The domestic sevens season has already begun, so time for a thread for this year's provincial and club sevens tournaments in NZ.
Regional sevens tournaments:
Southern Region Qualifier, Sat 26th November in Timaru, South Canterbury
Central Region Qualifier, Sat 10th December in Levin (Playford Park), Horowhenua Kapiti
Northern Region Qualifier, Sun 11th December in Cambridge, Waikato
The first provincial rugby squads have been named:
Wellington extended squad (men)
Lester Maulolo (Petone), Willie Fine (Petone), Willie Schultz (MSP), Matt Peni (MSP), Kerrod Foaese (MSP), Levi Harmon (Poneke), Pakai Turia (Poneke), Galu Taufale (Poneke), Daniel Schrivers (UHR), Hayden Schrivers (UHR), Salesi Rayasi (UHR), Tafa Tafa (UHR), Max Pearson (UHR), Kade McCashin (UHR), Vern Sosefo (UHR), Chris Vailalo (HOBM), Sheridan Rangihuna (HOBM), Tomasi Alosio (HOBM), Fereti Soloa (HOBM), Mike Lealava’a (Wainui), Nash Fiso-Vaelei (Wainui), Aukuso Tuitama (Ories), Malachi Unasa (Ories), Tuga Mativa (Ories), Alex Fidow (Ories), Pepesana Patafilo (Tawa), Randall Bishop (Tawa), Ross Taurima (Tawa), Tiwi Davies (Jville), Esi Komaisavai (Norths)
Apprentice 7s players from School:
Denny To’o (Rongotai), Reuben Va’a (Rongotai), Tai Neli (Scots), Jaylen Tuapola (Scots), Malo Manoua (Scots), Billy Proctor (St Pats Town)
Wellington extended squad (women)
Megan Blair (Avalon), Cheyne Copeland (St Marys College), Georgia Daals (OBU), Dhys Faleafaga (St Mary’s College), Lyric Faleafaga (St Marys College), Elizabeth Goulden (Oriental Rongotai), Ayesha Leti’liga (Porirua College/ Oriental Rongotai), Kauna Lopa (Oriental Rongotai), Fa’asua Makisi (Oriental Rongotai), Vaine Marsters (Northern United), Joanah Ngan Woo (Oriental Rongotai), Jackie Patea (Wainuiomata), Ainsleyana Puleiata (St Marys College), Amanda Rasch (Oriental Rongotai), Renee Savaiinaea (St Marys College), Monica Tagoa’i (St Marys College/ HOBM), Timena Tuma’ai (Oriental Rongotai), Katarina Whata–Simpkins (Avalon)
Not available due to injury
Caroline Sio (Avalon) and Aimee Sutorius (Northern United)
Bay of Plenty (women)
Abbie Johnston (Rangiuru), Aryahn Clarke (Rangiuru), Autumn-Rain Stephens (Rotoiti), Eliza Stephens (Rotoiti), Hana Tapiata (Rotoiti), Jade Tuilaepa (Rangataua), Kendra Reynolds (Rangiuru), Kororia Heyblom (Rangiuru), Lavinia Gould (Rotoiti), Luka Connor (Rotoiti), Makayla Daysh (Rangataua), Nicole Cawthorn (Rangiuru), Ora Williams (Rotoiti), Parekura Whareaorere (Rangiuru), Polly Playle (Rotoiti), Rebecca Kersten (Tauranga Sports), Rian Sanerive (Rotoiti), Sapphire Tapsell (Rangiuru), Shaye Whareaorere (Rangiuru), Tynealle Fitzgerald (Trident High School), Victoria Edmonds (Rotoiti), Zaan Scott (Rangataua)
Currently unavailable due to injury:
Christie Yule, Corrineke Windle, Jimi-Leigh McLean
NZ players TBC
What a coup, the Scots invented the game.
This is undoubtedly the greatest thing to happen to the sport surpassing even the dream teams efforts in 1998.
Squads for the Southern Region Qualifier (not all have been published yet):
CANTERBURY MEN: Lawrence Babe (c), Jesse Houston, Jale Masi, Dan Fransen, Inoke Rasabale, James Tofa, Filimoni Waqainabete, Dylan Nel, Michael Green, Milford Keresoma, Sekove Delaicautata, Willie McGoon
CANTERBURY WOMEN: TeRauoriwa Gapper (c), Sam Curtis, Rebecca Davidson, Sui Peter, Rebecca Todd, Rose Kelly, Kate Day, Grace Brooker, Dianne Hiini, Taylor Curtis, Islay Fowler, Nicole Purdom
SOUTH CANTERBURY MEN: Maxx Morris, Nathan Robinson, Leone Nawalu, Isireli Kawa, Loni Toumohuni, Mosese Aho, Junior Faa'vae, William Taylor, Waisale Leiroti, Vatilli Tora, Will Green (subject to fitness), Marc Rooney (loan), Jaron Chamberlain (loan)
SOUTH CANTERBURY WOMEN: Briana Brockliss-Lodge (c), Brooke Wilson-Bishop, Meghan Bolton, Olivia Waldron, Dena Bracken-Tipene, Amelia Manson, Maia Nixon, Abigail Kinsman, Korlina Volkov, Martina Perez, Sarah Crabbe, Samantha Robins
MID CANTERBURY MEN:
TASMAN MEN: Trael Joass, Ben Finau, Sam Coventry, Tone Ng Shiu, Fletcher Matthews, Jesse Pitman, Adam Dunn, Willy Havili, Andrew Knewstubb, Sam Chamberlain, Lote Saulekaleka, Erenimo Tau.
TASMAN WOMEN: Dana Wilson, Rebecca Watene, Tamara Silcock, Staci Kohe, Tess Golding, Jess Foster, Morgan Clark, Montana Heslop, Risi Pouri-Lane, Tessa Silcock, Fern Hoskin, Rosie Buchanan-Brown.
OTAGO MEN: Ben Tuiomanufili, Ben Miller, Brodie Hume, Sean Conner (c), Henry Scott, Paul Tupa,i Mackenzie Haugh, Liam Ward, Jerome Harimate, Leroy Van Dam, Gavin Stark, Matt Jones.
OTAGO WOMEN: Greer Muir (c), Sonia Panapa. Julia Gorinski, Georgia Mason, Biddy Sefton, Mikayla Latta, Michaela Baker, Sam Hollows, Soraya Umaga-Jensen, Katie Brock, Kilistina Moata’ane, Renaye Flockton.
SOUTHLAND MEN: Matty Johnson, Pedro Bezanilla, Charlie Rowberry, Jahvis Wallace, Dan Cama, Tino Mafoe, Steven Knight, Daniel Thwaites, Caleb Young, Jim Bulitava, Hayden Edgely, Issaac Wairau, Fale Iseofa, Taina Tamou, Brenton Howden
SOUTHLAND WOMEN: 1. Hana Bryant, 2. Kendall Buckingham (VC), 3. Amy du Plessis, 4. Ngawai Eyles, 5. Melissa Fairbairn (C), 6. Lucy McIntyre, 7. Courtney O’Callaghan, 8. Alena Saili, 9. Erica Stevens, 10. Krishanee Tamou, 11. Katie Thomas, 12. Arnika Thompson-Te Muunu
NORTH OTAGO MEN:
Southern Region Qualifier
5th: South Canterbury
Canterbury 14 - Otago 12
3rd and 4th Play Off:
Tasman 33 - Southland 12
Qualified for the National 7s: Canterbury, Otago and Tasman.
Southern Region Qualifier
4th: South Canterbury
6th: North Otago
7th: Mid Canterbury
Tasman 11 - Otago 5
3rd and 4th Play Off:
Canterbury 45 - South Canterbury 5
5th and 6th Play Off:
Southland 10 - North Otago 5
Qualified for the National 7s: Tasman, Otago, Canterbury, South Canterbury and Southland.
Zac is making a comeback in Waikato sevens, and potentially in the NPC next year.
@Bovidae Good on him for not giving up and Roger Randle for taking him under his wing. I hope it works out well. I watched several Wai-Bush games this year and he was way too good for that level. Playing centre whole season, so Waikato could use him at 11, 13, 14 and 15 next Mitre 10 Cup season if he gets selected. Will be interesting to see how he does in sevens. Apart from a few tournaments in Oct-Nov, it must be quite a few years since he played sevens.
Another is the tournament format; with the 24-team field of previous years teams that finished second in their three-team pool had an opportunity to still make the Cup field when matched up against a pool winner in the round of 16 at the end of the first day. With the expansion to 32 only the pool winners will progress through, so a loss in pool play could very well be fatal to a side’s hopes of glory.
Boys The boys field is headed up by two schools that qualified for the national XV’s Top Four. Hastings Boys’ High School may have dipped out then to Mount Albert Grammar School, but have perhaps been the form team of the year and will be targeting this weekend to get the championship they will feel they deserve, while third-placed Hamilton Boys High will be looking to retain this title after being a class above in winning it last year. However they only managed to finish third in the Waikato qualifiers, and owe their place at the nationals to the expanded field.
Aside from those above, other teams that bring a reputation to the tournament include Rotorua Boys’ High School and Wellington’s St Patrick’s duo Town and Silverstream while you can’t count out the hosts Sacred Heart. The South Island trio of Christchurch, Otago, and Timaru Boys will seek to become only the second school (after Aranui High) to take the title south over Cook Strait. The notable absentee is national 15’s champions MAGS, who despite qualifying have chosen to not to compete, citing the absence of a couple of leading players and tiredness among the squad after a long season.
Are the pools for the Condor 7s random or seeded?
I read that MAGS opted not to participate as too many of their best players had left. Actually looking at the pools, none of the top Auckland schools are taking part, while plenty of SI schools have had to travel north. Not a good look.
Edit: Maybe they didn't qualify?
2016-2017 provincial & club sevens