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Bay of Plenty Sevens Teams set for Northern Region Qualificiation Tournament

Friday, November 30, 2018
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The Bay of Plenty Men’s and Women’s teams have been named to play in Saturday’s Northern Region Sevens Qualification Tournament in Cambridge.

The Bay of Plenty Men’s Sevens’ team this weekend will be playing for pool position for the upcoming TECT National Sevens. Head Coach Sean Horan said his team have prepared well over the past few weeks and has challenged the coaching group ahead of this weekend’s selection.

“Our camp was a great platform for this group and the preseason tournaments have taught us a lot about our thoughts as a team, what style would suit us and what the opposition will bring. All the players have brought us a lot to think about regarding selection and who will best fit those roles. They have really put their hands up,” said Horan.

Horan highlighted it is a privilege for those selected to represent Bay of Plenty this weekend.

“This weekend provides an opportunity for the team to represent the Union and another opportunity for individuals to put their hands up. We want to see the players taking that ownership but also enjoying themselves out there on the field.”

The Bay of Plenty Women’s Sevens side captained by Rebecca Kersten is a youthful side who will thrive off the challenge presented this weekend.

Head Coach Rodney Gibbs is aware of the challenge his side is presented with this weekend.

“We have a youthful group of girls who have continued to develop and have demonstrated consider talent over the last few weeks. But this weekend they will be tested by a number of talented and experienced opponents. They will need to step up to the challenge and deliver a consistent performance.”

Gibbs finishes by highlighting the importance of holding their focus regardless of the score board.

“The game of sevens can change instantly, we need to ensure as a team we are ready for that, maintaining our focus, completing the basics and playing with intent and purpose. If we do this right the result will take care of itself.”

Bay of Plenty Men’s Sevens Side:
Carlos Price
Elijah Nicholas
Etonia Waqa
Hunter Mokomoko
Isaac Te Aute – Captain
Jayjay Seumai
Jordy Stone
Josh Honey
Rewita Biddle
Taniela Filemone
Te Wahi Wright
William Ngatai

Management:
Head Coach: Sean Horan
Assistant Coach: Steve Miln
Assistant Coach: Euan Mackintosh
Manager: Courtney Barrow-Fraser
Trainer: Slade King
Physio: Brandon Olsen

Bay of Plenty Women’s Sevens Team:
Autumn-Rain Stephens-Daly
Hope Garner
Kiani Tahere
Kendra Reynolds
Kororia Heyblom
Mahina Paul
Mererangi Paul
Rebecca Kersten – Captain
Sapphire Tapsell
Sequoia Autumn Te Aonui
Tania-Rose Raharuhi
Tynealle Fitzgerald

Management:
Head Coach: Rodney Gibbs
Assistant Coach: Kyle McLean
Assistant Coach: Damian Karauna
Assistant Coach: James Porter
Manager: Belinda Muller
Trainer: Tim Wilson
Physio: Anna Ness

Northern Regional Sevens:
Memorial Park, Cambridge
Saturday 1 December 2018
Facebook live stream: Click here

Northern Regional Sevens Draw:
Women’s:

10.00am F2 Auckland v Bay of Plenty
11.20am F1 Bay of Plenty v North Harbour
12.20pm F1 Counties Manukau v Bay of Plenty
1.40pm F1 Waikato v Bay of Plenty
3.20pm F1 Bay of Plenty v Northland
4.30pm F1 Women’s Presentation Women

Men’s:
10.40am F2 Auckland v Bay of Plenty
11.40am F2 Bay of Plenty v North Harbour
1.20pm F1 Northland v Bay of Plenty
2.20pm F1 Counties Manukau v Bay of Plenty
4.40pm F1 Waikato v Bay of Plenty
5.50pm F1 Men’s Presentation

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