St Kevin’s College players are all set for the New Zealand Marist Secondary Schools Sevens tournament in Wellington this weekend.
The competition will be played on the artificial turf at St Patrick’s College, featuring sevens talent from 12 teams, including three from the South Island and nine from the North Island.
Trophies will be presented by Sir Gordon Tietjens followed by a tournament team selection at the end of play. One player from the competition will have the honour of being selected for the New Zealand Marist Sevens Team, which will travel to Samoa to compete in the 26th Marist Samoa International Sevens Tournament later this month.
Coach Justin Fowler said the event offered a great opportunity and experience for the St Kevin’s students.
“It’s a great opportunity for the boys to be exposed to high quality sevens,” he said.
“Sevens is a serious option for us this year, with the national qualifications, and it’s good for the Catholic schools to get together.
“We’re looking to qualify for the national sevens, which is a great pathway for girls and boys now with the Olympics.
“It (the New Zealand Marist Secondary Schools Sevens tournament) is a bit of unknown but the boys are looking forward to it and it’s been organised really well.”
The twelve participating teams: Sancta Maria College (Auckland), St John’s College (Hamilton), Cullinane College (Wanganui), Horowhenua-Kapiti Colleges (Levin), Bishop Viard College (Porirua), St Patrick’s College (Silverstream), St Bernard’s College (Lower Hutt), St Patrick’s College (Wellington), SPC Barbarians (Wellington), St Thomas of Canterbury College (Christchurch), Roncalli College (Timaru), St Kevin’s College (Oamaru).
By JAMES FORD
WELLINGTON-BOUND: The St Kevin’s College sevens squad.
Back Row: Isak Gunnarsson, Filipo Veamatahau, Christopher Kearney, Cole Ryan Josh Macaulay
Front Row: Michael Lockley, Brodie Flannery, William Sunderland
Absent: Suia Ngalo, Matthew Vocea