Rugby and netball combine at Scots
FAST-paced school rugby and netball are heading to the Rose City.
The Scots PGC College is hosting their first netball and rugby 7's carnival which has attracted schools from areas across the south east of the state.
Tomorrow and Saturday, schools will compete from the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Toowoomba, Dalby and locally.
The Scots PGC College sports co-ordinator Greg Convery said given this was the first year they had held this event, the response had been excellent.
“Competition will be of a round robin nature during the first day of matches with a knockout format used on the Saturday to decide the winning teams,” Mr Convery said.
“Schools may enter teams in either an under 15 or opens division in each of the sports.”
The aim of the event is to give students the opportunity to play against teams they would normally not encounter during the regular season.
The short time periods in each game also give teams a chance to build on match fitness during their pre-seasons.
The rugby 7's will also operate under the new laws for the first time.
“No junior teams have had the opportunity to play under the new laws that have been in operation at the top level now for two years,” Mr Convery said.
“A 7's format gives players the chance to make mistakes and familiarise themselves with new laws that will change the way rugby is played this season.”
“A huge thanks must go out to the officials from the local netball and rugby clubs who have given up their time at work to come and umpire and referee.
“Without their support the tournament would not be able to run. A special thanks also to the P&F Association of The Scots PGC College who will be organising canteens across the two days of competition.
“Overall we hope all schools enjoy the competition and the chance to meet new people. With 12 schools attending this year we aim to build next year and make the carnival even bigger in 2010.”