St Kevin’s College finished in sixth place at the New Zealand Marist Secondary Schools Sevens tournament in Wellington over the weekend.
The competition was 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 were presented by Sir Gordon Tietjens followed by a tournament team selection at the end of play, which two SKC students, Brodie Flannery and Matthew Vocea, were part of.
St Kevin’s downed Lower Hutt’s St Bernard’s College 34-7 before losing out to Roncalli College 12-7 in their second encounter.
Justin Fowler’s side then rallied, handing St Patrick’s College a 43-0 hiding followed by a 19-5 win over St John’s College to book a plate final clash with St Thomas of Canterbury College, which ended in a 22-12 defeat.
Despite the plate final disappointment, Fowler praised his team’s efforts and commended the tournament organisers.
“The boys learnt a lot,” he said
“It was well organised. We played on a $1.6 million artificial turf at St Patrick’s College, which was a good experience.
“We’re happy with how the boys played. They developed a lot and were under a lot of pressure at times so it was a good learning curve. We’re looking forward to playing again at the end of the year.”
By JAMES FORD