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Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools Sevens combine with Baywide Club Rugby Sevens

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
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The combined Bay of Plenty Secondary School Sevens and Baywide Club Sevens will take place at Gordon Spratt Reserve in Papamoa on Friday 2 November and Saturday 3 November.
The Bay of Plenty Secondary School Sevens will kick off the weekend of sevens on Friday 2 November.
Under 14 and Under 15 Boys’ and Girls’ Open and Development grades will take place on Friday with Under 19 Boys’ and Under 19 Girls’ Open and Development grades competing on day two. Both Under 19 Boys and Girls Open teams’ will be seeking qualification for the Condor Sevens.
A new winner will be crowned in the Under 19 Girls’ division with last year’s winner Rotorua Girls’ High School Under 19’s not in attendance, however their Under 15’s will return looking to claim the title again for 2018.
In the Boys’ grades, Tauranga Boys College again return to defend their title in the Under 19 Boys’, Under 15 Boys’ and Under 14 Boys’ divisions following an impressive finals day last year.
Nine Bay of Plenty Clubs will compete for the Open Men’s Sir Gordon Tietjens Trophy, 2017 winners Tauranga Sports unable to field a team due to injury, allowing a new title holder to be crowned for 2018.
The Exia Edwards Trophy will provide spectators with a positive display of women’s rugby with eight teams taking the field with the inclusion of newly formed sides Opotiki, Judea and Mount Maunganui Sports. 2017 title holders Rangiuru will be challenged by their local rivals and last year’s runners up Rangataua.
This year’s Te Manawa Whenua Grade is expected to be an exciting contest across the two pools. Last year’s title holder Rangiuru have moved into the Open grade allowing for a new title holder between the Division One, Division Two and Senior Reserve Clubs.
Te Puke Sports will again return to defend their Tight Five title. In addition to Te Teko’s entries in the Open and Te Manawa Whenua grades they will also field a team to compete in the Tight Five grade.
Bay of Plenty Rugby Union Operations Manager, Neil Alton, said “It is fantastic to see a record number of entries this year. The growth again in the Women’s grade with three new women’s teams is great to see and the support across the men’s game with Te Teko fielding a team across each of the men’s grades.”
The two days will have plenty of entertainment for the Whanau to enjoy from the excitement of sevens rugby coupled with a tasty bite to eat from one of the many food and beverage vendors including Banger Boys, El Cartel, Lil Orbits Donuts, Toro Churro, Top BBQ, Hello Rosie, Mr Whippy, Good Buzz, the Coffee Chick and a fundraising BBQ for Papamoa Rugby Club and ice block fundraiser for Arataki and Omanu Scouts.
Friday will also have the All Blacks Men’s and Black Ferns Women’s Sevens teams at Gordon Spratt Reserve from 2.00pm – 4.30pm signing autographs, handing out prizes and being involved with skills and drills.
Bay of Plenty Secondary School Sevens and Baywide Club Sevens
Date: Friday 2 November (Bay of Plenty Secondary School Sevens) and Saturday 3 November (Bay of Plenty Secondary School Sevens and Baywide Club Rugby Sevens)
Time: 10.00am (Friday 2 November), 9.00am (Saturday 3 November)
Where: Gordon Spratt Reserve, Papamoa
Entry: Free
Draw: To be advised Thursday

For further information contact:
Amanda Thompson | Media and Marketing Manager | 021 869 382 | amanda@boprugby.co.nz

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