy Sevens Side:
Te Riini Hapi
Head Coach: James Porter
Not considered for selection:
Bailey Simonsson (All Black Sevens)
Teddy Stanaway (All Black Sevens)
Luke Masirewa (Injured)
The Bay of Plenty Women’s Sevens side captained by New Zealand Development Sevens player Rebecca Kersten will be strengthened this weekend as with the support of Black Ferns Sevens Players’ Michaela Blyde and Kelly Brazier.
Lavinia Gould also makes an appearance following her return to New Zealand. The welcomed experience to this weekend’s side will be complemented by the youthful and talented individuals who were challenged during their Northern Regional Qualification Tournament.
Head Coach Victoria Grant is confident her team will deliver s strong confident performance leading into the Bayleys National Sevens next weekend.
“We have a number of experienced girls’ returning to the field this weekend and they will provide our young yet exceptionally talented girls’ strong leadership to deliver a positive performance,” said Grant.
Grant continued acknowledged her sides overwhelming growth both as a team and individuals as they continue their road to the Bayleys National Sevens.
“Our squad has been training and playing well over the past couple of months which is a testament to our team culture on and off the field. It is now down to the crunch end, I hope this weekend brings out the best in our team and is reflected in their growth in confidence both as individuals and as a team.
“We are looking forward to another challenging weekend ahead and we hope to provide our supporters and whanau with some exciting rugby sevens,” finished Grant.
Bay of Plenty Women’s Sevens Team:
Rebecca Kersten – Captain
Not considered due to injury:
Coach: Victoria Grant
Manager: Michaela Tahere
Trainer: Keith Roberts
Physio: Alana Lloyd
The Bay of Plenty Provincial Sevens will be a great day out at Blake Park for all to enjoy. The flare and excitement of sevens rugby action will be coupled with a day in the sun and a bite to eat from the Mount Maunganui Sports tuck shop.
Tickets are available for purchase from the gate; $5 for adults and free for children 14 years and under. Gates will open at 8.30am with the first match kicking off at 9.00am.
Please click here for the 2018 Draw.