Inaugural Bunbury Junior Rugby Sevens Carnival a big success
The Bunbury Barbarians have hosted their first Junior Rugby Sevens Carnival in an effort to continue the growth of the sport in the region.
Teams from Perth, Rockingham and Albany joined teams from Bunbury Barbarians, Bunbury Bulls, Busselton and Margaret River at the two-day carnival.
Held at the Leschenault Recreation Park, the carnival gave the juniors a chance to play the sevens format of the sport, which features seven players on each side and is a more open, running style of game. A shield, plate and cup were awarded to three different teams in each division.
In the under 8s, the Mandurah Pirates were the shield winners, while Rockingham won the under 10s’ shield and in the under 12s, Albany Storm had teams win both the shield and the plate.
It is just about trying to get more rugby focus in the South West and it is a good way to showcase how many teams are around.
“This was the first carnival we have had like it in the South West,” she said.
“Albany does one every year and they have been for a while and we have done a similar one a few years ago, but nothing to this scale.
“It is just about trying to get more rugby focus in the South West and it is a good way to showcase how many teams are around.
“It has definitely picked up and a lot of the clubs have two teams in a lot of the age groups.
“If we can encourage players to stay down south rather than going up to Perth that would be great.”
Under 6s from the Bunbury clubs also played a super-hero themed game, dressed in masks and capes.
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