South Island Marist 7's Team in attendance at the 2016 NZ Marist 7's Tournament
Thanks to Steven White - www.clubrugby.co.nz
It was a Marist St Pat’s one-two at the New Zealand Marist Federation Club Sevens tournament this weekend, with the two MSP teams squaring off in the Cup final at Wakefield Park on Sunday afternoon.
MSP’s top side ran away with a 51-10 Cup final win over their club mates, after earlier edging out Hutt Old Boys Marist 14-12 in their Cup semi-final in a match that saw both sides score two tries but MSP converting both of theirs.
MSP’s second side [MSP Blue] had defeated Whakatane Marist 26-14 in their Cup semi-final.
Both MSP Blue’s and Whakatane Marist’s Cup quarterfinals had gone into extra time, both decided on golden point tries. HOBM had beaten Hastings Rugby and Sports 21-10, whilst MSP had won theirs by default with Invercargill Marist missing out on the second day’s play owing to a Sunday morning travel schedule.
Napier Old Boys Marist beat Marist St Michaels to win the Bowl, Hastings defeated Palmerston North Marist to win the International section and HOBM beat Whakatane Marist to collect the Plate.
On Saturday, MSP also won the one-day women’s competition, beating Hastings 29-24 in a golden point thriller in the last match of the day between the two unbeaten teams.
The tournament that was played under cloudy skies on Saturday and in cool sunny conditions on day two was well run and was well officiated by the WRRA. Some exciting rugby was seen and a number of great tries were scored on the two Wakefield Park artificial surfaces that were used.
Day one saw both MSP teams and HOBM Eagles top the three men’s pools, with unbeaten days.
A couple of late withdrawals meant a rearrangement of the men’s draw, with three men’s pools in action. The first day’s play was characterised by a series of close results, with eight of the 16 men’s pool matches separated by winning margins of converted tries.
Day 2 Finals:
International Semi-final 1: Palmerston North Marist beat South Island Marist;
International Semi-final 2: Hastings beat Invercargill Marist by default
Cup Semi-final 1: MSP Blues 26 – Whakatane Marist 14
Cup Semi-final 2: MSP 14 – HOBM 12
International Final: Hastings 31 – Palmerston North Marist 17
Plate Final: HOBM 36 – Whakatane Marist 21
Cup Final: MSP 51 – MSP Blue 10
In a testament to the depth at the club, it was an all Marist St Pats final for the NZ Marist 7s Cup with the A's playing the B's! We thought you might enjoy some video highlights! #iBleedREDPosted by Marist St Pats Rugby Football Club on Saturday, 30 January 2016
Mike Donoghue and Tony Meachen with Timaru Celtic player Zac Saunders, who was the first player from Timaru Celtic to play at the NZ Marist 7s